The movement in Tennessee’s 2021 class has begun.
Tennessee is already fairly close to capacity in terms of commitment numbers in their 2021 class, but that number dropped by one on Thursday afternoon.
Nate Evans, a three-star cornerback who plays for Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, took to Twitter to announce he is flipping his commitment from the Vols to NC State. In a note on his commitment graphic, he didn’t mention Tennessee at all, instead thanking his mother, his brothers, and God along with all his coaches from youth league through high school. He also thanked NC State head coach Dave Doeren for “remaining consistent during my recruitment process.”
— Nate Evans (@Naateevans) June 4, 2020
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback is rated as the No. 736 overall prospect, No. 58 corner, and No. 21 recruit in the state of Virginia in the 2021 class per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Evans committed to Tennessee back on November 10, 2019 after taking an unofficial visit to Knoxville, his second trip to UT of the year. Tennessee offered Evans back on June 15th after he camped in front of the Vols’ coaches.
NC State is the most recent school to offer Evans, giving him an offer on January 8th of this year. Evans also holds offers from Florida State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and Kentucky among others.
Evans missed most of his junior season in 2019 after sustaining a knee injury, but he’s a versatile athlete who can fit a number of roles in the Wolfpack’s secondary.
With Evans’ decommitment, Tennessee now has 23 prospects pledged to them in their 2021 class, with at least five of those commits projected as potential defensive backs. Four-star safety Kamar Wilcoxson, three-star safety De’Shawn Rucker, three-star safety Edwin White, and three-star cornerback Jay Jones are all committed to the Vols, and four-star athlete Kaemen Marley probably projects as a secondary player as well.