Ty Evans often envisioned himself running behind Ralphie and throwing touchdown passes at Folsom Field.

So much of recruiting is about relationships, however, and when Evans' main ties to the University of Colorado were cut, the Palmer Ridge High School star had to re-evaluate his future.

On Monday night, just nine days before the start of the national signing period, Evans announced on Twitter that he has decommitted from Colorado and intends to sign with North Carolina State.

"It has been a long road but I'm proud to be a part of #Pack19," Evans wrote on Twitter.

Evans is the fifth player to decommit from CU since head coach Mike MacIntyre was fired Nov. 18, and his decision leaves the Buffs without a quarterback pledge for the 2019 class with signing day around the corner.

Evans, who led Palmer Ridge to the last two Class 3A state titles, originally committed to Arkansas on July of 2017, but decommitted from the Razorbacks in November of 2017 after head coach Bret Bielema and staff were fired.

Evans then committed to CU in January, and having developed a close relationship with MacIntyre and quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper, was eager to become a Buff. MacIntyre, however, has been fired, and it appears Roper will not return to CU.

"The carpet's been pulled out from under me twice and I've had to react to it," Evans told Buffzone, referring to the coaching changes at Arkansas and CU.

New CU head coach Mel Tucker was hired Dec. 5, and Evans has had one phone conversation with him.


Although Tucker was scheduled to visit Evans' home on Thursday, Evans felt a sense of urgency.

Evans plans to graduate this month and enroll in college in January. With CU still assembling a staff, and Evans not having relationships with the new staff, it left him with very little time to make a decision before the signing period starts Dec. 19.

"I couldn't wait until (meeting with Tucker) Thursday," he said. "With the (recruiting) dead period starting again on Sunday, that left only one day to react. With early signing, we had to meet earlier. Have nothing but good things to say about coach Tucker, but I don't know him or the new staff.

"I had to make a decision before the (CU) coaches were named or had time to get to know them. So my decision was all unknowns (with CU), except coach Tucker, who I wasn't able to meet in person, or all that N.C. State has to offer."

Right now, N.C. State offers more staff stability and a stronger tradition in recent years. Evans also has close relationships with Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Eliah Drinkwitz.

"N.C. State offered me over a year ago and were in my top two because of the location; I can start in business school right away; they have gone to five straight bowl games," Evans said.

Evans also mentioned N.C. State's track record of sending quarterbacks to the NFL, with Jacoby Brissett, Mike Glennon, Russell Wilson and Philip Rivers being drafted since 2004 and Ryan Finley set to join them next spring.

"It doesn't hurt that my sister is 20 minutes away, either," he said. "We are best friends."

Evans said the decision wasn't easy because of his affinity for CU.

"I have been a CU fan since I was a kid and have been attending their camps since I was 6," he said. "I love this state but there is more to it that no one will understand unless you've been there."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33