Chasing Zachary

You guys know I don’t normally follow the stories of individual recruits, because life is too short to get wrapped up in the decision making process of 17-year olds.  (Particularly when you’ve already been there, done that with your own offspring.)

But this year, I’ve made an exception, because he’s too much fun to ignore.

Zach Evans has already signed a letter of intent. He has since been released from it and reopened his recruitment. So technically his recruitment may just continue until he enrolls somewhere. But assuming we can finally conclude the winding journey of one of the nation’s top running backs, Evans’ decision will be one of the biggest news items of signing day. He could land back at Georgia and propel the Bulldogs to the No. 1 recruiting class. He could send Tennessee back into the top 10 if he picks the Vols. Florida and Florida State have lingered, and Evans could punctuate what could be furious finishes for both. Texas A&M continues to chip away at this one and if you want a darkhorse, keep an eye on USC. The bottom line is that no one knows what Evans will do and whoever lands him would get a huge signing day boost.

Literally, this story only ends when he wanders on to a campus one day and signs up for class.  I wouldn’t have the energy to stay after this kid, but, then again, I’m not desperate enough to let a teenager, even if he’s the last uncommitted five-star recruit on the board, embarrass me publicly like some people are.

Those first dates can be awkward.

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52 responses to “Chasing Zachary

  1. 81Dog

    UT wanted to meet off campus. Preferably somewhere without cameras. Bagmen are fairly camera averse.

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  2. This kid committed to Georgia and had never (to my knowledge) been on the Georgia campus. He’s had issues with his HS coach. I do not think this is a bad kid; I think this is an immature kid. He needs to go to a school very close to home.

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    • ASEF

      Needs professional help, and I am not saying that dismissively.

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    • Didntgotheredawg

      I think the exact opposite. Kid needs to get away from his current environment and learn to be a man, put his chinstrap on to work, and establish pro habits from Kirby, Dell, Jonas, Zeus, Kenny, and his freshman classmate Kendall. Doesn’t hurt to have the studs we still have on the oline. Really hope this kid gets it together fast wherever he goes. That shuttle time is ridiculous.

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      • dawgtired

        Did I understand correctly, that we are no longer recruiting him? The thought was that Kirby didn’t want to take a chance on a potential bad apple, right?
        The kid certainly needs the right mentorship to help him mature.

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        • Silver Creek Dawg

          Consider Evans announced on Instagram yesterday that he’ll be in Athens this weekend, I’d have to say no, we haven’t stopped recruiting him.

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          • Mike Cooley

            Take this for what it’s worth but the word is Kirby gave Evans a list of criteria to meet and he got in trouble again. After that Kirby released him from his NLI and Evans decided to stay home and go to Texas A&M. His momma was NOT happy with that idea. It seems there are some people around him there in Texas that she wants him away from and she loves Kirby and Del McGee. Supposedly she made her son get in touch with them and ask them what he could possibly do to be able to come to UGA. Again, take all this with a grain of salt. I personally think it would be wise at this point to take Dajun Edwards who will be a very good college running back himself and is no trouble. But I get that Evans is one of those doesn’t come along often and I trust Kirby.

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            • DawgByte

              Your comments are in line with the information I’ve received from my contact in Houston. The only difference is, Zach’s HC reached out to Kirby personally and said Zach was a take. That spurred Kirby to send Dell back out to Houston for a series of meetings. Both Zach and his Mom want him to be a Bulldog. If we want him, we’ll get him.

              We’ll see how it shakes out.

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            • I was hearing that Edwards needs a test score and that may be the hold up from the Radi/Donnan podcast

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    • Derek

      Home could be the problem.

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    • 81Dog

      or maybe very far from home. Maybe he’d benefit from being out from under his local influences.

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  3. Godawg

    Isaiah Crowell?

