The last time G.W. Carver linebacker Shaun Hamilton and Auburn linebacker Rashaan Evans were on the same team, they were playing basketball in elementary school.
Now the 27th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game has given the old friends a new opportunity to team up again at Cramton Bowl at noon Saturday.
“We were good buddies in grade school playing basketball together, so it’s going to be great to go from playing against him a few weeks ago to now being on the same team,” Hamilton said.
Auburn ended Carver’s season in the quarterfinals before falling to Hoover in the state championship game. Two of the top linebacker prospects in the country will look to lead the Alabama defense and help extend Alabama’s win streak to six games.
“Playing with each other finally, it’s pretty exciting. I’m happy I don’t have to play against him anymore,” Evans said. “There’s a possibility that he could be my future teammate. That’s what’s so exciting about it. Playing with him, it’s definitely going to be fun.”
Evans is currently undecided on where he will continue his football career, but has narrowed down his choices to Auburn, Alabama and UCLA. Hamilton, an Alabama commitment, is going to do his best to sway Evans to the Tide.
“There’s a lot of recruiting going on,” Hamilton said. “Knowing that he’s one of the top guys, we could really use a speed pass rusher at Alabama. It’d be great if he came to Alabama.”
Wetumpka OL Williams said Crenshaw was “overlooked”: Wetumpka all-purpose threat Charlie Crenshaw led the Indians to a four-game win streak to end the regular season and to the second round of the playoffs, but failed to make the roster for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game.
Crenshaw ran for 1,419 yards and 19 touchdowns to go with five receiving touchdowns and a kick return for a score, but teammate and Wetumpka’s first all-star selection Christian Williams said Crenshaw’s 5-8, 168-pound frame is why he was passed over.
“I wouldn’t really say he got snubbed, I think he got overlooked,” Williams said. “His numbers where there, but his height and weight stopped him. He’s a great player. And if he was to play in this game, he might’ve ended up having one of the best games.
“Charlie knows he’s a great player, everybody knows he is … I know wherever he goes, he’ll do wonders. He’ll be a steal for whoever gets him. All he needs is one chance. As soon as he gets that chance, he’s going to take it and he’s going to shine.”
Auburn’s Evans preparing for “star” performance: Auburn high linebacker Rashaan Evans is one of the top linebacker prospects in the country and remains uncommitted.
He has narrowed down his list to Alabama, UCLA and the hometown Tigers. Primarily an outside rusher in high school, Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is recruiting Evans to play the “star” position, a linebacker-safety hybrid.
At 6-3, 218 pounds, Evans has the perfect frame to play “star,” but lacks the experience playing in coverage. In the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game on Saturday, Evans said he’ll show he’s capable of locking his man down.
“This game, I think it will give the opportunity to open up my versatility,” Evans said. “You could see me covering some slot guys and coming down and rushing the end. So you’re going to see it a lot this game. I think it’ll open a lot of things up for me.
“I think I could definitely play that position. It’s something I haven’t done on the high school level, but I feel like I could play it. It’s something I could definitely fall in love with because it gives me the freedom to kind of roam.”
New roster additions: Spanish Fort tight end Hunter Wood and Gadsden City linebacker T.J. Posey have been added to the Alabama roster.
Wood and Posey are taking the spots of Georgia Southern wide receiver commitment Landy Capetillo from G.W. Carver and Jackson linebacker Gavin Bryant, who has committed to Tennessee.