Evans (6-2, 190) attends Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo., and is a 3-star recruit according to Rivals. He threw for 3,130 yards, 30 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions as a sophomore last season, per MaxPreps.
Arkansas became Evans’ first FBS offer in May. He also has offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State and Northwestern.
Here’s SEC Country’s breakdown of what his commitment means for Arkansas.
What it means for Arkansas at quarterback
The Hogs look to sign at least one quarterback in each class, and they have their guy for 2019. So, barring multiple transfers or a de-commitment from Evans, they almost certainly won’t be pursuing any others.
If the quarterback group stays as projected between now and then, here’s how things would look (sorted by class) when Evans arrives in 2019.
- Ty Storey, Sr.
- Cole Kelley, Jr.
- Daulton Hyatt, So. (likely to redshirt this season)
- Connor Noland, Fr. (likely to redshirt in 2018)
- Ty Evans, Fr.
That is one per class with the incoming freshman redshirting each year. This is ideally exactly what the coaching staff hopes to do at the position — give players time to learn and develop before stepping into action.
What it means for Arkansas’ chances with 2018 QB Gerry Bohanon Jr.
There’s a chance Gerry Bohanon Jr., a 2018 4-star from Earle (Ark.), also could be in that projected quarterback group. He’s still uncommitted, with Arkansas as one of his top choices. Though Noland is already firmly committed, coach Bret Bielema has said this would be a class the Hogs can sign two quarterbacks, obviously leaving the door open for Bohanon.
So, does Evans’ pledge have a negative impact on the Hogs’ chances with Bohanon? Probably not. The negatives for Bohanon have been Noland, Arkansas’ style of play and what looks like a difficult path to early playing time. None of that has much to do with the Razorbacks bringing in a 2019 quarterback. Besides, that was always going to happen.
What it means for Arkansas’ 2019 class
As previously stated, the Hogs are done at quarterback for 2019 as long as they keep Evans committed. That may be a difficult task as more prominent programs come after him, but that’s a story for another day.
What’s more important for now is it gets the ball rolling on what could be an outstanding class for Arkansas. The Natural State is primed to have its best crop of recruits in years with the 2019 class. What there doesn’t appear to be at this time is a standout quarterback among the in-state group. There’s just about everything else on the offensive side of the ball, though, so Evans can be a very important out-of-state piece.
Here are four in-state players in the 2019 class the Hogs already have offered. Each player is ranked in the top 300 overall nationally according to the 247Sports composite.
- Treylon Burks, 4-star WR, Warren
- Hudson Henry, 4-star TE, Pulaski Academy
- Darius Thomas, 4-star OT, Jonesboro
- Jadon Jackson, 3-star WR, Bentonville West
Combine those players with Evans, and the Razorbacks have a very good core of offensive players in the class. The next addition may even come this week with Henry scheduled to visit Arkansas on Wednesday.