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  1. Burnt Ends - 03/05/18

    The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask… Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. 2019 Recruits - Defense Two weeks ago, we broke down the offensive targets for the 2019 class. Today, we do the same for the defensive side of the ball. Defensive Line DE Marcus Stripling - Stripling attended junior day in Austin last weekend and came away impressed with what the Longhorns had to show him. The number 1 defensive end in Texas is also high on Texas A&M and Oklahoma. As of this moment, we believe A&M has the slight edge. He says he will return to Austin at some point in the spring, and Texas needs to get him back on campus. DT DeMarvin Leal - The Converse Judson product has been the number one priority along the defensive line for a while. Similar to Stripling, Leal was in attendance at Junior Day and raved about the relationship he has with the Texas staff. A&M and Alabama stand as Texas biggest competition. Leal plans on using his official visits this spring with an eye towards making a commitment towards the end of the summer. Texas is in strong position but will need to continue to stay on the #1 defensive tackle in Texas. Linebacker LB De’Gabriel Floyd - Floyd is the lone realistic linebacker target on the board at the moment with Marcel Brooks recently announcing a top 2 of LSU and Alabama. Floyd was blown away on his junior day visit and said it was hard to put into words the impression Texas made on him. The Longhorns are in great position to host him for an official visit at some point during the season. UT is squarely in the mix here, with USC, UCLA and Oregon also high on the 5 stars list. LB David Gbenda - The fast rising linebacker out of Cinco Ranch has really seen his stock take off lately and he now approaching 20 offers with several regional schools jumping into the mix recently. Gbenda visited Texas over the weekend and the Longhorns entered the race and made a very good impression on the rangy linebacker and his family. Texas is going to be a key player in this recruitment going forward. Defensive Back CB/S Erick Young - Young made it to junior day with his teammate Jamal Morris. Texas impressed him during his visit, but Oklahoma and Texas A&M are also high on his list. A&M probably holds the slight lead at the time, but Texas has made up ground quickly. Young should be back on campus for an official visit in the Spring before he makes his decision. CB Chris Steele - The California native has been high on Texas throughout the process. Steele has a great relationship with Jason Washington. He has already set up 4 of his 5 official visits to Louisville. Oklahoma, Florida and LSU. So where will he take the 5th one? Texas has a good shot of getting him on campus for an official visit, and if he does then Texas will have a real shot at landing one of the top corners in the country. CB Marcus Banks - Originally scheduled to commit on March 3rd, Banks pushed his decision back after leaving Texas’ junior day. Banks made no secret that the Longhorns and Aggies are the 2 schools sticking out to him the most. We feel that Texas has the slight edge right now. LSU is also a factor in his recruitment, and he visited Baton Rouge this past weekend. S Jamal Morris - The teammate of Erick Young spoke just as highly about Texas as Young himself. Morris has a top 3 of LSU, Oklahoma and Texas, and he plans on using his official visits this spring. Texas will need to get him back on campus for an official visit to have a chance. S Lewis Cine - The Massachusetts native was recently offered by Texas weeks ago. As has been reported by other outlets, Cine is planning on moving to Texas for his senior season. The nations number 3 safety has offers from all over the country, but Texas appears to have at least a fighters chance in this recruitment. S Jalen Catalon - This was a recruitment that Texas was a little slow to get into, but it was obvious that they needed to and now they are in with both feet.. Catalon may lack great size, but he is pound for pound one of the best football players in the state and is also a star on the baseball diamond. Clemson was getting a lot o favorable buzz early on in this one, but Texas and Craig Naivar are chipping working hard here and recently hosted Catalon for an UOV in February. S Kenyatta Watson - Watson unofficially visited Texas 2 weeks ago. Texas has several factors working in their favor in this recruitment. Watson has already set up his official visit to Texas for April 27th. The Georgia native has already named a top 2 of Notre Dame and Texas. The Longhorns are in a good position here. Mailbag Q&A Q: Who will be the next commit? A: This is a tough question to answer right now because of how fluid recruiting is, but if he sticks to his announcement date I