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    Harrison Wier got a reaction from DBut82 in Phil Steele's Preseason Top 25   
    I would love to pour it out, trust me. I hope I'm wrong by the end of this season. 
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    Harrison Wier got a reaction from DBut82 in Phil Steele's Preseason Top 25   
    Texas shouldn't be in the top 25. They went 7-6 last season and have proven nothing to anyone. 
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    Harrison Wier got a reaction from Sirhornsalot in 2019 Recruiting Board/Thread   
    His stock dropped because he got injured and did not really participate in many camps. For whatever reasons, the ranking gurus take camp performances into account 
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    Harrison Wier got a reaction from Sirhornsalot in Burnt Ends - 7/6/18   
    Intel from The Opening
    De’Gabriel Floyd
    With Chris Adimora’s commitment Sunday afternoon, Texas now has multiple pledges from California in the 2019 class. Adimora joined LB De’Gabriel Floyd, who committed to the Longhorns in March. While meeting with the media on Sunday, Floyd made it clear that he will continue to be in the ear of several Texas targets who reside in California, including Mater Dei 5-star ATH Bru McCoy.
    “I know a lot about his situation and what’s going on, what he’s thinking,” Floyd said about McCoy. “I’m telling him the same thing I’m telling everyone else. (Bru) can go do his thing on offense, but at the same time he can play defense and we can be together, and that’s a bad situation for an offense.”
    Pulling kids from California is not new for Texas. The Longhorns have inked Cameron Rising, Kirk Johnson and Collin Johnson is recent cycles, but Texas has not signed multiple players from California in the same class since 2013, when junior college players Desmond Harrison and Geoff Swaim inked with the Longhorns.
    “I think some kids are really interested in moving to a new state, being on their own and being in an environment where they have to adapt to be more comfortable,” Floyd said when asked why Texas is having renewed success in California. “Texas is kind of the closest thing to California, in my opinion. Texas also has a lot of talent in state, so we feel like if Texas is coming way out here to show interest in us, it really shows they are actually trying to get us to their school.”
    In addition to talking recruiting, Floyd also spoke about his performance at The Opening on Sunday. The 4-star LB tested very well, running a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.38 in the shuttle drill and recording a vertical of 33 inches. Floyd profiles perfectly as a rover in the Todd Orlando defense, which is exactly where Floyd said the coaching staff is expecting him to play.
     
    Noah Cain
    Last cycle Texas secured its bell cow running back very early in the cycle in Keaontay Ingram, but so far this cycle they are still working hard to get their man. IMG Academy running back Noah Cain has long been at the top of Texas’ want list at the position and that isn’t changing any time soon, but from the sounds of it Cain is a major priority for several top programs. Schools like Auburn, Georgia, and Penn State have been turning up the heat, but that isn’t all according to the blue chip running back.
    “Clemson, Miami, and Ohio State are still in the picture. A lot of different schools have the opportunity for me to come in and play early”, said Cain.
    So where does Texas currently sit with Texas? Things don’t seem to have changed much there.
    “They still stand where they were before and they’re one my top schools. Coach Drayton and Coach Herman text me every other day or Bryan (Carrington). Texas is still one of my top schools”, said the four star running back.
    As if there was any question about Cain’s importance to the Texas staff, Herman is personally involved in the recruitment and reaffirmed to Cain that he was a top priority to them and will continue to be so until the end.
    Speaking of IMG running backs, Cain isn’t the only one that holds a Texas offer, as the Longhorns are hard after Cain’s five star teammate Trey Sanders. The idea of playing together at the next level is something the two backs have discussed.
    “Texas is one of the schools we have actually playing together at because of the need at running back. Me and Trey (Sanders) are both unselfish and want to see each other succeed and feed off each other. We always talk about playing with each other at the next level, but we will have to see if that’s the right fit”.
     
    Stacey Wilkins
    While Javonne Shepherd has been the most frequently discussed offensive tackle on Texas’ board, the Longhorn staff is still hard after Camden (AR) tackle Stacey Wilkins. Wilkins made his way to Austin during the spring and came away impressed with what he saw with the Longhorn program. Since then he has been developing his relationship with offensive line coach Herb Hand and it seems that Hand is leaving a good impression on the four star big man.
    “Me and Coach Hand have a real good relationship and it is fun talking to him because he doesn’t make it too much about football. He is one of the top coaches at his position and knows what he is taking about”, said Wilkins.
    Attending camps like The Opening can be a bit overwhelming for guys sometimes given the competition and being under the microscope with all the attention, but Wilkins seemed to really be enjoying the process and just having fun with it while competing against the top players in the country.
    “It’s been real fun because I don’t think guys from my town have been able to get this opportunity. I was able to compete against the best defensive linemen in the country, learn new things, and be able to take it back in put it into my arsenal. So that was one good thing and to be able to help my teammates at the same time”, said the four star tackle.
    As far a Texas goes, Wilkins has an official set for the fall for the weekend of the USC game and he plans on watching both teams closely, as the Trojans are another team high on his list of consideration.
    Wilkins went on to say that he measured in at 6’7, 280 pounds this week and ran in the 5.0-5.1 range in the 40 yard dash during the testing. He has the offensive tackle starter kit you want and will no doubt remain a high priority for Texas as they continue to hunt tackle bodies.
     
