Rashaan Evans, an Auburn
native, surprised many in his hometown by picking the Tide. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Five-star linebacker Rashaan Evans' commitment to Alabama was one of the big surprises of National Signing Day. Evans is an Auburn native and has family ties with the Tigers, but he instead became the sixth five-star prospect in the 2014 class to pledge his services to the Crimson Tide. The folks in Auburn apparently haven't taken too kindly to Evans' decision.
Evans told TideSports.com on Monday that several fans are taking out their frustrations.
"It's getting worse," Evans said on Monday evening. "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 that people are even trying to get him in trouble at school. Alabama fans, as expected, have been supportive of his decision. Meanwhile, some Auburn fans are wishing the worst on his forthcoming career in Tuscaloosa. He said that the treatment on social media has been jarring.
"Social media has definitely been the worst," he said. "People on Instagram are telling me how they hope I tear my ACL in game one. They will laugh when I do. They are saying my family is horrible and how they didn't raise me right. It's just crazy."