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  1. tr{ box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; } th{ box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 4px 9px; background-color: #9E4100; border-top: 0 solid #042e5c; border-right: 0 solid #042e5c; border-bottom: 0 solid #042e5c; border-left: 0 solid #042e5c; color: #fff; font-weight: lighter; font-size: .9em!important; text-align: center; } td { box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 4px 3px; border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(229, 227, 218); font-size: .8em; line-height: 1.2em; } Texas Offer List Name Position Composite HS Committed? Notes Joey Gatewood QB 0.9701 Bartram Trail (Jacksonville, FL) Auburn Justin Fields QB 0.9579 Harrison (Kennesaw, GA) Penn State Cameron Rising QB 0.9580 Newbury Park (Newbury Park, CA) Oklahoma Casey Thompson QB 0.9396 Southmoore (Moore, OK) Zadock Dinkleman QB 0.8796 Somerset (Somerset, TX) Lorenzo Lingard RB 0.9910 University (Orange City, FL) Miami TJ Pledger RB 0.9823 IMG (Bradenton, FL) Orginally from Southern Cal Jaelen Gill RB 0.9820 Westerville South (Westerville, OH) Keaontay Ingram RB 0.8921 Carthage (Carthage, TX) Terrace Marshall Jr. WR 0.9852 Parkway (Bossier City, LA) Jalen Preston WR 0.9750 Manvel (Manvel, TX) Brennan Eagles WR 0.9716 Alief Taylor (Houston, TX) Kamryn Babb WR 0.9712 CBC (St. Louis, MO) Will Baizer used to play lacrosse games at his HS b/c they share a field with a college Al'vonte Woodard WR 0.9585 Lamar (Houston, TX) CJ Moore WR 0.9560 Union (Tulsa, OK) Joshua Moore WR 0.9518 IMG Academy (Brandenton, FL) Twin brother of Jordan Moore. Mother is a Texas alum. Jaylen Waddle WR 0.9234 Episcopal (Houston, TX) Jeremy Ruckert TE 0.9650 Lindenhurst (Lindenhurst, NY) Brevin Jordan TE 0.9634 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) Mustapha Muhammad TE 0.9578 Fort Bend Ridge Point (Missouri City, TX) Malcolm Epps TE 0.9396 Spring Dekaney (Houston, TX) Reese Moore TE 0.8488 Seminole (Seminole, TX) Jackson Carman OL 0.9951 Fairfield (Fairfield, OH) Jamaree Salyer OL 0.9948 Pace Academy (Atlanta, GA) Trey Hill OL 0.9733 Houston County (Warner Robins, GA) Max Wray OL 0.9667 Franklin (Franklin, TN) Georgia Nana Asiedu OL 0.9494 North Stafford (Stafford, VA) Barton Clement OL 0.9382 Marshall (Missouri City, TX) Chasen Hines OL 0.8893 Marshall (Marshall, TX) Rafiti Ghirmai OL 0.8851 Wakeland(Frisco, TX) Trey Stratford OL 0.8603 Allen (Allen, TX) Tyreke Smith WDE 0.9276 Cleveland Heights (Cleveland, OH) Jarell Cherry WDE 0.9249 Carter (Dallas, TX) Ronnie Perkins WDE 0.9075 Lutheran North(St. Louis, MO) Joseph Ossai WDE 0.8842 Oak Ridge (Conroe, TX) Max Wright SDE 0.9716 Taylor (Katy, TX) Ron Tatum DE .9259 Putnam City (Oklahoma City, OK) Taron Vincent DT 0.9944 IMG (Bradenton, FL) Keondre Coburn DT 0.9494 Westfield (Houston, TX) Trevor Trout DT 0.9407 Chaminade (Saint Louis, MO) Bobby Brown DT 0.9317 Lamar (Arlington, TX) Calvin Avery DT 0.9289 Bishop Dunne (Dallas, TX) Nickname is Boogie Palaie Gaoteote OLB 0.9930 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) USC Alston Orji ILB 0.9402 Rockwall (Rockwall, TX) Anthony Cook CB 0.9907 Lamar (Houston, TX) Brendan Radley-Hiles CB 0.9760 IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) Jalen Green CB 0.9624 Heights (Houston, TX) D'Shawn Jamison CB 0.9306 Lamar (Houston, TX) Tre Douglas CB 0.8919 Eagles Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, GA) BJ Foster S 0.9943 Angleton (Angleton, TX) Caden Stern S 0.9735 Steele (Cibolo, TX) LSU Josh Proctor S 0.9632 Owasso (Owasso, OK) Atanza Vongor S 0.9384 South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX) DeMarvion Overshown S 0.9350 Arp (Arp, TX) Myles Simms S 0.9344 Westlake (Atlanta, GA) Leon O'Neal S 0.9301 Cy-Springs (Cypress, TX) Jordan Moore S 0.9019 Yoakum (Yoakum, TX) Texas A&M Twin brother of Joshua Moore. Mother is a Texas alum. Patrick Fields S 0.8563 Union (Tulsa, OK) Justin Watkins ATH 0.9736 Vanguard (Ocala, FL) Florida State Jaquayln Crawford ATH 0.8957 Rockdale (Rockdale, TX)
  2. tr{ box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; } th{ box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 4px 9px; background-color: #9E4100; border-top: 0 solid #042e5c; border-right: 0 solid #042e5c; border-bottom: 0 solid #042e5c; border-left: 0 solid #042e5c; color: #fff; font-weight: lighter; font-size: .9em!important; text-align: center; } td { box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 4px 3px; border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(229, 227, 218); font-size: .8em; line-height: 1.2em; } Texas Offer List Name Position Composite HS Committed? Notes Roschon Johnson QB N/A Port Neches-Groves (Port Neches, TX) "Dream school. Has always wanted to go to UT." Theo Wease WR 0.9615 Allen (Allen, TX) Oklahoma Kam Brown WR N/A Colleyville Heritage (Colleyville, TX) Kenyon Green OL 0.9707 Atascocita (Humble, TX) LSU Tyler Johnson OL N/A Oak Ridge (Conroe, TX) Brian Williams S 0.9992 Bishop Dunne (Dallas, TX) younger brother of Arkansas RB Rawleigh Williams III Isaiah Williams ATH N/A Trinity Catholic (St. Louis, MO)
  3. H/T to DBut82 for suggesting I keep a pinned thread with my CB picks. I will try my best to post any updates on changes to my picks with my reasoning included. http://247sports.com/User/Daniel%20Seahorn/Predictions?PlayerInstitution.PrimaryPlayerSport.Recruitment.Year=2018&PlayerInstitution.PrimaryPlayerSport.Sport=Football
  4. When you are building a successful football team, one of the golden rules is that you can never have enough big bodies in the trenches. When you look at successful programs such as Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State, they are all deep and talented on both sides of the line. When you go back and look at the Texas teams during the Mack Brown era when they were routinely putting 10 W’s in the win column, they had ass kickers in the trenches. Under Charlie Strong, Texas went heavy on big bodies almost every year he was in Austin, and while it was a good start to restock the bare pantry, there are still plenty of holes to fill on the shelves. It has been mentioned and will be mentioned several times over going forward, but with junior offensive tackle Connor Williams likely to take his talents to the NFL after the 2017 season, finding a suitable replacement should be near the top of the priority list. One of the first offensive tackle prospects to receive an offer this spring was Frisco Wakeland’s Rafiti Ghirmai, and he absolutely blew up not much longer after. The four star offensive tackle notched offers from notable programs such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Michigan, and he holds almost 40 offers total. Things at one point looked bleak with the talented offensive tackle as he had lusty eyes for some out of state programs, but as momentum began picking up for the Longhorns, Ghirmai’s attention shifted back to the in-state program and he decided to stay home and hop on board with Tom Herman and the Longhorns. Film Analysis I have to give a hat tip to my man Mike Roach for sending over Ghirmai’s film early on in the spring before he became a priority for Texas, because I was able to see early on that this kid was severely under ranked and was likely to garner some serious attention at some point. He checks the box for having ideal tackle size at 6’5, around 290 and he carries the weight well. Yancy McKnight should be able to trim off the baby fat and pack on some good weight to his frame without much issue. As a player, it’s easy to see why he blew up the way he did this spring and it’s not just because he’s a big kid with good upside. His testing numbers are far from mind blowing, but on film he moves around well, he can bend, he can fire off the ball with a low hat, and he shows he can be a people mover, which is a sign of functional strength. He gets after guys as a run blocker and flashes the capability of being a bit of an asshole, which I absolutely have no problem with and he looks to finish guys off when he gets them on skates. If you’ve read my write ups on offensive lineman before, you know where I stand on guys finishing plays and their opponents. He does need to improve on not falling off blocks, but that’s something that can be improved on as his technique develops. Cut blocking is another thing I have written down that needs to be cleaned up for him, but again that’s coachable. As a pass blocker, while he isn’t deficient at it right now, he is still a work in progress. One thing that stands out is that he has a tendency to bail early and turn his shoulders which will end up being problematic against good pass rushers. He also needs to be more consistent with his punch in pass pro, rather than simply just placing his hands on a defender. These are technical issues that can be ironed out with coaching and reps over time, but it will be something I will be looking for in his senior film. Final Verdict Tom Herman and his staff keep checking off boxes on their wish list for this cycle. Missing out on Walker Little last cycle was a bummer, but they followed that up by quickly landing two early offer candidates in Ghirmai and Reese Moore. Both project to tackle and are high upside players that are quality takes in my book. Ghirmai is another example of Herman and his staff showing they are capable of going toe to toe with some of best programs in the nation to land a recruit, but at this point they don’t really need to convince anyone. Ghirmai doesn’t possess the elite tools that Little had at the same stage and isn’t a plug and play type of player, but he is no slouch. Ghrimai in my opinion is the best tackle in the state this cycle (though it’s a down year) and he has the ability to be able to crack the two deep sooner rather than later after a red shirt year. It’s not out of the question to see him develop into an All-Conference caliber player if he continues to develop accordingly. Herman is showing that they aren’t going to back down from anyone and are showing that they are making efforts to keep the state’s best players home despite having not coached game yet in Austin. If you are keeping score at home, Texas is now sitting comfortably inside the Top 5 in the recruiting rankings for this cycle, and they are far from being done.
