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Iron Bowl Lives Year Round in Recruiting

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There is a part of national signing day that resembles the college football regular season: rivalries. The rivalry between Auburn and Alabama goes well beyond November.

Signing day in east Alabama started at Opelika High School where a pair of Bulldogs is becoming Auburn Tigers. Tight end Jakell Mitchell says Auburn's scheme fits his style.

“I looked for what was a good fit for me, what would fit my position perfectly and have an opportunity to get some early playing,” Mitchell said.

Signing Day illustrates how the Iron Bowl lives year round. Stephen Roberts knows best. He flipped from Alabama to Auburn, and he is glad to have to have finished the process.

“Like I said, it was pretty fun to get it over with. I was stressing out going to different colleges and everything. I'm glad it's over with,” Roberts said.

After signing, Roberts and Mitchell went to Auburn High for the Rashaan Evans announcement. Mitchell offered us a prediction.

“I believe he is about to become an Auburn Tiger. That's just coming from me,”      

Then Evans surprised Mitchell and the college football world.

 “I will be attending the University of Alabama,” Evans said.

Evans says it was a tough decision, but he knew Alabama was a special place when he played there in the state championship.

“Just the fact that I got to play in there, I was thinking about after that game, even after we lost, about playing there. It felt good to me. It kind of gave me chills. And that's why I picked Alabama to commit to,” Evans said.

Evans brought an Alabama hat and an Auburn hat to his signing day ceremony.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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