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  1. Storylines to Watch as Texas Begins Spring Practice

    Calvin Anderson coming in at LT will give Shane Buechele a chance to show what he’s got when he has a resemblance of a clean pocket.
  2. Storylines to Watch as Texas Begins Spring Practice

    The fact of the matter is we don’t have anyone in Austin that can cover practices. I’m in law school in Lubbock, Daniel is in Maryland, and Jameson is on the baseball beat. We apologize about that, but it’s just been rough this year.
  3. 2019 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Erik Young is tweeting that Leal has indeed committed to A&M. Waiting for Leal to go public.
  4. 2019 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Things have taken a drastic turn in the DeMarvin Leal recruitment. His visit to College Station has blown him away. Stay tuned - a big blow could be coming for Texas.
  5. With winter workouts in the rearview, it’s that time of year where the weather warms back up and the helmets and shoulder pads get dusted off for spring practice. Spring training is the appetizer for the main course, which will come this fall. It is just enough to give the fans and coaches an idea of what the team will look like when the season kicks of in September. As usual, we are all curious to see which upperclassmen are going to step and take ownership of leadership roles, who is going to lay claim to starting spots, and how the latest crop of freshmen are adapting to their new lives as collegiate athletes. For the players this is an opportunity to knock the rust off, establish chemistry with the new arrivals, and get a chance to compete before hitting the lull of the hot summer months. Who is going to make a positive impression on the staff and who is going to squander it? We will find out the answers in time. As always there are always storylines aplenty and plenty of things to discuss this time of year and in this article the HornSports staff pick out the storylines they will be watching this closest this spring. Daniel Seahorn 1. The Quarterback battle This will probably be the most frequently discussed storyline — and it should be — considering it’s the most important position on the entire team. Shane Buechele is entering his third year in Austin and he is set to do battle with sophomore signal caller Sam Ehlinger this spring. Most will probably peg Ehlinger to be the man heading into the 2018 season, but I expect reps to be divided pretty evenly this spring and for there to be a lot of coach speak that doesn’t tip the coaches hand unless someone is head and shoulders above the other. Either Ehlinger or Buechele will have to be much better in 2018 if this team wants to have a chance at taking the next step forward, but that will also be dependent on the improvement of the next group on my list. 2. The Offensive Line’s first spring under Herb Hand If you’re a Texas offensive linemen that’s been on campus for four years, then you’ve had four different offensive line coaches in charge during your time in Austin. That’s far from ideal and it’s time for Texas to start establishing some continuity at a position that stresses it. It’s hard to build up chemistry and continuity when you are hearing so many different voices and having to adapt to different coaching styles that probably stress different ideals. While the Texas offensive line was far from great and it will have to cope with losing Connor Williams to the NFL, it returns a lot of experience from last year and will inject Calvin Anderson at left tackle when he arrives this summer. I think it will be tough for this unit to go backwards considering they had so many injuries and guys playing out of position, but this will be a learning experience for them and their new coach this spring and I’m anxious to see how it plays out. 3. The Linebacker spot aside Gary Johnson With Malik Jefferson declaring early for the NFL Draft, Gary Johnson is likely to slide over into his voided Rover position, but the dilemma is who will lineup next him. Anthony Wheeler is likely to get first crack at first team reps, but he gave way to Johnson last year as Todd Orlando opted to get more speed and athleticism on the field. Linebacker is arguably the thinnest position group on the roster right now and is probably going to take some creativity on Orlando’s part to make some things work, which may include cross training some guys at inside linebacker. Harrison Wier 1. Who will be the guy at Running Back? One of the most important positions needing to be ironed out this spring is running back. After the Texas Bowl, Daniel Young certainly made his case for starting spring ball as the No. 1 back — which is likely going to be the case. Young continues to be the steal of Herman’s transition class. However, plenty of other backs will compete with Young. After several rumors this offseason about a transfer, Toneil Carter is back with the team and more dedicated to his craft than ever. Next up is freshman RB and two-time state champion Keaontay Ingram. In the TXHSFB playoffs this past season, Ingram made it crystal clear that he was the best back in the state. Although he won’t be in Austin until summer workouts begin, Texas is getting an absolute workhorse in the Carthage product. If I were a betting man, I would place my money on Ingram being the starter by the season opener. He is your ideal 3-down back and has all the tools to be a star. One more player that cannot be forgotten is junior Kirk Johnson. Johnson has endured a multitude of injuries in his time at Texas, and is currently battling through another this offseason. All one can hope is that Johnson can finally have a healthy season and show out in response to all the work put in to get back on the field. Stan Drayton is certainly not complaining about the depth of his position room. 2. Who will emerge at outside receiver? The tempting choice here is of course Collin Johnson. Johnson did not have a great year as a sophomore, and frequently found himself on the sidelines. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that Johnson was not performing up to par at practice — which couldn’t fly since Tom Herman was still trying to instill a new mentality and culture. This season, however, Herman must find a way to utilize Johnson. The USC game indicated how dangerous he can be when utilized properly. Although I do think Johnson has a breakout year, I believe Lil’Jordan Humphrey has an even better one. Humphrey is arguably the best athlete on the team, and can fit pretty much anywhere in Herman’s offensive scheme. Humphrey is another player that was underutilized as a sophomore. There are so many ways to get the ball into Humphrey’s hands — and he is a threat in any of those situations. He’s got soft hands to go along with speed and a 6’4 frame. If Johnson and Humphrey are used properly in 2018, the Longhorns offense can add an entire new dimension. P.S. My sleeper pick here is freshman Brennan Eagles. He’s got the size and ability to be a major deep threat. If he sees the field, don’t be surprised to see him make some flashy plays. 3. Who will be Gary Johnson’s partner in crime? As Daniel stated, Gary Johnson will likely move to rover in the absence of Malik Jefferson. His speed and athleticism make that fit a match made in heaven. But with the move of Johnson, a hole needs to be filled — especially when it comes to plugging up the middle and stopping the run. Although the likely candidate is Anthony Wheeler, I really think Ayodele Adeoye could step up as the man down the stretch. Adeoye is not as athletic as Wheeler, but he has the potential to be much more physical. As an ILB in high school, Adeoye lived to hit the gaps and stop the run. This is primarily what Gary Johnson did next to Malik Jefferson last season. Wheeler did step up big time in the absence of Jefferson at the Texas Bowl. Regardless, Todd Orlando has some options to work with. Choosing the right fit is going to be critical in determining if the Texas defense can repeat the success it had last season. Jameson McCausland 1. Who is going to step up at slot receiver? In a relatively quiet offseason, one of the biggest storylines was the transfer of redshirt freshman Reggie Hemphill Mapps. Mapps caught 32 passes for 328 yards in 2017 was poised to play a huge role in the offense in 2018. The coaching staff is going to be need to figure quickly who the go-to receiver will be in the slot, because the position is vital in the type of offense the Longhorn’s want to run. In the 2018 recruiting class, Josh Moore is the most likely candidate to contribute out of the slot, but he not likely to be a major contributor his freshman season. This leaves the coaching staff having to work with current guys on the roster. Senior Jerrod Heard fits the mold of a slot receiver and possesses the athleticism to succeed at the position, but he will need to continue improving his route running. Sophomore Davion Curtis has not play meaningful snaps yet in his career, but has elite speed and displayed good hands coming out of high school. Perhaps the most intriguing option is Lil’ Jordan Humphrey. The 6’5 wideout is one of the most athletic players on the entire roster, and moving him to the slot would help the coaching staff get all their best receivers on the field at the same time. 2. Nickel and the corner spot opposite of Kris Boyd During the bowl game, PJ Locke was moved from Nickelback to safety, where he filled the void left by Deshon Elliott. Locke is likely to stay at safety for his senior season. Senior Antwuan Davis filled in at Nickel against Mizzou, but much of spring practice will be spent trying to find someone to take over one of the most demanding positions in the Todd Orlando defense. Sophomore Josh Thompson will probably get the first crack at filling the role, and the Nacogdoches native was a key special teams member in 2017 and saw limited time on defense. Another possible option could be senior John Bonney, who has played all over the secondary in his first 3 years on the 40 acres. Devante Davis took over the corner position opposite of Kris Boyd following Holton Hill’s suspension during the 2017 season. Davis seemed to improve as the year went along, but will be pushed this spring by redshirt freshman Kobe Boyce and early enrollee Anthony Cook. Smart money would be on Davis being the starter opposite of Boyd against Maryland in the season opener, but it never hurts to have a little depth and competition throughout the spring and summer. 