Ex-TCU running back Zach Evans commits to Ole Miss

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Zach Evans is headed to the SEC.

After two years at TCU, Evans announced Thursday that he will continue his career at Ole Miss. Evans was the top running back recruit in the class of 2020 who showed flashes of brilliance during his time with the Horned Frogs. Now he will get a chance to be an integral part of Lane Kiffin’s offense in Oxford with the Rebels coming off a 10-win season.

Evans rushed for 415 yards and four touchdowns on just 54 carries as a freshman. This year, he went for 648 yards and five scores on 92 attempts in just six games. Over those two seasons, the former five-star recruit averaged 7.3 yards per rush. He also has 18 catches for 206 yards during his college career.

At Ole Miss, Evans can become an immediate contributor with Jerrion Ealy and Snoop Conner — who rushed for a combined 1,415 yards and 18 TDs this season — both declaring for the NFL draft.

Before he landed at TCU, Evans had one of the more bizarre recruiting journeys in recent memory. It wasn’t until May 2020 that Evans signed with TCU. Before that, the Houston native was connected to an array of schools, including Georgia, Texas A&M, Alabama and LSU, among others.

TCU running back Zach Evans (6) carries the ball against Southern Methodist University in the first half during an NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
TCU running back Zach Evans carries the ball against SMU in the first half on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Evans even signed with Georgia at one point, but did not divulge the news publicly. He planned to reveal his choice live on ESPN during the Under Armour All-America Game. Instead, he issued an apology, saying he “made some stupid decisions.” Evans had some off-field trouble during his high school career that included being suspended for the state championship game.

Not long after, Georgia released Evans from his NLI. He made official visits to both Ole Miss and Tennessee before the pandemic limited his ability to make additional visits.

Later on, Evans decided to stay in his home state and sign with TCU, becoming the first five-star recruit to ever sign with the Horned Frogs.

TCU went 6-4 in Evans’ first season with the program. This year, the Horned Frogs finished 5-7 and the school fired longtime head coach Gary Patterson in late October. Evans specifically thanked Patterson in his statement about transferring to Ole Miss. TCU has since hired Sonny Dykes, who went 30-18 in four seasons at SMU.

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