Houston, TX; North Shore Mustangs running back Zach Evans (3) runs in for the touchdown as Lake Travis Cavaliers Hunter Henry (26) chases during the second quarter at the 6A-D1 semi finals playoff football game on Saturday, Dec 15, 2018, at the NRG Stadium. [JOHN GUTIERREZ / FOR STATESMAN]

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State’s top recruit Zachary Evans won’t choose a school on national signing day

Posted February 4th, 2020

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The top uncommitted prospect in Texas won’t sign a national letter of intent on national signing day. During an interview with Fan Run Radio Sunday, Galena Park North Shore running back Zachary Evans confirmed reports that he wouldn’t be choosing a school on Wednesday.

‘“I want to take my final official as soon as I can. After that, I will weigh my options and make a good decision,” Evans told host Trey Wallace.

Evans indicated he’d take his last official visit in March. 

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Evans is experiencing an interesting path in recruitment. He signed with Georgia in the early period, only to be let go from that national letter of intent. Evans is considering Texas A&M, Tennessee and Ole Miss. 

Evans entered his senior year as a can’t-miss five-star prospect for the Class 6A Division I state champions. The Houston native had his choice of schools in August before a violation of team rules cost him a pair of games early in his senior year. He then missed the first half of the state semifinals to take the ACT and was suspended the night before the state championship game for another violation of team rules. 

The drama surrounding Evans forced Georgia to back off, though the Bulldogs are still in contact with the former signee. He might even take an official visit to Georgia following national signing day since Evans only took four of his five official visits. Evans took official visits to LSU and Texas A&M during the season. He’s gone to Tennessee and Ole Miss in January. Florida is also in the mix. 

NCAA rules might be a concern for Evans. Technically, the NCAA forces any player who signs with a school but ends up at a different school to sit out for a full year before becoming eligible. That would mean Evans could be subject to missing the 2020 season if he ends up anywhere except Georgia unless he can successfully appeal. 

Evans’ on-field talent is without question. He arrived on the scene as a sophomore when he carried the ball 184 times for 1,483 yards and 27 touchdowns. He cemented himself amongst the nation’s elite when he helped lead North Shore to Texas’ largest state title as a junior with 1,784 yards and 29 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior despite missing multiple games.

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