The page turned on the 2018 recruiting class last Wednesday with national signing day. The Longhorns planted its flag under Tom Herman in the national recruiting landscape, reeling in the third best class in the nation. The group consisted of 27 players and a record-breaking 16 Fabulous 55 members.
Texas will turn its attention to the 2019 class this weekend with a pair of junior days. The Longhorns are set to host dozens of their top targets in the 2019 class and hope the junior day this year creates the ripple effect equal to the one held last season.
That doesn’t mean Texas isn’t already recruiting the 2020 recruiting class. The Longhorns hosted 2020 running back Zachary Evans last week for an unofficial visit and are currently in a two-team race with Alabama for the future Galena Park Northshore standout.
“Texas did show me something different and I’m learning more about each school on every visit. It is still too early to really say, but Texas and Alabama are the two schools who showed me something different. Those two are separating themselves from the others,” he said. “Texas treated me like one of their players immediately.”
The 6-foot, 207-pound running back wants to weigh around 225 pounds entering his senior season. He’s a bruising back with the ability to handle 20-plus carries a game. Evans is also a big-play threat. He was named the Houston Chronicle Newcomer of the Year in 2017 after rushing for 1,483 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore. He added 12 receptions for 270 yards and wants to continue improving his receiving abilities.
“Colleges have told me repeatedly that being a three-down running back is the key because the running game isn’t always going to work. The offense has to throw the ball and I want to be on the field during those situations,” Evans said. “These 7-on-7 camps and tournaments allow me to show I have hands and improve my technique.”
Evans is trying to handle the early exposure with humility and perspective.
“Not everyone is in this situation. It’s stressful, but it is a good stress,” he said. “I talk to my family and my head coach about recruiting and rely on those guys. I want to find a program where I feel like home because you need to commit to the program, not the coaches.”