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Bevo Bites: Elite 2020 RB Zach Evans likes what he’s seen from the Longhorns this season

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The Longhorns are in a good early position with a ton of Houston-area talent in the 2020 and 2021 classes.

Joe Hamilton

This past weekend, Burnt Orange Nation was on hand to see a number of Texas Longhorns targets and potential targets in playoff action in the Houston area. Here are a few thoughts on the recruits and the latest updates on their recruitment.

2020 — Zachary Evans – 5-star RB – North Shore: Evans came through in the clutch for North Shore this past Friday when he broke through a hole for a 59-yard touchdown run late in the game. The elite running back racked up 131 yards on the ground, averaged 8.2 yards per carry, and added one score. We got to see a lot of tough running from Evans against a loaded box that was designed specifically to stop him, but Evans found ways around it and made the most out of his opportunities.

Evans recently made a visit to the Forty Acres where he met with Tom Herman, Stan Drayton, and others. Here’s what Evans had to say about that visit and what he thought about the Longhorns performance: “It was a good visit. They executed, and the running back did more of what I like to see. The offensive line did their job. The coaching staff was expressing to me how they could use a back like me, how I would fit in their offense, and what my role would be.”

2021 — Shadrach Banks – 4-star ATH – North Shore: Banks went on a tear in a 6A-I Regional playoff matchup against a brewing rival in Katy. The top-ranked ATH in the 2021 cycle showed how explosive he is after the catch and overall looked like one of the best prospects over the entire weekend as he finished Friday night off with astronomical numbers — four receptions for 192 yards and three touchdowns. Banks last visited Austin when they played USC. He’s paid attention to the Longhorns throughout this season and loves the improvements from the offense and defense this season.

2020 — Damieon George – 4-star OT – North Shore: George continues to progress as an overall offensive tackle every time I see him. The way he utilizes his long arms and the athleticism he possesses at 6’7 remain a few of his biggest strengths. George made a visit to Texas for the game against Iowa State. He says that the Longhorns are “at the top”.

2021 — Tunmise Adeleye – Unranked SDE – Katy Tompkins: The game comes relatively easy to a prospect like Adeleye. His intangibles allow him to be very disruptive and arrive in the backfield extremely quickly. Adeleye’s overall effort — play after play — is something you love to see from a young prospect like him. His upside is most definitely up there with some of the best defensive ends we’ve seen come from the state of Texas. The Longhorns are in a good spot with Adeleye at the moment. He received a visit from defensive line coach Oscar Giles on Monday.

2021 — Dematrius Davis – Unranked QB – North Shore: Davis continues to make a strong case as one of the best quarterbacks the state has to offer in the 2021 cycle. He threw for 340 yards and five touchdowns through the air Friday night against a talented Katy team. The rising sophomore has only thrown two interceptions this season and is on pace to be one of the most efficient quarterbacks the state has seen. Baylor, Howard, and Memphis are the only programs that have offered Davis thus far, but if he maintains this level of play and delivers a state championship, top programs won’t have a choice but to initiate serious talks with Davis.

2021 — Jalen Milroe — Unranked QB – Katy Tompkins: Milroe displayed flashes of how dynamic he can be when it’s all said and done. Unfortunately, his team fell short this past weekend against an athletic Beaumont West Brook team in a close battle, but Milroe deserves a ton of credit. His team won only one game last season, and in his first season as the starting quarterback, Milroe led them to a 10-3 record and a third round playoff appearance. He’ll continue to emerge as a name to know over the next two seasons. Milroe holds offers from Houston and Texas State. He’s made multiple visits to the Forty Acres.

2020 — Thaddaeus Johnson – Unranked WR – Beaumont West Brook: Johnson is a player to keep an eye on as he heads into the offseason. He’s a prospect with a ton of speed and athleticism, and has the ability get behind the secondary in a flash. Johnson garnered his first offer from Arizona last month and says it would be an “honor” to have an opportunity to play at Texas.

2020 — Dylan Robinson – Unranked WR – Atascocita: Robinson is coming off a spectacular playoff performance where he recorded five catches, 133 yards, and three touchdowns. Robinson will blow up on the recruiting trail this offseason after growing five inches in height since last spring. He’s spoken with Georgia, LSU, and Southern Miss.

A multitude of prospects that aren’t on Texas’ radar performed exceptionally well over the weekend. Texas A&M commit Kenyon Green played in his last game at Atascocita and will be passing the torch down to talented freshman Kam Dewberry. The Atascocita Eagles fell short to the defending 6A-II state champs, but intriguing juniors Asyrus Simon and Darius Edmonds were bright spots.

Cy-Fair was carried by sophomore running back LJ Johnson, who could be a recruit that starts receiving looks.

Beaumont West Brook was able to surpass Katy Tompkins thanks to an elite-level performance from senior quarterback L’Ravien Elia on the offensive end and Tulsa commit Drew Rawls locking down wide-outs on defense.

Katy Tompkins running back RJ Smith was a workhorse for his team all season long as he rushed for over 2,200 yards in his junior campaign. Smith should see an increase in offers this offseason.