Fitting with the rest of his wild recruiting process, five-star running back Zachary Evans is not expected to choose a school on Wednesday. What will be national signing day for every other recruit will be just another Wednesday for Evans after being granted his released from his LOI from Georgia.
This coming from Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports on Monday. Evans is not able to sign another LOI on Wednesday, meaning his recruitment will stretch into the spring. Wiltfong also suggested that he could take more visits during spring practices.
Here’s Clint Eiland, our resident recruiting expert’s take on the situation.
We should clear up something before NSD happens. Since Evans already signed a LOI with Georgia, he cannot sign another. Essentially, the only way we’ll know where he’s going is when he shows up on campus for practice. He could also announce on social media beforehand, but he doesn’t seem to be the type of recruit to do that. We have zero clue where he’s going.
Tennessee joined the race for Evans after his release from Georgia. Brian Niedermeyer visited with Evans in Houston, convincing him to take an official visit to Knoxville just days later. Ole Miss and Texas A&M have also been heavily involved.
Jeremy Pruitt hired Jay Graham as his running backs coach last week, perhaps giving Tennessee another advantage in the process. Graham was Evans’ lead recruiter at Texas A&M previously.
In December, Evans was suspended for his high school state title game, then went on to win the MVP of the Under Armor All-American game — a microcosm of what coaches are weighing in this situation.
In 2018, Tennessee was able to sign four-star defensive back Bryce Thompson in the spring. This will be a much higher profile battle, however. Evans could get the luxury of watching spring practice situations while monitoring some depth charts.
Following this situation from afar, this is a fitting development for such a wild recruitment.