Zach Evans is the example of why celebrating recruiting wins is the most pointless achievement.
When TCU signed the 5-star running back in the spring of 2020, he was the highest ranked rookie then-coach Gary Patterson had ever landed, and he was inundated with concerns.
“We will write the rest of his paragraph as it unfolds!” Patterson tweeted shortly after Evans signing.
As far as TCU is concerned, this paragraph must have its final point.
Evans is one of 3,000 NCAA football players currently on a transfer portal filled with youngsters who are only too sure it will be much better elsewhere.
Evans is one of the biggest college football free agents out there and a source of constant speculation about where he will play next season.
That’s how he likes it.
The day schools are Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Tomorrow it might be Florida. The next day it might be Texas.
Despite what has been said, Zach Evans’ TCU career is over.
On Thursday it became official as Evans announced that he intends to attend Ole Miss.
Let him grow up somewhere else, and wish him the best in the knowledge that this pattern will repeat itself until this young man grows up, or this story will end like so many others.
He’s good, and he’s not this Well.
According to current (and former) TCU staff members, Evans had a big place during his time in Fort Worth, and although he said the right things, his demeanor was a five-star diva.
Evans has shown in the 15 games he has played for TCU over the past two years that he is the most talented player at this school since LaDainian Tomlinson.
LT was a better player, barely a headache, as Evans acts like he’s done more than LT in his entire Hall of Fame career.
LT came to TCU as a young man who knew he had to work.
Evans came to TCU knowing he was already the greatest running back in football history as he had been told this since he was 2 years old.
While Evans has had a solid GPA and, more importantly, an impressive yards-per-carry average, what he’s done so far during his time at TCU is consistent with his time at Galena North Shore in Houston.
There is always something.
TCU started their relationship with Evans with their eyes open, so none of this comes as a surprise.
Evans’ behavior is well documented, and while nothing he’s ever done can come close to a criminal, it’s still grueling.
All that started in spring 2019, when he announced that he and his high school teammate, offensive lineman Damieon George, were on a global contract. George had enlisted in Alabama.
Afterwards, Evans paid an unofficial visit to Georgia, and shortly after being suspended by his high school coach for the second game of the season. His head coach did not elaborate on why he suspended Evans, but was quick to say he was a good kid and teammate.
Over the following months, Evans visited LSU and Texas A&M.
On December 14, 2019, he missed the first half of his team’s semi-final match to win the ACT. He came back in time for the second half and ran 176 yards on 16 carries in a win.
Two days after signing with Georgia, Evans was suspended for the state championship game for “breaking team rules.”
When a high school coach who suspended you once already does it again for the state title game, there are problems.
In the first week of 2020, Georgia announced it had released Evans from its national letter of intent. He was the best running back in the country and Georgia said go.
Next, Evans visited Tennessee and Ole Miss. In February, he visited Florida. In March, he signed with TCU.
In 146 career carries, he averaged 7.3 yards per attempt and scored nine touchdowns. He was also “disciplined” by not starting TCU’s opener in 2021.
The talent is undeniable, but almost as undeniable as the drama he created and apparently wants to do.
The staff all say that he is a good, polite and respectful child, that he has “noise” in his life, which normally means there is a “family and friends” problem.
Now he will go elsewhere, and one day he will realize what Dr. Seuss taught us years ago: “Wherever you go, there you are.”
“And you know what you know. And YOU will decide where to go,” wrote the good doctor.
Hope Evans understands that.
So far, he’s just another example of winning a recruiting war that turned out to be a loss.
This story was originally published 5 January 2022 13:06.