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Elite 2020 running back Zachary Evans talks Michigan offer, visit plans and more

Evans is one of the premier running backs in the 2020 class, and will be a player Michigan recruits for a long time.

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Zachary Evans

2020 running back recruit Zachary Evans was in the weight room on Jan. 31 when his coach came to him and told him the good news — Evans was offered a scholarship to play for the University of Michigan.

“My heart was pacing and my adrenaline ran higher,” Evans told Maize n Brew. “It was a good feeling.”

Evans plays his high school ball at North Shore High School in Houston, Texas. He is listed at 6-foot and 195 pounds. As a four-star, he is the 40th ranked overall recruit and the fourth ranked running back in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports.

He holds other offers to play for Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, Oregon, LSU and tons of other great college football programs. By the time his recruitment picks up, he will be one of the most sought after running backs in his class.

Evans said he models his game after Jacksonville Jaguars’ running back Leonard Fournette. Standing at 6-foot and weighing nearly 200 pounds, that seems like a pretty fair comparison to me.

When asked what his best qualities are as a running back, Evans said this:

“As a football player, I always put my team first and I’m never gonna let us go out the wrong way. We’re gonna execute every play.”

Evans seems to be pretty open-minded about it about when he plans on visiting the University of Michigan. Regardless of the “when,” it is guaranteed to happen this year.

“We’re planning (to visit) this summer,” he said. “Or the spring game. But most likely (as soon as possible).”

Evans just started making his top schools list, and Michigan is in his “top 10-15.”

But the factors that will go into his college decision-making process makes it seem like Michigan may end up making it higher than the top 10 or 15. Those factors include the following:

  • The college that will “truly have my back after my time is up.”
  • “Who can get me into the (NFL).
  • “The best opportunity educational-wise, because I know I’m (going to) have to earn my spot.”

The big question for Evans now is “does Evans think Michigan can do all three of those things for him?” If the answer is yes, Michigan may end up landing a huge running back recruit in two years.