    Elijah Higgins
    For Austin Bowie wide receiver Elijah Higgins, the recruiting process has been gruesome and long, and he’s ready to make a decision and move forward. Before he came to that conclusion, he spent his offseason competing in a variety of camps, including The Opening in Frisco this past weekend. “It’s been great,” Higgins said in regards to The Opening. “There’s some great coaches around here. I’ve been around some of the top quarterbacks in the nation. The ball is a little faster, so you have to adjust. It’s really been about developing and battling through adversity when your legs are tired.”
    While Higgins has attended various camps this summer, other athletes are hard-pressed to get him to commit to their school. But Higgins takes a different approach to the process than an every day recruit. “I recruit myself,” Higgins said. “I ask the recruits about other schools, what they think, and stuff like that. I try to get a vibe perspective. It’s really me going around asking them questions and them pulling me that way.”
    In terms of a decision timeline, Higgins is ready to wrap up his recruitment before his senior season at Austin Bowie begins. “After this, I’m done,” Higgins stated. “It’s time to sit down and talk schools.” In terms of when a decision could come, Higgins relayed it would come “hopefully when I get home. Probably that week. I haven’t really had much time. I’ve been traveling, visits, camps, so that’s the main reason I haven’t done it yet.” However, Higgins is not going to rush into a decision. “If I’m not ready, I’m not going to do it.”
    So, where does Texas stand with Higgins? Although he kept his ranking of schools close to the vest, he did make one thing certain — Texas will not receive an official visit for the coveted wide receiver. That is not necessarily a bad sign, however.  “I decided not to [take an official to Texas] because it’s so close and they have 2 more spots left [for other recruits] and I respect that,” Higgins said. “They asked me if that was okay with me, and I said yes, of course. Other than flights and free food, you can do everything on an unofficial that you can on an official. I don’t want to take anyone else’s opportunity. That’s really it.”
    To be frank, Texas is on the outside looking in for the Austin native. After offering Higgins in January, the Longhorns stepped off the gas pedal for a good amount of time, allowing other schools like Florida and Stanford to enter the picture. The best the Texas staff can hope for is that Higgins indeed decides he is not ready to decide before his senior season starts, so that they can have more time to try and sell the future in Austin. Otherwise, one of the best recruits to ever come out of Austin Bowie will be heading out of state to begin his collegiate career next fall.
     
    Mailbag
    Q: Any status on the kids coming back from major injuries like Pat Hudson, Gary Johnson, Kirk Johnson, Cade Brewer, etc
    A: Gary Johnson is participating in summer workouts and barring any setbacks, will be ready to go for fall camp. With the departure of Edwin Freeman, Johnson needs to remain healthy this season. Patrick Hudson and Cade Brewer are both still recovering from ACL injuries, but Brewer appears to be participating at 100% in offseason workouts.  The expectation is both will be ready to go in August. Kirk Johnson is a wild card. No one truly knows if he will be able to contribute this upcoming season, both from an injury standpoint and the fact the running back room added two talented players in Keaontay Ingram and Tre Watson.
    Q: How many do we plan to take at OL, DL, and LB this cycle?
    A: Numbers are a very fluid thing so it’s tough to call on an exact number. I’d expect 3-5 OL and DL apiece because you want to maintain depth there, and I would expect at least 3 at LB if they can manage it.
    Q: Behind the scenes, who seems to be developing (on the team) more than most this summer? Any word on the rumor wire? When will the team report to camp this year?
    A: Of the young guys, the name mentioned most seems to be Anthony Cook. Seems like there is a legit chance he logs some snaps this fall. Other names that have been mentioned are Caden Sterns, BJ Foster, and Ayodele Adeoye. With the linebacker position being thin, Adeoye may log some snaps this fall. From a physical standpoint, he arrived on campus ready to compete. With Todd Orlando as his LB coach, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the field at least as a run stopper.
    Not sure as far as an exact date for reporting, but it will likely be early August.
    Q: How do the coaches use their limited time on visits to show off what makes Austin special?
    A: The main focus for the coaching staff is sell what is on campus. When recruits visit, they are shown the locker room, weight room, dining hall, academic support center, dorms and given a tour of campus. In addition, they will break down film with their position coach and get to ask questions about potential scheme fit.  The staff does an excellent job of making sure that recruits see the entire scope of what Texas has to offer, including the academic side. At night, recruits will get to interact with current players, and that is when they get to experience Austin as a whole. Recruit visits almost always end with a meeting with Tom Herman. A lot of times, the staff tries to sell the city of Austin as a whole as well. This includes going to places like Top Golf and getting to partake in activities at the lake by visiting Tom Herman’s house — which is a good sales pitch. If you haven’t seen it, you should do a quick Google search.
    Q: What are the chances we can start a Hawaii to Austin pipeline?
    A: Texas will need to produce on the field if they have hopes of developing a consistent pipeline to a place like Hawaii. Recruiting assistants like Jake Langi have done an excellent job helping get Texas’ foot in the door, but the results on the field will have the final say. Guys like Faatui Tuitele and Maninoa Tufono have interest in Texas, but the Longhorns are not the top choice for either. The lure of going to the west coast or a powerhouse like Alabama is hard to overcome with kids from that region.
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    Harrison Wier got a reaction from Sirhornsalot in Burnt Ends - 7/6/18   
    Intel from The Opening
    De’Gabriel Floyd
    With Chris Adimora’s commitment Sunday afternoon, Texas now has multiple pledges from California in the 2019 class. Adimora joined LB De’Gabriel Floyd, who committed to the Longhorns in March. While meeting with the media on Sunday, Floyd made it clear that he will continue to be in the ear of several Texas targets who reside in California, including Mater Dei 5-star ATH Bru McCoy.
    “I know a lot about his situation and what’s going on, what he’s thinking,” Floyd said about McCoy. “I’m telling him the same thing I’m telling everyone else. (Bru) can go do his thing on offense, but at the same time he can play defense and we can be together, and that’s a bad situation for an offense.”
    Pulling kids from California is not new for Texas. The Longhorns have inked Cameron Rising, Kirk Johnson and Collin Johnson is recent cycles, but Texas has not signed multiple players from California in the same class since 2013, when junior college players Desmond Harrison and Geoff Swaim inked with the Longhorns.
    “I think some kids are really interested in moving to a new state, being on their own and being in an environment where they have to adapt to be more comfortable,” Floyd said when asked why Texas is having renewed success in California. “Texas is kind of the closest thing to California, in my opinion. Texas also has a lot of talent in state, so we feel like if Texas is coming way out here to show interest in us, it really shows they are actually trying to get us to their school.”
    In addition to talking recruiting, Floyd also spoke about his performance at The Opening on Sunday. The 4-star LB tested very well, running a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.38 in the shuttle drill and recording a vertical of 33 inches. Floyd profiles perfectly as a rover in the Todd Orlando defense, which is exactly where Floyd said the coaching staff is expecting him to play.
     
