Five-star running back Zachary Evans. (Mike Craven)

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Five-star running back Zach Evans enrolls at TCU

Posted May 11th, 2020

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The ongoing recruiting saga of 2020 five-star running back Zachary Evans came to a quiet conclusion Monday afternoon when news trickled out that the former Galena Park North Shore star enrolled at TCU and plans to play for the Horned Frogs when the football season starts. He’s the first five-star recruit to ever sign with the Horned Frogs directly out of high school, but his journey to Fort Worth was not without bumps in the road.

Five-star running back Zach Evans competes at North Shore spring practice. (Mike Craven)

Evans entered his senior season as the No. 1-ranked running back in the nation and the consensus top player in the state of Texas. He helped North Shore claim a Class 6A Division I title as a junior in 2018, rushing for 1,784 yards and 29 touchdowns. North Shore was the favorites to repeat entering the 2019 season, but the season started with a loss to Katy thanks, in part, to a suspended Evans. 

The issues never stopped. Evans would rush for 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns on just 127 carries as a senior, missing time throughout the season due to injury or discipline. Evans missed the first half of the state semifinal game to take a college entry exam, and then was suspended for the state championship rematch with Duncanville over a violation of team rules. That led Georgia to drop Evans from his national letter of intent in December, freeing up the No. 1-ranked player on the Fab 55 to search for a new home. 

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That didn’t prove easy. National signing day in February passed without Evans taking part and picking a school. He remained quiet and in the shadows as the 2021 recruiting class reached the forefront of onlooker’s minds. Some thought he was destined for a JUCO program. Instead, the state’s best running back since J.K. Dobbins is headed to TCU. 

Evans should make an immediate impact if the 5-11, 200-pound rusher can stay out of trouble. The Horned Frogs lost most of their production at running back from 2019 to graduation or the NFL draft. Evans is an incredible running back with generational skills. It’s the steal of the century if Evans figures out his personal demons at TCU. He can become the best back at TCU since LaDainian Tomlinson. 

2020 Fabulous 55 - Winter edition

The updated 2020 55 following the 2019 season.
RANK (PREV.)PLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. (1)Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)TCU
2. (3)Jaylon JonesDBCibolo Steele (6A)Texas A&M
3. (5)Drew SandersOLBDenton Ryan (5A)Alabama
4. (2)Demond DemasWRTomball (5A)Texas A&M
5. (4)Ja'Quinden JacksonQBDuncanville (6A)Texas
6. (20)Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWRRockwall (6A)Ohio State
7. (11)RJ MickensSSouthlake Carroll (6A)Clemson
8. (9)Jase McClellanRBAledo (5A)Alabama
9. (7)Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge (6A)Texas
10. (18)Jalen KimberCBMansfield Timberview (5A)Georgia
11. (10)Haynes KingQBLongview (5A)Texas A&M
12. (8)Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
13. (17)Nate AndersonOTFrisco Reedy (5A)Oklahoma
14. (45)Jalin ConyersTEGruver (2A)Oklahoma
15. (12)Quentin JohnstonWRTemple (6A)TCU
16. (52)Garrett HayesOTAthens (4A)TCU
17. (19)Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park (5A)Texas
18. (26)Seth McGowanRBMesquite Poteet (5A)Oklahoma
19. (15)Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Texas
20. (14)Alfred CollinsDTBastrop Cedar Creek (5A)Uncommitted
21. (35)Devon AchaneWRFort Bend Marshall (5A)Texas A&M
22. (40)Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Oklahoma
23. (23)EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Stanford
24. (34)Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin (6A)Texas
25. (6)Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Georgia
26. (13)Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
27. (25)Malik HornsbyQBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Arkansas
28. (32)Jahari RogersCBArlington (6A)Florida
29. (33)Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Purdue
30. (27)Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Texas
31. (NR)Jahdae BarronCBPflugerville Connally (5A)Texas
32. (41)Josh WhiteOLBCy Creek (6A)LSU
33. (22)Princely UmanmielenDEManor (5A)Florida
34. (30)Jake MajorsOCProsper (6A)Texas
35. (21)Alec BryantOLBAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Virginia Tech
36. (NR)Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll (6A)Texas
37. (NR)Loic FouonjiWRMidland Lee (6A)Texas Tech
38. (44)Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler (6A)Texas
39. (47)Parker WashingtonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Penn State
40. (46)Kevontre BradfordRBLancaster (6A)LSU
41. (48)Akinola OgunbiyiOGFort Bend Kempner (6A)Texas A&M
42. (38)Bryson WashingtonSC.E. King (6A)Oklahoma
43. (31)Lorando JohnsonCBLancaster (6A)LSU
44. (49)Ryan WattsCBLittle Elm (5A)Ohio State
45. (51)Avery HelmCBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Florida
46. (50)Michael HendersonATHCarrollton Ranchview (4A)Oklahoma
47. (24)Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Auburn
48. (16)Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Texas
49. (55)Trent Pullen OGWaco Connally (4A)Oklahoma State
50. (36)Darius SnowSCarrollton Hebron (6A)Michigan State
51. (37)James SylvesterDENewton (2A)Baylor
52. (NR)Kelvontay DixonWRCarthage (4A)Texas
53. (53)Chandler MorrisQBHighland Park (5A)Auburn
54. (42)Brennan ScottOLBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)UNLV
55. (43)Ty'Kieast CrawfordOTCarthage (4A)Kilgore College (JUCO)

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