Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans has committed to play college football at Arkansas.
"From the first time I visited Arkansas, I knew that this place is special," Evans told CHSAANow on Tuesday. "I've been dreaming of playing college football my whole life, and it felt like this is where I want to commit. I've been planning it for a while in my own head. Today felt like the right day to pull the trigger."
Evans announced his decision on Twitter on Tuesday morning:
One of the top in-state prospects from the Class of 2019, Evans had been drawing all kinds of national interest in recent weeks and months.
Evans visited Arkansas last month, and they had offered in May. According to HawgSports.com, Evans is the first recruit of Arkansas' 2019 class. He is also the first local player from his class to commit.
"When I visited there, the whole atmosphere and the university itself clicked with me on a lot of levels, academically and socially," Evans said. "The coaching staff and I have great relationships. Me and coach (Dan) Enos and coach Bielema really seem to be like-minded people. At the end of the day, it felt like home."
Evans also had offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State and Northwestern.
"I talked to my family a lot about it, I talked to my coaching staff at Palmer Ridge, I talked to close friends," Evans said. "The Sam M. Walton College of Business is one of the best places to go, I think, because of the connections that they have and the type of education that I get."
Evans threw for 3,130 yards and 30 touchdowns as a sophomore last season in leading the Bears to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the Class 3A playoffs.
He is Palmer Ridge's first Division I football recruit since 2016 grads Isaiah Sanders and George Silvanic both signed with Air Force.
"There's no better place to play college football than the SEC," Evans said. "I think I really fit in with the program. It's the place for me."