    Noah Cain
    Last cycle Texas secured its bell cow running back very early in the cycle in Keaontay Ingram, but so far this cycle they are still working hard to get their man. IMG Academy running back Noah Cain has long been at the top of Texas’ want list at the position and that isn’t changing any time soon, but from the sounds of it Cain is a major priority for several top programs. Schools like Auburn, Georgia, and Penn State have been turning up the heat, but that isn’t all according to the blue chip running back.
    “Clemson, Miami, and Ohio State are still in the picture. A lot of different schools have the opportunity for me to come in and play early”, said Cain.
    So where does Texas currently sit with Texas? Things don’t seem to have changed much there.
    “They still stand where they were before and they’re one my top schools. Coach Drayton and Coach Herman text me every other day or Bryan (Carrington). Texas is still one of my top schools”, said the four star running back.
    As if there was any question about Cain’s importance to the Texas staff, Herman is personally involved in the recruitment and reaffirmed to Cain that he was a top priority to them and will continue to be so until the end.
    Speaking of IMG running backs, Cain isn’t the only one that holds a Texas offer, as the Longhorns are hard after Cain’s five star teammate Trey Sanders. The idea of playing together at the next level is something the two backs have discussed.
    “Texas is one of the schools we have actually playing together at because of the need at running back. Me and Trey (Sanders) are both unselfish and want to see each other succeed and feed off each other. We always talk about playing with each other at the next level, but we will have to see if that’s the right fit”.
     
    Stacey Wilkins
    While Javonne Shepherd has been the most frequently discussed offensive tackle on Texas’ board, the Longhorn staff is still hard after Camden (AR) tackle Stacey Wilkins. Wilkins made his way to Austin during the spring and came away impressed with what he saw with the Longhorn program. Since then he has been developing his relationship with offensive line coach Herb Hand and it seems that Hand is leaving a good impression on the four star big man.
    “Me and Coach Hand have a real good relationship and it is fun talking to him because he doesn’t make it too much about football. He is one of the top coaches at his position and knows what he is taking about”, said Wilkins.
    Attending camps like The Opening can be a bit overwhelming for guys sometimes given the competition and being under the microscope with all the attention, but Wilkins seemed to really be enjoying the process and just having fun with it while competing against the top players in the country.
    “It’s been real fun because I don’t think guys from my town have been able to get this opportunity. I was able to compete against the best defensive linemen in the country, learn new things, and be able to take it back in put it into my arsenal. So that was one good thing and to be able to help my teammates at the same time”, said the four star tackle.
    As far a Texas goes, Wilkins has an official set for the fall for the weekend of the USC game and he plans on watching both teams closely, as the Trojans are another team high on his list of consideration.
    Wilkins went on to say that he measured in at 6’7, 280 pounds this week and ran in the 5.0-5.1 range in the 40 yard dash during the testing. He has the offensive tackle starter kit you want and will no doubt remain a high priority for Texas as they continue to hunt tackle bodies.
     
    Elijah Higgins
    For Austin Bowie wide receiver Elijah Higgins, the recruiting process has been gruesome and long, and he’s ready to make a decision and move forward. Before he came to that conclusion, he spent his offseason competing in a variety of camps, including The Opening in Frisco this past weekend. “It’s been great,” Higgins said in regards to The Opening. “There’s some great coaches around here. I’ve been around some of the top quarterbacks in the nation. The ball is a little faster, so you have to adjust. It’s really been about developing and battling through adversity when your legs are tired.”
    While Higgins has attended various camps this summer, other athletes are hard-pressed to get him to commit to their school. But Higgins takes a different approach to the process than an every day recruit. “I recruit myself,” Higgins said. “I ask the recruits about other schools, what they think, and stuff like that. I try to get a vibe perspective. It’s really me going around asking them questions and them pulling me that way.”
    In terms of a decision timeline, Higgins is ready to wrap up his recruitment before his senior season at Austin Bowie begins. “After this, I’m done,” Higgins stated. “It’s time to sit down and talk schools.” In terms of when a decision could come, Higgins relayed it would come “hopefully when I get home. Probably that week. I haven’t really had much time. I’ve been traveling, visits, camps, so that’s the main reason I haven’t done it yet.” However, Higgins is not going to rush into a decision. “If I’m not ready, I’m not going to do it.”
    So, where does Texas stand with Higgins? Although he kept his ranking of schools close to the vest, he did make one thing certain — Texas will not receive an official visit for the coveted wide receiver. That is not necessarily a bad sign, however.  “I decided not to [take an official to Texas] because it’s so close and they have 2 more spots left [for other recruits] and I respect that,” Higgins said. “They asked me if that was okay with me, and I said yes, of course. Other than flights and free food, you can do everything on an unofficial that you can on an official. I don’t want to take anyone else’s opportunity. That’s really it.”
    To be frank, Texas is on the outside looking in for the Austin native. After offering Higgins in January, the Longhorns stepped off the gas pedal for a good amount of time, allowing other schools like Florida and Stanford to enter the picture. The best the Texas staff can hope for is that Higgins indeed decides he is not ready to decide before his senior season starts, so that they can have more time to try and sell the future in Austin. Otherwise, one of the best recruits to ever come out of Austin Bowie will be heading out of state to begin his collegiate career next fall.
     