3. The Tight Ends Tom Herman has made it clear from the moment he stepped on campus that the offense he wants to run requires good TE play. Andrew Beck missing the entire 2017 was a loss overlooked by many, but Beck was undoubtedly the best blocking TE and would have helped a struggling offense line open holes in the running game. The good news is Beck is healthy and ready to contribute, but the Longhorn’s still need a 2nd option to emerge at the position. I am still of the belief that sophomore Cade Brewer is the long-term answer at TE, but Brewer will miss all of spring practice as he continues to recover from a torn ACL suffered during practice during the end of last season. Brewer’s injury means redshirt freshmen Reese Leitao and Max Cummins will get plenty of opportunities to show they are ready to be contributors. Cummins is making the transition to the offensive side of the ball after beginning his career as a defensive lineman, so it will be interesting to see how big of a learning curve there is for him, because the physical traits are there.
  6. Burnt Ends - 03/05/18

    The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask… Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. 2019 Recruits - Defense Two weeks ago, we broke down the offensive targets for the 2019 class. Today, we do the same for the defensive side of the ball. Defensive Line DE Marcus Stripling - Stripling attended junior day in Austin last weekend and came away impressed with what the Longhorns had to show him. The number 1 defensive end in Texas is also high on Texas A&M and Oklahoma. As of this moment, we believe A&M has the slight edge. He says he will return to Austin at some point in the spring, and Texas needs to get him back on campus. DT DeMarvin Leal - The Converse Judson product has been the number one priority along the defensive line for a while. Similar to Stripling, Leal was in attendance at Junior Day and raved about the relationship he has with the Texas staff. A&M and Alabama stand as Texas biggest competition. Leal plans on using his official visits this spring with an eye towards making a commitment towards the end of the summer. Texas is in strong position but will need to continue to stay on the #1 defensive tackle in Texas. Linebacker LB De’Gabriel Floyd - Floyd is the lone realistic linebacker target on the board at the moment with Marcel Brooks recently announcing a top 2 of LSU and Alabama. Floyd was blown away on his junior day visit and said it was hard to put into words the impression Texas made on him. The Longhorns are in great position to host him for an official visit at some point during the season. UT is squarely in the mix here, with USC, UCLA and Oregon also high on the 5 stars list. LB David Gbenda - The fast rising linebacker out of Cinco Ranch has really seen his stock take off lately and he now approaching 20 offers with several regional schools jumping into the mix recently. Gbenda visited Texas over the weekend and the Longhorns entered the race and made a very good impression on the rangy linebacker and his family. Texas is going to be a key player in this recruitment going forward. Defensive Back CB/S Erick Young - Young made it to junior day with his teammate Jamal Morris. Texas impressed him during his visit, but Oklahoma and Texas A&M are also high on his list. A&M probably holds the slight lead at the time, but Texas has made up ground quickly. Young should be back on campus for an official visit in the Spring before he makes his decision. CB Chris Steele - The California native has been high on Texas throughout the process. Steele has a great relationship with Jason Washington. He has already set up 4 of his 5 official visits to Louisville. Oklahoma, Florida and LSU. So where will he take the 5th one? Texas has a good shot of getting him on campus for an official visit, and if he does then Texas will have a real shot at landing one of the top corners in the country. CB Marcus Banks - Originally scheduled to commit on March 3rd, Banks pushed his decision back after leaving Texas’ junior day. Banks made no secret that the Longhorns and Aggies are the 2 schools sticking out to him the most. We feel that Texas has the slight edge right now. LSU is also a factor in his recruitment, and he visited Baton Rouge this past weekend. S Jamal Morris - The teammate of Erick Young spoke just as highly about Texas as Young himself. Morris has a top 3 of LSU, Oklahoma and Texas, and he plans on using his official visits this spring. Texas will need to get him back on campus for an official visit to have a chance. S Lewis Cine - The Massachusetts native was recently offered by Texas weeks ago. As has been reported by other outlets, Cine is planning on moving to Texas for his senior season. The nations number 3 safety has offers from all over the country, but Texas appears to have at least a fighters chance in this recruitment. S Jalen Catalon - This was a recruitment that Texas was a little slow to get into, but it was obvious that they needed to and now they are in with both feet.. Catalon may lack great size, but he is pound for pound one of the best football players in the state and is also a star on the baseball diamond. Clemson was getting a lot o favorable buzz early on in this one, but Texas and Craig Naivar are chipping working hard here and recently hosted Catalon for an UOV in February. S Kenyatta Watson - Watson unofficially visited Texas 2 weeks ago. Texas has several factors working in their favor in this recruitment. Watson has already set up his official visit to Texas for April 27th. The Georgia native has already named a top 2 of Notre Dame and Texas. The Longhorns are in a good position here. Mailbag Q&A Q: Who will be the next commit? A: This is a tough question to answer right now because of how fluid recruiting is, but if he sticks to his announcement date I will say Jordan Whittington. Q: Who do you expect to be the QB this year? A: Tom Herman has made it clear that both Sam Ehlinger will compete throughout the spring and into the summer for the starting quarterback position. Does Ehlinger have the slight lead because of his skillset is a better fit for the type of offense Texas wants to run? Probably. But Ehlinger has to work on limiting turnovers and becoming more polished in the passing game. If he can’t do either of his things, then the competition will be really interesting. Q: What's the % that Anderson will select Texas? A: Anderson wrapped up his visits with a recent trip to Oklahoma. The Austin Westlake native took his first visit to Texas. Anderson’s relationship with Herb Hand is big here. If we were to put a percentage on it, it would be 65% in favor of Texas. Q: Any word on how many we are going to take per position for 2019? A: This is a good questions. After taking a huge class in 2018, Texas will probably again take close to a full class in 2019. Around 25 seems like a good target number. Position breakdown could look something like: QB:1 RB: 1 WR: 3-4 TE: 2 OL: 5 DL: 5 LB: 3 CB: 2 S: 2 You can also bet Texas will take some guys as ‘Best Player Available’ if the opportunity presents itself late in the cycle. Q: Is the staff prioritizing NaNa Osafo-Mensah? Things seem to be quiet since we offered. Didn't visit the good guys for Junior Day. A: Osafo-Mensah is a priority for this staff, but they have a lot of work to do and everyone seems to be chasing Notre Dame right now. Still early and I bet they get him on campus sometime this spring. Q: Which 5-star players do you think Texas can land this cycle? A: Rankings can fluctuate as the year goes along, but right now it looks like Texas’ best chances would be with Jordan Whittington or Chris Steele. Steele has been interested in Texas throughout the process, and Texas could receive his 5th official visit. Q: Why is Roschon Johnson not getting much love from the ranking services? Kid does things that make your jaw drop. Reminds of VY. A: The film does not lie on Johnson. His passing skills improved greatly during his junior season and his running ability has not changed. He accounted for 64 touchdowns a season ago. Johnson is ranked as the 5th best dual threat in the country, according to the 247 composite rankings. He should be a nationally ranked player, but some services must disagree.
