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'."
HOUSTON - Zach Evans is heading to TCU.
According to 24/7 Sports, Evans has enrolled at TCU and started taking classes as of Monday morning. This news sent shockwaves across the recruiting landscape as Evans becomes the first-ever five-star to land in Fort Worth.
Evans' recruitment has been one of weirdest and wildest processes.
At one point, Evans was rated as the No. 1 overall prospect in the country - currently is ranked No. 16 - for the Class of 2020. His social media presence has been slim to none over the past few months, Evans at one point removing recruiting visit posts from his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
In his senior season at North Shore, Evans was suspended from games on two different occasions. Early in the season, following the season-opening loss to Katy he was held out of the next two non-district games. The second suspension made national headlines. Evans was sent home the night before the Class 6A Division I State Championship game due to a violation of team rules and didn't -play a factor in North Shore winning its second-straight state title.
A few weeks later, Evans played in an All-American game, where many believed he was going to make a commitment announcement. Instead, he passed on the announcement and a week later it came out that he had signed with Georgia during the early signing period but then asked to be released from his National Letter of Intent.
Since that news came out, Evans had been silent on social media. A random Instagram Live video would pop up here or there but nothing referring to his recruitment. Many asked the question, What has happened to Zach Evans?
Now we know. He is heading to TCU.
With the addition of Evans, who rushed for more than 4,000 yards in his highs school career, TCU's 2020 recruiting class has jumped up to No. 3 in the Big 12 Conference, just behind Texas and Oklahoma, respectively. Evans becomes the 19th commit to the class and the first five-star. Nationally, TCU is ranked No. 23.
According to 24/7Sports, Evans is the sixth player to enroll at TCU from the Class of 2020. In the Class of 2020, Evans joins Dominic Richardson (Bishop McGuinness HS (Oklahoma City, OK)) as a running back in the class.