    Mailbag
    Q: Any status on the kids coming back from major injuries like Pat Hudson, Gary Johnson, Kirk Johnson, Cade Brewer, etc
    A: Gary Johnson is participating in summer workouts and barring any setbacks, will be ready to go for fall camp. With the departure of Edwin Freeman, Johnson needs to remain healthy this season. Patrick Hudson and Cade Brewer are both still recovering from ACL injuries, but Brewer appears to be participating at 100% in offseason workouts.  The expectation is both will be ready to go in August. Kirk Johnson is a wild card. No one truly knows if he will be able to contribute this upcoming season, both from an injury standpoint and the fact the running back room added two talented players in Keaontay Ingram and Tre Watson.
    Q: How many do we plan to take at OL, DL, and LB this cycle?
    A: Numbers are a very fluid thing so it’s tough to call on an exact number. I’d expect 3-5 OL and DL apiece because you want to maintain depth there, and I would expect at least 3 at LB if they can manage it.
    Q: Behind the scenes, who seems to be developing (on the team) more than most this summer? Any word on the rumor wire? When will the team report to camp this year?
    A: Of the young guys, the name mentioned most seems to be Anthony Cook. Seems like there is a legit chance he logs some snaps this fall. Other names that have been mentioned are Caden Sterns, BJ Foster, and Ayodele Adeoye. With the linebacker position being thin, Adeoye may log some snaps this fall. From a physical standpoint, he arrived on campus ready to compete. With Todd Orlando as his LB coach, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the field at least as a run stopper.
    Not sure as far as an exact date for reporting, but it will likely be early August.
    Q: How do the coaches use their limited time on visits to show off what makes Austin special?
    A: The main focus for the coaching staff is sell what is on campus. When recruits visit, they are shown the locker room, weight room, dining hall, academic support center, dorms and given a tour of campus. In addition, they will break down film with their position coach and get to ask questions about potential scheme fit.  The staff does an excellent job of making sure that recruits see the entire scope of what Texas has to offer, including the academic side. At night, recruits will get to interact with current players, and that is when they get to experience Austin as a whole. Recruit visits almost always end with a meeting with Tom Herman. A lot of times, the staff tries to sell the city of Austin as a whole as well. This includes going to places like Top Golf and getting to partake in activities at the lake by visiting Tom Herman’s house — which is a good sales pitch. If you haven’t seen it, you should do a quick Google search.
    Q: What are the chances we can start a Hawaii to Austin pipeline?
    A: Texas will need to produce on the field if they have hopes of developing a consistent pipeline to a place like Hawaii. Recruiting assistants like Jake Langi have done an excellent job helping get Texas’ foot in the door, but the results on the field will have the final say. Guys like Faatui Tuitele and Maninoa Tufono have interest in Texas, but the Longhorns are not the top choice for either. The lure of going to the west coast or a powerhouse like Alabama is hard to overcome with kids from that region.
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    Harrison Wier got a reaction from Sirhornsalot in Burnt Ends - 7/6/18   
    Intel from The Opening
    De’Gabriel Floyd
    With Chris Adimora’s commitment Sunday afternoon, Texas now has multiple pledges from California in the 2019 class. Adimora joined LB De’Gabriel Floyd, who committed to the Longhorns in March. While meeting with the media on Sunday, Floyd made it clear that he will continue to be in the ear of several Texas targets who reside in California, including Mater Dei 5-star ATH Bru McCoy.
    “I know a lot about his situation and what’s going on, what he’s thinking,” Floyd said about McCoy. “I’m telling him the same thing I’m telling everyone else. (Bru) can go do his thing on offense, but at the same time he can play defense and we can be together, and that’s a bad situation for an offense.”
    Pulling kids from California is not new for Texas. The Longhorns have inked Cameron Rising, Kirk Johnson and Collin Johnson is recent cycles, but Texas has not signed multiple players from California in the same class since 2013, when junior college players Desmond Harrison and Geoff Swaim inked with the Longhorns.
    “I think some kids are really interested in moving to a new state, being on their own and being in an environment where they have to adapt to be more comfortable,” Floyd said when asked why Texas is having renewed success in California. “Texas is kind of the closest thing to California, in my opinion. Texas also has a lot of talent in state, so we feel like if Texas is coming way out here to show interest in us, it really shows they are actually trying to get us to their school.”
    In addition to talking recruiting, Floyd also spoke about his performance at The Opening on Sunday. The 4-star LB tested very well, running a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.38 in the shuttle drill and recording a vertical of 33 inches. Floyd profiles perfectly as a rover in the Todd Orlando defense, which is exactly where Floyd said the coaching staff is expecting him to play.
     
    Noah Cain
    Last cycle Texas secured its bell cow running back very early in the cycle in Keaontay Ingram, but so far this cycle they are still working hard to get their man. IMG Academy running back Noah Cain has long been at the top of Texas’ want list at the position and that isn’t changing any time soon, but from the sounds of it Cain is a major priority for several top programs. Schools like Auburn, Georgia, and Penn State have been turning up the heat, but that isn’t all according to the blue chip running back.
    “Clemson, Miami, and Ohio State are still in the picture. A lot of different schools have the opportunity for me to come in and play early”, said Cain.
    So where does Texas currently sit with Texas? Things don’t seem to have changed much there.
    “They still stand where they were before and they’re one my top schools. Coach Drayton and Coach Herman text me every other day or Bryan (Carrington). Texas is still one of my top schools”, said the four star running back.
    As if there was any question about Cain’s importance to the Texas staff, Herman is personally involved in the recruitment and reaffirmed to Cain that he was a top priority to them and will continue to be so until the end.
    Speaking of IMG running backs, Cain isn’t the only one that holds a Texas offer, as the Longhorns are hard after Cain’s five star teammate Trey Sanders. The idea of playing together at the next level is something the two backs have discussed.
    “Texas is one of the schools we have actually playing together at because of the need at running back. Me and Trey (Sanders) are both unselfish and want to see each other succeed and feed off each other. We always talk about playing with each other at the next level, but we will have to see if that’s the right fit”.
     