will say Jordan Whittington. Q: Who do you expect to be the QB this year? A: Tom Herman has made it clear that both Sam Ehlinger will compete throughout the spring and into the summer for the starting quarterback position. Does Ehlinger have the slight lead because of his skillset is a better fit for the type of offense Texas wants to run? Probably. But Ehlinger has to work on limiting turnovers and becoming more polished in the passing game. If he can’t do either of his things, then the competition will be really interesting. Q: What's the % that Anderson will select Texas? A: Anderson wrapped up his visits with a recent trip to Oklahoma. The Austin Westlake native took his first visit to Texas. Anderson’s relationship with Herb Hand is big here. If we were to put a percentage on it, it would be 65% in favor of Texas. Q: Any word on how many we are going to take per position for 2019? A: This is a good questions. After taking a huge class in 2018, Texas will probably again take close to a full class in 2019. Around 25 seems like a good target number. Position breakdown could look something like: QB:1 RB: 1 WR: 3-4 TE: 2 OL: 5 DL: 5 LB: 3 CB: 2 S: 2 You can also bet Texas will take some guys as ‘Best Player Available’ if the opportunity presents itself late in the cycle. Q: Is the staff prioritizing NaNa Osafo-Mensah? Things seem to be quiet since we offered. Didn't visit the good guys for Junior Day. A: Osafo-Mensah is a priority for this staff, but they have a lot of work to do and everyone seems to be chasing Notre Dame right now. Still early and I bet they get him on campus sometime this spring. Q: Which 5-star players do you think Texas can land this cycle? A: Rankings can fluctuate as the year goes along, but right now it looks like Texas’ best chances would be with Jordan Whittington or Chris Steele. Steele has been interested in Texas throughout the process, and Texas could receive his 5th official visit. Q: Why is Roschon Johnson not getting much love from the ranking services? Kid does things that make your jaw drop. Reminds of VY. A: The film does not lie on Johnson. His passing skills improved greatly during his junior season and his running ability has not changed. He accounted for 64 touchdowns a season ago. Johnson is ranked as the 5th best dual threat in the country, according to the 247 composite rankings. He should be a nationally ranked player, but some services must disagree.
  2. The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask... Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. +++++ This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. Texas hosted their first Junior Day over the past two days, with 2019, 2020, 2021 and even 2022 prospects making their way to Austin. Although Texas did not come away with any commitments, Tom Herman and company did a great job of building relationships with some of the top targets on their board. Kids and parents raved about the relationships they have built with the coaching staff. Texas only extended two offers, one to Brock TE Baylor Cupp and the other to Arkansas tackle Stacey Wilkins. Let’s take a good at some key targets from Junior Day and what they had to say about the Longhorns: QB Roschon Johnson The lone commit in the 2019 spent much of his time interacting with fellow recruits and serving as the bellcow for the class. “Main thing I want to do is just draw everybody around me, and in my class I got the best position to do that.” Johnson said. California LB De’Gabriel Floyd was mentioned by name as someone who Johnson said he talked to a lot. Similar to 2020 Zachary Evans, Johnson was on campus last weekend as well, and met up with 2019 WR recruits Elijah Higgins and Garrett Wilson. As for other schools recruiting him, Johnson said he hears every once in a while from LSU and Stanford. RB Deondrick Glass Another year, and another standout Running Back coming out of Katy. Glass has been on the Texas radar for a while, and running backs coach Stan Drayton has done an excellent job connecting with Glass. “I can tell Coach Drayton isn’t fake, he wants to see me succeed and is willing to do whatever he can to get me to the next level,” Glass said. Current Longhorn Kyle Porter, who also hails from Katy, has been recruiting Glass hard. In terms of making a decision, Glass said he is in no rush and wants to continue to enjoy the process. Ohio State, Georgia and Alabama were all schools he mentioned about visiting. RB Zachary Evans (2020) For the second straight weekend, the 2020 North Shore star visited Texas. As a sophomore this past fall, Evans rushed for all 1400 yards and 27 touchdowns. So what has stuck out with him on his recent visits to Austin? “Film. Film and getting to talk to the coaches,” Evans said. “I feel like what is going to be big in my recruiting process is I got to be able to bond with the coach and the