With limited space available in this signing class, and only a few targets still left on the “must have” list (one a long shot in Raekwon McMillan, and the other a possibility in Lorenzo Carter), the Georgia Bulldogs are making sure the guys they have on their board will a need, and Rashaan Evans (Auburn, AL) has long been a prospect the Dawgs have made a top priority.
“I love the coaching staff at Georgia,’ Evans said. “Todd Grantham, Mark Richt, those are my guys. My dad and I spent a lot of time talking to Richt and the staff during my last visit and we really hit it off. They ask me about my family, they talk about their families, and they pretty much feel like family to me ow.Mark Richt is really approachable, easy-going and a great coach and that is why I like him. He is very different than Nick Saban. They have a great organization, they had a great season last year and I think they are definitely going to do it again this year.”
“I would love to follow in the footsteps of what Jarvis Jones did,” Evans said. “That is what really caught my eye and pretty much the reason why I originally considered Georgia.” (Kipp Adams, 247 Sports)
Georgia is definitely looking to add an outside linebacker in this class with T.J. Stripling and Chase Vasser set to matriculate after this season, and a couple potential early draft entrants on the rise in Jordan Jenkins and James DeLoach (a deep sleeper, but definitely a player who could land on a few more radars with a solid performance this year), the Dawgs need to add at least one more guy to this class in order to keep depth at the position competitive.
That said, while Carter is likely to have a spot no matter what, it’s not a given that Georgia would be as willing to wait around for Evans should he begin to waiver too much (in that same interview he makes it clear that he’s every bit as interested in Alabama, UCLA, and Auburn as he is in Georgia). Even more, with Alabama making a strong push, would he be tempted to stay in-state and play for the defending champs? And, assuming a September commitment (the month he’s slated to announce) favored Georgia, should they feel confident they could hold onto him until Signing Day with Auburn lurking in the background as well?
In my humble opinion, and I’m certainly no expert, it’s a tough call to make and a great risk to take; you just can’t say for sure what would happen down the road and I don’t think an admiration for Jarvis Jones is enough to maintain Evan’s interest level.
Plenty of tangents left to this story so stay tuned.