  5. When you are building a successful football team, one of the golden rules is that you can never have enough big bodies in the trenches. When you look at successful programs such as Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State, they are all deep and talented on both sides of the line. When you go back and look at the Texas teams during the Mack Brown era when they were routinely putting 10 W’s in the win column, they had ass kickers in the trenches. Under Charlie Strong, Texas went heavy on big bodies almost every year he was in Austin, and while it was a good start to restock the bare pantry, there are still plenty of holes to fill on the shelves. It has been mentioned and will be mentioned several times over going forward, but with junior offensive tackle Connor Williams likely to take his talents to the NFL after the 2017 season, finding a suitable replacement should be near the top of the priority list. One of the first offensive tackle prospects to receive an offer this spring was Frisco Wakeland’s Rafiti Ghirmai, and he absolutely blew up not much longer after. The four star offensive tackle notched offers from notable programs such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Michigan, and he holds almost 40 offers total. Things at one point looked bleak with the talented offensive tackle as he had lusty eyes for some out of state programs, but as momentum began picking up for the Longhorns, Ghirmai’s attention shifted back to the in-state program and he decided to stay home and hop on board with Tom Herman and the Longhorns. Film Analysis I have to give a hat tip to my man Mike Roach for sending over Ghirmai’s film early on in the spring before he became a priority for Texas, because I was able to see early on that this kid was severely under ranked and was likely to garner some serious attention at some point. He checks the box for having ideal tackle size at 6’5, around 290 and he carries the weight well. Yancy McKnight should be able to trim off the baby fat and pack on some good weight to his frame without much issue. As a player, it’s easy to see why he blew up the way he did this spring and it’s not just because he’s a big kid with good upside. His testing numbers are far from mind blowing, but on film he moves around well, he can bend, he can fire off the ball with a low hat, and he shows he can be a people mover, which is a sign of functional strength. He gets after guys as a run blocker and flashes the capability of being a bit of an asshole, which I absolutely have no problem with and he looks to finish guys off when he gets them on skates. If you’ve read my write ups on offensive lineman before, you know where I stand on guys finishing plays and their opponents. He does need to improve on not falling off blocks, but that’s something that can be improved on as his technique develops. Cut blocking is another thing I have written down that needs to be cleaned up for him, but again that’s coachable. As a pass blocker, while he isn’t deficient at it right now, he is still a work in progress. One thing that stands out is that he has a tendency to bail early and turn his shoulders which will end up being problematic against good pass rushers. He also needs to be more consistent with his punch in pass pro, rather than simply just placing his hands on a defender. These are technical issues that can be ironed out with coaching and reps over time, but it will be something I will be looking for in his senior film. Final Verdict Tom Herman and his staff keep checking off boxes on their wish list for this cycle. Missing out on Walker Little last cycle was a bummer, but they followed that up by quickly landing two early offer candidates in Ghirmai and Reese Moore. Both project to tackle and are high upside players that are quality takes in my book. Ghirmai is another example of Herman and his staff showing they are capable of going toe to toe with some of best programs in the nation to land a recruit, but at this point they don’t really need to convince anyone. Ghirmai doesn’t possess the elite tools that Little had at the same stage and isn’t a plug and play type of player, but he is no slouch. Ghrimai in my opinion is the best tackle in the state this cycle (though it’s a down year) and he has the ability to be able to crack the two deep sooner rather than later after a red shirt year. It’s not out of the question to see him develop into an All-Conference caliber player if he continues to develop accordingly. Herman is showing that they aren’t going to back down from anyone and are showing that they are making efforts to keep the state’s best players home despite having not coached game yet in Austin. If you are keeping score at home, Texas is now sitting comfortably inside the Top 5 in the recruiting rankings for this cycle, and they are far from being done.
  6. The recruiting momentum for Texas keeps on churning, and so do we. With the addition of Cade Brewer and Reese Leitao (after some hiccups) in the 2017 class, Tom Herman is doing his best to restock what has been a thin tight end room since the departure of Jermichael Finley in 2008. He’s off to a good start with the 2018 class with the addition of Dekaney tight end Malcolm Epps. When you look at Epps on paper, he doesn’t seem all that impressive. He’s 6’6” with a 5.02 40-yard dash and a 24’ vertical. Not great for a big bodied tight end. It’s important to remember, however, that numbers sometimes fail to tell the full story. Epps is a matchup nightmare on the football field, and it certainly shows on tape. There’s a reason Epps is the No. 4 ranked tight end in the country, with offers from the likes of Alabama, Texas, and Florida State. With Epps adding much needed depth to the TE room, what does the tape say about his ability to produce on the field? Film Analysis Epps’ numbers do tell one aspect of his skill set: he is raw. At 218 pounds, he needs to add weight to grow into his frame. He’s raw as a blocker and will never blow by a defender. Those are things that can be worked around and even improved, in some cases. The two things Epps has that cannot be taught is size and ball skills. Epps is a gifted pass catcher that has soft hands. In his film, he made some extremely difficult catches as well as all of the routine ones. Texas fans should be excited just imagining Epps lined up for the corner fade route in the end zone. He is going to create tons of mismatch problems for Big 12 defenses. Although raw as a player, Epps can only get better. He grow more into his frame after an offseason spent with Yancy McKnight and even likely become a bit faster off the ball. His time spent as a basketball player will likely help him become a better tight end as well, assisting him with getting to the ball at the highest level. Although many say “numbers never lie,” they do in this case. Malcolm Epps is a raw, but talented tight end that Tom Herman and Corby Meekins should be excited about. If he gets on campus and taps into his full potential, the sky is the limit. Final Verdict The addition of Malcolm Epps adds more depth and competition to a recently replenished tight end room. Although he is a work in progress at the position, Epps’ measurables and ball skills leaves plenty of room for excitement. It’s also important to note that Epps has been offered a scholarship by Shaka Smart as well, which could impact his decision. As a two-way player in football/basketball, he will certainly carry over some things from the court that will help him on the field, and vice versa. Overall, Texas fans should be excited about the addition of Malcolm Epps. I don’t want to jump the gun, but Epps reminds me a lot of Jimmy Graham – only a bit less athletic. If he can play even remotely at the type of level Graham does, Texas may have their first true TE since 2008.
  7. Five Star Corona (CA) Centennial QB Tanner McKee confirmed with me this evening that he will officially visit Texas this fall for the Kansas State game on October 7th. Texas has consistently been in the hunt for McKee, but schools like Stanford and BYU seem more likely right now.
