Posted: 2:00 pm Monday, January 13th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
UGA has been eliminated in the sweepstakes for 5-star Rashaan Evans.
The linebacker from Auburn, Ala., texted multiple reporters on Monday to let them know that his finalists were Auburn, Alabama and UCLA.
UGA was considered an early frontrunner for Evans, whose father played football at Auburn. The younger Evans reportedly wanted a change of scenery, which elevated UGA’s chances.
As recent as last week, Evans told Rivals.com’s Andrew Bone that he was setting up an official visit with UGA for Jan. 24.
What changed between Evans and UGA? Auburn’s (the heavy frontrunner) magical season had a lot to do with it, probably along with the departure of UGA’s defensive coordinator. It’s not necessarily that Evans felt a special connection with Todd Grantham, but it could’ve been too much change this close to signing day (Feb. 5).
However, as is proven every year, recruiting always changes by the minute in January.
If UGA hires a big-name replacement for Grantham, the Bulldogs could get back into the hunt with several elite recruits, including Evans and maybe bigger names.
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