  7. 2019 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Going to give a friendly reminder since we haven’t had this issue in a while. You cannot, under any circumstances, copy and paste material from a pay site. There are legal and moral reasons for this. Paraphrasing is fine. Just please do not quote something word for word.
  8. Burnt Ends Mailbag - 02/25/18

    No question? Cmon, y’all!
  9. As always, ask your questions and we will address the best ones in Burnt Ends. We didn’t do one last week because of Junior Days. As always, shoot questions here or at hsmailbag@gmail.com.
  10. 2019 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Texas is already gaining some momentum on Wiley. Said it was a dream offer.
  11. The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask... Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. +++++ This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. Texas hosted their first Junior Day over the past two days, with 2019, 2020, 2021 and even 2022 prospects making their way to Austin. Although Texas did not come away with any commitments, Tom Herman and company did a great job of building relationships with some of the top targets on their board. Kids and parents raved about the relationships they have built with the coaching staff. Texas only extended two offers, one to Brock TE Baylor Cupp and the other to Arkansas tackle Stacey Wilkins. Let’s take a good at some key targets from Junior Day and what they had to say about the Longhorns: QB Roschon Johnson The lone commit in the 2019 spent much of his time interacting with fellow recruits and serving as the bellcow for the class. “Main thing I want to do is just draw everybody around me, and in my class I got the best position to do that.” Johnson said. California LB De’Gabriel Floyd was mentioned by name as someone who Johnson said he talked to a lot. Similar to 2020 Zachary Evans, Johnson was on campus last weekend as well, and met up with 2019 WR recruits Elijah Higgins and Garrett Wilson. As for other schools recruiting him, Johnson said he hears every once in a while from LSU and Stanford. RB Deondrick Glass Another year, and another standout Running Back coming out of Katy. Glass has been on the Texas radar for a while, and running backs coach Stan Drayton has done an excellent job connecting with Glass. “I can tell Coach Drayton isn’t fake, he wants to see me succeed and is willing to do whatever he can to get me to the next level,” Glass said. Current Longhorn Kyle Porter, who also hails from Katy, has been recruiting Glass hard. In terms of making a decision, Glass said he is in no rush and wants to continue to enjoy the process. Ohio State, Georgia and Alabama were all schools he mentioned about visiting. RB Zachary Evans (2020) For the second straight weekend, the 2020 North Shore star visited Texas. As a sophomore this past fall, Evans rushed for all 1400 yards and 27 touchdowns. So what has stuck out with him on his recent visits to Austin? “Film. Film and getting to talk to the coaches,” Evans said. “I feel like what is going to be big in my recruiting process is I got to be able to bond with the coach and the team, you can’t just commit to a coach” Tom Herman and Stan Drayton have made a huge impression on Evans and his family. It is paying off too, as Texas is beginning to separate themselves in his recruitment. “Texas has definitely separated themselves,” Evans said. “I know in the future of my recruiting process they are going to be able to break it down for me and keep it real with me throughout the process. I don’t want to just go to a school where they tell me what I want to hear.” Evans recently listed Alabama and Texas as the two schools who are recruiting him the hardest. Texas seems to be pushing all the right buttons and has prioritized him as their prize RB take for the 2020 class. Texas is in a very good spot early, but this isn’t a recruitment that will be wrapped up soon. “I am going to try to break down my top 15 heading into my junior year, so it should be coming in the next month,” Evans said when asked about a possible decision timeline. Texas is a pretty safe bet to make the cut. RB Darwin Barlow The standout RB from Newton made his way to the 40 acres on Saturday and came away very impressed. “It was nice. Top one so far.” Barlow said when asked about how the Texas visits ranks compared to others he has taken. “I just love the atmosphere and the coaches. It feels like home.” Should Texas choose to take 2 RB’s in the 2019 class, the state champion who rushed for 2246 yards and 38 touchdowns would be a good take. Barlow said he plans to make some more visits this spring, with Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M all being possible destinations. WR Garrett Wilson The Lake Travis wide out is one of the biggest priorities of the cycle for the Texas coaching staff and he was absolutely treated like it with the red carpet treatment on Sunday. Wilson spent a lot of time with the staff and was the last recruit to leave the complex before heading back up the road. Wilson told HornSports that the high points of the trip was getting to suit up in the icy whites with some of his boys (specifically mentioned Baylor commit Jaylen Ellis and Erick Young), as well as seeing how each player had individual plans to help them graduate. Texas' newly minted recruiting ace Bryan Carrington is hot on Wilson's trail and has already spent plenty of time coaxing him into playing his collegiate career in Austin. WIlson says he and Carrington communicate daily and were actually talking when we were exchanging messages. Wilson also spent time with both Drew Mehringer and the newly reassigned Corby Meekins during the visit and the trip ended with a sit down with Tom Herman. The message to the elite pass catcher was clear: "Represent your state". On top of that, the staff conveyed that they planned to move him around and play him both on the outside and in the slot. The staff did an excellent job keeping the state's elite talent home this past cycle and the message is not changing for 2019. While Texas is home for Wilson he also has roots in Ohio, and he made it clear that he would make the best decision for himself when it came down to it. Wilson went on to say he always feels comfortable when he visits Texas, which is always an important thing, and that he would be keeping an eye on how the passing game continues to develop this year since that directly impacts him. As far as his spring schedule goes, Wilson says he want to go see Arkansas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and TCU, but didn't rule out another visit to Texas for the spring game as long as his schedule permits. WR Ke’Andre Street The 6’3 wideout from John Tyler showed up to Austin a little under the weather, but it didn’t stop him from enjoying his time. “It was good,” Street said. “I talked to Coach Herman. It was a great experience being here, love the place, why not be in Austin, Texas?” Street is currently hearing frequently from Houston, Texas Tech, North Texas and Southern Miss. Wide Receivers coach Drew Mehringer expressed Texas’ interest in the talented wideout, and there is a possibility an offer could be extended down the line. “Their interest level is very high. I think they are waiting to get some track times in,” Street said. WR Elijah Higgins Higgins has continued to blow up with offers over the course of the past month, but the star Austin Bowie wideout said he is continuing to take the process slowly and soak it all in. Higgins said he enjoyed being able to be the on the Texas campus for the first time since he was offered. “It was a lot of fun hanging out with all the guys, Garrett Wilson, Jaylen Ellis and all of them”, said Higgins. Stanford has already extended an offer, so Higgins is focused on a lot more than just life on the football field. He said Texas did a great job of telling them about their sports medicine program, which Higgins is interested in majoring in. So where does Texas stand at the moment? The Longhorns are definitely in a good spot for the 6’3 wideout. 