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TCU Lands Five-Star Running Back Zachary Evans

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Day

In one of the wildest recruitments in recent memory, TCU has nabbed 2020 five-star running back Zachary Evans, according to HornedFrogBlitz.

Evans was ranked as the No. 16 overall recruit per 247 and is the first five-star recruit to choose TCU in the modern recruiting era. By comparison, former quarterback Justin Rogers was ranked No. 43 overall in 2018 and never played for the Horned Frogs.

Evans originally signed with Georgia during the early signing period but was released from his National Letter of Intent. Following the release, LSU and Texas A&M became the frontrunners for Evans and he visited both programs in the fall. Then he was supposed to announce his decision during the Under Armor All-American game but it never happened.


Quietly behind the scenes Gary Patterson had reportedly been working on getting Evans up to Forth Worth. However Evans does come with some baggage. During his senior high school season, Evans was sent home before the state championship game by his coach, for reportedly not giving up his phone. Evans later apologized for his actions.

Evans high school career at North Shore (Houston, TX) included leading the team to two consecutive Class 6A state championship games. For his career he rushed for 4,867 yards with 76 touchdowns. Evans will be able to compete as a true freshman during the 2020 football season.

Despite coming off a 5-7 season where the offense struggled extensively, TCU’s 2020 class is now ranked inside the Top 25 at No. 23.

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