team, you can’t just commit to a coach” Tom Herman and Stan Drayton have made a huge impression on Evans and his family. It is paying off too, as Texas is beginning to separate themselves in his recruitment. “Texas has definitely separated themselves,” Evans said. “I know in the future of my recruiting process they are going to be able to break it down for me and keep it real with me throughout the process. I don’t want to just go to a school where they tell me what I want to hear.” Evans recently listed Alabama and Texas as the two schools who are recruiting him the hardest. Texas seems to be pushing all the right buttons and has prioritized him as their prize RB take for the 2020 class. Texas is in a very good spot early, but this isn’t a recruitment that will be wrapped up soon. “I am going to try to break down my top 15 heading into my junior year, so it should be coming in the next month,” Evans said when asked about a possible decision timeline. Texas is a pretty safe bet to make the cut. RB Darwin Barlow The standout RB from Newton made his way to the 40 acres on Saturday and came away very impressed. “It was nice. Top one so far.” Barlow said when asked about how the Texas visits ranks compared to others he has taken. “I just love the atmosphere and the coaches. It feels like home.” Should Texas choose to take 2 RB’s in the 2019 class, the state champion who rushed for 2246 yards and 38 touchdowns would be a good take. Barlow said he plans to make some more visits this spring, with Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M all being possible destinations. WR Garrett Wilson The Lake Travis wide out is one of the biggest priorities of the cycle for the Texas coaching staff and he was absolutely treated like it with the red carpet treatment on Sunday. Wilson spent a lot of time with the staff and was the last recruit to leave the complex before heading back up the road. Wilson told HornSports that the high points of the trip was getting to suit up in the icy whites with some of his boys (specifically mentioned Baylor commit Jaylen Ellis and Erick Young), as well as seeing how each player had individual plans to help them graduate. Texas' newly minted recruiting ace Bryan Carrington is hot on Wilson's trail and has already spent plenty of time coaxing him into playing his collegiate career in Austin. WIlson says he and Carrington communicate daily and were actually talking when we were exchanging messages. Wilson also spent time with both Drew Mehringer and the newly reassigned Corby Meekins during the visit and the trip ended with a sit down with Tom Herman. The message to the elite pass catcher was clear: "Represent your state". On top of that, the staff conveyed that they planned to move him around and play him both on the outside and in the slot. The staff did an excellent job keeping the state's elite talent home this past cycle and the message is not changing for 2019. While Texas is home for Wilson he also has roots in Ohio, and he made it clear that he would make the best decision for himself when it came down to it. Wilson went on to say he always feels comfortable when he visits Texas, which is always an important thing, and that he would be keeping an eye on how the passing game continues to develop this year since that directly impacts him. As far as his spring schedule goes, Wilson says he want to go see Arkansas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and TCU, but didn't rule out another visit to Texas for the spring game as long as his schedule permits. WR Ke’Andre Street The 6’3 wideout from John Tyler showed up to Austin a little under the weather, but it didn’t stop him from enjoying his time. “It was good,” Street said. “I talked to Coach Herman. It was a great experience being here, love the place, why not be in Austin, Texas?” Street is currently hearing frequently from Houston, Texas Tech, North Texas and Southern Miss. Wide Receivers coach Drew Mehringer expressed Texas’ interest in the talented wideout, and there is a possibility an offer could be extended down the line. “Their interest level is very high. I think they are waiting to get some track times in,” Street said. WR Elijah Higgins Higgins has continued to blow up with offers over the course of the past month, but the star Austin Bowie wideout said he is continuing to take the process slowly and soak it all in. Higgins said he enjoyed being able to be the on the Texas campus for the first time since he was offered. “It was a lot of fun hanging out with all the guys, Garrett Wilson, Jaylen Ellis and all of them”, said Higgins. Stanford has already extended an offer, so Higgins is focused on a lot more than just life on the football field. He said Texas did a great job of telling them about their sports medicine program, which Higgins is interested in majoring in. So where does Texas stand at the moment? The Longhorns are definitely in a good spot for the 6’3 wideout. 