2 July 2020
Five months ago, Zachary Evans sat on a bench in Orlando and tried his best to make things right.
In the middle of the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2, the five-star running back recruit agreed to a live, on-camera interview. He sat down in his full pads, helmet in hand, and hoped to make his case on national television. ESPN’s Matt Schick sat to his left holding a microphone. Deion Sanders sat to his right to support him.
“First and foremost, I want to apologize to all my college coaches for everything that’s going on and what they’re hearing,” Evans said. “I’m really a good kid.”
As his wild recruitment finally comes to an end, it’s hard not to think back to that strange scene on Jan. 2, back when Evans’ grand plan had fallen apart. That impromptu interview is oddly heavy and uncomfortable, a vague admission of mistakes made by a teenager trying to show the world he’s been humbled.
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