Jacksonville Recruit Upset With Zook's Firing

With the firing of head coach Ron Zook, it could affect the decisions of several recruits considering playing football in Gainesville. Scout.com caught up with one recruit that has strong ties to the Florida program.


Bryan Evans, a four-star defensive back from Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White, has been strongly considering Florida. However, with the firing of Ron Zook and the uncertain future of his former head coach Dan Disch things have changed.

"I really wanted to play for Ron Zook," Evans said. "He had a couple of really good recruiting classes and this year's looked like it could've been very good as well. I think it's very stupid to fire a head coach in the middle of the season."

Rumors have been swirling that former head coach Steve Spurrier has shown interest in returning to Gainesville. What does the First Coast standout think of that?

"I've never been a Spurrier fan," he said. "He's a good coach but I doubt I would play there if he came back."

Evans befriended a couple of Gator commitments over the summer in Dee Morley and Avery Atkins. He told scout.com that he wanted to play football with his two buddies at the next level.

"Morley told me that if Zook got fired, he wasn't going to play there," he said. "I knew about his Tennessee commitment. I'm now looking at them as well. I've been talking with Coach Fulmer a lot lately and he said they are shallow at defensive back. I haven't talked with Avery (Atkins) about it yet."

Evans also has interest in Georgia, Florida State and LSU.

"Being from Georgia, I grew up a fan of them," he said. "That's probably why I haven't been a fan of Spurrier. I'm going to visit Florida State because my cousin (Tony Carter) is over there. LSU recruited me early."

Evans, who is an excellent student in the classroom, has been selected to play in the Army All-American game which will be played on January 15th in San Antonio (TX).

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