With time winding down and a 5-star recruit left on the table, coaching staffs at Alabama and Auburn followed "Rule 76" from the movie Wedding Crashers: No excuses. Play like a champion.
Recruiters for the Crimson Tide and the Tigers didn't crash a wedding on the final day of the 2014 recruiting period, but they did steal the show at the 80th birthday party thrown for the grandfather of 247Sports composite 5-star linebacker Rashaan Evans.
Evans' grandfather, Alan, told Matt Scalici of AL.com.
"It was Bama and Auburn in the same room. Really a once in a lifetime event," said the elder Evans. "Both staffs were very cordial to each other. They ended up hanging out together and both trying to talk to Rashaan whenever they could."
The party was thrown Saturday evening, the final night coaches were permitted to contact 2014 recruits. But neither staff was going to let the other's presence derail their recruiting pitches.
According to Scalici, only Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart were originally scheduled to attend.
However, as it turned out, the entire defensive staff for the Tigers showed up, while three 'Bama assistants accompanied Smart to the event.
This isn't the first awkward run-in that has been documented during this recruiting period. In late January, staffs at Florida and Florida State both sat with the parents of 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter while he played a basketball game for Norcross High School, as reported by Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Earlier in January, 5-star defensive end Malik McDowell was in a meeting with Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi when Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison walked in on their conversation, a strange exchange detailed by Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press.
However, 'Bama and Auburn have both of those stories beat in their pursuit of Evans.
The Auburn native is the second-best uncommitted prospect remaining in the 247Sports composite rankings and the top linebacker in the country.
He'll announce his final decision at 10 a.m. ET on ESPNU on national singing day, Feb. 5.
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