TCU running backwards Zach Evans Plans to enter the transfer portal, sources say 247Sports.
The former five-star runner spent two seasons in Fort Worth, finishing his Horned Frog career with 1,063 yards and nine touchdowns on 7.3 yards per carry. Evans has averaged seven yards per carry this season on 93 attempts, the fifth-best clip in college football.
Sources say that name, photo, and likeness will play a big role in choosing Evans’ next destination.
Evans had a well-documented and eventful path to getting into the TCU. At one point, he ranked as the #1 player overall in the 2020 recruitment category and had recruiting to match that kind of hype. During a roughly 12-month period, Evans had leaders including Texas, LSU, Alabama, and Georgia. Texas A&M, Ole Miss and even Tennessee got into the mix at different times. Evans signed with Georgia silently during the early signing period but eventually asked to get out of the LOI. Evans remained non-committal for several months after dropping out of UGA before signing with The Horned Frogs.
Evans, who is 5 feet 11 and weighs 212 pounds, ranked 16th overall and second straight in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports Composite.
Here is a high school scout profile for 247Sports, via national analyst Gabe Brooks:
“Dynamic mathematical return with the size of the prototype and the possibility of the frame relative to the position. He owns a college prefab building with frame space to add more volume. Elite Athletic flashes verified in the test environment combination. It makes it seem so easy, that it can be tricky sometimes. It shows superb superb speed and great lateral movement through close quarters confirmed by the 3.91 shuttle. The flicker has a devastating ability to start, stop, and start in close quarters, along with an impressive frequency stutter. The strings move together easily in the open field to dodge multiple defenders. The chameleon is in the ability to change running patterns, go from dodgy dodge to hole punch, and sprint in a straight line. Home run hitter with oversized capacity. The patient presses on the line of melee to erect blocks. The size and power capabilities can provide a high ceiling in this lightning pickup. Sometimes he dances in the back field instead of sprinting through the hole. Sometimes an upright runner presents a larger target. He doesn’t always finish sprinting with the expected strength. He will try to jump more often. You can get on the field immediately at a high key level and become a Power 5 star, as well as a first-round NFL draw cap.”
The NCAA introduced the transfer portal on October 15, 2018, providing athletes with a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to move. They only need to request compliance by entering their name. Usually, it takes 24 to 48 hours for a player to appear at their request. Schools are free to contact the player without restrictions once their name appears in the portal.
While a player entering his name into the transfer portal means that he intends to explore his options, this does not necessarily mean that he will leave. The player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are not obligated to keep the player in the scholarship once they enter the portal.
There were 2,646 FBS players entered the transfer portal during the 2020-2021 transfer cycle, per source. This is up from 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19.
This increase can be attributed at least in part to a new NCAA policy that allows student-athletes to transition once in their careers without having to sit for a year in residence. This means that all players who enter the transfer portal for the first time will be immediately eligible at their new school as long as they meet the NCAA deadline for entry.