2019 QB commit Roschon Johnson threw passes to Higgins and Garrett Wilson last weekend, and the trio has discussed the possibility of playing together at the next level. TE Logan Compton Compton was quick to point out how good of a relationship he has with the Texas staff. “I had a great relationship with Coach Meekins,” Compton said. “He told me to call him the day he found out he wasn’t going to be the tight ends coach, and gave me Coach Warehime’s info. I was talking to Coach Meekins every day.” Texas has yet to offer, but the 6’4 TE could be in line for one down the road. “They’ve seen I’ve got a lot bigger, which they really like. They are going to come watch me in the spring.” TE Jalen Wydermyer The 6’4 tight end from Dickinson made his way to Austin for Sunday’s junior day. Wydermyer said he enjoyed getting to interact with new tight ends coach Derek Warehime, who stressed to him how Texas loves to utilize the tight end. Despite not holding an offer, Wydermyer said Texas is up there on his list of schools. “This would be one of my top schools,” Wydermyer said when asked where Texas stands in his recruitment. “I really have a good connection with coach Meekins and coach Warehime.” An offer would be in the works down the line, and Texas would be in a good spot if one was extended. Wydermyer grew up in nearby Del Valle, so he is no stranger to Austin. OL Stacey Wilkins Wilkins was the first new offer given out on Junior Day. The Arkansas native immediately named Texas one of his top schools and cited many reasons as to why he came away impressed from his time in Austin. “The coaches and what they have planned for the players, academics and relationship with the coaches”,Wilkins said. “Coach Hand is one of the best OL coaches in the country.” Wilkins also has Oklahoma, TCU and Arkansas at the top of his list, and is planning on visiting the Razorbacks this upcoming weekend. Texas has a very good chance of hosting him on an official visit at some point during the spring. When asked about the idea of playing his college career away from his home state, Wilkins said it is something he could be comfortable with. “I’m okay with getting out of state. As long as it fits me best and I have a good relationship with the coaching staff.” DE Marcus Stripling Heading into Saturday, Texas was hoping to make headway in the recruitment of 4 star DE Marcus Stripling. The Longhorns accomplished just that, with Stripling leaving impressed with what Tom Herman and defensive line coach Oscar Giles had to show him. “It was a great today at Texas,” Stripling said. “Very outstanding show Coach Herman put on. I learned a lot about Austin. Me being the #1 defensive end in Texas, just keeping everything in Texas sounds pretty good. Good scheme Coach Herman is drawing up in there. Austin’s just a great place to be” Stripling is hearing from schools all over the country, so where exactly does his recruitment stand at this time? “I’m open all the way up. I haven’t really decided yet. I am still just taking my time” The Mayde Creek product says he plans on making it back to Austin again at some point during the spring. “Of course. Everytime I come visit, it gets better and better. High hopes for Texas.” DT DeMarvin Leal Perhaps the biggest priority on defense in the 2019 class, Leal left junior day rocking a Texas shirt. The Converse Judson standout was impressed with the coaching staff and enjoyed getting to talk to some current players. “The love of the coaches. They really love the student athletes,” Leal said when asked what stood out about the day. “I talked to a couple of the freshman, B.J Foster and Caden Sterns. They just talked about the positive and negative of the school, there’s really no negatives. They just talked about how they loved it.” Leal said the visit definitely helped Texas and that he enjoyed interacting with Tom Herman and Oscar Giles. As far as what’s next, Leal said he is in the process of getting his some spring official visits lined up. He said there is a possibility he could make a commitment in August. Regardless, Texas has positioned themselves nicely for one of the top defensive tackles in the country. LB De’Gabriel Floyd The story of the day was California LB De’Gabriel Floyd. Floyd spoke extremely favorably about Texas and it appears Texas made a huge impression. “I love the hospitality here,” Floyd said. “It felt like every coach was my best friend. It was just a great visit.” Floyd said all his questions were answered without him even having to ask. So where does Texas stand in his recruitment? “Real high,” Floyd said. “The atmosphere of me coming down here, and I have family down here. It was just real comfortable, I didn’t feel out of place. It felt like I was at home. I got my top schools in mind, and Texas is up there.” Floyd said he enjoyed hanging out with freshman LB Ayodele Adeoeye and QB Cameron Rising, who is a fellow California native. Floyd has a very close relationship with Todd Orlando, and Texas appears to be a legitimate player for one of the top outside linebackers in the country. In terms of a possible timeline on a decision, it will be a while. Floyd said he could see himself announcing on early signing day or during an All-Star game. He still plans on visiting UCLA, USC and possibly Oregon. CB Marcus Banks The Dekaney High School corner is a high priority for Texas. Banks said Tom Herman and cornerbacks coach Jason Washington showed him a lot of love during his visit. “The talk with Coach Herman. We had a very good talk and reached out with building a relationship, especially with my mother,” Banks said when asked what stood out. “They (Herman and Washington) showed a lot of love.” Banks was originally slated to announce his decision on March 3rd, but announced he is pushing his decision back. Nevertheless, Texas definitely made a big impression on the 4-star. “This visit opened my eyes more, they are very high on my list.” CB/S Erick Young Prior to his visit, Young said he was not too interested in Texas, but the Longhorns made a big impression of the Fort Bend Bush standout. “It was a really good visit, it opened my eyes a lot,” Young said. “I wasn’t really feeling Texas, but after today I really like Texas.” Texas did an excellent job of making up ground in his recruitment, and a big reason is safeties coach Craig Naivar. “Coach Naviar," Young said when asked what stood out about the visit. “He said he wants to sign a good class again to win a national championship.” Young proclaimed afterwards that Texas was squarely back in the mix in his recruitment, naming them to his top 5. He expects to take official visits this spring and announce a final decision during his senior season. Texas and Texas A&M are two teams who are high on his list.