  8. The recruiting momentum for Texas keeps on churning, and so do we. With the addition of Cade Brewer and Reese Leitao (after some hiccups) in the 2017 class, Tom Herman is doing his best to restock what has been a thin tight end room since the departure of Jermichael Finley in 2008. He’s off to a good start with the 2018 class with the addition of Dekaney tight end Malcolm Epps. When you look at Epps on paper, he doesn’t seem all that impressive. He’s 6’6†with a 5.02 40-yard dash and a 24’ vertical. Not great for a big bodied tight end. It’s important to remember, however, that numbers sometimes fail to tell the full story. Epps is a matchup nightmare on the football field, and it certainly shows on tape. There’s a reason Epps is the No. 4 ranked tight end in the country, with offers from the likes of Alabama, Texas, and Florida State. With Epps adding much needed depth to the TE room, what does the tape say about his ability to produce on the field? Film Analysis Epps’ numbers do tell one aspect of his skill set: he is raw. At 218 pounds, he needs to add weight to grow into his frame. He’s raw as a blocker and will never blow by a defender. Those are things that can be worked around and even improved, in some cases. The two things Epps has that cannot be taught is size and ball skills. Epps is a gifted pass catcher that has soft hands. In his film, he made some extremely difficult catches as well as all of the routine ones. Texas fans should be excited just imagining Epps lined up for the corner fade route in the end zone. He is going to create tons of mismatch problems for Big 12 defenses. Although raw as a player, Epps can only get better. He grow more into his frame after an offseason spent with Yancy McKnight and even likely become a bit faster off the ball. His time spent as a basketball player will likely help him become a better tight end as well, assisting him with getting to the ball at the highest level. Although many say “numbers never lie,†they do in this case. Malcolm Epps is a raw, but talented tight end that Tom Herman and Corby Meekins should be excited about. If he gets on campus and taps into his full potential, the sky is the limit. Final Verdict The addition of Malcolm Epps adds more depth and competition to a recently replenished tight end room. Although he is a work in progress at the position, Epps’ measurables and ball skills leaves plenty of room for excitement. It’s also important to note that Epps has been offered a scholarship by Shaka Smart as well, which could impact his decision. As a two-way player in football/basketball, he will certainly carry over some things from the court that will help him on the field, and vice versa. Overall, Texas fans should be excited about the addition of Malcolm Epps. I don’t want to jump the gun, but Epps reminds me a lot of Jimmy Graham – only a bit less athletic. If he can play even remotely at the type of level Graham does, Texas may have their first true TE since 2008.
  9. While Texas has stacked up on talent at the skill positions this cycle, many have understandably wondered when they were going to start picking up commitments from big bodies in the trenches. With the talent in the state being down on both the offensive and defensive line, it was important for the staff to cherry pick within the state while casting a wider net nationally. In the case of Keondre Coburn, you have one of the nation’s best defensive tackles that hails from a talented pipeline in Westfield high school, which has been known to churn out defensive line talent over the years under AJ Blum (now the defensive line coach at Houston). As everyone knows, Texas tight ends coach Corby Meekins was the head coach at Westfield before joining Tom Herman’s staff when he arrived at Houston. Coburn has been a known commodity for a while now after making his fair share of plays next to Ed Oliver, who is now wrecking offensive game plans in the AAC. Coburn racked up Power 5 offers last year from regional programs last spring, but really hit the big time when Michigan offered last May. Once Texas entered the fray in January of this year I felt like the offer was a game changer. With Meekins now in Austin and the Longhorn on the front of his shirt, I felt pretty confident that Texas’ issues of being able to get their foot in the door at Westfield were over. While it certainly wasn’t a cake walk for Meekins with national powers like Alabama lurking in the recruitment, he was able to reel in the big defensive tackle and land a blue chipper at a position of need for the Longhorns. Film Analysis On tape Coburn looks like your prototypical nose tackle who is going to anchor a defensive line on the interior. His bread and butter to his game is easy to identify, as he likes to use his strength and power to his advantage to overpower and stalemate his opponents at the LOS against both the run and the pass. He’s not a guy who is going to really try to finesse you when it comes to getting off blocks, but he shows that he has good hand usage (something a lot of young defensive linemen struggle with) and flashes an arm over move along with a little spin move. While both of those moves are in the early stages of development, it at least shows he has a few things in the toolbox to work with at this stage in his development. Power is the name to the game for Coburn, and his ability to anchor and hold his ground at the LOS will be beneficial, as he will be asked to command double teams on the interior on odd fronts. Another thing that stands out about Coburn is his hustle and effort. Often you will see big guys shutting it down when they are on the back side of plays or the play goes away from him, but Coburn is constantly staying active and staying in the camera frame in pursuit of the ball carrier. Even if he overruns a play, he shows effort by working his way back in the frame and getting a piece of the action. Stuff like that will get you noticed and on the field in short order at the next level and it is always a plus to see it from a defensive lineman. Final Verdict For those who were concerned with the shortage of beef, Coburn brings almost 330 pounds of it with him to Austin. While I certainly believe he will be asked to slim down a bit to get to a more ideal playing weight that will allow him to stay on the field longer, there is no doubting Coburn’s ability and him being one of the top interior defensive linemen in the state and in the country. While he certainly had a bit of a built in advantage, this is big recruiting win for Meekins, as he had to fight off several national powers to land Coburn’s commitment. For Texas, this is yet another Houston domino that hits the ground, as they continue to dominant the talent rich area this cycle and continue to build a monster of a recruiting class. If Herman and his staff can continue to add quality big bodies in the trenches on both sides of the ball this cycle, then it will be hard to find weaknesses in the class they are assembling. Even with the season rapidly approaching and the dead period being in effect, it could be another busy month of recruiting leading up to the first kickoff. This post has been promoted to an article
  10. While Texas has stacked up on talent at the skill positions this cycle, many have understandably wondered when they were going to start picking up commitments from big bodies in the trenches. With the talent in the state being down on both the offensive and defensive line, it was important for the staff to cherry pick within the state while casting a wider net nationally. In the case of Keondre Coburn, you have one of the nation’s best defensive tackles that hails from a talented pipeline in Westfield high school, which has been known to churn out defensive line talent over the years under AJ Blum (now the defensive line coach at Houston). As everyone knows, Texas tight ends coach Corby Meekins was the head coach at Westfield before joining Tom Herman’s staff when he arrived at Houston. Coburn has been a known commodity for a while now after making his fair share of plays next to Ed Oliver, who is now wrecking offensive game plans in the AAC. Coburn racked up Power 5 offers last year from regional programs last spring, but really hit the big time when Michigan offered last May. Once Texas entered the fray in January of this year I felt like the offer was a game changer. With Meekins now in Austin and the Longhorn on the front of his shirt, I felt pretty confident that Texas’ issues of being able to get their foot in the door at Westfield were over. While it certainly wasn’t a cake walk for Meekins with national powers like Alabama lurking in the recruitment, he was able to reel in the big defensive tackle and land a blue chipper at a position of need for the Longhorns. Film Analysis On tape Coburn looks like your prototypical nose tackle who is going to anchor a defensive line on the interior. His bread and butter to his game is easy to identify, as he likes to use his strength and power to his advantage to overpower and stalemate his opponents at the LOS against both the run and the pass. He’s not a guy who is going to really try to finesse you when it comes to getting off blocks, but he shows that he has good hand usage (something a lot of young defensive linemen struggle with) and flashes an arm over move along with a little spin move. While both of those moves are in the early stages of development, it at least shows he has a few things in the toolbox to work with at this stage in his development. Power is the name to the game for Coburn, and his ability to anchor and hold his ground at the LOS will be beneficial, as he will be asked to command double teams on the interior on odd fronts. Another thing that stands out about Coburn is his hustle and effort. Often you will see big guys shutting it down when they are on the back side of plays or the play goes away from him, but Coburn is constantly staying active and staying in the camera frame in pursuit of the ball carrier. Even if he overruns a play, he shows effort by working his way back in the frame and getting a piece of the action. Stuff like that will get you noticed and on the field in short order at the next level and it is always a plus to see it from a defensive lineman. Final Verdict For those who were concerned with the shortage of beef, Coburn brings almost 330 pounds of it with him to Austin. While I certainly believe he will be asked to slim down a bit to get to a more ideal playing weight that will allow him to stay on the field longer, there is no doubting Coburn’s ability and him being one of the top interior defensive linemen in the state and in the country. While he certainly had a bit of a built in advantage, this is big recruiting win for Meekins, as he had to fight off several national powers to land Coburn’s commitment. For Texas, this is yet another Houston domino that hits the ground, as they continue to dominant the talent rich area this cycle and continue to build a monster of a recruiting class. If Herman and his staff can continue to add quality big bodies in the trenches on both sides of the ball this cycle, then it will be hard to find weaknesses in the class they are assembling. Even with the season rapidly approaching and the dead period being in effect, it could be another busy month of recruiting leading up to the first kickoff.
