The bizarre ride is finally over — five-star running back Zachary Evans has reportedly landed at TCU, per 247Sports. Evans, a former Georgia signee, took his recruitment past national signing day after getting out of his signature with the Bulldogs from the early signing period.
After that, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida, LSU and Texas A&M were each in the mix. Fittingly, with one last twist, Evans has landed with the Horned Frogs this morning.
Evans was the 16th rated prospect in the 2021 class, per 247Sports. The landing spot does make sense for him, considering he’s from the Houston area.
Tennessee made a push for Evans just before the traditional signing day date. The elite running back visited Knoxville in January, along with Ole Miss. But Evans was unable to sign anywhere immediately due to his release from Georgia. The coronavirus shutdown threw another wrench into this already wild process, which has finally ended today.
Evans was supposed to announce his commitment during the Under Armor All-American game, but that never happened. That came after he was sent home from his high school state championship game for violating a team rule one month prior.
While Tennessee did have some legitimate hopes of adding Evans, it’s a win to simply keep him away from Florida and the rest of the SEC. Tennessee also isn’t exactly hurting at the position, set to return Eric Gray, Ty Chandler and Tim Jordan. Jabari Small, Tee Hodge and Len’Neth Whitehead will enter the fold this fall, and Tennessee already has four running back commitments in their loaded class of 2021, which includes four-star Cody Brown.