  12. Roschon Johnson

    The fact of the matter is the services put a lot of stock into camp performances. This is beyond me, because what does 7v7 prove in relation to when the pads come on? I think Johnson will continue to rise as the spring progresses.
  13. Burnt Ends - 02/12/18

    That ship has sailed. Most juco kids don’t sign with the colleges they planned on attending. Miller also tore his ACL last season. Hope he can get it together.
  14. Burnt Ends - 02/12/18

    The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask… Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. Moving on to 2019 With Texas wrapping up the No. 3 recruiting class in 2018, it’s now time to move towards next year’s class. Texas only has 1 commitment in the 2019 thus far, but that can easily change once the football staff ramps up the heat on the recruiting trail. Here, we preview a multitude of 2019 offers and where the Longhorns stand with each. Offense Commits Quarterback Roschon Johnson - Johnson is the lone commit for the Longhorns’ 2019 class thus far. We only expect Tom Herman to take one QB in this class, and there is nobody better equipped to run a Herman offense than the Port Neches Groves product. In his junior season, Johnson passed for nearly 3000 yards and rushed for 1500+. In one playoff game, he had 10 TDs by himself. That is insane. Johnson is locked into Texas and informed HornSports that he plans on signing early in December. Great news for Longhorn fans. Targets Running Back Noah Cain - As a junior at IMG Academy, Cain did not put out the product that many expected. He only played in 8 games, in which he received 86 carries for 526 yards. As a sophomore, Cain had 210 carries for 1683 yards. This has not phased big-time programs, however. Cain is still Texas’ No. 1 target at the position, and they will have to fight off some fierce competition. Texas was the clear leader heading into Cain’s junior season, but other schools have emerged as threats - namely Ohio State, Miami, and LSU. Texas will have to fight off surges from other schools, but we feel good about where the Horns sit as of now. Deondrick Glass - Glass is the latest running back to come off the Katy high school assembly line. Glass became a bit of known commodity when he spelled current Texas running back Kyle Porter a couple years ago, but now it is his turn to be the feature back and he hasn’t squandered it. Glass has offers from everywhere including Texas and will be one of the most sought after backs in the class. Wide Receiver Jordan Whittington - Whittington is more of an athlete, but right now we have him listed at WR. Texas has done a great job in this recruitment, and we feel they are the clear-cut leader at this time. Whittington is one of the must-have athletes for the 2019 cycle, and Texas has prioritized him as such. Many believe Whittington’s true potential lies at safety in college, but regardless, he’s a take. Texas is in a great position early. Garrett Wilson - The Lake Travis native was ecstatic about receiving a Texas offer in November, and the Longhorns became the early favorite. Since that time, a multitude of teams have emerged with offers that have forced Wilson to slow down with the process. Wilson is one of the best WR prospects in the state, and Texas is in a prime position. If they could get Wilson to pull the trigger early, that would amount to a huge recruiting victory over the likes of Alabama and Ohio State. If not, things could get interesting down the stretch. Dylan Wright - His production may not be as sexy as some of the other top flight wide receivers in the state, but Wright MIGHT have the most upside of them all. Wright has the skill set and athleticism that is borderline absurd to go along with a ridiculous catch radius. Wright is already close to 30 offers and recently received offers from Alabama and LSU. They won’t be the last either. Elijah Higgins - Fast rising local kid who just recently saw his stock go through the roof. Offers are pouring in from all over the country, including Stanford, TCU, and Tennessee all in one day. Seemed like Texas arrived to the party just for the blow up and will get a chance to get face time with a kid who grew up just down the street from DKR. Higgins splits out for Bowie, but I could see him growing into a flex tight end down the line if he keeps on growing. Tight End Boomer Grayson - With a name like this and hailing from Oklahoma, you would think Grayson was destined to end up in Norman, but instead is committed to the Cowboys of Stillwater. Grayson might be the best tight end prospect in the country, and while the chances of him staying home are probably good, I would be beating down his door from now until NSD if I was Texas. Thomas Gordon - With the top 2 TE options in the state committing to OOS schools, Texas needs to focus its attention elsewhere. A sleeper is Strake Jesuit TE and Northwestern commit Thomas Gordon. At 6’4 and 218 pounds, Gordon has tremendous upside. The state is very thin at the position past Gordon, and Texas needs to get into this recruitment sooner rather than later, before it’s too late. Otherwise, the Longhorns will have to go OOS for TEs, which will be tough to do. Offensive Line Kenyon Green (OT) - Green is the best player in the state, and the No. 1 target on Texas’ big board. He is the most important recruit for the Longhorns 2019 class. Right now, Texas A&M is pushing Green hard to buy into the early hype and pull the trigger, but we do not expect him to do so. Green is a smart kid who wants to take his time with the process. With that being said, we believe Texas is in a good position early on. Green likes what the program has to offer, and the hiring of Herb Hand will only help in this recruitment. Things could change, but this appears to be a Texas-Texas A&M battle. Tyler Johnson (OT) - Johnson is one of the state’s best tackle prospects in a year where there are several good ones. Texas offered fairly early and has placed themselves in good position here for the big man from Conroe. With Joseph Ossai ending up in Austin, you can bet he will be putting the hard sell on his former teammate to join him. Javonne Shepherd (OT) - Shepherd might have the most upside of all the blue chip in-state tackle prospects and that’s saying a lot all things considered. Shepherd possesses a great frame with good athleticism and lots of upside that likely projects to left tackle. This looks like an A&M/Texas battle early, and the Aggies left a good impression after he visited recently. EJ Ndoma-Ogar (OG) - Call him Mr. IHOP because he is always serving up all you can eat pancakes. EJNO spent some time out in Florida at IMG, but made his way back to Allen for his junior year and didn’t miss a beat upon his return. EJNO put on a show down at the Army All-American combine and showed he is one of the nation’s best interior offensive line recruits and he’s a major priority for Texas early on. Branson Bragg (C) - Texas was the early leader for Bragg, and very well could still be. However, an offer from Stanford made things a little interesting. This recruitment reminds me a lot of the Walker Little saga. Texas is in a prime position early on, but Tom Herman will have to earn his reputation as a solid closer with this one. As of now, we like where Texas sits. Bragg, Gordon Discuss Recruiting As the No. 2 center in the country, Branson Bragg has a multitude of DI football offers. With that being said, a couple of schools stand out from the pack - Stanford and Texas. So, what stands out about Texas to Bragg? “It’s close to home, a legendary program and has great coaches,” Bragg said. One of the coaches that stands out to him, although fairly new to the state, is new offensive line coach Herb Hand. After speaking with Hand the first time, Bragg came away impressed. “[Coach Hand] speaks my language. The hiring of Coach Hand boosted Texas for me. He is so respected.” With offers from Stanford and Texas, it appears that life after football is just as important as life during football for Bragg. That is a huge selling point in his recruitment. “I