  11. I’m not often shocked by anything when it comes to recruiting anymore considering how wild crazy it has become over the years. You have to be ready for just about everything due to the unpredictability of teenagers and that can be quite exhausting at times. With that said, many across the recruiting world were shocked and caught off guard this evening when top junior college tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson announced to the world that he was committing to Texas over Alabama, Louisville, and Oregon. Wood-Anderson made a surprise official visit to Texas this summer and came away very impressed with what he saw in Austin, but later visits to Louisville and a return visit to Tuscaloosa muddied the waters significantly and had everyone, but Wood-Anderson wondering where he was going to end up. It’s no secret that the tight end position is awfully thin in Austin and the Texas staff is looking to lock up a couple of studs this cycle, and with Wood-Anderson now in the fold, they are halfway to their goal. Film Analysis Listed at 6’5, 245 pounds, the first thing that jumps out at you about Wood-Anderson is how well he moves for his size. If that size is anywhere close to being accurate then this kid is going to be an absolute problem and mismatch nightmare for linebackers, safeties, and corners. First clip you see of him is him splitting a corner and a safety on a post route for a 51 yard touchdown that he finishes off with a nice over the shoulder catch. Not bad. As a receiver he displays good hands, he finds holes in the zone, he shows the ability to beat man coverage, he attacks the ball and shows he has good ball skills. He isn’t shy of contact with the ball in his hands and shows the ability to run through arm tackles and is definitely going to get his fair share of YAC. His ability as a receiver makes him a plug and play caliber of player for Texas and is something they currently lack on the depth chart. Wood-Anderson isn’t strictly a flex tight end either. He has been used as an inline tight end and shows on film that he is willing to get his hands dirty as a blocker, and that is something that Tom Herman has put an emphasis on finding at the position. While he doesn’t have an extensive amount of clips of him blocking, he at least shows effort and looks willing and capable to put his hands on a defender as blocking tight end and that will be important when it comes to him getting on the field. Final Verdict Full disclosure: We had no idea that the pick was going to be Texas for Wood-Anderson, but this is a HUGE pickup for Herman and his staff. DWA has the ability to be an instant impact kind of player at the tight end position and it has been quite a while since Texas has had that kind of talent at the position. With Wood-Anderson now in the fold it is going to be interesting to see how it impacts the rest of their recruiting board at the tight end position. Malcolm Epps has been kicking around the idea of committing soon, but it will be curious to see if the brakes are tapped in that recruitment. Wood-Anderson’s commitment could signal them going all-in on guys like Luke Ford and Mustapha Muhammad, as both recently visited and sat down with the staff this summer. Regardless of how you slice it, Texas is injecting talent into the tight end position that has seriously lacked it since the days of Jermichael Finley and there is no doubt that the position won’t be neglected any longer.
  12. I’m not often shocked by anything when it comes to recruiting anymore considering how wild crazy it has become over the years. You have to be ready for just about everything due to the unpredictability of teenagers and that can be quite exhausting at times. With that said, many across the recruiting world were shocked and caught off guard this evening when top junior college tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson announced to the world that he was committing to Texas over Alabama, Louisville, and Oregon. Wood-Anderson made a surprise official visit to Texas this summer and came away very impressed with what he saw in Austin, but later visits to Louisville and a return visit to Tuscaloosa muddied the waters significantly and had everyone, but Wood-Anderson wondering where he was going to end up. It’s no secret that the tight end position is awfully thin in Austin and the Texas staff is looking to lock up a couple of studs this cycle, and with Wood-Anderson now in the fold, they are halfway to their goal. Film Analysis Listed at 6’5, 245 pounds, the first thing that jumps out at you about Wood-Anderson is how well he moves for his size. If that size is anywhere close to being accurate then this kid is going to be an absolute problem and mismatch nightmare for linebackers, safeties, and corners. First clip you see of him is him splitting a corner and a safety on a post route for a 51 yard touchdown that he finishes off with a nice over the shoulder catch. Not bad. As a receiver he displays good hands, he finds holes in the zone, he shows the ability to beat man coverage, he attacks the ball and shows he has good ball skills. He isn’t shy of contact with the ball in his hands and shows the ability to run through arm tackles and is definitely going to get his fair share of YAC. His ability as a receiver makes him a plug and play caliber of player for Texas and is something they currently lack on the depth chart. Wood-Anderson isn’t strictly a flex tight end either. He has been used as an inline tight end and shows on film that he is willing to get his hands dirty as a blocker, and that is something that Tom Herman has put an emphasis on finding at the position. While he doesn’t have an extensive amount of clips of him blocking, he at least shows effort and looks willing and capable to put his hands on a defender as blocking tight end and that will be important when it comes to him getting on the field. Final Verdict Full disclosure: We had no idea that the pick was going to be Texas for Wood-Anderson, but this is a HUGE pickup for Herman and his staff. DWA has the ability to be an instant impact kind of player at the tight end position and it has been quite a while since Texas has had that kind of talent at the position. With Wood-Anderson now in the fold it is going to be interesting to see how it impacts the rest of their recruiting board at the tight end position. Malcolm Epps has been kicking around the idea of committing soon, but it will be curious to see if the brakes are tapped in that recruitment. Wood-Anderson’s commitment could signal them going all-in on guys like Luke Ford and Mustapha Muhammad, as both recently visited and sat down with the staff this summer. Regardless of how you slice it, Texas is injecting talent into the tight end position that has seriously lacked it since the days of Jermichael Finley and there is no doubt that the position won’t be neglected any longer.
  13. 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. Tom Herman once again pulls off an amazing recruiting effort by thinking outside the box. Longhorns fans are used to having the mid-July recruiting camp that Strong began as “Under the Lights.” Tom Herman took this concept and went to work – inviting some of the top 2019 guys in the state, getting most of the commits together, bringing in major 2018 targets, and throwing in a bit of a wrinkle with dodgeball, a coaches’ dunking booth, a dunk contest, and a gigantic water balloon fight with hundreds of water balloons all over the field. There was not a single bad review of the event, Texas pulled in two commitments from top targets, and they made massive headway with a great deal of key 2018 and 2019 recruits. Herman nailed it. Mustapha Muhammad If you were to peek over on the 247 Crystal Ball feature, you’d see that basically every media member has marked Mustapha Muhammad down as a Michigan Wolverine. However, we don’t believe the race for Muhammad is quite over. He is the top tight end on the board for the Longhorns, and they made sure he knew it during his trip to Austin. Muhammad left extremely happy with the coaches, the atmosphere, and the facilities. His visit was a step towards ensuring that the elite tight end stays in state. How was the camp? MM: Lit. I didn't participate but it was fun to watch. You didn't get into the water balloon fight? MM: No way! I was wearing designer clothes. What was the most impressive part of the entire thing? MM: The locker room…just how they were designed. I’d never seen anything like [the] all-in-one lockers. What did you and Meekins talk about while you were there? MM: We did some film study, and broke down how I’d fit in the offense. Did you get to talk to the commits or players? MM: I talked to everybody. They all told me they really wanted me too. 2020 RB Jase McClellan (Aledo) It’s the not-so-hot hot take that Jase McClellan is the best running back in the state regardless of class (with Noah Cain being at IMG). The Texas coaches made sure that McClellan was treated as such. Every time he steps on campus he is given the VIP treatment with running backs coach Stan Drayton by his side. We do not think the Longhorns will be giving him the offer that he wants until they see him replicate what he did in 2016, but he’s the top guy on their board right now for 2020. Right now, the schools he is high on are still Texas, OU, and UGA. What were your thoughts on the facilities? JM: The facilities were great. Coach Drayton and some former players showed me around and talked to me about them. It was my favorite part. What were you and Stan Drayton talking about before you left? JM: He was talking to me about fitting in at Texas, becoming a better man, and how his coaching style fits the type of person I am. Does Coach Drayton’s pedigree factor into coming to Texas? JM: Yes. That is something that works towards my decision on Texas because it shows me he has great skills when it comes to working with the running back. Al’Vonte Woodard One of the top WRs in the nation, Al’Vonte Woodard made his first trip to Texas after committing to the Longhorns a week prior. When we spoke with Woodard, he appeared to be a combination of excited, relieved, and just plain happy. He’s already hot on the recruiting trail for the Longhorns, as he is working on recruiting his teammates D’Shawn Jamison and Anthony Cook in hopes of having them play side-by-side for another 3-4 years. How’s the commitment feel? AW: I’m just glad to get it out of the way. Schools are still hitting me up, but not as much. But man…It’s just a big weight off my shoulders. It came down to Texas, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss. I