Posted: 11:59 pm Monday, February 10th, 2014

The ugly aftermath of an Auburn-Alabama recruiting war 

By Michael Carvell

5-star from Auburn, Ala., picked rival Alabama (AP)

5-star from Auburn, Ala., picked archrival Alabama (AP)

It has gotten really ugly between Auburn fans and one of Alabama’s top football recruits.

Rashaan Evans is a 5-star linebacker who picked Alabama over Auburn on signing day.

The news didn’t go over well at Auburn because Evans attends Auburn High School (next to the Auburn campus) and his father played for the Tigers. Both of his parents are Auburn graduates.

Auburn fans have expressed their displeasure to Evans over Twitter since last Wednesday. Welcome to the dark side of Social Media.

“It’s getting worse,” Evans told TideSports.com’s Andrew Bone on Monday night.“Someone actually put out an article about my family’s business telling all Auburn fans not to go there. We are going to eventually start losing money. People are telling restaurants in the town not to serve us.

“It’s hard for me to go out and chill with my friends like I have always done because people keep coming up to me telling me I made a bad decision. It’s grown men. They are asking me why I did this to them. I told them I had to do what is best for me.”

Evans said one person posted on Instragram that they hope Evans tears his ACL in his first game.

On top of that, Evans tweeted that everybody around Auburn is treating him “like Satan.”

The addresses of Rashaan’s family home and family business have been posted on message boards.

This is definitely a case of “Recruiting Gone Wild.”

Here’s a sample:

Signing day is over, folks. Move on.

However, it must be pointed out that Evans has retweeted some of the negative comments directed to him (rather than simply ignore the Twitter trolls), which only continues to stir things up.

Evans also brought his former Auburn High School teammate, Reuben Foster, into the controversy. Foster helped recruit Evans for Alabama, where the two will be teammates next season. Foster famously got an Auburn tattoo last year then flipped to Alabama.

“Auburn fans are saying I am going to ride the bench, and I am going to be like Reuben Foster,” Evans told Tidesports.com. “People are adding his family and how they are low-lifes. They talk about his mom. You wouldn’t think some of them are human. I knew it was going to be horrible. You know it’s out of hand when people come up to you saying stuff. People you don’t know. People who are grown men.”

RELATED: Auburn 3-star signee Deshaun Davis also shared his recruiting experiences on Monday with AuburnSports.com’s Justin Hokanson. Davis said, “Right after I committed, I injured my ACL and I’m having Alabama fans taunting me about my injury. But I don’t respond. People are going to talk regardless, I don’t really care. I save the comments and use them as motivation, that’s it.”

Another one of Auburn’s top recruits tweeted out his perspective of the Rashaan Evans soap opera …

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184 comments
CaliDawg
CaliDawg

Loving the Gus Bus comments...rewind a couple years to Chizik...same comments, same people.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

So a fan talks about Evans dad having a vendetta and a teenager says if you hate Evans raise your hand and that is what we are having a national discussion on????

Carvell if you ask us to be responsible on comments shouldnt you be responsible on reporting news instead of fanning much ado about nothing?

This is getting more coverage then cade Foster being asked to kill himself.....and that was from his own fan base.

NostradamusAL
NostradamusAL

It is also funny that you put a shot of an Andrew Bone tweet right after he is demoted at Scout.com for erasing bama offers from recruits they didn't land..  Trying to make it look like they didn't miss out on a single guy they offered... lol but yes keep reporting about what sally said on Instagram and quoting an article the lists "The Bunker", A FREAKING MESSAGE BOARD as its' source..  It's all so hilarious except that some people will actually drink the koolaid.. I am just shocked AJC would run with an article fabricated from instagram, twitter and message boards...  Maybe you should change the name to The Georgia Enquirer 

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Great post NostraAL. Carvell is should go work for a tabloid. He obviously cannot speak on news....only hearsay. Next weeks blog by Carvell will be him just typing Nick Fairley 100 times.

This has been a set up against Auburn for awhile now. The father quit the Auburn team and holds a grudge as he has watched Bo Jackson become the most reknowned athlete in sports while he works ham n egg jobs. Now his son has become legit and he is using the hype to smear Auburn. I also find it REALLY interesting in the timing of his store closing.

NostradamusAL
NostradamusAL

good grief... so one person says that they shouldn't be served and all of a sudden it is being publicized like it has actually happened?  Wake me up when he is actually asked to leave a restaurant..   And one person tells the kid he hopes he tears his ACL and it makes it to the Atlanta Journal?  I thought AJC was bigger than this.  You realize the Alabama fans threatened to kill Cade Foster by the HUNDREDS after the Iron Bowl right?  One guy said he was going to cannibalize Fosters whole family.  Nobody acted like it actually happened yet when Evans says he saw someone suggest they not be served it is relayed as if a fact..  The comments of two individuals have spread like wildfire among those not smart enough to think for their self.  And why is Alan Evans quoted as speaking in 3rd person?  Next he will be blaming Auburn citizens on his familys store closing because of one week of negative reaction and the closing has nothing to do with the immense amount of back taxes that owed and public record... smh


AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

So the Evans have a local store in Auburn that is shutting down....hmmm. Auburn must have really done a number on that store in one weeks time.