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    The part I like is the kid doesn’t appear to care if Pruitt wants to meet. Sorry buddy, but your school is on the same level as 50-100 other also-ran teams across the nation. I only talk to the big boys. That alone is a big plus for Evans in my book.

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  5. Mick Jagger

    Nick Chubb could have been a great role model for him. He sorely (and surely) needs one.

    Maybe Daijun Edwards would be a better choice.

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    • Russ

      I agree on Chubb. Kendall Milton seems cut from the same cloth as Chubb but it’s hard for a contemporary to be mentor. He needs guidance/examples from an upper class man.

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    • Greg

      Good point on Chubb. Not too many like him, a team player with talent to match.

      Got a feeling Zeus steps up this year (leadership).

      Don’t really know for sure, but the risk/reward probably not worth it with Evans. Guess we will just have to trust in Kirby…..thinks Evans is there if we want him.

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    • Mick Jagger

      Unless Rush Propst is his agent!

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  6. Go Dawgs!

    It’s hilarious to see Tennessee’s coaches have their time wasted like that, but come on… you’ve got millionaire coaches flying halfway across the country to keep a scheduled meeting with you to offer you free college at an SEC school and the NFL audition platform that comes along with that. You can’t even be bothered to show up? Just like you couldn’t be bothered to put down your cell phone long enough to be with your team and prepare to play in a state championship football game?

    This young man is an incredibly talented football player, but I hope that someone can get in his ear and really help him understand that this his talents aren’t going to outweigh the consequences of that type of behavior for very long. If you can find me a more talented NFL wide receiver than Antonio Brown, I’d love to see him, and Brown is currently out of the league and not a lock to ever get back in. I’m worried that Zack Evans is going to find himself in a similar situation someday if he doesn’t shape up. And I’m worried about what sort of impact he’ll have on our team if he chooses to come to Athens.

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    • Greg

      “This young man is an incredibly talented football player, but I hope that someone can get in his ear and really help him understand that this his talents aren’t going to outweigh the consequences“

      But….”Prime Time” is doing his best.

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    • Yeah, he strikes me as the type who would show up, show flashes of brilliance his freshman year, and then not return to school from summer break until the coaches go get him. In other words, he might not want to play as much as the world thinks he should.

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      • Russ

        I honestly think this is true. The kid has a great talent for running a football, but he doesn’t seem to care that he has it. The problem is explaining to him what other opportunities that talent can open up for him.

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  7. The Dawg abides

    The most puzzling part about the whole thing is how quickly we released him from the LOI, then continued to recruit him. He signed in December and kept it secret so he could announce at the AA game, then that plan suddenly changed and he did an awkward, live in-game interview instead where he seemed to apologize and asked his coaches for another chance, all while Deion Sanders was by his side vouching for him.
    It seemed like a mutual split with him being released from the LOI, but now some consider UGA the favorite for where he eventually ends up. My question is, if we still wanted him, then why release him? With the LOI still in effect, he would have had to enroll in June and then immediately enter the portal if he wanted out. Then he’d have take his chances on getting a waiver to be eligible for this season. The staff would have exclusive access until June to work on him, no other program could contact or recruit him until he entered the portal.

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    • spur21

      I think Kirby whispered in his ears – get your shit together young man and we will have a spot for you – continue the bad and erratic behavior and you are on your own.

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    • Cojones

      Please excuse my paranoia, but “… …, all while Deion Sanders was by his side vouching for him.” doesn’t come off as if Sanders is mentoring him? Could Deion have given him advice to do what he did? Everyone should look at a replay of that game to see the antics of Deion and how they were affecting the coach and the team. Also, FSU is after Evans as well and the announcement indecisiveness at an AA game smacks of someone getting into his ear at that game or just before.

      We are willing to look past his behavior in order to get his services, or, even better yet, put it on Kirby’s shoulders alone. We should take the responsibility of saying what we think as to our future with such a player and, as alums, speak up loudly for Kirby to hear the complaints. If not, then we shut up and say we want him for that NC hunt that speaks loudly to us.