    Stacey Wilkins
    While Javonne Shepherd has been the most frequently discussed offensive tackle on Texas’ board, the Longhorn staff is still hard after Camden (AR) tackle Stacey Wilkins. Wilkins made his way to Austin during the spring and came away impressed with what he saw with the Longhorn program. Since then he has been developing his relationship with offensive line coach Herb Hand and it seems that Hand is leaving a good impression on the four star big man.
    “Me and Coach Hand have a real good relationship and it is fun talking to him because he doesn’t make it too much about football. He is one of the top coaches at his position and knows what he is taking about”, said Wilkins.
    Attending camps like The Opening can be a bit overwhelming for guys sometimes given the competition and being under the microscope with all the attention, but Wilkins seemed to really be enjoying the process and just having fun with it while competing against the top players in the country.
    “It’s been real fun because I don’t think guys from my town have been able to get this opportunity. I was able to compete against the best defensive linemen in the country, learn new things, and be able to take it back in put it into my arsenal. So that was one good thing and to be able to help my teammates at the same time”, said the four star tackle.
    As far a Texas goes, Wilkins has an official set for the fall for the weekend of the USC game and he plans on watching both teams closely, as the Trojans are another team high on his list of consideration.
    Wilkins went on to say that he measured in at 6’7, 280 pounds this week and ran in the 5.0-5.1 range in the 40 yard dash during the testing. He has the offensive tackle starter kit you want and will no doubt remain a high priority for Texas as they continue to hunt tackle bodies.
     
    Elijah Higgins
    For Austin Bowie wide receiver Elijah Higgins, the recruiting process has been gruesome and long, and he’s ready to make a decision and move forward. Before he came to that conclusion, he spent his offseason competing in a variety of camps, including The Opening in Frisco this past weekend. “It’s been great,” Higgins said in regards to The Opening. “There’s some great coaches around here. I’ve been around some of the top quarterbacks in the nation. The ball is a little faster, so you have to adjust. It’s really been about developing and battling through adversity when your legs are tired.”
    While Higgins has attended various camps this summer, other athletes are hard-pressed to get him to commit to their school. But Higgins takes a different approach to the process than an every day recruit. “I recruit myself,” Higgins said. “I ask the recruits about other schools, what they think, and stuff like that. I try to get a vibe perspective. It’s really me going around asking them questions and them pulling me that way.”
    In terms of a decision timeline, Higgins is ready to wrap up his recruitment before his senior season at Austin Bowie begins. “After this, I’m done,” Higgins stated. “It’s time to sit down and talk schools.” In terms of when a decision could come, Higgins relayed it would come “hopefully when I get home. Probably that week. I haven’t really had much time. I’ve been traveling, visits, camps, so that’s the main reason I haven’t done it yet.” However, Higgins is not going to rush into a decision. “If I’m not ready, I’m not going to do it.”
    So, where does Texas stand with Higgins? Although he kept his ranking of schools close to the vest, he did make one thing certain — Texas will not receive an official visit for the coveted wide receiver. That is not necessarily a bad sign, however.  “I decided not to [take an official to Texas] because it’s so close and they have 2 more spots left [for other recruits] and I respect that,” Higgins said. “They asked me if that was okay with me, and I said yes, of course. Other than flights and free food, you can do everything on an unofficial that you can on an official. I don’t want to take anyone else’s opportunity. That’s really it.”
    To be frank, Texas is on the outside looking in for the Austin native. After offering Higgins in January, the Longhorns stepped off the gas pedal for a good amount of time, allowing other schools like Florida and Stanford to enter the picture. The best the Texas staff can hope for is that Higgins indeed decides he is not ready to decide before his senior season starts, so that they can have more time to try and sell the future in Austin. Otherwise, one of the best recruits to ever come out of Austin Bowie will be heading out of state to begin his collegiate career next fall.
     
    Mailbag
    Q: Any status on the kids coming back from major injuries like Pat Hudson, Gary Johnson, Kirk Johnson, Cade Brewer, etc
    A: Gary Johnson is participating in summer workouts and barring any setbacks, will be ready to go for fall camp. With the departure of Edwin Freeman, Johnson needs to remain healthy this season. Patrick Hudson and Cade Brewer are both still recovering from ACL injuries, but Brewer appears to be participating at 100% in offseason workouts.  The expectation is both will be ready to go in August. Kirk Johnson is a wild card. No one truly knows if he will be able to contribute this upcoming season, both from an injury standpoint and the fact the running back room added two talented players in Keaontay Ingram and Tre Watson.
    Q: How many do we plan to take at OL, DL, and LB this cycle?
    A: Numbers are a very fluid thing so it’s tough to call on an exact number. I’d expect 3-5 OL and DL apiece because you want to maintain depth there, and I would expect at least 3 at LB if they can manage it.
    Q: Behind the scenes, who seems to be developing (on the team) more than most this summer? Any word on the rumor wire? When will the team report to camp this year?
    A: Of the young guys, the name mentioned most seems to be Anthony Cook. Seems like there is a legit chance he logs some snaps this fall. Other names that have been mentioned are Caden Sterns, BJ Foster, and Ayodele Adeoye. With the linebacker position being thin, Adeoye may log some snaps this fall. From a physical standpoint, he arrived on campus ready to compete. With Todd Orlando as his LB coach, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the field at least as a run stopper.
    Not sure as far as an exact date for reporting, but it will likely be early August.
    Q: How do the coaches use their limited time on visits to show off what makes Austin special?
    A: The main focus for the coaching staff is sell what is on campus. When recruits visit, they are shown the locker room, weight room, dining hall, academic support center, dorms and given a tour of campus. In addition, they will break down film with their position coach and get to ask questions about potential scheme fit.  The staff does an excellent job of making sure that recruits see the entire scope of what Texas has to offer, including the academic side. At night, recruits will get to interact with current players, and that is when they get to experience Austin as a whole. Recruit visits almost always end with a meeting with Tom Herman. A lot of times, the staff tries to sell the city of Austin as a whole as well. This includes going to places like Top Golf and getting to partake in activities at the lake by visiting Tom Herman’s house — which is a good sales pitch. If you haven’t seen it, you should do a quick Google search.
    Q: What are the chances we can start a Hawaii to Austin pipeline?
    A: Texas will need to produce on the field if they have hopes of developing a consistent pipeline to a place like Hawaii. Recruiting assistants like Jake Langi have done an excellent job helping get Texas’ foot in the door, but the results on the field will have the final say. Guys like Faatui Tuitele and Maninoa Tufono have interest in Texas, but the Longhorns are not the top choice for either. The lure of going to the west coast or a powerhouse like Alabama is hard to overcome with kids from that region.
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    Intel from The Opening
    De’Gabriel Floyd
    With Chris Adimora’s commitment Sunday afternoon, Texas now has multiple pledges from California in the 2019 class. Adimora joined LB De’Gabriel Floyd, who committed to the Longhorns in March. While meeting with the media on Sunday, Floyd made it clear that he will continue to be in the ear of several Texas targets who reside in California, including Mater Dei 5-star ATH Bru McCoy.
    “I know a lot about his situation and what’s going on, what he’s thinking,” Floyd said about McCoy. “I’m telling him the same thing I’m telling everyone else. (Bru) can go do his thing on offense, but at the same time he can play defense and we can be together, and that’s a bad situation for an offense.”
    Pulling kids from California is not new for Texas. The Longhorns have inked Cameron Rising, Kirk Johnson and Collin Johnson is recent cycles, but Texas has not signed multiple players from California in the same class since 2013, when junior college players Desmond Harrison and Geoff Swaim inked with the Longhorns.
    “I think some kids are really interested in moving to a new state, being on their own and being in an environment where they have to adapt to be more comfortable,” Floyd said when asked why Texas is having renewed success in California. “Texas is kind of the closest thing to California, in my opinion. Texas also has a lot of talent in state, so we feel like if Texas is coming way out here to show interest in us, it really shows they are actually trying to get us to their school.”
    In addition to talking recruiting, Floyd also spoke about his performance at The Opening on Sunday. The 4-star LB tested very well, running a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.38 in the shuttle drill and recording a vertical of 33 inches. Floyd profiles perfectly as a rover in the Todd Orlando defense, which is exactly where Floyd said the coaching staff is expecting him to play.
     