made the right decision. (Drew) Mehringer is telling me that I’m their top WR right now, and I can come in and play a key role. I’m just going to have to work for that spot. How about the rest of the camp? AW: I came out to support my guy Alex Hogan. Overall though, it was pretty fun. We got to play with water balloons, dunk a few coaches in the water, play a little bit of dodgeball…we were supposed to have a dunk contest, but Reggie Hemphill broke the hoop. 2019 DB Jonathan McGill (Coppell) Jonathan McGill was apparently the stand out of the entire camp, bringing in 5 interceptions during 1-on-1 play and being mentioned by at least a half dozen top players and commits. While he didn’t pull in an offer from the camp, he certainly got the attention of the coaches. McGill is a very versatile defensive back. He can play basically any defensive back position on the field and do so at a high level. This is McGill’s second time on campus at Texas this summer, and the interest is there for Texas. What was your favorite part of the camp? JM: Probably the dodgeball part. Either dodgeball or just going onto the field and throwing water balloons at each other. Just having fun. Doing something outside of football with a bunch of football players just makes it that much better. How was talking to the coaches afterwards? JM: They just told me to stay patient in the process. But they loved what they saw. I worked out at safety today, and Coach Naivar loved seeing me at safety. [He] Told me I’ve done everything right. Coach Washington got hype with me. I had a few picks today and Coach Washington got lively. I am always communicating with Coach O, just staying in touch with him. Reese Moore Reese Moore made the long trip down to Austin once again, but his mother told us that they’ve gotten used to it now. The big tackle had his patented happy-go-lucky smile on as he addressed the media. When we talked to him afterwards, he indicated that these sessions do wonders for bonding with the other commits and keeping each other strongly committed. After seeing him and his frame in person, I am very excited about what he could be molded into in the future. What did you think of the new lockers? RM: They’re unbelievable. I was telling Coach Warehime that “awesome” and “unbelievable” don’t do it justice. There need to be words that are better than that to describe them. Would you say they’re the best facilities you’ve seen? RM: I’d say so. Everything that they’re going to also build in their new weight room is going be awesome. Only thing about OU’s lockers is they have shoe racks that pop out and sucks all the stickiness out of there. Who was the most impressive OL out there competing today? Branson Bragg. Caden Sterns The star defensive back from Cibolo Steele has become a mouth piece for this class. Sterns told us that he absolutely hates social media, but uses it as a tool for recruiting and pumping out good vibes. From also talking with his mother, I got the sense that the entire family is relieved that they will be sticking closer to home than his brother did (although they do love Oklahoma State). Sterns seems to be locked into Texas currently. Longhorn fans should be very excited to see him on campus in five months. How did the camp go? CS: It was good. Watching all [of] the youngins compete and getting some work in with our future coaches is good. As a DB, I can get a head start and take what I learned here and get a head start before I get up here in 5 months. Like I said, it was an awesome experience and a blessing to be a part of this family. How were the locker rooms? CS: Oh man. It’s not even done yet and it’s a jaw dropper. They have some more stuff going in, and it’s like, what more could you possibly add in. It’s already one of the best locker rooms around. It’s an amazing thing to experience and be [one of] the first people to go in and look at it. What do you think of Jalen Green’s commitment? CS: I was kind of surprised. I saw him and talked about him coming, but for him to actually come…I can’t wait to actually get back there and have him join the rest of us DBs. The things we are going to do here will be special, and I personally believe we are going to turn this program around. He’s a great add-on to the secondary. The sky is the limit for him. How important was Jason Washington in landing you and Jalen Green in this class? CS: I don’t know how he does it man, but he just keeps it real. That’s what kids want, as well as his excitement, his thrills, and the way he approaches the game every day. You may see him in videos where he is fired up. He’s like that every day about his job. It’s like a dream to him, so what this job means to him is like something you do not see often. For him it’s not about the money or politics, but to him it’s about what it is to be fired up and motivating. He just has a love for the game and I respect that. Anybody stand out on the field? Jonathan McGill. Texas will be going after him sooner or later. Roschon Johnson The surprise commitment of the camp came from the first commit in the 2019 class, Roschon Johnson. After he won the fastest man competition, Sam Ehlinger gave Johnson the mic to the PA. After a bit of confused hesitation, Johnson went on a hunt for Coach Herman screaming in the mic, “Coach! I have something to tell you.” I don’t know if he planned on committing the way he did, but when found Coach Herman and announced his commitment over the PA, the entire field erupted. I am interested in seeing his progression from last year and hopefully see improvement on a spectacular sophomore season. When they gave you the mic did you know what you were going to say? Or did it take you a second to decide you wanted to do it? RJ: It took a little bit. Sam Ehlinger influenced me. It was a surprise. He basically handed me the mic and said, “Let ‘em know.” What was it like to be coached by Vince Young? RJ: It was amazing. I met him previously, but it was great getting to learn a few things from Vince with the things that he has done. What are your thoughts on the locker room? RJ: It is crazy. I’ve never seen anything like that. Especially with the new renovations and stuff they have. Without a doubt, [it’s] the best locker room I have seen. What were other parts of the camp that stood out? RJ: I enjoyed every bit of it. From the drills to the one-on-ones to the water balloon fight. You don’t really do that at other places. That’s part of the reason why I committed. They do things different over here. It’s a dream I’ve been chasing for a while.
  14. After Jamari Chisholm reportedly got the necessary grades to report to Texas, the Longhorn staff got more good news today. Per Jeff Howe of 247, Syracuse graduate transfer tight end Kendall Moore has graduated from Syracuse and will be able to report to Texas as well for camp. This is big for the depth at tight end for Texas, as they will need as many bodies as they can get.
  15. Super K of TFB has it first. Waddle was in Austin to train with guys like PJ Locke, but wasn't expected to visit. Something must have changed. Texas clearly isn't giving up on Waddle just yet.
  16. Jason Suchomel of Orangebloods is reporting Chisholm got the necessary grade to enroll at Texas and will be moving down to Austin soon. With Jordan Elliott and Marcel Southall leaving the program, getting Chisholm on campus before camp will be good for depth purposes, but he will be behind from a conditioning standpoint.
  17. 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. Tom Herman once again pulls off an amazing recruiting effort by thinking outside the box. Longhorns fans are used to having the mid-July recruiting camp that Strong began as “Under the Lights.” Tom Herman took this concept and went to work – inviting some of the top 2019 guys in the state, getting most of the commits together, bringing in major 2018 targets, and throwing in a bit of a wrinkle with dodgeball, a coaches’ dunking booth, a dunk contest, and a gigantic water balloon fight with hundreds of water balloons all over the field. There was not a single bad review of the event, Texas pulled in two commitments from top targets, and they made massive headway with a great deal of key 2018 and 2019 recruits. Herman nailed it. Mustapha Muhammad If you were to peek over on the 247 Crystal Ball feature, you’d see that basically every media member has marked Mustapha Muhammad down as a Michigan Wolverine. However, we don’t believe the race for Muhammad is quite over. He is the top tight end on the board for the Longhorns, and they made sure he knew it during his trip to Austin. Muhammad left extremely happy with the coaches, the atmosphere, and the facilities. His visit was a step towards ensuring that the elite tight end stays in state. How was the camp? MM: Lit. I didn't participate but it was fun to watch. You didn't get into the water balloon fight? MM: No way! I was wearing designer clothes. What was the most impressive part of the entire thing? MM: The locker room…just how they were designed. I’d never seen anything like [the] all-in-one lockers. What did you and Meekins talk about while you were there? MM: We did some film study, and broke down how I’d fit in the offense. Did you get to talk to the commits or players? MM: I talked to everybody. They all told me they really wanted me too. 2020 RB Jase McClellan (Aledo) It’s the not-so-hot hot take that Jase McClellan is the best running back in the state regardless of class (with Noah Cain being at IMG). The Texas coaches made sure that McClellan was treated as such. Every time he steps on campus he is given the VIP treatment with running backs coach Stan Drayton by his side. We do not think the Longhorns will be giving him the offer that he wants until they see him replicate what he did in 2016, but he’s the top guy on their board right now for 2020. Right now, the schools he is high on are still Texas, OU, and UGA. What were your thoughts on the facilities? JM: The facilities were great. Coach Drayton and some former players showed me around and talked to me about them. It was my favorite part. What were you and Stan Drayton talking about before you left? JM: He was talking to me about fitting in at Texas, becoming a better man, and how his coaching style fits the type of person I am. Does Coach Drayton’s pedigree factor into coming to Texas? JM: Yes. That is something that works towards my decision on Texas because it shows me he has great skills when it comes to working with the running back. Al’Vonte Woodard One of the top WRs in the nation, Al’Vonte Woodard made his first trip to Texas after committing to the