Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss rising sophomore running back Zachary Evans, who added his first offer — from LSU — in the spring. The Class of 2020 standout has put together an impressive offer sheet and named a few schools that have piqued his interest. Find every post of SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers recruiting notebook right here.
LSU the first to offer 2020 RB Zachary Evans
HOUSTON — Before Zachary Evans took a varsity snap at North Shore High School in Houston, he participated in a satellite camp hosted by LSU and UTSA. Les Miles was the coach of LSU and former Tigers assistant, Frank Wilson, was being ushered in as the new coach of the Roadrunners.
The then-rising freshman running back immediately turned heads, most notably former LSU running backs coach Jabbar Juluke. That impression never faded and led to an offer eight months later.
In February, LSU became the first school to extend a scholarship offer to Evans, who is making the case as the No. 1 tailback in the 2020 recruiting class.
“Being that it came from LSU, it felt great,” Evans told SEC Country at the V7 NPA Camp in Houston. “It hit me now and it still feels amazing. I’m not going to lie, it really feels amazing.”
“They called my coach and then he told me that I got an offer from LSU. My heart dropped. I couldn’t say anything because really, I didn’t know what to say. I was speechless.”
Since then, the 6-foot, 185-pound Evans has seen his recruitment take off.
Schools such as Houston, Texas A&M, Kansas, Texas, Baylor and Oregon followed suit with offers in June. Evans camped at Alabama and Ohio State, who also made scholarship offers.
Evans won’t release a top schools list until his junior season, but knows a few schools have quickly grabbed his attention.
“LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Alabama and Ohio State,” Evans said. “You start to feel great with all of this, but you’ve got to remain humble.”
North Shore connection ‘is real’
Evans may be the next great prospect to emerge from North Shore High School.
Two others that have done so include former 4-star safety Eric Monroe, a top-60 prospect in the Class of 2016, and former 4-star defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson, a top-40 prospect in last year’s recruiting class.
Both signed with the Tigers.
LSU has enjoyed success recruiting not only the Houston area, but North Shore High School specifically. Evans has witnessed it firsthand.
“The way they’re training, the way they work hard, they [LSU] can dominate any team when it comes to that,” said Evans.
When asked about a connection between his high school and LSU, he added: “Yes, it’s real.”
Next step in Evans’ recruitment
A one-time unknown participating in a satellite camp in front of LSU and UTSA coaching staffs, Evans is preparing to begin taking unofficial visits this fall.
Don’t tell that to his mother.
She is dwelling on the fact that Evans now holds several Power 5 offers after only one varsity football season — one in which he amassed more than 1,700 yards and 33 touchdowns.
There is a good chunk of time between now and a decision.
“Mom, she cried. She cried. That was my first big offer. She was just like, ‘My baby, my baby!'” said Evans, adding that it meant more because it was LSU. “Right now, I know I have to wait until my time comes. My junior year, I’ll start dropping my top 10 and stuff, and when my senior year comes I’ll announce on signing day.”
Evans made visits to Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Columbus, Ohio, this summer and will continue to tour through campuses this fall. One spot he is resolute on seeing is Baton Rouge.
The 2020 running back is a fan of current Tigers tailback Derrius Guice and is anxious to take in Death Valley for the first time.
“I’ll be coming in the fall,” Evans said, of LSU. “I want to see Guice.”
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