    Noah Cain
    Last cycle Texas secured its bell cow running back very early in the cycle in Keaontay Ingram, but so far this cycle they are still working hard to get their man. IMG Academy running back Noah Cain has long been at the top of Texas’ want list at the position and that isn’t changing any time soon, but from the sounds of it Cain is a major priority for several top programs. Schools like Auburn, Georgia, and Penn State have been turning up the heat, but that isn’t all according to the blue chip running back.
    “Clemson, Miami, and Ohio State are still in the picture. A lot of different schools have the opportunity for me to come in and play early”, said Cain.
    So where does Texas currently sit with Texas? Things don’t seem to have changed much there.
    “They still stand where they were before and they’re one my top schools. Coach Drayton and Coach Herman text me every other day or Bryan (Carrington). Texas is still one of my top schools”, said the four star running back.
    As if there was any question about Cain’s importance to the Texas staff, Herman is personally involved in the recruitment and reaffirmed to Cain that he was a top priority to them and will continue to be so until the end.
    Speaking of IMG running backs, Cain isn’t the only one that holds a Texas offer, as the Longhorns are hard after Cain’s five star teammate Trey Sanders. The idea of playing together at the next level is something the two backs have discussed.
    “Texas is one of the schools we have actually playing together at because of the need at running back. Me and Trey (Sanders) are both unselfish and want to see each other succeed and feed off each other. We always talk about playing with each other at the next level, but we will have to see if that’s the right fit”.
     
    Stacey Wilkins
    While Javonne Shepherd has been the most frequently discussed offensive tackle on Texas’ board, the Longhorn staff is still hard after Camden (AR) tackle Stacey Wilkins. Wilkins made his way to Austin during the spring and came away impressed with what he saw with the Longhorn program. Since then he has been developing his relationship with offensive line coach Herb Hand and it seems that Hand is leaving a good impression on the four star big man.
    “Me and Coach Hand have a real good relationship and it is fun talking to him because he doesn’t make it too much about football. He is one of the top coaches at his position and knows what he is taking about”, said Wilkins.
    Attending camps like The Opening can be a bit overwhelming for guys sometimes given the competition and being under the microscope with all the attention, but Wilkins seemed to really be enjoying the process and just having fun with it while competing against the top players in the country.
    “It’s been real fun because I don’t think guys from my town have been able to get this opportunity. I was able to compete against the best defensive linemen in the country, learn new things, and be able to take it back in put it into my arsenal. So that was one good thing and to be able to help my teammates at the same time”, said the four star tackle.
    As far a Texas goes, Wilkins has an official set for the fall for the weekend of the USC game and he plans on watching both teams closely, as the Trojans are another team high on his list of consideration.
    Wilkins went on to say that he measured in at 6’7, 280 pounds this week and ran in the 5.0-5.1 range in the 40 yard dash during the testing. He has the offensive tackle starter kit you want and will no doubt remain a high priority for Texas as they continue to hunt tackle bodies.
     
    Elijah Higgins
    For Austin Bowie wide receiver Elijah Higgins, the recruiting process has been gruesome and long, and he’s ready to make a decision and move forward. Before he came to that conclusion, he spent his offseason competing in a variety of camps, including The Opening in Frisco this past weekend. “It’s been great,” Higgins said in regards to The Opening. “There’s some great coaches around here. I’ve been around some of the top quarterbacks in the nation. The ball is a little faster, so you have to adjust. It’s really been about developing and battling through adversity when your legs are tired.”
    While Higgins has attended various camps this summer, other athletes are hard-pressed to get him to commit to their school. But Higgins takes a different approach to the process than an every day recruit. “I recruit myself,” Higgins said. “I ask the recruits about other schools, what they think, and stuff like that. I try to get a vibe perspective. It’s really me going around asking them questions and them pulling me that way.”
    In terms of a decision timeline, Higgins is ready to wrap up his recruitment before his senior season at Austin Bowie begins. “After this, I’m done,” Higgins stated. “It’s time to sit down and talk schools.” In terms of when a decision could come, Higgins relayed it would come “hopefully when I get home. Probably that week. I haven’t really had much time. I’ve been traveling, visits, camps, so that’s the main reason I haven’t done it yet.” However, Higgins is not going to rush into a decision. “If I’m not ready, I’m not going to do it.”
    So, where does Texas stand with Higgins? Although he kept his ranking of schools close to the vest, he did make one thing certain — Texas will not receive an official visit for the coveted wide receiver. That is not necessarily a bad sign, however.  “I decided not to [take an official to Texas] because it’s so close and they have 2 more spots left [for other recruits] and I respect that,” Higgins said. “They asked me if that was okay with me, and I said yes, of course. Other than flights and free food, you can do everything on an unofficial that you can on an official. I don’t want to take anyone else’s opportunity. That’s really it.”
    To be frank, Texas is on the outside looking in for the Austin native. After offering Higgins in January, the Longhorns stepped off the gas pedal for a good amount of time, allowing other schools like Florida and Stanford to enter the picture. The best the Texas staff can hope for is that Higgins indeed decides he is not ready to decide before his senior season starts, so that they can have more time to try and sell the future in Austin. Otherwise, one of the best recruits to ever come out of Austin Bowie will be heading out of state to begin his collegiate career next fall.
     