Longhorns a week prior. When we spoke with Woodard, he appeared to be a combination of excited, relieved, and just plain happy. He’s already hot on the recruiting trail for the Longhorns, as he is working on recruiting his teammates D’Shawn Jamison and Anthony Cook in hopes of having them play side-by-side for another 3-4 years. How’s the commitment feel? AW: I’m just glad to get it out of the way. Schools are still hitting me up, but not as much. But man…It’s just a big weight off my shoulders. It came down to Texas, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss. I made the right decision. (Drew) Mehringer is telling me that I’m their top WR right now, and I can come in and play a key role. I’m just going to have to work for that spot. How about the rest of the camp? AW: I came out to support my guy Alex Hogan. Overall though, it was pretty fun. We got to play with water balloons, dunk a few coaches in the water, play a little bit of dodgeball…we were supposed to have a dunk contest, but Reggie Hemphill broke the hoop. 2019 DB Jonathan McGill (Coppell) Jonathan McGill was apparently the stand out of the entire camp, bringing in 5 interceptions during 1-on-1 play and being mentioned by at least a half dozen top players and commits. While he didn’t pull in an offer from the camp, he certainly got the attention of the coaches. McGill is a very versatile defensive back. He can play basically any defensive back position on the field and do so at a high level. This is McGill’s second time on campus at Texas this summer, and the interest is there for Texas. What was your favorite part of the camp? JM: Probably the dodgeball part. Either dodgeball or just going onto the field and throwing water balloons at each other. Just having fun. Doing something outside of football with a bunch of football players just makes it that much better. How was talking to the coaches afterwards? JM: They just told me to stay patient in the process. But they loved what they saw. I worked out at safety today, and Coach Naivar loved seeing me at safety. [He] Told me I’ve done everything right. Coach Washington got hype with me. I had a few picks today and Coach Washington got lively. I am always communicating with Coach O, just staying in touch with him. Reese Moore Reese Moore made the long trip down to Austin once again, but his mother told us that they’ve gotten used to it now. The big tackle had his patented happy-go-lucky smile on as he addressed the media. When we talked to him afterwards, he indicated that these sessions do wonders for bonding with the other commits and keeping each other strongly committed. After seeing him and his frame in person, I am very excited about what he could be molded into in the future. What did you think of the new lockers? RM: They’re unbelievable. I was telling Coach Warehime that “awesome” and “unbelievable” don’t do it justice. There need to be words that are better than that to describe them. Would you say they’re the best facilities you’ve seen? RM: I’d say so. Everything that they’re going to also build in their new weight room is going be awesome. Only thing about OU’s lockers is they have shoe racks that pop out and sucks all the stickiness out of there. Who was the most impressive OL out there competing today? Branson Bragg. Caden Sterns The star defensive back from Cibolo Steele has become a mouth piece for this class. Sterns told us that he absolutely hates social media, but uses it as a tool for recruiting and pumping out good vibes. From also talking with his mother, I got the sense that the entire family is relieved that they will be sticking closer to home than his brother did (although they do love Oklahoma State). Sterns seems to be locked into Texas currently. Longhorn fans should be very excited to see him on campus in five months. How did the camp go? CS: It was good. Watching all [of] the youngins compete and getting some work in with our future coaches is good. As a DB, I can get a head start and take what I learned here and get a head start before I get up here in 5 months. Like I said, it was an awesome experience and a blessing to be a part of this family. How were the locker rooms? CS: Oh man. It’s not even done yet and it’s a jaw dropper. They have some more stuff going in, and it’s like, what more could you possibly add in. It’s already one of the best locker rooms around. It’s an amazing thing to experience and be [one of] the first people to go in and look at it. What do you think of Jalen Green’s commitment? CS: I was kind of surprised. I saw him and talked about him coming, but for him to actually come…I can’t wait to actually get back there and have him join the rest of us DBs. The things we are going to do here will be special, and I personally believe we are going to turn this program around. He’s a great add-on to the secondary. The sky is the limit for him. How important was Jason Washington in landing you and Jalen Green in this class? CS: I don’t know how he does it man, but he just keeps it real. That’s what kids want, as well as his excitement, his thrills, and the way he approaches the game every day. You may see him in videos where he is fired up. He’s like that every day about his job. It’s like a dream to him, so what this job means to him is like something you do not see often. For him it’s not about the money or politics, but to him it’s about what it is to be fired up and motivating. He just has a love for the game and I respect that. Anybody stand out on the field? Jonathan McGill. Texas will be going after him sooner or later. Roschon Johnson The surprise commitment of the camp came from the first commit in the 2019 class, Roschon Johnson. After he won the fastest man competition, Sam Ehlinger gave Johnson the mic to the PA. After a bit of confused hesitation, Johnson went on a hunt for Coach Herman screaming in the mic, “Coach! I have something to tell you.” I don’t know if he planned on committing the way he did, but when found Coach Herman and announced his commitment over the PA, the entire field erupted. I am interested in seeing his progression from last year and hopefully see improvement on a spectacular sophomore season. When they gave you the mic did you know what you were going to say? Or did it take you a second to decide you wanted to do it? RJ: It took a little bit. Sam Ehlinger influenced me. It was a surprise. He basically handed me the mic and said, “Let ‘em know.” What was it like to be coached by Vince Young? RJ: It was amazing. I met him previously, but it was great getting to learn a few things from Vince with the things that he has done. What are your thoughts on the locker room? RJ: It is crazy. I’ve never seen anything like that. Especially with the new renovations and stuff they have. Without a doubt, [it’s] the best locker room I have seen. What were other parts of the camp that stood out? RJ: I enjoyed every bit of it. From the drills to the one-on-ones to the water balloon fight. You don’t really do that at other places. That’s part of the reason why I committed. They do things different over here. It’s a dream I’ve been chasing for a while.
  18. Another Houston domino has fallen, and this time it is of the five star variety. When Brennan Eagles showed up to the Houston Regional of The Opening, most knew of him, but hadn’t seen him before. However, as soon as he stepped onto the field, every single person in attendance was impressed with his size, strength, and speed. It wasn’t until he beat every single defender in one-on-ones that people realized just how elite he is. The Texas coaches knew long before everyone else what Brennan Eagles possessed, and Drew Mehringer worked tirelessly to build up a relationship with Eagles that trumped that of teams like Clemson, LSU and Oklahoma. And Mehringer’s reward? Texas now, in Eagles, has one of the best wide receivers in the nation, the highest-rated wide receiver in Texas, and their second highest rated recruit in the class. Film Analysis As I said above, the 6’3.5", 214-pound Alief Taylor wide receiver drew national attention during The Opening regional when he ran a 4.51 40-yard dash and 3.99 shuttle in addition to registering a 37-inch vertical leap…at 214 pounds. Then, he went up against some of the best defensive backs in the country and high pointed balls over guys like Anthony Cook, Jalen Green, and others. Eagles has the size, speed, frame, and explosiveness that a wide receivers coach covets. How does he do on the field? Eagles is your prototypical outside wide receiver, and draws comparisons to the likes of Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons and Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals - receivers who are physical at the line of scrimmage, but have the ability to win the ball in the back corner of the end zone. Eagles also uses his huge frame, strength, and pure athleticism to really make 50/50 ball situations a bit unfair, and when he comes down with the ball, his 220-pound frame makes it difficult for defensive backs to bring him down. His hands are not a concern either, as he has displayed his strong but soft hands in camps and on film with his ability to hang onto a ball while a defensive back hangs onto him and tries to wrench his arms open. Eagles also runs a multitude of different routes. He’s not your average #1 receiver who only does well with the go route, although he’s pretty good at it. His high school has mainly kept him to the outside, but he has excelled in the screen game, short routes, digs, quick ins, and of course the go. He’s not too shabby as a blocker either, which often goes unnoticed. The only problem I have with him whatsoever is his ability to get off the line, as he’s a bit slow off the line. Final Verdict And so, another big time Houston-area talent has been snatched up by Tom Herman with the help of Mehringer. Most have been in awe of all of the talent on the defensive side of the ball in this class, but with Eagles in the fold, the offensive side of the ball looks like it is in amazing shape for 2018. Brennan possesses the size and speed to be a big-time threat at the next level, and Mehringer has to be salivating at the thought of having him as one of his offensive weapons. Herman and his staff made it a priority to win over the talent rich Houston area this cycle, and with Eagles now on board they continue to stack talent in a major way. With guys like Eagles, Al’vonte Woodard, and Jalen Green on board, the staff’s attention will now turn Houston Lamar’s Anthony Cook and D’Shawn Jamison. Texas is in thick of it for both prospects, and it’s not out of the question for them to land both.
