In what can only be described as one of the wildest recruitments in recent memory, Zachary Evans has finally found a school. The 5-star running back reportedly enrolled at TCU, a school that had rarely been mentioned in his recruitment.
Evans, the No. 16 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, had long been linked to the Georgia Bulldogs. In fact, it was believed that he signed with Georgia and was going to announce said signing at the Under Armour All-American game on Jan. 2.
But that never ended up happening, as Evans instead issued a public apology that night. Days later, Georgia reportedly released him from his letter of intent. He then went on to take official visits to Ole Miss and Tennessee. He was set to take a final official visit to Florida in March, but that was wiped away due to COVID-19.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart never publicly commented on Evans, but back on National Signing Day he was asked about the importance of character when targeting prospects. Evans was suspended multiple times during his high school season, including for the state championship game.
And Smart’s answer seemed to be pretty telling as to why Evans didn’t end up at Georgia, as talented as he is.
It should never be the only thing, but it’s definitely the most important thing,” Smart said. “The older I get, the more wiser I get, the more you realize that chasing guys who don’t believe in the same principles and values of your university and of your program, they’re just not worth it.”
“There’s too much time spent on guys and you’re having to chase them around, it’s just not worth it.”
After moving on from Evans, Georgia went on to sign 4-star running back Daijun Edwards. He will join fellow 2020 signee Kendall Milton, who enrolled early at Georgia.
DawgNation’s Connor Riley recaps the entire Evans’ saga, as well as provides updates on the likes of Arian Smith, Dominick Blaylock and a number of other Bulldogs in the video below.
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