DawgNation didn’t get the best recruiting news on the elite RB front on Monday. Well, Zachary Evans changed that narrative up just a bit on Tuesday.
Does Georgia have a chance here? Well, what Evans tweeted out says the Bulldogs do.
The nation’s No. 1 RB and No. 1 overall prospect placed UGA among his final five schools on Tuesday evening. Evans says he is now down to Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
He cut down his top schools from a previous grouping of 11 with this release.
That should come as a shock to a lot of folks in the industry who felt that he would include Texas as one of his final and perhaps his final destination. There was a lot of noise out there he just wasn’t going to leave the state of Texas to play college football.
His tweet says that is just now what he plans to do.
It was a unique mix to say the least without either Texas or Texas A&M. It is also worth a mention here about the symmetry here with another Georgia RB target.
That is the exact same top schools list as major Georgia RB target Kendall Milton out of California. The only difference is that Evans has Oklahoma among his top group.
The Bulldogs have still consistently tried to recruit the electric Evans with all the interest the program can muster. He is a special talent who overtook Clemson 5-star commit Bryan Bresee as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect for the 247Sports Composite ratings for this cycle.
Evans is a statistical dynamo both on the field and also within the testing metrics. The 5-foot-11 prospect weighed in at 200 pounds for his Opening testing earlier this year.
He also put up the nation’s fifth-highest Opening rating despite some back-and-forth about his laser time in the 40. Evans is listed with a 4.51 at that distance.
But the real eye-popping numbers would be 3.84 effort in the 5-10-5 pro agility drill. He threw the power ball 40 feet and also came away with a 37.2-inch effort in the vertical jump.
That meant a 135.54 rating.
Zachary Evans rates as the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit for the class of 2020. (Zachary Evans/Twitter)
Zachary Evans is the top-rated recruit and a National POY
MaxPreps.com named Evans as its co-National Player of the Year for 2018. That was after he averaged more than 10 yards per rush attempt against some of the top defenses in the Lone State State.
Evans played for a North Shore (Houston, Tex.) squad which finished 16-0 and won a state championship in Texas in 2018. He ran for 1,785 yards and 29 touchdowns during his junior year. He did that in Class 6A, Division I in Texas.
It is the highest playing classification in the state of Texas.
That came after a junior season in which he rolled 1,483 yards and another 27 scores on the ground.
The popular 247Sports “Crystal Ball” shows a lot of yards still left to go in this recruiting race. It will chart that 43 percent of the predictions up to this point still remain undecided about where Evans will sign.
Texas was the next most-popular option with 29 percent of those responses. The Longhorns were followed by Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.
It looks like none of those options are still in play at this point.