Florida football: Could 5-star RB Zach Evans pick the Gators?

Could it be that a 5-star running back out of Texas could make Florida football his next home? It apparently is closer than we think.

The recruitment of Texas 5-star running back Zach Evans — including Florida football — has been interesting, to say the least.

He initially committed and signed with Georgia, but for some reason the Bulldogs elected not to submit his paperwork, citing an “unreported incident.”

Now we have no idea what that incident is, where it was or what it involved, but it was enough for Georgia head coach Kirby Smart to say ‘no thanks.’

“First and foremost, I just want to apologize to my college coaches, for everything they are hearing,” he said, per Shea Dixon of 247Sports. “I am really a good kid. I came in and learned from some former professionals. I made some stupid decisions and I am ready to compete at the next level.”

It was reported that Evans missed four games as a senior at North Shore High School — including the state championship — for “breaking team rules.”

Enter Florida football.

The Gators became involved after Georgia elected not to take Evans. Florida football was mentioned as a possible destination along with LSU and Texas A&M.

Earlier this year, Evans also visited Ole Miss and Tennessee.

Now, some are projecting that Evans could sign with Florida football at some point in the near future.

The connection to keep in mind here is Tim Brewster. Evans has some kind of connection to Brewster, who is now recruiting for Florida football.

That has apparently given the Gators some leverage over their Southeastern Conference rivals to bring Evans aboard — something Florida has wanted to do for some time.

If Evans were to join Florida football, it would be an impressive haul for the Gators in the Class of 2020. They already added former Penn State 5-star wide receiver Justin Shorter and former 5-star running back Lorenzo Lingard from Miami.

Now Evans has yet to visit the campus in Gainesville — he plans on doing so the weekend of March 20. So expect Florida football to roll out the red carpet for a recruit tabbed as the No. 16 overall recruit in the nation.

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He would immediately compete with both Dameon Pierce and Malik Davis for playing time.

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