2019 QB commit Roschon Johnson threw passes to Higgins and Garrett Wilson last weekend, and the trio has discussed the possibility of playing together at the next level. TE Logan Compton Compton was quick to point out how good of a relationship he has with the Texas staff. “I had a great relationship with Coach Meekins,” Compton said. “He told me to call him the day he found out he wasn’t going to be the tight ends coach, and gave me Coach Warehime’s info. I was talking to Coach Meekins every day.” Texas has yet to offer, but the 6’4 TE could be in line for one down the road. “They’ve seen I’ve got a lot bigger, which they really like. They are going to come watch me in the spring.” TE Jalen Wydermyer The 6’4 tight end from Dickinson made his way to Austin for Sunday’s junior day. Wydermyer said he enjoyed getting to interact with new tight ends coach Derek Warehime, who stressed to him how Texas loves to utilize the tight end. Despite not holding an offer, Wydermyer said Texas is up there on his list of schools. “This would be one of my top schools,” Wydermyer said when asked where Texas stands in his recruitment. “I really have a good connection with coach Meekins and coach Warehime.” An offer would be in the works down the line, and Texas would be in a good spot if one was extended. Wydermyer grew up in nearby Del Valle, so he is no stranger to Austin. OL Stacey Wilkins Wilkins was the first new offer given out on Junior Day. The Arkansas native immediately named Texas one of his top schools and cited many reasons as to why he came away impressed from his time in Austin. “The coaches and what they have planned for the players, academics and relationship with the coaches”,Wilkins said. “Coach Hand is one of the best OL coaches in the country.” Wilkins also has Oklahoma, TCU and Arkansas at the top of his list, and is planning on visiting the Razorbacks this upcoming weekend. Texas has a very good chance of hosting him on an official visit at some point during the spring. When asked about the idea of playing his college career away from his home state, Wilkins said it is something he could be comfortable with. “I’m okay with getting out of state. As long as it fits me best and I have a good relationship with the coaching staff.” DE Marcus Stripling Heading into Saturday, Texas was hoping to make headway in the recruitment of 4 star DE Marcus Stripling. The Longhorns accomplished just that, with Stripling leaving impressed with what Tom Herman and defensive line coach Oscar Giles had to show him. “It was a great today at Texas,” Stripling said. “Very outstanding show Coach Herman put on. I learned a lot about Austin. Me being the #1 defensive end in Texas, just keeping everything in Texas sounds pretty good. Good scheme Coach Herman is drawing up in there. Austin’s just a great place to be” Stripling is hearing from schools all over the country, so where exactly does his recruitment stand at this time? “I’m open all the way up. I haven’t really decided yet. I am still just taking my time” The Mayde Creek product says he plans on making it back to Austin again at some point during the spring. “Of course. Everytime I come visit, it gets better and better. High hopes for Texas.” DT DeMarvin Leal Perhaps the biggest priority on defense in the 2019 class, Leal left junior day rocking a Texas shirt. The Converse Judson standout was impressed with the coaching staff and enjoyed getting to talk to some current players. “The love of the coaches. They really love the student athletes,” Leal said when asked what stood out about the day. “I talked to a couple of the freshman, B.J Foster and Caden Sterns. They just talked about the positive and negative of the school, there’s really no negatives. They just talked about how they loved it.” Leal said the visit definitely helped Texas and that he enjoyed interacting with Tom Herman and Oscar Giles. As far as what’s next, Leal said he is in the process of getting his some spring official visits lined up. He said there is a possibility he could make a commitment in August. Regardless, Texas has positioned themselves nicely for one of the top defensive tackles in the country. LB De’Gabriel Floyd The story of the day was California LB De’Gabriel Floyd. Floyd spoke extremely favorably about Texas and it appears Texas made a huge impression. “I love the hospitality here,” Floyd said. “It felt like every coach was my best friend. It was just a great visit.” Floyd said all his questions were answered without him even having to ask. So where does Texas stand in his recruitment? “Real high,” Floyd said. “The atmosphere of me coming down here, and I have family down here. It was just real comfortable, I didn’t feel out of place. It felt like I was at home. I got my top schools in mind, and Texas is up