TCU running back Zach Evans is on a visit to Ole Miss fresh off his decision last week to enter the transfer portal. A former 247Sports Composite five-star recruit, Evans’ first visit as a transfer is in Oxford, where coach Lane Kiffin is fresh off a contract extension of his own. VIP 247Sports members learned of Evans’ visit yesterday, compliments of David Johnson and Inside the Rebels.
As a sophomore on the 2021 season, Evans took 92 carries for 648 yards and five touchdowns. He rounded out his production with 10 catches for 130 yards and one touchdown. In his two-year career at TCU, he attempted 146 rushes for 1,063 yards and nine touchdowns. Evans added 18 receptions for 206 yards and one touchdown.
Evans was a five-star recruit in the Class of 2020, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. The 247Sports Composite considered Evans to be the No. 16 overall prospect, No. 2 running back and No. 1 player in Texas for the 2020 cycle.
LaDainian Tomlinson, himself a TCU legend, was in attendance for Dykes’ introductory press conference as TCU’s new head coach and said he has not spoken with Evans since his decision to enter the portal. But Tomlinson says he hopes to have that conversation with the former Galena Park North Shore (Houston, Texas) star soon, and used his own story form his days as a Horned Frog as a bit of a pitch for Evans to reconsider his move.
“Zach has to make his own decision,” Tomlinson said following Dykes’ introductory presser. “But I hope to have a chance to talk and converse with him before he makes the final decision. When I was here more than 20 years ago, I threatened to transfer too. I was having a tough year and a coaching change, and I wanted to leave as well. But I didn’t. And it worked out pretty good.”
Dykes, during his introductory press conference said that he spoke “briefly” to Evans after his decision to enter the portal, as did several other TCU staff members. New TCU assistant Ra’Shaad Samples even tweeted at Evans Monday evening with a “fingers crossed” emoji.
Midlands region recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks broke down Evans in 247Sports’ November 2018 scouting report.
“Dynamically athletic running back with prototype size and frame potential relative to the position,” Brooks wrote. “Owns college-ready build with frame space to add more bulk. Flashes elite athleticism verified in combine testing environment. Makes it look easy, sometimes to the point that it’s deceptive. Shows great top-end speed and outstanding close-quarters lateral mobility confirmed by a 3.91 shuttle. Flashes devastating start-stop-start ability in close quarters, coupled with impressive hesitation stutter. Effortlessly strings moves together in the open field to elude multiple defenders. Chameleon in ability to alter running styles, going from elusive darter to hole-punching, straight-line galloper. Home run hitter with high-volume capability. Patient and presses the line of scrimmage to set up blocks. Size and strength potential could provide high ceiling in blitz pickup. At times dances in the backfield rather than accelerating through the hole. Sometimes an upright runner who presents a bigger target. Does not always finish runs with expected strength. Will try to bounce runs too often. Could get on the field immediately at high-major level and become a Power Five star, in addition to first-round NFL Draft ceiling.”