want a degree that will matter after my football career is over and I want to be around people that I’d like to be around all the time,” Bragg stated. Although Bragg does not have a decision timeline set, he does have some future visits planned. The most concrete of those is Stanford’s Junior Day at the end of the month. Bragg informed HornSports he would attempt to make the Longhorns’ Junior Day this weekend, but if not, he would definitely make it in for a spring practice. Although Bragg declined to name a leader, this one appears to be a Texas and Stanford battle. Hopefully the Longhorns can come out on top when all is said and done. Before Texas looks out of state to find a couple of TEs, an under the radar prospect that deserves attention is Strake Jesuit’s Thomas Gordon. Although Gordon is a Northwestern commit, Texas has been in frequent contact. When asked if Gordon would attend Texas’ Junior Day, he stated that the Longhorns offered, but he declined the invitation. “I’ve visited [Austin] multiple times. I’m not interested in visiting. I am solid on my commitment.” What made Gordon pull the trigger on Northwestern so early? “The academics, football, and a great winning tradition and town,” Gordon said. As one can see, Texas has some work to do in this recruitment. However, it’s a positive sign that the coaching staff is contacting Gordon and prioritizing him. Gordon is a high-upside prospect that would be a good take at TE, and would alleviate some of the pressure for Texas to find more than one prospect out of state. Although Gordon is not looking around right now, it’s very early. Never count out Texas and Bryan Carrington on the recruiting trail. Basketball Note The Longhorn basketball team is coming off a tough week where they dropped a close contest to Kansas State and were then blown out by TCU. Questions have began to surface about whether Shaka Smart’s job could be in jeopardy should the Longhorns miss the NCAA tournament. One important detail that many forget is Shaka Smart received a contract extension following his first season in Austin, when he led to the Longhorns to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Northern Iowa in the first round. The contract extension raised Smart’s base salary to $3 million per year without incentives and extended him through 2023. So what does this all mean? If Texas were to let go of Smart at the end of the season, he would be owed more than $15 million. To put things in perspective, Texas paid Charlie Strong $5.2 million this past season and will be sending him a check for the same amount this upcoming season. All things being said, we fully expect Smart to return for the 2018-2019 season. The Longhorns will return every scholarship player except for Mo Bamba, and will add the 11th ranked recruiting class in the country, according to 247sports. Texas will also welcome transfer PG Elijah Long, who was forced to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules after transfering from Mount St. Mary’s. Long averaged 15 points and 4.4 assists per game during the 2016-2017 season. Burnt Ends Mailbag Q: What is your perfect world OL and DL for next year? A: In a perfect world, Texas would get to redshirt all incoming lineman on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately, it is not a perfect world and Texas will probably need freshman to step up on both sides of the line. Offensive Line - Texas would love to land Calvin Anderson and plug him in at LT. This would allow Sam Cosmi to slide to RT or get another year of development. Cosmi, Derek Kerstetter and Elijah Rodriguez would battle it out at RT, with either Kerstetter or Rodriguez sliding inside to RG to take over for Jake McMillon. Patrick Vahe and Zach Shackelford should be the favorites for LG and C, respectively, but JUCO transfer Mike Grandy could push for a guard spot. Patrick Hudson will also be back from his ACL injury, providing competition and depth across the offensive line. If a freshman were to push for playing time, it would most likely be Junior Angilau, who has not decided if he will take his 2 year LDS mission. Defensive Line - In a perfect world, Chris Nelson slides over to NT, leaving Breckyn Hager, Charles Omenihu and Malcolm Roach to rotate between the two end spots. TaQuon Graham and Jamari Chisholm will provide depth at defensive end. Freshman Moro Ojomo and Keondre Coburn will both see snaps at NT, along with Gerald Wilbon. The bottom line is Texas is in a pretty good spot in terms of depth and competition along both lines entering the spring. Q: What do you think LB will look like this year? Can you predict a 2 deep? I was looking at the roster and thought Cameron Townsend could fit as a Rover, but he hasn't done much since he got to campus. A: Towards the end of the 2017 season, Texas basically rolled with Malik Jefferson and Gary Johnson as the two linebackers, opting to get a 6th DB on the field. Johnson will head into the 2018 season with a firm grasp on the starting rover role. Middle linebacker will likely be occupied by Anthony Wheeler, and Jeff McCulloch will be the early favorite for B-Backer. It is not likely that Cameron Townsend factors into the linebacker equation in 2018. The Longhorns are very thin at linebacker. The potential 2 deep could look something like: Rover - Gary Johnson, Ed Freeman MLB - Anthony Wheeler, Ayodele Adeoye B-Backer - Jeff McCulloch, Joseph Ossai Q: Anticipating any more coaching changes on the offensive side? Tom Herman’s presser made me feel he wasn't 100% confident with the staff on that side of the ball. A: We believe Tom Herman is done making coaching moves. Corby Meekins should slide over to coach inside-receivers and Derek Warehime will take over TE’s. Recruits speak very highly of Warehime and he has good relationships with several key 2019 targets. The only possible change, which Tom Herman hinted at in the press conference, is how heavily the head coach will be involved in play calling. Herman stated he will call plays if it gives Texas the best chance to win. After checking around, it is a real possibility that Herman is heavily involved in play calling in 2018, similar to what occurred during the Texas Bowl. Q: Any clue / insight / prediction as to what CTH might do when Orlando leaves for a HC job? Promote from within, go after another hidden jewel (like Orlando when he was hired at UH) or money whip a high profile DC? A: It is still too early to predict who will take over at defensive coordinator if Todd Orlando were to leave for a head coach opening. When Orlando was hired at Houston, he came from Utah State and was not considered a big name. If Herman promotes from within, it would most likely be safeties coach Craig Naivar. Naivar was the defensive coordinator at Texas State from 2011-2013. He has also had defensive coordinator stops at Rice and Sam Houston State. Naivar is very highly regarded in the coaching profession and loved by the players. Q: Have the coaches started visiting recruits yet and if so who have they seen? A: 2019 recruiting is starting to crank up. QB commit Roschon Johnson visited Texas on Saturday and will serve as the bell-cow for the class. Coaches will begin making their way back on the road when spring practice starts up for the various high schools. Until then, Texas will focus on juniors days and breaking down film of potential offers. Q: Who are some of the key names you think the staff have targeted for 2019? What do you see today at the biggest position group needs? And what are the areas of Texas HS talent this year (ie last year was WR and DB) A: The staff is already working hard on several key 2019 targets like WR Garrett Wilson, WR Jordan Whittington, RB Noah Cain, DL DeMarvin Leal and OL Branson Bragg. The biggest position group of need will be linebacker and the offensive line. The good news is the offensive line class in Texas is deeper than 2018, but the bad news is the LB class is not deep at all. Texas will likely need to go out of state to fill their need at LB. Wide Receiver is another position group that has a lot of talent in 2019.