there.” Floyd said he enjoyed hanging out with freshman LB Ayodele Adeoeye and QB Cameron Rising, who is a fellow California native. Floyd has a very close relationship with Todd Orlando, and Texas appears to be a legitimate player for one of the top outside linebackers in the country. In terms of a possible timeline on a decision, it will be a while. Floyd said he could see himself announcing on early signing day or during an All-Star game. He still plans on visiting UCLA, USC and possibly Oregon. CB Marcus Banks The Dekaney High School corner is a high priority for Texas. Banks said Tom Herman and cornerbacks coach Jason Washington showed him a lot of love during his visit. “The talk with Coach Herman. We had a very good talk and reached out with building a relationship, especially with my mother,” Banks said when asked what stood out. “They (Herman and Washington) showed a lot of love.” Banks was originally slated to announce his decision on March 3rd, but announced he is pushing his decision back. Nevertheless, Texas definitely made a big impression on the 4-star. “This visit opened my eyes more, they are very high on my list.” CB/S Erick Young Prior to his visit, Young said he was not too interested in Texas, but the Longhorns made a big impression of the Fort Bend Bush standout. “It was a really good visit, it opened my eyes a lot,” Young said. “I wasn’t really feeling Texas, but after today I really like Texas.” Texas did an excellent job of making up ground in his recruitment, and a big reason is safeties coach Craig Naivar. “Coach Naviar," Young said when asked what stood out about the visit. “He said he wants to sign a good class again to win a national championship.” Young proclaimed afterwards that Texas was squarely back in the mix in his recruitment, naming them to his top 5. He expects to take official visits this spring and announce a final decision during his senior season. Texas and Texas A&M are two teams who are high on his list.
  3. Burnt Ends - 02/12/18

    The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask… Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. Moving on to 2019 With Texas wrapping up the No. 3 recruiting class in 2018, it’s now time to move towards next year’s class. Texas only has 1 commitment in the 2019 thus far, but that can easily change once the football staff ramps up the heat on the recruiting trail. Here, we preview a multitude of 2019 offers and where the Longhorns stand with each. Offense Commits Quarterback Roschon Johnson - Johnson is the lone commit for the Longhorns’ 2019 class thus far. We only expect Tom Herman to take one QB in this class, and there is nobody better equipped to run a Herman offense than the Port Neches Groves product. In his junior season, Johnson passed for nearly 3000 yards and rushed for 1500+. In one playoff game, he had 10 TDs by himself. That is insane. Johnson is locked into Texas and informed HornSports that he plans on signing early in December. Great news for Longhorn fans. Targets Running Back Noah Cain - As a junior at IMG Academy, Cain did not put out the product that many expected. He only played in 8 games, in which he received 86 carries for 526 yards. As a sophomore, Cain had 210 carries for 1683 yards. This has not phased big-time programs, however. Cain is still Texas’ No. 1 target at the position, and they will have to fight off some fierce competition. Texas was the clear leader heading into Cain’s junior season, but other schools have emerged as threats - namely Ohio State, Miami, and LSU. Texas will have to fight off surges from other schools, but we feel good about where the Horns sit as of now. Deondrick Glass - Glass is the latest running back to come off the Katy high school assembly line. Glass became a bit of known commodity when he spelled current Texas running back Kyle Porter a couple years ago, but now it is his turn to be the feature back and he hasn’t squandered it. Glass has offers from everywhere including Texas and will be one of the most sought after backs in the class. Wide Receiver Jordan Whittington - Whittington is more of an athlete, but right now we have him listed at WR. Texas has done a great job in this recruitment, and we feel they are the clear-cut leader at this time. Whittington is one of the must-have athletes for the 2019 cycle, and Texas has prioritized him as such. Many believe Whittington’s true potential lies at safety in college, but regardless, he’s a take. Texas is in a great position early. Garrett Wilson - The Lake Travis native was ecstatic about receiving a Texas offer in November, and the Longhorns became the early favorite. Since that time, a multitude of teams have emerged with offers that have forced Wilson to slow down with the process. Wilson is one of the best WR prospects in the state, and Texas is in a prime position. If they could get Wilson to