Sometimes doing everything right just takes a little bit of time to receive its due recognition.
That’s the case for Texas Longhorns running back signee Bijan Robinson, who is now the No. 1 running back in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings and the 247Sports rankings, the latter of which were released on Tuesday.
The 6’0, 200-pounder finally moved past troubled Galena Park North Shore product Zach Evans to take over the top spot as the trajectory of the two recruits have diverged in recent weeks.
On Early Signing Day, Texas head coach Tom Herman sung the praises of Robinson as a player and a person — Robinson set state records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns on his way to becoming the first player to earn player of the year recognition twice in Arizona all while helping the homeless and limiting his social media footprint to posting Bible verses on Instagram on Sundays.
“We were on a nationwide search for a tailback and found a perfect fit for us to go out of state to Tucson,” Herman said in December when Robinson signed. “And not just fit athletically, but a fit as a young man and a guy we want to be a part of our program.”
When Herman went by Robinson’s school, Salpointe Catholic in Arizona, people ranging from assistant principals to security guards would constantly stop Herman in the hallway and ask to tell a story about Robinson, often about his humility.
“People want to brag not about all those accomplishments, but about what kind of young man he is,” Herman said.
Evans, meanwhile, was suspended for North Shore’s state title game against Duncanville, the final game of his high school career. At the Under Armour All-American game, he put off his official announcement that he signed with Georgia during the early period, instead offering a public apology for his behavior. Five days later, the Bulldogs released him from his National Letter of Intent.
No longer an early enrollee, Evans is still looking for his eventual landing spot — he’s taken visits to Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Texas A&M in recent weeks.
The questions about Evans off the field have now impacted his rankings, however, dropping him to No. 2 nationally at his position in the 247Sports Composite rankings and No. 3 in the 247Sports rankings.
With Robinson, there aren’t any questions at all about his character and maturity level. When combined with his obvious talent on the field, the result is the nation’s top running back. Finally.