  15. Wrapping up 2018

    The Longhorns finished with the No. 3 recruiting class in the country for the 2018 cycle. With the implementation of a brand new early signing period in December, this cycle was not without its twists and turns. Ultimately, Tom Herman closed out strong and added some nice additions on Wednesday. Here, we look at the storylines behind each February signee, what went wrong in some recruitments, and who can open eyes as a freshman. Signees Keondre Coburn Texas fans were overly worried about Coburn. If you paid close attention to the reporting of our Daniel Seahorn over at HornSports.com, you would know there was nothing to worry about. Miami made a late push, but that was a minimal threat. In the end, Coburn’s heart was with Texas and the idea of playing as a freshman - which he should do. After signing, Coburn got into a spat with former OU quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Red River Rivalry is going to be fun for the next 4 years. Keaontay Ingram If there was worry about Coburn, there was even less reason to worry about Keaontay Ingram. The Carthage product was solid to Texas from the day he committed. One offer that gave me a bit of pause was Auburn, strictly because of Gus Malzahn’s reputation as developing good backs. However, Stan Drayton had his own staple of success stories - Ezekiel Elliot and Jordan Howard, to name a few. In the end, Ingram knew his heart was in Austin. I won’t go into detail about Texas A&M pushing late because they honestly had no chance, and Ingram made that known. Daniel Carson This is the type of recruitment Bryan Carrington earned a raise in. Carson was a heavy Nebraska lean, and heading into his official visit with the Cornhuskers, we fully expected him to commit there. However, he was not overly impressed with the visit, which led to Bryan Carrington swooping in. After Carrington went on the road as a temporary assistant and visited Carson coupled with an official visit that blew Carson out of the water, Texas sealed the deal. Carson has a very high ceiling and will be one to watch over the years. Mike Williams Ultimately the Longhorns lucked out here in that Alabama and LSU did not have room to take Williams. After Texas offered, it became pretty apparent Texas is where he wanted to be. The official visit was the icing on the cake and shortly after, Williams committed. This is the type of evaluation and recruitment that made up for an abysmal start by defensive line coach Oscar Giles. Moro Ojomo I still firmly believe that Ojomo would be one of the best in the state if he were a senior next year. At 16-years-old, he has so much potential and his frame is unreal. This one ultimately came down to Texas and Oklahoma. For a while, it appeared that Oklahoma had the edge, but Texas slowly began to gain traction. By the time Ojomo took his official visit to Austin, Texas had widened the gap and the visit itself sealed the deal. Texas A&M was the early favorite, but the hype surrounding the offer did not last long. An Alabama offer can always be a game-changer, but the Tide were a little too late in this one. Texas got an absolute steal here. Joseph Ossai Ossai was considered a heavy Texas A&M lean for a long time, but the firing of Kevin Sumlin changed things. After that and even with the hype surrounding the hiring of Jimbo Fisher, the Oak Ridge DE began to give Texas a harder look. As time went on, Ossai began to develop a better relationship with the Texas staff and Bryan Carrington. In the end, Carrington was a huge factor in Ossai’s decision. When Ossai was asked what the major difference between the Longhorns and Aggies was, he listed one thing - Bryan Carrington. Christian Jones This recruitment was not as obvious as some would think. Ultimately, Jones’ preferred college position is on the defensive line. Cal did a great job of selling this to Jones, and it made him take a serious look at moving out west. However, the Longhorns were ultimately able to sell Jones and his family on his offensive potential on his official visit, and Jones pulled the trigger. At 6’6, 280 pounds, Jones is an intriguing prospect that can make some noise after a couple of years under Yancy McKnight and Herb Hand. Josh Moore From the get go, we knew this recruitment would have some twists and turns. The first was when Moore committed to Nebraska. At the time, it didn’t make much sense. Nobody really expected Moore to stick to that pledge. After a short stint at IMG Academy, Moore returned home and his recruitment got interesting. After his decommitment from Nebraska, Texas A&M became the heavy favorites. For whatever reason, Jimbo Fisher and Jordan Moore, Josh’s brother, could not do enough to get him to pull the trigger. This allowed Texas to re-enter Moore’s recruitment. Ultimately, Moore fell in love with Austin and liked how he fit schematically in the Texas offense. Although maybe not a true slot, Moore is Texas’ take at the position. It will be interesting to see how he develops, since he also has the ability to play in the defensive secondary. What could have been Vernon Jackson - Texas A&M This recruitment wasn’t even really close until NSD. Things got interesting when A&M took 2 running backs on Wednesday - which is Jackson’s position of choice. Because of this, Jackson became a bit worried that he would not get his chance with the way the roster was filling out. With this sense of wavering, Texas came back and began to push hard. We aren’t sure what type of effect this hard on Jackson, but he ultimately never sent in his LOI. As of yesterday morning, Jackson still hadn’t sent in the LOI. Finally, the fax was in. Ultimately Texas just couldn’t do enough to pry Jackson away, and he felt more comfortable with where he fit in College Station. Andrew Parker - Arkansas This recruitment was strange because Parker was not highly touted until after the early signing period. Some teams that offered Parker after December include TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Parker had to decide if he wanted to stick with his commitment to Arkansas or head to Austin. Soon after the offer, it appeared contingent that Parker would be a Longhorn. An Arkansas reporter of 247Sports even reported that he was set to go public with his commitment to Texas the Monday before signing day. For whatever reason, Parker changed his mind. After Parker failed to go public on Monday, reports surfaced that he was maybe waivering with his decision. He was set to announce at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, but pushed it back to 10:00. He did not announce at that time, either. At 12:00 p.m., Parker announced on Twitter that he was signing with Arkansas. Credit must be given where it’s due. Chad Morris did a fantastic job of holding off a late surge by Texas and getting Parker to honor his commitment. Linebacker continues to be a need for the Longhorns. Tommy Bush - Georgia Bush was always a fan of the Longhorns. After speaking with him at Junior Day in 2017, it was apparent that Texas was the favorite. But in the fall, the Longhorns stopped contacting Bush. This rubbed he and his family the wrong way. When Texas tried to come back late, Bush did not explicitly tell the Longhorns no. He listened to Tom Herman’s justification for the lack of contact and even took an unofficial visit on the Sunday before signing day to speak with the coaches. Texas was Bush’s dream school, but he just could not get past the fact that the Longhorns did not prioritize him like other schools did. Bush signed with Georgia as part of one of the best recruiting classes in recent memory. 