pull the trigger early, that would amount to a huge recruiting victory over the likes of Alabama and Ohio State. If not, things could get interesting down the stretch. Dylan Wright - His production may not be as sexy as some of the other top flight wide receivers in the state, but Wright MIGHT have the most upside of them all. Wright has the skill set and athleticism that is borderline absurd to go along with a ridiculous catch radius. Wright is already close to 30 offers and recently received offers from Alabama and LSU. They won’t be the last either. Elijah Higgins - Fast rising local kid who just recently saw his stock go through the roof. Offers are pouring in from all over the country, including Stanford, TCU, and Tennessee all in one day. Seemed like Texas arrived to the party just for the blow up and will get a chance to get face time with a kid who grew up just down the street from DKR. Higgins splits out for Bowie, but I could see him growing into a flex tight end down the line if he keeps on growing. Tight End Boomer Grayson - With a name like this and hailing from Oklahoma, you would think Grayson was destined to end up in Norman, but instead is committed to the Cowboys of Stillwater. Grayson might be the best tight end prospect in the country, and while the chances of him staying home are probably good, I would be beating down his door from now until NSD if I was Texas. Thomas Gordon - With the top 2 TE options in the state committing to OOS schools, Texas needs to focus its attention elsewhere. A sleeper is Strake Jesuit TE and Northwestern commit Thomas Gordon. At 6’4 and 218 pounds, Gordon has tremendous upside. The state is very thin at the position past Gordon, and Texas needs to get into this recruitment sooner rather than later, before it’s too late. Otherwise, the Longhorns will have to go OOS for TEs, which will be tough to do. Offensive Line Kenyon Green (OT) - Green is the best player in the state, and the No. 1 target on Texas’ big board. He is the most important recruit for the Longhorns 2019 class. Right now, Texas A&M is pushing Green hard to buy into the early hype and pull the trigger, but we do not expect him to do so. Green is a smart kid who wants to take his time with the process. With that being said, we believe Texas is in a good position early on. Green likes what the program has to offer, and the hiring of Herb Hand will only help in this recruitment. Things could change, but this appears to be a Texas-Texas A&M battle. Tyler Johnson (OT) - Johnson is one of the state’s best tackle prospects in a year where there are several good ones. Texas offered fairly early and has placed themselves in good position here for the big man from Conroe. With Joseph Ossai ending up in Austin, you can bet he will be putting the hard sell on his former teammate to join him. Javonne Shepherd (OT) - Shepherd might have the most upside of all the blue chip in-state tackle prospects and that’s saying a lot all things considered. Shepherd possesses a great frame with good athleticism and lots of upside that likely projects to left tackle. This looks like an A&M/Texas battle early, and the Aggies left a good impression after he visited recently. EJ Ndoma-Ogar (OG) - Call him Mr. IHOP because he is always serving up all you can eat pancakes. EJNO spent some time out in Florida at IMG, but made his way back to Allen for his junior year and didn’t miss a beat upon his return. EJNO put on a show down at the Army All-American combine and showed he is one of the nation’s best interior offensive line recruits and he’s a major priority for Texas early on. Branson Bragg (C) - Texas was the early leader for Bragg, and very well could still be. However, an offer from Stanford made things a little interesting. This recruitment reminds me a lot of the Walker Little saga. Texas is in a prime position early on, but Tom Herman will have to earn his reputation as a solid closer with this one. As of now, we like where Texas sits. Bragg, Gordon Discuss Recruiting As the No. 2 center in the country, Branson Bragg has a multitude of DI football offers. With that being said, a couple of schools stand out from the pack - Stanford and Texas. So, what stands out about Texas to Bragg? “It’s close to home, a legendary program and has great coaches,” Bragg said. One of the coaches that stands out to him, although fairly new to the state, is new offensive line coach Herb Hand. After speaking with Hand the first time, Bragg came away impressed. “[Coach Hand] speaks my language. The hiring of Coach Hand boosted Texas for me. He is so respected.” With offers from Stanford and Texas, it appears that life after football is just as important as life during football for Bragg. That is a huge selling point in his recruitment. “I want a degree that will matter after my football career is over and I want to be around people that