  19. Texas is on the board for the 2019 class. Many have wondered when Tom Herman and his staff would land their first 2019 target, and until now it has been a bit of a mystery due to the staff’s focus on the 2018 class. Well it’s a mystery no longer, as Texas has landed long time Texas lean in Port Neches-Groves quarterback Roschon Johnson. Johnson has held an offer from Texas for some time now and has long been high on the Longhorns and the staff has long been high on Johnson, which showed by him being the first quarterback offer for the 2019 recruiting cycle. With that said, this commitment came as a bit of a surprise due to the timing and the previously mentioned focus on the 2018 class. Texas now has its gunslinger and class leader for the 2019 cycle and he is likely going to get to work right away on getting more players to join him in Austin. Film Analysis Lets take a quick look at the numbers before diving into the film. Johnson accounted for almost 4,000 yards and 56 (26 passing, 30 rushing) total touchdowns during his sophomore season. That’s a decent number I suppose. Those kinds of numbers reflect his dual threat ability, as he has the capability to hurt a defense through the air and on ground. The film shows that Johnson is the ideal fit for the style of offense Herman and Tim Beck are going to be deploying in Austin. They like to feature the quarterback in the run game and Johnson shows on film he is capable of doing just that and he has wheels that can hurt a defense and has good wiggle and elusiveness as well. While I do worry about him being on the smallish side currently, he is going to be a guy that is going to have his athleticism utilized. When he pulls the ball down, he is dangerous in the open field and can make defenders miss, and he shows the ability to keep plays alive and buy time with his feet. As far as his arm talents go, he doesn’t have the biggest arm and that is something I will be monitoring as he develops. I wonder a bit about his velocity and ability to really push the ball down the field like I did with Casey Thompson, but maybe not to that degree. He has solid ball placement, which is important when you don’t have a big arm, and he does a good job of leading his receivers. Since we’ve only seen his tape as a sophomore, there is a chance that arm strength and velocity increase over time as he gets bigger and stronger. Johnson has been described as a hard worker, so that is important to remember as we continue to watch his development. Final Verdict While we saw the Jalen Green commitment, it is safe to say nobody saw Johnson getting in the boat this evening at the Stars at Night camp. When it started going around that an underclassmen was on the verge of pulling the trigger we all had a bit of puzzled look on our faces as we checked into it. The reason for the confusion is for a couple of reasons. For starters the coaching staff has been doing their due diligence when it comes to 2019 recruits and that goes double for the quarterbacks. There has been chatter that the staff was wanting to see how Allen’s Grant Tisdale looked this fall in live action before extending an offer. That led us to believe that it could be awhile before we saw movement on a quarterback decision despite Johnson holding an offer for some time. We are not sure what changed this evening, but the staff obviously felt good enough to go ahead and take Johnson’s commitment tonight. With that said, Johnson is no slouch and shouldn’t be taken for granted. As I mentioned previously, he fits the mold of what Beck and Herman look for in a quarterback in their offense and he now gives Texas their leader for the 2019 class. The in-state crop of talent in 2019 is absolutely loaded, so getting Johnson in the boat now allows him to get to work on helping the staff put together another stellar class.
  20. Another Houston domino has fallen, and this time it is of the five star variety. When Brennan Eagles showed up to the Houston Regional of The Opening, most knew of him, but hadn’t seen him before. However, as soon as he stepped onto the field, every single person in attendance was impressed with his size, strength, and speed. It wasn’t until he beat every single defender in one-on-ones that people realized just how elite he is. The Texas coaches knew long before everyone else what Brennan Eagles possessed, and Drew Mehringer worked tirelessly to build up a relationship with Eagles that trumped that of teams like Clemson, LSU and Oklahoma. And Mehringer’s reward? Texas now, in Eagles, has one of the best wide receivers in the nation, the highest-rated wide receiver in Texas, and their second highest rated recruit in the class. Film Analysis As I said above, the 6’3.5", 214-pound Alief Taylor wide receiver drew national attention during The Opening regional when he ran a 4.51 40-yard dash and 3.99 shuttle in addition to registering a 37-inch vertical leap…at 214 pounds. Then, he went up against some of the best defensive backs in the country and high pointed balls over guys like Anthony Cook, Jalen Green, and others. Eagles has the size, speed, frame, and explosiveness that a wide receivers coach covets. How does he do on the field? Eagles is your prototypical outside wide receiver, and draws comparisons to the likes of Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons and Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals - receivers who are physical at the line of scrimmage, but have the ability to win the ball in the back corner of the end zone. Eagles also uses his huge frame, strength, and pure athleticism to really make 50/50 ball situations a bit unfair, and when he comes down with the ball, his 220-pound frame makes it difficult for defensive backs to bring him down. His hands are not a concern either, as he has displayed his strong but soft hands in camps and on film with his ability to hang onto a ball while a defensive back hangs onto him and tries to wrench his arms open. Eagles also runs a multitude of different routes. He’s not your average #1 receiver who only does well with the go route, although he’s pretty good at it. His high school has mainly kept him to the outside, but he has excelled in the screen game, short routes, digs, quick ins, and of course the go. He’s not too shabby as a blocker either, which often goes unnoticed. The only problem I have with him whatsoever is his ability to get off the line, as he’s a bit slow off the line. Final Verdict And so, another big time Houston-area talent has been snatched up by Tom Herman with the help of Mehringer. Most have been in awe of all of the talent on the defensive side of the ball in this class, but with Eagles in the fold, the offensive side of the ball looks like it is in amazing shape for 2018. Brennan possesses the size and speed to be a big-time threat at the next level, and Mehringer has to be salivating at the thought of having him as one of his offensive weapons. Herman and his staff made it a priority to win over the talent rich Houston area this cycle, and with Eagles now on board they continue to stack talent in a major way. With guys like Eagles, Al’vonte Woodard, and Jalen Green on board, the staff’s attention will now turn Houston Lamar’s Anthony Cook and D’Shawn Jamison. Texas is in thick of it for both prospects, and it’s not out of the question for them to land both.
  21. Texas is on the board for the 2019 class. Many have wondered when Tom Herman and his staff would land their first 2019 target, and until now it has been a bit of a mystery due to the staff’s focus on the 2018 class. Well it’s a mystery no longer, as Texas has landed long time Texas lean in Port Neches-Groves quarterback Roschon Johnson. Johnson has held an offer from Texas for some time now and has long been high on the Longhorns and the staff has long been high on Johnson, which showed by him being the first quarterback offer for the 2019 recruiting cycle. With that said, this commitment came as a bit of a surprise due to the timing and the previously mentioned focus on the 2018 class. Texas now has its gunslinger and class leader for the 2019 cycle and he is likely going to get to work right away on getting more players to join him in Austin. Film Analysis Lets take a quick look at the numbers before diving into the film. Johnson accounted for almost 4,000 yards and 56 (26 passing, 30 rushing) total touchdowns during his sophomore season. That’s a decent number I suppose. Those kinds of numbers reflect his dual threat ability, as he has the capability to hurt a defense through the air and on ground. The film shows that Johnson is the ideal fit for the style of offense Herman and Tim Beck are going to be deploying in Austin. They like to feature the quarterback in the run game and Johnson shows on film he is capable of doing just that and he has wheels that can hurt a defense and has good wiggle and elusiveness as well. While I do worry about him being on the smallish side currently, he is going to be a guy that is going to have his athleticism utilized. When he pulls the ball down, he is dangerous in the open field and can make defenders miss, and he shows the ability to keep plays alive and buy time with his feet. As far as his arm talents go, he doesn’t have the biggest arm and that is something I will be monitoring as he develops. I wonder a bit about his velocity and ability to really push the ball down the field like I did with Casey Thompson, but maybe not to that degree. He has solid ball placement, which is important when you don’t have a big arm, and he does a good job of leading his receivers. Since we’ve only seen his tape as a sophomore, there is a chance that arm strength and velocity increase over time as he gets bigger and stronger. Johnson has been described as a hard worker, so that is important to remember as we continue to watch his development. Final Verdict While we saw the Jalen Green commitment, it is safe to say nobody saw Johnson getting in the boat this evening at the Stars at Night camp. When it started going around that an underclassmen was on the verge of pulling the trigger we all had a bit of puzzled look on our faces as we checked into it. The reason for the confusion is for a couple of reasons. For starters the coaching staff has been doing their due diligence when it comes to 2019 recruits and that goes double for the quarterbacks. There has been chatter that the staff was wanting to see how Allen’s Grant Tisdale looked this fall in live action before extending an offer. That led us to believe that it could be awhile before we saw movement on a quarterback decision despite Johnson holding an offer for some time. We are not sure what changed this evening, but the staff obviously felt good enough to go ahead and take Johnson’s commitment tonight. With that said, Johnson is no slouch and shouldn’t be taken for granted. As I mentioned previously, he fits the mold of what Beck and Herman look for in a quarterback in their offense and he now gives Texas their leader for the 2019 class. The in-state crop of talent in 2019 is absolutely loaded, so getting Johnson in the boat now allows him to get to work on helping the staff put together another stellar class.