    Mailbag
    Q: Any status on the kids coming back from major injuries like Pat Hudson, Gary Johnson, Kirk Johnson, Cade Brewer, etc
    A: Gary Johnson is participating in summer workouts and barring any setbacks, will be ready to go for fall camp. With the departure of Edwin Freeman, Johnson needs to remain healthy this season. Patrick Hudson and Cade Brewer are both still recovering from ACL injuries, but Brewer appears to be participating at 100% in offseason workouts.  The expectation is both will be ready to go in August. Kirk Johnson is a wild card. No one truly knows if he will be able to contribute this upcoming season, both from an injury standpoint and the fact the running back room added two talented players in Keaontay Ingram and Tre Watson.
    Q: How many do we plan to take at OL, DL, and LB this cycle?
    A: Numbers are a very fluid thing so it’s tough to call on an exact number. I’d expect 3-5 OL and DL apiece because you want to maintain depth there, and I would expect at least 3 at LB if they can manage it.
    Q: Behind the scenes, who seems to be developing (on the team) more than most this summer? Any word on the rumor wire? When will the team report to camp this year?
    A: Of the young guys, the name mentioned most seems to be Anthony Cook. Seems like there is a legit chance he logs some snaps this fall. Other names that have been mentioned are Caden Sterns, BJ Foster, and Ayodele Adeoye. With the linebacker position being thin, Adeoye may log some snaps this fall. From a physical standpoint, he arrived on campus ready to compete. With Todd Orlando as his LB coach, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the field at least as a run stopper.
    Not sure as far as an exact date for reporting, but it will likely be early August.
    Q: How do the coaches use their limited time on visits to show off what makes Austin special?
    A: The main focus for the coaching staff is sell what is on campus. When recruits visit, they are shown the locker room, weight room, dining hall, academic support center, dorms and given a tour of campus. In addition, they will break down film with their position coach and get to ask questions about potential scheme fit.  The staff does an excellent job of making sure that recruits see the entire scope of what Texas has to offer, including the academic side. At night, recruits will get to interact with current players, and that is when they get to experience Austin as a whole. Recruit visits almost always end with a meeting with Tom Herman. A lot of times, the staff tries to sell the city of Austin as a whole as well. This includes going to places like Top Golf and getting to partake in activities at the lake by visiting Tom Herman’s house — which is a good sales pitch. If you haven’t seen it, you should do a quick Google search.
    Q: What are the chances we can start a Hawaii to Austin pipeline?
    A: Texas will need to produce on the field if they have hopes of developing a consistent pipeline to a place like Hawaii. Recruiting assistants like Jake Langi have done an excellent job helping get Texas’ foot in the door, but the results on the field will have the final say. Guys like Faatui Tuitele and Maninoa Tufono have interest in Texas, but the Longhorns are not the top choice for either. The lure of going to the west coast or a powerhouse like Alabama is hard to overcome with kids from that region.
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    There is reason to believe Texas has moved into a good position ahead of Houston’s decision tomorrow
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    Harrison Wier got a reaction from Bear19 in Commitment Spotlight: Peter Mpagi   
    With only T'Vondre Sweat on the board for the 2019 DL class thus far, Texas added more beef up front with the commitment of DE Peter Mpagi. Although Mpagi won't stand out in terms of stars or his overall composite score, he is a prospect that will have a high ceiling in college. Mpagi will fit in on Todd Orlando's defense nicely after taking some time to learn from several experienced upperclassmen. His addition will only help fill the inevitable holes that will be left by the departures of Charles Omenihu and Breckyn Hager.
    After a stellar junior season, Mpagi started to gain the attention of several blue blood programs like Texas and Nebraska. Ultimately, Mpagi's love for the Longhorns won the day. Mpagi will need some time to beef up and get stronger, but after a year with Yancy McKnight, he could become a valuable contributor to the Texas defensive front.
    Player Information
    Name: Peter Mpagi
    Position: DE
    High School: George Ranch
    City & State: Richmond, TX
    Measurables
    Height: 6’4 (Nike)
    Weight: 224 (Nike)
    40-yard: 4.64 (Unverified)
    Shuttle: N/A
    Vertical: N/A
    Statistics
    2016 - 5 Sacks
    2017 - 33 Tackles, 5 TFL, 9 Sacks,
    Film
    Peter Mpagi Junior Season 
     
