America’s No. 1 Player Names Top 5 Schools, With 3 Major SEC Contenders
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North Shore running back Zachary Evans is the best high school football player to come out of Texas since Myles Garrett (who went No. 1 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft). When talking about running backs, Evans is the highest-rated talent from Texas since some guy named Adrian Peterson. The 200-pound running back has lightning quick feet, breakaway speed, power between the tackles, and is ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the country by both 247Sports and ESPN for the 2020 recruiting class.

When you’re far and away the best player in your class, you have the option to attend any college in the country you want. In January, Zachary Evans named his top 11 schools that he’s considering, which isn’t easy when he has at least 44 scholarship offers with more pouring in every single day.

Zachary Evans Recruiting

The five-star running back named the following schools in his top-5 on Twitter, cutting his list down from 11 teams earlier in the year:

  • Alabama Crimson Tide
  • Georgia Bulldogs
  • LSU Tigers
  • Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Oklahoma Sooners

Massive college football programs like Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Texas A&M, Texas and Washington all made pushes to land the incredibly talented ball carrier, and even places like Alcorn State and Wyoming have taken their shot and sent him offers.

Please watch the very first 20 seconds of this highlight tape, and you’ll understand EXACTLY why everybody wants Zach Evans on their football team.

Zachary Evans Highlights

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MaxPreps’ Junior Player of the Year ran for 1,785 yards and 29 scores in 2018, which followed his sophomore campaign running for 1,483 yards and 27 touchdowns on the ground.

As a junior, Evans helped lead his Houston high school to the Texas 6A Division I State Championship — the school’s second in three years — with a perfect 16-0 record. Incredibly, North Shore’s offense averaged 53.4 points per game with quarterback Dematrius Davis Jr. under center, who’s currently the No. 4 dual-threat QB in 2021. Evans might be this team’s biggest name, but Davis’ heroics etched him in high school football history.


North Shore defeated Duncanville on this insane, game-winning Hail Mary as time expired to win the state title last year.

Evans squats 605 pounds, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, and has a 34-inch vertical leap. It’s safe to say that whatever team lands this kid is getting a plug-and-play talent that could change the fortune of one team for several years until he makes the jump to the NFL.

UPDATE: North Shore began the 2019 season with 6-1 record on its talented roster led by Evans. 247Sports believes Georgia is leading LSU as the favorite to land the superstar running back, with Texas A&M beginning to lose ground.

North Shore is the No. 25 team in the nation, according to MaxPreps, so the spotlight isn’t going anywhere. It’s unlikely we’ll know where Evans commits until after his senior season is over, but the clock is ticking with December’s Early Signing Period falling on December 18-20.


This article was originally published May 15, 2019. 

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John Duffley About the author:
John joins the FanBuzz team with five years of experience freelancing as a sports writer for and A graduate of Penn State University, John currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. He is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
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