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Top-ranked 2020 RB Zachary Evans includes Texas in top group

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The Longhorns are still in the mix, but Texas will face stiff competition in hopes of landing the nation’s top running back.

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On Sunday evening, five-star 2020 Houston North Shore running back Zachary Evans has officially released his final top 11 schools, and unsurprisingly, the Texas Longhorns made the list.

Joining Texas as the programs still standing at this point is LSU, Penn State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Ole Miss, Missouri, and Washington.

All totaled, the talented junior owns 37 offers from nationally respected programs, and his list cut left the likes of Auburn, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC, among numerous others, on the outside looking in.

Herman and company put an offer on the table for Evans when they witnessed him in person last summer at their Houston satellite camp and he’s been a primary target for them ever since. The North Shore standout has made multiple visits to the Forty Acres, including four last offseason, alone, in addition to another pair of trips during the season for Texas’ wins over Baylor and Iowa State.

As evident by the prominent programs on Evans’ list, the Longhorns will need to continue that relentless pursuit in hopes of eventually landing his pledge, and they’ll have to do so throughout the entire 2020 cycle, as Evans is aiming to delay his decision until National Signing Day in 2020.

Most would agree Evans would be worth the wait, though, as Evans is currently dubbed as the No. 1 running back in his class and is in pursuit of status as the the best overall prospect in his cycle, as he’s currently ranked as the nation’s No. 2 player, regardless of position, per the 247Sports Composite.

Thus far, Texas A&M owns the slight edge per Evans’ Crystal Ball, with three picks favoring the Aggies. Two others currently project Evans to Texas, while another has him heading out-of-state to LSU.