  22. Texas is hosting its final event of the summer next week on the 21st and it has officially been dubbed the "Stars At Night". For those unfamiliar, this camp is the new staff's version of Under The Lights, it will give the staff one last chance to get face time with targets for the 2018 cycle. On top of that, this camp will allow the staff to get a closer look at underclassmen from the 2019 and 2020 classes, as they begin to evaluation prcoess. Last year we saw guys like Josh Thompson show up to this event and earn himself an offer, and I'm betting there will be several guys in attendance hoping to do the same thing. We will kick this thread off with the list of guys we've confirmed will be in attendance. We are expecting a good amount of star power in the form of committed and uncommitted recruits. We will add to this list as we get more confirmations. 2018 QB Casey Thompson (Newcastle, OK) TEXAS WR Al'vonte Woodard (Houston Lamar) TEXAS OL Reese Moore (Seminole) TEXAS TE Mustapha Muhammad (Ridge Point) DT Keondre Coburn (Spring Westfield) DE/DT Bobby Brown (Arlington Lamar) DE Jason Mercier (Boynton Beach, FL) DE/OLB Joseph Ossai (Conroe Oak Ridge) OLB Byron Hobbs (Eastern Hills) TEXAS OLB Dashaun White (Richland Hills) DB Jalen Green (Houston Heights) DB D'Shawn Jamison (Houston Lamar) DB Demarvion Overshown (Arp) TEXAS DB Caden Sterns (Cibolo Steele) TEXAS S BJ Foster (Angleton) TEXAS K Cameron Dicker (Lake Travis) TEXAS 2019 QB Roschon Johnson (Port Neches-Groves) QB Peyton Matocha (St. Thomas) QB Grant Tisdale (Allen) WR Marquez Beason (Bishop Duane) WR Arjei Henderson (Fort Bend Travis) TE Thomas Gordon (Strake Jesuit) OL Branson Bragg (Crandall) OT Tyler Johnson (Conroe Oak Ridge) OT Javonne Shepard (North Forest) DT Lloyd Murray Jr. (WF Hirschi) ILB AJ Zarate (Taylor) OLB Marcel Brooks (Flower Mound Marcus) CB Derek Stingley (Dunham, LA) DB Jonathan McGill (Coppell) DB Bobby Wolfe (Houston Madison) S Demani Richardson (Waxahachie) S Brian Williams (Bishop Dunne) ATH Ainias Smith (Dulles) ATH Jordan Whittington (Cureo) 2020 RB Jase McClellan (Aledo) DB RJ Mickens (Southlake Carroll)
  23. The soft-spoken Jalen Green spoke loud and clear when he decided that he was going to commit to Texas. Once again, Texas has dipped into the talent-rich city of Houston this recruiting cycle. It seems that the staff has a type - long, athletic, and versatile defensive backs. They don’t need to be solely safeties or corners, they just need to be good players, and the athlete out of Heights High School in Houston is one of the best. Currently, Green has been rated the #8 corner in the nation, #5 player in Texas (composite rankings), and depending on who you talk to, may be the best corner in the state. The best part about all of this? Green has only been playing defensive back for two years. Although Green has almost 40 offers, Tom Herman and his staff were one of the first on his bandwagon. Herman’s Houston staff was the third team to extend an offer way back in April 2016 and it didn’t take long for Herman to offer him again when he became the head man for Texas. This seems to have played a huge role in Green's decision, as he has decided that he will play for the University of Texas over offers from Alabama, Clemson, LSU, TCU, and Oklahoma, due in part to the wonderful relationship that he has built with Herman, Jason Washington, and the staff at Texas over the last two years. Film Analysis Long, fast, versatile, strong, smart, hits-harder-than-a freight-train…these are just some of the words and phrases to describe the 6’1” 171-pound Green’s game. Green has the strength and size to get up into the face of his receiver and jam them at the line, while keeping his wits about him in case he needs to shed the receiver. In other words, he’s not easy to block nor get by. If the receiver does somehow make it by him, then Green has not only the speed to keep up with the fastest (with a sub-4.5 forty), but is able to keep track of when to turn his head, how to find the ball, and how to use his length and/or athleticism to get to the ball or break up the pass. His tape really is astounding. Here’s the exciting part. His footwork is remarkable despite having only played the position for two years. Jalen Green may have the highest ceiling of any recruit in the state and already has a floor that is Texas worthy. Oh yeah. The reason he’s only played 2 years of defensive back is because he is actually very good on offense too. The man does it all and then some. Final Verdict Jalen Green now joins one of the best defensive back classes ever recruited at Texas with BJ Foster, Caden Sterns, and Demarvion Overshown making the average composite score of the 2018 cycle secondary a solid 0.9701. That composite score makes this secondary the highest rated secondary in Texas recruiting history (or as far back as 1999). When you add this group already on campus, the defensive staff has to be very pleased with what they will have to work with. With the threat of a few defensive backs possibly leaving early for the NFL, I also wouldn’t be fearful of one defensive back pushing another out. Each of these guys feels that they will be playing on the field together, and the staff has promised them that they will find a way to get all of this talent on the field at once. Given the versatility and talent of each player, I don’t think it will be too difficult.
  24. Braedon Mowry is a DE at Katy Taylor playing along side 2018 stud DL Max Wright. He's a monster on the line and his film is very impressive. I talked with Braedon Mowry about his trip down to Austin to visit the campus of UT. How was the trip? The trip was amazing! We toured the dorms got to see most of the facility tried on the all whites ( looked amazing ) looked at the campus and we talked about majors. What was your favorite? I like how everything is at your fingertips, the dorms are right across the street from everything you need, I also like how coach Giles and Naivar are straight forward Which coaches were there when yall went? Giles, Naivar, Brian Carrington. Great people to work with. What do you think of Naivar? His personality as a coach and person are so different. He's someone who won't settle for average. That's great coaching to me. Sounds like you really liked Texas man. Of course. They are very high on my list
  25. It appears Texas is having their pick of the litter when it comes to the talented in-state crop of recruits. This time Tom Herman and his staff landed their first outside wide receiver of the cycle, and its fourth Top 10 recruit in the state. Once again, it appears Tom Herman’s time and experience recruiting at Houston helped him to establish a relationship that was key in landing one of the best receivers in a state full of them. Al’Vonte Woodard’s second offer ever came from Tom Herman and his staff back in January of 2016 and since then the staff has been cultivating the relationship. After proving himself to be a talented receiver during the camp cycle, he drew interest from teams like LSU, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Alabama, and many more. However, Tom Herman obviously knew what Woodard was capable of before the camps as Woodard was one of the first to get an offer when Herman got to Texas. Now, Longhorn fans and coaches can rejoice as an elite talent in the country has chosen to head up to Austin and suit up in the burnt orange. Film Analysis If you’re on defense, you better not get parallel with Woodard. At 6’1”, 193 lbs, and a 4.6-forty, Woodard is built to take the top off the defense. In fact, he does this quite well. Woodard always seems to find his way past the corner and behind the safety for the quarterback to lay up the deep ball. Also, don’t let that 4.6-forty make you think that “he may not be that fast.” Woodard has displayed some very deceptive field speed given his size, and seems to be even faster in pads. From what I’ve seen live, Woodard’s hands are more than reliable - they’re insane. He snatches balls out of mid-air that make you do a double take. And no matter where the ball is thrown, who is around/on top of him, and how hard a ball may be thrown, he seems to be able to locate the ball mid-air and position himself to come down with the ball every single time. With the ball in his hands, it’s hard to bring him down. There have been numerous occasions where Woodard just powered his way out of the arms of a sure tackle or just flat out ran through a defensive back. The main knock that I’ve heard some coaches have on Woodard is that it seems he maybe only has three routes in his arsenal: the go (or a variation of it), the comeback, and the screen. However, I’ve seen him run a nasty stick and square-in. However, I don’t think it matters as he is a very coachable player who has all of the tools necessary to expand his route tree if needed. I’ve yet to see a wide receiver whose route tree didn’t explode as soon as they hit college. Final Verdict Texas wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer has to be giddy with what he gets to work with here, and I don’t blame him. The Longhorns are looking to make this a three or four wide receiver class and are in good shape with Brennan Eagles. By adding another national top 100 player to the fold, Texas ensures that the offensive side of this class will be elite. Woodard’s commitment could help land a few key Longhorn targets, including his teammates, 4-star CB D’Shawn Jamison and five star CB Anthony Cook. Beyond all this, Woodard’s commitment is a prize all on its own. He already has the size and athleticism that coaches covet, and he tops it off with being a dynamic play maker. I believe that he will fit into the new offense easily and that he will excel at the next level.
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