Zach Evans’ recruitment has been one of the strangest ones we’ve seen in years, in fact, it took an even more surprising turn last week when news broke that Evans would be traveling to Knoxville for an official visit at the University of Tennessee.
Evans originally signed his letter of intent with the University of Georgia back in the Early Signing Period, however, he would go on to be released from UGA, effectively opening his recruitment back up. While Georgia remains to be in the conversation and hopes to host Evans for an official visit in Athens this weekend, it was undoubtedly a shock when the news emerged that he had been released.
Evans became one of the biggest names in College Football recruiting after his monumental decision, as his talent is almost undeniable. The Houston native is rated as the top running back recruit in the nation and the best player in the State of Texas, according to 247 Sports, as well as being named the 11th rated player in the nation. As for Rivals, they also rate the North Shore student-athlete as the top-ranked running back in the nation and the top-rated player in his state, in addition to being the 13th ranked player in the nation.
However, there is no doubt that Evans seemingly has a downside as maturity issues might be an issue for his recruitment. Evans was suspended because he refused to turn in his cell phone the night before the Texas State Championship, and was not allowed to play for three games this season due to unknown issues. However, most tend to believe that Evans’ talent outweighs those issues.
While the Volunteers attempted to get involved with the 5-star running back numerous times throughout the recruiting season, very little progress was made, and Tennessee was generally believed to be out of the running for Evans’ services. However, that changed last week with the news of the official visit, as Tennessee is now viewed to be one of the front runners for the Texas native, along with Georgia, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M.
As for how Evans’ trip on campus went, it seems to be the consensus that it was successful for Tennessee, as his lead recruiter, Brian Niedermeyer, is likely fighting tooth and nail to bring Evans to Knoxville in order to create one of the most dynamic running back cores in the nation. One element that is known about Evans’ visit is that when he arrived he was greeted by Tennessee’s rock, which is used as an unofficial message board on campus, with the message, “Zach Evans, 2020,” which he would later post to his Instagram Story.
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Evans also discussed the significance of his stay on Rocky Top with Austin Price, of VolQuest.Com. Evans elected to hold his cards close to his chest as he told Price, “Nothing really changed,” and, “I have had interest in Tennessee for a while and visited last Summer. They have communicated with me a lot more.” Evans would later go on to praise Tennessee, telling VolQuest, “Knoxville is a good city to go to school in.”
Evans is being very cautious about revealing information, and while Tennessee is definitely trending well for the highly sought after 5-Star, recruiting is extremely unpredictable and is capable of changing in a matter of minutes. Evans’ recruitment has put that on full display and due to the fact that he has already signed his one letter of intent, there is no rush at all for the top running back in the nation to make a decision as he weighs all of his options. Tennessee appears to be in good shape with Evans, but his recruitment is far from over.