    Pros:
    Shows great lateral quickness. Mpagi has the athleticism to handle assignments that a college linebacker would normally be tasked with. Utilizes hands extremely well. Mpagi was able to take advantage of often undersized linemen by using his hands to gain leverage and get to the backfield. Displays a great motor. He never gives up on plays and is always making some type of impact around the ball. Always finds a way to get to the quarterback. It's not surprising to see that Mpagi had 9 sacks this season. Most impressive was Mpagi's ability to get to a mobile quarterback running outside the pocket. Possesses a high football IQ. Mpagi frequently got his hands up in situations where he wasn't able to get into the backfield and caused interceptions. Holds a great frame for the position that will allow him to grow into a physical presence coming off the edge.  Cons:
    While Mpagi certainly possesses quickness, he needs to improve on his first step off the ball. He does not currently have the explosiveness that coaches like to see in edge rushers. Has a tendency to move inside. Needs to improve on the outside rush, as linemen in college will not be as prone to allowing successful inside moves off the edge. Needs a year or two under Yancy McKnight to become a stronger physical presence. Add that with being coached by Todd Orlando and you have a good recipe for success. Mpagi is very predictable. That's not something that is surprising out of a high school lineman, but he will need to mix it up in college.  Summary
    Although Mpagi is a late bloomer, it's hard to see why more schools did not notice him sooner. The numbers he put up in 6A high school football is impressive. Mpagi is essentially a Charles Omenihu prototype. He has the quickness and athleticism to be a solid pass rusher off the edge for the Longhorns.
    There is certainly room for improvement in his game, but none of his weaker traits are uncommon for an edge rusher. The one thing that stands out most about Mpagi is that he already uses his hands very effectively. If he can learn how to gain a quick first step off the ball, he will become a nuisance for Big 12 tackles.
    Final Verdict
    The defensive line is one of several units that Texas and Oscar Giles needed to add depth to — especially with the departure of Charles Omenihu and Breckyn Hager at the end of the 2018 season. T'Vondre Sweat and Peter Mpagi might not be the biggest fish available, but they are certainly quality players that could be key producers in the future.
    Even though Texas did not get off to a hot start with the 2019 class, they are slowly gaining momentum on the recruiting trail. Tom Herman's recruiting class ranks in the top 5 nationally in average composite rating, which will only continue to rise. Where offering late usually is a negative to a recruit, Herman used the time to his advantage. He knew Mpagi was very interested in the Longhorns, and evaluated patiently to sell Mpagi on the fact that Texas offers players they are sure about. In the end, the strategy paid off, and Tom Herman has added yet another quality recruit to the 2019 class.
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    With only T'Vondre Sweat on the board for the 2019 DL class thus far, Texas added more beef up front with the commitment of DE Peter Mpagi. Although Mpagi won't stand out in terms of stars or his overall composite score, he is a prospect that will have a high ceiling in college. Mpagi will fit in on Todd Orlando's defense nicely after taking some time to learn from several experienced upperclassmen. His addition will only help fill the inevitable holes that will be left by the departures of Charles Omenihu and Breckyn Hager.
    After a stellar junior season, Mpagi started to gain the attention of several blue blood programs like Texas and Nebraska. Ultimately, Mpagi's love for the Longhorns won the day. Mpagi will need some time to beef up and get stronger, but after a year with Yancy McKnight, he could become a valuable contributor to the Texas defensive front.
    Player Information
    Name: Peter Mpagi
    Position: DE
    High School: George Ranch
    City & State: Richmond, TX
    Measurables
    Height: 6’4 (Nike)
    Weight: 224 (Nike)
    40-yard: 4.64 (Unverified)
    Shuttle: N/A
    Vertical: N/A
    Statistics
    2016 - 5 Sacks
    2017 - 33 Tackles, 5 TFL, 9 Sacks,
    Film
    Peter Mpagi Junior Season 
     
    Pros:
    Shows great lateral quickness. Mpagi has the athleticism to handle assignments that a college linebacker would normally be tasked with. Utilizes hands extremely well. Mpagi was able to take advantage of often undersized linemen by using his hands to gain leverage and get to the backfield. Displays a great motor. He never gives up on plays and is always making some type of impact around the ball. Always finds a way to get to the quarterback. It's not surprising to see that Mpagi had 9 sacks this season. Most impressive was Mpagi's ability to get to a mobile quarterback running outside the pocket. Possesses a high football IQ. Mpagi frequently got his hands up in situations where he wasn't able to get into the backfield and caused interceptions. Holds a great frame for the position that will allow him to grow into a physical presence coming off the edge.  Cons:
    While Mpagi certainly possesses quickness, he needs to improve on his first step off the ball. He does not currently have the explosiveness that coaches like to see in edge rushers. Has a tendency to move inside. Needs to improve on the outside rush, as linemen in college will not be as prone to allowing successful inside moves off the edge. Needs a year or two under Yancy McKnight to become a stronger physical presence. Add that with being coached by Todd Orlando and you have a good recipe for success. Mpagi is very predictable. That's not something that is surprising out of a high school lineman, but he will need to mix it up in college.  Summary
    Although Mpagi is a late bloomer, it's hard to see why more schools did not notice him sooner. The numbers he put up in 6A high school football is impressive. Mpagi is essentially a Charles Omenihu prototype. He has the quickness and athleticism to be a solid pass rusher off the edge for the Longhorns.
    There is certainly room for improvement in his game, but none of his weaker traits are uncommon for an edge rusher. The one thing that stands out most about Mpagi is that he already uses his hands very effectively. If he can learn how to gain a quick first step off the ball, he will become a nuisance for Big 12 tackles.
    Final Verdict
    The defensive line is one of several units that Texas and Oscar Giles needed to add depth to — especially with the departure of Charles Omenihu and Breckyn Hager at the end of the 2018 season. T'Vondre Sweat and Peter Mpagi might not be the biggest fish available, but they are certainly quality players that could be key producers in the future.
    Even though Texas did not get off to a hot start with the 2019 class, they are slowly gaining momentum on the recruiting trail. Tom Herman's recruiting class ranks in the top 5 nationally in average composite rating, which will only continue to rise. Where offering late usually is a negative to a recruit, Herman used the time to his advantage. He knew Mpagi was very interested in the Longhorns, and evaluated patiently to sell Mpagi on the fact that Texas offers players they are sure about. In the end, the strategy paid off, and Tom Herman has added yet another quality recruit to the 2019 class.
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    Harrison Wier got a reaction from Daniel Seahorn in 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. 
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    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. 
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    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. 
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    Harrison Wier got a reaction from longhorn_mig in Storylines to Watch as Texas Begins Spring Practice   
    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.
  15. Like
    Harrison Wier got a reaction from longhorn_mig in Storylines to Watch as Texas Begins Spring Practice   
    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.
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    Harrison Wier got a reaction from longhorn_mig in Storylines to Watch as Texas Begins Spring Practice   
    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.
  17. Like
    Harrison Wier got a reaction from longhorn_mig in Storylines to Watch as Texas Begins Spring Practice   
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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