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Impact Report: 2021 JUCO RB Tiyon Evans

Every time Tennessee gets a commitment in either football or men’s basketball, we will write up an impact report looking at what that recruit does well, what we feel can be improved, and what his projected impact with the Vols could be over the next few years.

Latest Commit: Tiyon Evans, RB
Height/Weight: 5-foot-9, 225 pounds
School: Hutchinson Community College (Kansas)
Home Town: Hartsville, SC

Rankings
247Sports Composite: 
N/A
247Sports: No. 3 JUCO overall, No. 1 JUCO RB
Rivals: N/A

Notable Offers: South Carolina, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Houston

What we like:

Tiyon Evans is so dangerous with the ball in his hands. He wasn’t used as much on offense till later in the season for Hutchinson, but when he got his chance, he took full advantage of it. Evans has quick feet and very fluid hips, and his elusiveness is off the charts. He’s very hard to bring down on first contact and is slippery. Not only that, but he’s a big weapon on special teams, too. He uses that speed and vision as a kick returner and is capable of returning any kick to the house. Evans is also productive in the passing game, showing good hands and the ability to be very dangerous in the open field on screens.

Places to improve: 

I don’t really have many things to say to critique Evans’ game. I’d like to see some more running between the tackles on his film, because I think that’s an area he could improve on some and something he’ll have to do more in the SEC. Other than that, I really like what he brings to the table, and he’s the top-rated JUCO running back for a reason. He’s dynamic, has great acceleration, and is versatile.

Analysis:

As long as Tennessee holds on to Evans in their 2021 class, I don’t see a way he isn’t challenging for playing time or the starting job at running back in his first year on campus. Eric Gray will be a junior and will give him plenty of competition for that job, but Evans is just extremely talented and versatile. If nothing else, he should be a special teams weapon who has the threat of returning kick-offs for touchdowns. But I think he’ll have a role on offense, too, and maybe a large one.

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