Those poor people getting shunned. I think this whole thing is a set up by bama to give Auburn bad PR. Sad who this family has managed to keep themselves in the spotlight this long.

Jeff Stein
Jeff Stein

Haha Michael Carvell Wrote This? That guy needs to get a real profession and make more than 55K a year..... Sucks to be poor Michael and be a "blogger". Good riddance, take a lap....


Oh and WDE 2 SEC Championships in The Past 4 Years and a National Title. What has Georgia done? EL OH EL


1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 2005 1980 1980 2005 1980 


Jeff Stein
Jeff Stein

Georgia is so bitter over Auburn's success it is completely laughable...You guys act like you have never treated a recruit or player in a negative connotation in your entire life. Another funny thing is that this is put on AJC, which has no credibility in the journalistic world.


I got bad news for you Georgia fans, as long as The Gus Bus is here Auburn is going to be awesome so you better get used to it. Also, 1980 and 2005 HAHA....That is pretty astounding for a 2nd Tier Program!

Desperado
Desperado

This is what happens when people think they have to tell the whole world about themselves.  If everyone wasn't so tied up with "tweeting" how they feel, where they're at, who they're with, what they're doing, then they wouldn't have these problems.  It's no excuse for someone being "classless" and wishing harm on these kids, and I do mean kids, and their families.  Classless is classless, end of story.  No gray area.  But if you want to put yourself out front for the whole world to see, then you better prepare yourself for what the whole world thinks.  Whatever happened to signing a LOI, graduating, enrolling at the university, and letting your play on the field determine what people think of you?  Why do all of the "5-stars" think they have to have a TV audience to announce where they want to attend school?  Why do they crave the attention?  It's because this is what society is breeding.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Sounds like auburn high has become a bamard pipeline....

bamalama ding dongs shouldn't act so holier than thou in their criticisms of the nutcase auburn fans. Bamards are the worst in the nation. Harvey Updyke is their poster boy.

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

FINALLY...................some college football fans who make the ultra-biased rabid UGA (GO DAWGS) fans look somewhat reasonable.


Not to worry UGA GODAWGS faithful (not all UGA fans, just the super rabid GODAWGS fan-base); you will still keep the crown as the most obnoxious and ignorant college football fans in the land! 

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

P.S. Those Auburn fans who posted that garbage need not show up at any church. There are enough hypocrites already!

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

Looking forward to another Georgia victory over Auburn in 2014. Man those fans are obnoxious.

Blackoutanyone
Blackoutanyone

Interesting comments coming from all these Georgia squid billies. Haven't seen this much attention paid to such uneducated internet drivel since moistdawg's last thought provoking brain buster.

I hear the campus in Athens is nice and clean and Aaron Murray's house hasn't been egged in a month or two. You dwags are slacking.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

I hate it for him, but what the heck did he expect.

urbanCHICKENmeyer
urbanCHICKENmeyer

Unseemly but unfortunately inevitable conduct from fans in a state where football is taken seriously ( 4 of the last 5 national championships ).  Such behavior would never occur from fans of a state school where two-a-day practices have been replaced with trips to a swimming pool (Wheee!).

Titletown
Titletown

LEE3333-

You should deal with this situation like a grownup. You have fans that have gone overboard and deal with it. Trying to justify it or deflecting on the situation will make you look worse than it already does.

Titletown
Titletown

LEE3333-

I assume you are some racism from auburn but stop spreading down right lies about AJ. First of all his dad is a fireman and did not come from any entitlement. Also he never said anything about Rueben Foster. AJ is good friends with RF. So stop posting crap. Its like if you say things enough you think people will believe you.

FYI1969
FYI1969

What goes up, always comes down and Alabama will be just another team in the crowd in the next year or two. Nothing lasts forever and Saban is getting bored. Savor it whilst you can. 

FYI1969
FYI1969

Put a fence around the state of Alabama and just let them stay there. Some very, very strange people come from that place.

Rick_James
Rick_James

I guess it safe to assume that if Alabama had a grove of old oak trees an Auburn fan would poison it..This type of behavior is borderline criminal and should stop.

Gopher86
Gopher86

Give Caucasians a computer and a reason to tee off on a Black Kid and they will! I mean really? He's a kid at the end of the day! You talentless humans you sit in stands on Saturdays wishing you could be this kid, or a A.J. McCarron don't realize it takes more than talent, it takes hard work. AU Alumni ya'll   just had the luckiest breaks ever to get to a BCS Title game. Remember you were terrible just a year ago.  Remember this Day, Evans and Blackmon will eventually haunt your souls!!!!!!!

