This article was originally written for our partner site for A&M recruiting analysis, TheOther98.com
The eyes on five-star running back Zach Evans are many as North Shore continues its charge towards a Texas 6A State Championship appearance.
On Friday night, in a rematch of an early-season meeting between the Mustangs and Katy, Evans was leaned on heavily for his team's second win of the season over the Tigers. Although Katy put up more of a fight in the most recent bout between the two sides, a 59-yard touchdown run from Evans in the late stages of the game put things on ice.
“I was happy that we finished the game the way that we finished,” he said. “I was proud for our seniors, I really just wanted this game for them.”
With his heavy focus on the playoffs and no need rush anything with his recruitment at the moment, he’s been more focused on near-term goals. Even while there doesn’t seem to be a ton of significant movement with his recruitment, Texas A&M has continued with its efforts to stay in his thoughts.
“Since the end of the season I’ve been hearing from Jimbo Fisher and the running backs coach - Coach [Jay] Graham,” he said. “I’ll make it back out there soon, but we’ve got the playoffs right now, so I haven’t been able to go anywhere.”
Evans was on the guest list for A&M’s regular season finale against LSU, but he wasn’t able to make it out for the game. That doesn't mean he didn't make it a point to watch the game. LSU was the first team to offer Evans and has also stayed in the picture with his recruitment.
“It was high-scoring and both defenses did the best they could,” he said. “At the end of the day, it was about who could finish. It was down to the last minute and who had the ball last.”
Evans hasn’t made a visit anywhere since the beginning of November, when he was at Texas for the Longhorns’ matchup against West Virginia. He said that he liked what he saw from the offense on the ground, but the message to him from the staff has stayed simple and predictable.
“They were just expressing to me how they could use a back like me,” he said. “They talked to me about the type of offense I would go to and what my role would be for them … They’ve started talking to me more about the future - about how the time I’ll get there how everything will pan out.”
Evans last told The Other 98 that he had hoped to release a Top 10 in December. A&M is holding steady as a likely program in that group, but in the meantime, he’s more focused on moving on to his next game, against Cypress-Fairbanks on Saturday at NRG Stadium.
“We’re not even who we are yet,” Evans said. “We keep holding it down for each other in practice, all we have to do is come together as a team and keep executing every day.”