Huge news came out of Fort Worth this morning with a single tweet from Jeremy Clark.
Zachary Evans, 5-star running back out of North Shore High School, is now a TCU Horned Frog. He’s the highest rated recruit in TCU history. 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings have him as a 5-star recruit, rated as the No. 16 overall player for the class of 2020, the No. 2 running back, and the No. 1 recruit in the state of Texas.
As Clark states, Evans has enrolled at TCU, so this is a done deal.
Evans’ recruitment has been a roller coaster. He hauled in over 40 offers during his recruitment, from all the brand names including Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Ohio State, and so on and so forth.
He silently signed with Georgia as an early enrollee - yes, he signed without telling anyone or making a big announcement - but he never showed up on campus. Questions swirled about where he was/why he wasn't on campus, and eventually Kirby Smart let him out of his NLI.
During the process, as seems normal these days when a kid doesn’t do what we expect, Evans had his character called into question and was dragged through the mud by several different fanbases.
The fact of the matter is, he’s one of the more dominant running backs to come out of the state of Texas and he’s drawn comparisons to Adrian Peterson. And now he’s a Horned Frog.
Here’s what 247 Sports’ Recruiting Analyst Gabe Brooks has to say about Evans:
“Dynamically athletic running back with prototype size and frame potential relative to the position. Owns college-ready build with frame space to add more bulk. Flashes elite athleticism verified in combine testing environment. Makes it look easy, sometimes to the point that it’s deceptive. Shows great top-end speed and outstanding close-quarters lateral mobility confirmed by a 3.91 shuttle. Flashes devastating start-stop-start ability in close quarters, coupled with impressive hesitation stutter. Effortlessly strings moves together in the open field to elude multiple defenders. Chameleon in ability to alter running styles, going from elusive darter to hole-punching, straight-line galloper. Home run hitter with high-volume capability. Patient and presses the line of scrimmage to set up blocks. Size and strength potential could provide high ceiling in blitz pickup. At times dances in the backfield rather than accelerating through the hole. Sometimes an upright runner who presents a bigger target. Does not always finish runs with expected strength. Will try to bounce runs too often. Could get on the field immediately at high-major level and become a Power 5 star, in addition to first-round NFL Draft ceiling.”