      This kid has many voices that have given him poor advice for his future as a FB player and I imagine confusion reigns in his head. Exactly whom would you listen to when you were 17? Obviously, Momma isn’t the final word in his circle and there has to be forces pulling him every way but loose. Someone wasn’t advising him on his teamwork nor consequences of ignoring protocols to follow in HS championship games. Do we want that split mentoring indecisiveness to affect our new players and the team? If, after a year, we are back in NOLA, would he be a voice of team spirit or player selfishness? Obtaining one player like this will affect the team negatively as well as positively and my vote goes to dropping his recruitment and be done with it.

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  8. Reverend Whitewall

    For his sake, I hope I’m wrong and he grows up quickly wherever he lands. But man, this guy seems like one of those that trouble is gonna follow wherever he goes, and it’s gonna drag down whichever players happen to be with him at the time, too.

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  9. Busta

    It’s funny that Vol fans haven’t even heard this news, their media is probably trying to find a way to downplay this

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  10. spur21

    I’m starting to think there are far to many folks giving him advice. It’s tough to be 17 and have folks telling you how great you are.
    Trenton Thompson comes to mind. Great natural talent but listening and acting on bad advice.

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  11. 2675miller

    His problems haven’t been criminal or drug related like the sort we’ve seen in the past. They seem to be strictly related to his relationship with his coaches although there were rumors last summer that UGA backed off of him last summer because of “attitude” problems. I think being on a team stacked with players who are just as talented as he is could benefit him as could a change in scenery. It is amazing how a hit by an AA linebacker or lineman in a scrimmage can adjust the attitude of a freshman primadonna.

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  12. Jim

    Does anyone know why he was released from his LOI?
    Did he request the release?

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  13. 4th & Kirby

    I never post this kind of “inside information” but according to boosters in Athens, Evans had signed LOI’s with multiple schools. And taken money from different schools. Kirby didn’t release him from his LOI as much as took the offer away. I don’t want him in Athens and I think the NCAA will be sniffing around whichever school ends up taking him and his drama.

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    • TN Dawg

      Interesting.

      Reckon he “opened recruiting back up” to score a few more bucks?

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    • Go Dawgs!

      If he indeed shows up in Athens for his visit this weekend, we’ll know that’s baloney. We wouldn’t be recruiting him or welcoming him to campus if we’ve withdrawn his offer. And, if he’s signed multiple LOIs then he might as well call off the whole thing because the other schools holding his signature won’t allow him to play for another school, so he’s toast for a year. Don’t mean to impugn your sources, but I’m not buying this one.

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    • My good ATM bud said Evans was shopping. And that became a danger sign for them.

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  14. SouthernYank

    I get the continual bad mouthing of other programs, but folks look dumb when they’re bad mouthing and don’t realize he’s already visited the campus of the program they’re bad mouthing. Stop wasting our time.

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  15. Whiskey Dawg

    Maybe after all is said and done he’ll be a Dawg and more confident in his choice to come to UGA.

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  16. Edwards committed.

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    • Greg

      Would not surprise me at all if he ends up a dawg.

      Wonder where we are on that McConkey kid, gotta say that I like him.

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  17. stoopnagle

    Can anyone think of a similar circus-style recruitment that ended well?

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    • Cam Newton without even trying hard. Ended well for him and AU. But, a whole bunch more without thinking much didnt…. Or even if they were OK to good in college their NFL careers were a not

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  18. Saltwater Dawg

    Daijun Edwards just committed. Look like Evan will be playing elsewhere.

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  19. TMCDAWG

    Been saying all along Evans is a cancer and problem child. Steer clear of him.

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    • spur21

      That may be true but there is a possibility he can be steered into adulthood with the proper support. Kirby is possibly the only one that knows exactly what is going on and I trust him to do what’s best for the school the kid and team.

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