Last night, five-star running back Zachary Evans unveiled his top five schools. Evans, the No. 1 recruit in the 2020 class, is still considering Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
Interestingly, Evans, who hails from Houston (Tex.) North Shore, has eliminated all Texas schools. Texas and Texas A&M had been considered to be contenders to land him, but now both are on the outside looking in.
In an interview with 247Sports’ Chris Hummer, Evans explained why he dropped the Longhorns from consideration. Texas fans won’t be happy when they read these quotes.
“It’s just … you don’t know how to put it,” Evans told 247Sports as a part of a wide-ranging interview. “I don’t want to be disrespectful. I ain’t saying (Texas) can’t win a natty. It’s just at the moment [Texas is] not quite there. You beat Georgia but you barely beat Georgia. What about when it comes to a Bama or go to a Clemson? “Texas is a good school, they coming up. It’s just … I don’t know.”
“I don’t want to be disrespectful. I ain’t saying (Texas) can’t win a natty. It’s just at the moment [Texas is] not quite there. You beat Georgia but you barely beat Georgia. … Texas is a good school, they coming up. It’s just … I don’t know.” https://t.co/kCkqn1bONy — 247Sports (@247Sports) May 28, 2019
Evans holds nearly 50 scholarship offers, so there were plenty of quality programs that didn’t make the cut. However, those quotes about Texas stand out.
Tom Herman has things turning around in Austin, but it is clear he needs to take the next step to resonate fully with some top recruits.
After 10 wins and a Sugar Bowl takedown of Georgia in 2018, that next step would be a Big 12 title and possible College Football Playoff berth.
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