2018 Recruiting Class Superlatives Most likely to start as a freshman Daniel - While Daniel Young and Toneil Carter showed some nice things down the home stretch of the season, I think Keaontay Ingram will be the best back on campus the moment he arrive this summer. Ingram is a complete back that will excel as a zone runner and he has the potential to be a feature back during his time in Austin. Jameson - Aside from Cameron Dicker, who should start at kicker, the player most likely to start as a freshman in my eyes is Keondre Coburn. The departure of Poona Ford leaves a big need at NT, and Coburn has all the tools to anchor the middle of the defensive line. He looked very good at the Under Armor All American game, and will be counted on heavily during his freshman season. Harrison - A pick that I think is not so obvious - but one that stands out to me - is Caden Sterns. With the departure of DeShon Elliot, Texas needs a leader in the secondary. I believe Caden Sterns is that guy. Sterns took over at the Army All-American Bowl, and stood out as a leader both at practice and in the game by calling out plays and making sure his cohorts were in the right position. Sterns displayed the same traits as a safety at Cibolo Steele. On top of leadership traits, Sterns is the most fundamentally sound prospect in the 2018 class. Simply put - he does not make many mistakes. That coupled with his high football IQ makes for early playing time. Texas needs that type of leadership and style of play in its secondary. Highest Upside Daniel - Almost went with DeMarvion Overshown here, but then I remembered the monster in the trenches the staff landed in Moro Ojomo just before signing day. Ojomo will arrive in Austin at the age of 16 and as good as his film is, he still has a ton of untapped potential left in his game. The big man from Katy has chance to blossom into an absolute monster in the trenches. Jameson - Regardless of whether he ends up at safety or linebacker, there is little doubt in my mind DeMarvion Overshown will be a stud. He is arguably the hardest hitter in the country and his upside is endless because of how athletically gifted he is. His football IQ is off the chart and Todd Orlando will be able to utilize him in a variety of ways because of his skillset. Harrison - Remember this: Daniel Carson is going to be a force to be reckoned with. At 6’5, 260 pounds, Carson has a great frame and fits perfectly with the 4i scheme of Todd Orlando’s defense. After a year under Yancy McKnight, Carson will be ready. I think Carson compares well with Charles Omenihu. However, I believe Carson will produce much sooner than Omenihu, who didn’t have a very productive season until his junior year. Time will tell, but Carson has immense potential and one of the highest ceilings in the class. Most Underrated Daniel - Byron Hobbs jumped in the boat early on in the cycle and was one of the class’ biggest assets on the recruiting trail along with his mother Natalia Vaughns. On the field, Hobbs was off to a monster start for his senior year until he suffered an injury that sidelined him for awhile. Hobbs’ athleticism and upside are undeniable at this stage in his development and it was clear he was going to outplay his three star rating before the injury. Hobbs recently checked at 6’4, 219 pounds, and his frame isn’t even close to filling out. When he hits the weight room and a meal plan… look out.. I don’t think he is getting nearly enough love from the recruiting services given what he could develop into on campus. Jameson - He may not be underrated by some anymore, but Moro Ojomo is the real deal. He shot up recruiting rankings in the past month once his film spread like wildfire, but I still think he should be ranked higher. The fact he had his senior season at 16 years old and dominated the way he did should get Texas fans very excited. A lot of people know him as the second defensive tackle Texas took behind Coburn, but Ojomo has just as much upside and skill. Harrison - My pick here is the obvious choice - Byron Hobbs. Hobbs reminds me of a young Malik Jefferson - a quiet kid that puts his head down and goes to work. You can’t teach work ethic, and Hobbs has it. Hobbs could benefit from a redshirt year and an entire season in the weight room with Yancy McKnight. After that, he may be just the person to fill in the void left by OLB Gary Johnson when he graduates and heads for the NFL. Hobbs is not as quick or athletic as Jefferson, but he has all the right traits to fill the void. Hobbs position in college depends on how much he grows into his frame. He’s still growing and can easily gain much more weight. If he gets up over the 250 pounds mark, he may consider moving down to defensive line. Regardless, Hobbs will make an impact at Texas. Biggest surprise from the recruiting cycle Daniel - Tom Herman flipping Caden Sterns and Cameron Rising from LSU and Oklahoma will go down as to of the biggest shockers of the cycle for me. Both commitments were huge eye openers early on in the cycle and they set the tone for the rest of the cycle for how the staff was going to hit the trail and lock down the nation’s number three recruiting class. Landing these two sent an early message to regional schools that the Texas staff wasn’t going to back down from anyone and will go toe to toe with the nation’s elite programs to land top tier talent. Jameson - The biggest surprise for me from the 2018 recruiting cycle was Tom Herman’s ability to secure commitments from Daniel Carson and Josh Moore. Despite a 7-6 record, Herman was still able to go out of state and get a huge commitment from a guy who is a great fit at defensive end. Carson seemed destined to end up at Nebraska, but Bryan Carrington and Herman never gave up. Moore had one of the craziest recruitments of the 2018 cycle. Texas A&M, Florida State and Alabama all seemed to be the favorite at one point or another, and then there was the commitment he made to Nebraska. Even after he decommitted from the Huskers following Mike Riley’s firing, he still seemed likely to end up in College Station or out of state. Drew Mehringer, Jason Washington and Herman did a great job of getting Moore on campus for an official visit, and the rest is history. Harrison - The two big surprises of this cycle were Ryan Bujcevski and Cameron Rising. The cousin of former Texas kicker Michael Dickson, Bujcevski was almost a guarantee to end up at Texas. Nobody really knew who he was, so nobody expected his name to pop up on signing day. Regardless, Tom Herman filled a big hole with the departure of Dickson for the NFL Draft. If Bujcevski is even half the punter Dickson was, Texas will be in good shape. The flip of Cameron Rising from Oklahoma to Texas was a huge recruiting victory from the Longhorns and completely unexpected. Rising instantly became a fan favorite when his commitment talked about knowing when you’re in the right spot, and how he felt that way with Oklahoma. Then, Rising uttered the famous words of the 2018 cycle: “And then, I went to Texas.” This is where the narrative surrounding Tom Herman’s magic on official visits began. And boy, did it not disappoint. Rising was the first of many to choose Texas after officially visiting Austin, but none surprised more.