5-Star Rashaan Evans Cancelling Visit to UCLA Bodes Well for Auburn, Alabama

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

Outside linebacker Rashaan Evans, a 5-star prospect and the No. 15 overall player on the 247Sports composite rankings, has cancelled his previously scheduled visit to UCLA, which is very good news for both Auburn and Alabama.

According to Matt Scalici of AL.com, Evans' father, Alan, said the following of his son's decision:

Due to overwhelming recruiting pressure, Rashaan has decided not to visit UCLA this weekend.

He has decided to rest from recruitment for a few days and clear his head so that he can focus on making a correct decision on what college he will attend.

Mr. Evans also said that UCLA remains a contender, despite this most recent change of heart. But the Bruins were already considered mild-to-major underdogs to beat out Auburn and Alabama, and this only further hurts their chances.

A product of Auburn high school in Auburn, Ala., Rashaan checks in at 6'3'', 230 pounds, with impressive athletic ability and instincts. He is the consensus No. 1 outside linebacker in the class and one of the three best uncommitted players left on the board.

Evans took official visits to Alabama on Jan. 17 and Auburn on Jan. 24. Those recent trips make his withdrawal from UCLA all the more incriminating. At this point, it would be a major shock for him to end up with anyone but the Tigers or Tide.

With national singing day approaching on Feb. 5, Evans has a little more than a week to ponder his decision and choose which side of the Iron Bowl he prefers. Though he doesn't technically need to make up his mind by then, it's when he's expected to make his announcement.

According to Andrew Bone of Rivals.com, Evans will also be in attendance when the two schools square off in men's basketball this Wednesday:

SEC basketball should not be counted on to decide anything of import in SEC football. That's simply for the good of the conference. But Wednesday's game is down on the Plains, so—ahem—the ball is in Auburn's court to woo him and make him feel at home.

Alabama is currently ranked No. 1 on the 247Sports team rankings, with Auburn checking in six spots below at No. 7.

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