Zachary Evans, the five star recruit out of Galena Park North Shore, will be TCU’s next running back.
Evans’ recruitment was one of the strangest we have ever seen, but finally, he has officially chosen his new home.
Zach Evans is ranked as the 16th best player in the country, the second best running back in the country, the best player in Texas and the 314th best recruit of all time according to 247Sports. He held over 40 offers but his list was initially narrowed to Georgia, Alabama, LSU, and Texas A&M.
Evans was set to announce his commitment during the All- American game last December, which he was playing in. The game went by with no announcement. Instead he asked out of his National Letter of Intent to Georgia, whom he privately committed to.
After he was released from his commitment to Georgia, he was once again a free agent. LSU and A&M were considered the favorites to land him but February’s National Signing Day went by with no announcement from Evans. He has been silent ever since.
On Sunday night, rumors about the running back swirled. Jeremy Clark, 247Sports’ writer for TCU, reported that the Horned Frogs had become very high on Evans’ list.
The next morning, Clark announced that Zachary Evans had enrolled in class at TCU and would be playing college ball in Fort Worth.
It is important to realize how under-the-radar TCU was in Evans’ recruiting. Absolutely nobody could have seen this coming. Gary Patterson and Co. grabbed the highest ranked recruit TCU has ever seen. Evans’ said that he chose TCU because it was close to home so his grandmother would get to see him play, and because Gary Patterson had two first round picks selected in the NFL draft in April.
Evans joins Quentin Johnson, Garrett Hayes, and Keontae Jenkins in an already loaded 2020 recruiting class, moving the Frogs to the 23rd best class in the country.
One concern for Evans is his discipline. He was suspended for a couple games during his senior season and he was also sent home prior to the state championship game due to a run in with the coaches. He did apologize for those mistakes and will no doubt be on his best behavior under Gary Patterson.
Evans has drawn comparisons to Adrian Peterson and he will almost certainly see plenty of snaps next season for the Horned Frogs.
It is easy to forget that TCU was on top of the Big 12 not too long ago; Zach Evans could play a big part in bringing them back.
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