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Zach Evans broke his social media silence on Monday afternoon.
In his first tweet since January 2, Evans simply posted two emojicons - a purple heart and a frog. Which, for the news that broke on Monday morning seemingly confirmed that Evans is heading to TCU.
The five-star prospect has gone through a wild recruiting process, which has been under the microscope of the not only local but the national media for years. VYPE caught up with Evans on Monday, prior to his workout to get a behind the scenes look to what this whole process has been like for him.
VYPE: What went into you choosing TCU?
EVANS: "I chose them because of TCU being close to home and their offensive scheme." VYPE: This was a wild recruiting process for you can you explain what it was like for you and how challenging it has been?
EVANS: "My recruiting process was crazy but it was a humbling experience for me. I got to open my eyes to the world, it gave me a reality check on certain situations and people. Not everyone is for you, so you have to do what's best for you. Go where you needed not just wanted."
VYPE: What were the highs and lows of this whole process?
EVANS: "It had its lows but it's how you bounce back. How you shake back when a situation at play doesn't go your way."
VYPE: What was the hardest part about being the No. 1 recruit and people always tugging at you?
EVANS: "Trusting, it's blind trust."
VYPE: Were you ever ready to give up on the process?
EVANS: "No. I never wanted to give up, I have too much at risk."
VYPE: What are your expectations going to TCU, what do you want to accomplish?
EVANS: "My expectation going into TCU are very simple and broad. I plan to come in and do three years and become a top draft pick. I chose TCU because they'll allow me to show my versatility as a player. I don't just want to run the ball."
VYPE: What are some things you've seen written or said about you that you would want to address?
EVANS: "I've seen a lot but I want to address the good and the bad with a simple 'preciate it'."
Donovan Green got the news from his dad over the phone.
The 6-foot-4 Dickinson Gator was named the No. 1 tight end in the country for the Class of 2022 by 247Sports.
"My dad texted me like 30 minutes ago and that's how I found out," he said. "I didn't expect that."
His dad Dominque Green won a state title as a receiver for the La Marque Cougars in 1995, so Green has some football lineage.
The sophomore was also a member of the Gator hoops team that reached the state tournament for the first time in decades a few weeks back.
"Playing basketball helps my fluidness on the football field," he said. "It helps me with cutting in my routes and agility. It also helps with conditioning. Football helps me on the basketball court to just be tough and be ready for contact all the time."
When he's not playing sports, Green excels at another hobby – painting sneakers.
"My mom's side of the family is really creative and I'd watch them draw," he said. "It's a great way to get away from sports sometimes. I watched some videos of people painting shoes and I thought, 'Let me try this real quick.' I picked it up and I really enjoy it."
Hybrid athletes are all the rage in college football and in the NFL. The tight ends are becoming one of the most important positions on the field from Travis Kelce to George Kittle to Darren Waller to Zach Ertz to Austin Hooper and Mark Andrews. The list goes on.
Who does Green watch?
"I watch Mark Andrews," he said. "I've talked to coach (Cale) Gundy and how they used him at Oklahoma and how the (Baltimore) Ravens use him in their offense. He's really good."
For a year, Green was the understudy to another talented TE in Jalen Wydermyer, who led Texas A&M in receiving touchdowns in 2019.
"When I was a freshman, I'd watch him in practice," he said. "He was a role model the way he worked. He stayed humble and worked on his form all the time."
Being named the nation's top TE come the onslaught of recruiting. He already has dozens of offers and is just evaluating.
"The main thing I'm looking at is atmosphere and location," he said. "Also, how a team uses the tight end. I'm really considering everyone and looking for the best fit."
For now, he continues to work on his craft on the field and on the canvas.