LEE3333
LEE3333

Bama is so full of overly entitled well paid kids that the cracks in the foundation have started to show.  AJ McCarron spoke last week about how kids like Reuben Foster make it impossible to maintain the work ethic required to stay on top. 

TheRealGetReal
TheRealGetReal

Completely unacceptable but given where he lives and goes to school not a shock. He and his family should not be surprised in the slightest but again, it deos not make it right what is happening...

slydawg
slydawg

Furthermore, am I to believe that Alabama does not pay players or provide "extra benefits." Even the saintly Georgia program pays players. And all the high schoolers know it.

slydawg
slydawg

I am sad to hear this news concerning the young man, but...but... this is LIFE!!! Mr. Evans and both of his parents were well aware of what the consequences would be if he chose Alabama. This is one reason why UCLA was still in the hunt until the end (UGA was until around November). This is life Mr. Evans... deal with whatever may come. If we all know that the few idiots in Auburn have small worlds wrapped around Jordan-Hare Stadium, then stand up like a grown a** man and overcome their idiocy. 


Now someone answer this for me: What is the absolute last day Rashaan Evans  could have signed either an LOI or a financial-aid agreement? My advice, if you're going to pick Bama, wait until the last possible moment so you can enjoy your senior year and the prom playa!!!!!

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

The bigger story with Evans right now is the parents closing up shop on their local business a week after signing day. Did they sell it? What booster bought them out?

DawgByte
DawgByte

@Jeff Stein  Sorry Jeff, but there's no escaping the fan AU/Bama reputation. You've created your own bad publicity, now you have to own it. This has nothing to do with UGA or it's fans.

Jeff Stein
Jeff Stein

@Chuck_UGA  


Hahaha Chuck Keep Hope Alive...The world will also end tomorrow...1980


LEE3333
LEE3333

@Chuck_UGA Georgia and Auburn have more in common than any other 2 SEC schools.  All fans can be obnoxious. 

NostradamusAL
NostradamusAL

@Titletown  two people made comments and the media world has ran with them because Evans is pouting on social media..  Let me know when someone takes out one of their landmarks because they couldn't handle an Iron Bowl loss Updyke style

LEE3333
LEE3333

@Titletown ...You should not assume to know something about someone or something that you are totally ignorant of.  There is no deflection from my end. The truth is that people like you and your fellow fan base of mobile home shared internet feeds take the acts of one or two and blow it up into something that it is not, regardless of the situation.  Thankfully, it doesn't matter you think or what you predict.  We have heard your drivel for years and could not care less for you opinions.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@FYI1969


Can't do that!!!


Not enough R E A L football players in that T O O  T H L E S S state to staff both Bammy and BARN!!!!!!!!!

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Rick_James


Rick:


Did you happen to hear about the Bammy Fan hat killed another Bammy fan a year or so ago????. Rumor was(I ain't making this up) the victim wasn't showing enough remorse after a Bammy loss!!!!!!!!!!!!


I had formed the opinion that BARN didn't get too enthusiastic about a player unless he/she had been arrested, jailed or booted(or all of the above) from another school!!!!!!!!!!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Rick_James it is criminal.  The use of intimidation to influence a set of people's behavior is a "T" word that I don't think I can type in this blog.  It is pathetic, barbaric behavior that I'd disown my family for participating in.

Dawggie
Dawggie

@Gopher86 "Caucasians?"  Really?  You really need to visit social media sites and see the filth that "Black Kids," (and every other color) post, tweet, and generally spew.

LEE3333
LEE3333

@Gopher86 So this is a race issue?  Good Lord you people never quit making crap up.

LEE3333
LEE3333

@TheRealGetReal He lives and goes to school at not only one of the best High Schools in the State of Alabama, but in the Nation. Auburn has also consistently been voted as one of the best places to raise a family in America.  Try Again.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Prove your slander d-bag slaw?

FYI1969
FYI1969

@slydawg Every team in the top 50 has its' secrets. You aren't breaking any ground here.

Classof98
Classof98

@slydawg  I agree completely.  Young Mr. Evans didn't expect any of this reaction?  As he would say... #Really?


Did he really think all of his friends, 99% of who are huge Auburn fans, would just smile, and pat him on the back?

If he doesn't like negative comments on Twitter, he should do as I do and NEVER go on Twitter.  That's an easy solution.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Rick_James


Bammy apparently has now joined in on BARN's famous game(At least where a TE is concerned!!!!!!

slydawg
slydawg

@FYI1969 @slydawg  I wasn't trying to break ground. I am responding to all these Bama fans who swear on Earth Auburn is the scummest, dirtiest program on Earth.

LEE3333
LEE3333

@TheRealGetReal @LEE3333The abuse shown his family's business?  You are referring to the package store that his family has magically sold and liquidated the assets of I assume.