Tennessee gained a “new” commit Saturday afternoon—but it’s a name that some fans are already familiar with. Top JUCO running back Tiyon Evans re-committed to the Volunteers, after previously de-committing back in September.
Evans is ranked as the No. 1 JUCO running back in both 247Sports rankings and the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s right on the border for a 4th star. In the Composite rankings, he’s a 3-star, but the site’s own rankings do put him as a blue-chip recruit. He currently plays on the Hutchinson C.C. team in Kansas.
There were rumblings that the Volunteers were still the team to beat even after Evans de-committed. They were on him the longest and their top competition for his services (South Carolina and Oklahoma State) were not able to get him back on campus due to recruiting shut downs.
While Evans might not be the flashiest recruit or fulfill the biggest need, his commitment does bring positive recruiting news to a program that simply hasn’t had much in the past couple of months. Committing at this point could also be a sign that Evans truly believes in what the staff is selling. Whatever his reasons, the staff is evidently happy that they were able to reel him back in. They have always been high on Evans and believe he can come in immediately and contribute.
Evans rejoins three other running backs in the 2021 class. 4-star Cody Brown, 3-star Jaylen Wright, and 3-star Elijah Howard. Only Brown is currently rated higher than Evans. Tennessee’s 2021 class now has 27 commitments and is ranked 11th in the 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings.
With Ty Chandler likely gone after this year, there will be plenty of carries to go around, even with Eric Gray entrenched as a starter. Evans’ background as a JUCO prospect could very well be what gives him a leg up on the competition.