I’d like to be around all the time,” Bragg stated. Although Bragg does not have a decision timeline set, he does have some future visits planned. The most concrete of those is Stanford’s Junior Day at the end of the month. Bragg informed HornSports he would attempt to make the Longhorns’ Junior Day this weekend, but if not, he would definitely make it in for a spring practice. Although Bragg declined to name a leader, this one appears to be a Texas and Stanford battle. Hopefully the Longhorns can come out on top when all is said and done. Before Texas looks out of state to find a couple of TEs, an under the radar prospect that deserves attention is Strake Jesuit’s Thomas Gordon. Although Gordon is a Northwestern commit, Texas has been in frequent contact. When asked if Gordon would attend Texas’ Junior Day, he stated that the Longhorns offered, but he declined the invitation. “I’ve visited [Austin] multiple times. I’m not interested in visiting. I am solid on my commitment.” What made Gordon pull the trigger on Northwestern so early? “The academics, football, and a great winning tradition and town,” Gordon said. As one can see, Texas has some work to do in this recruitment. However, it’s a positive sign that the coaching staff is contacting Gordon and prioritizing him. Gordon is a high-upside prospect that would be a good take at TE, and would alleviate some of the pressure for Texas to find more than one prospect out of state. Although Gordon is not looking around right now, it’s very early. Never count out Texas and Bryan Carrington on the recruiting trail. Basketball Note The Longhorn basketball team is coming off a tough week where they dropped a close contest to Kansas State and were then blown out by TCU. Questions have began to surface about whether Shaka Smart’s job could be in jeopardy should the Longhorns miss the NCAA tournament. One important detail that many forget is Shaka Smart received a contract extension following his first season in Austin, when he led to the Longhorns to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Northern Iowa in the first round. The contract extension raised Smart’s base salary to $3 million per year without incentives and extended him through 2023. So what does this all mean? If Texas were to let go of Smart at the end of the season, he would be owed more than $15 million. To put things in perspective, Texas paid Charlie Strong $5.2 million this past season and will be sending him a check for the same amount this upcoming season. All things being said, we fully expect Smart to return for the 2018-2019 season. The Longhorns will return every scholarship player except for Mo Bamba, and will add the 11th ranked recruiting class in the country, according to 247sports. Texas will also welcome transfer PG Elijah Long, who was forced to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules after transfering from Mount St. Mary’s. Long averaged 15 points and 4.4 assists per game during the 2016-2017 season. Burnt Ends Mailbag Q: What is your perfect world OL and DL for next year? A: In a perfect world, Texas would get to redshirt all incoming lineman on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately, it is not a perfect world and Texas will probably need freshman to step up on both sides of the line. Offensive Line - Texas would love to land Calvin Anderson and plug him in at LT. This would allow Sam Cosmi to slide to RT or get another year of development. Cosmi, Derek Kerstetter and Elijah Rodriguez would battle it out at RT, with either Kerstetter or Rodriguez sliding inside to RG to take over for Jake McMillon. Patrick Vahe and Zach Shackelford should be the favorites for LG and C, respectively, but JUCO transfer Mike Grandy could push for a guard spot. Patrick Hudson will also be back from his ACL injury, providing competition and depth across the offensive line. If a freshman were to push for playing time, it would most likely be Junior Angilau, who has not decided if he will take his 2 year LDS mission. Defensive Line - In a perfect world, Chris Nelson slides over to NT, leaving Breckyn Hager, Charles Omenihu and Malcolm Roach to rotate between the two end spots. TaQuon Graham and Jamari Chisholm will provide depth at defensive end. Freshman Moro Ojomo and Keondre Coburn will both see snaps at NT, along with Gerald Wilbon. The bottom line is Texas is in a pretty good spot in terms of depth and competition along both lines entering the spring. Q: What do you think LB will look like this year? Can you predict a 2 deep? I was looking at the roster and thought Cameron Townsend could fit as a Rover, but he hasn't done much since he got to campus. A: Towards the end of the 2017 season, Texas basically rolled with Malik Jefferson and Gary Johnson as the two linebackers, opting to get a 6th DB on the field. Johnson will head into the 2018 season with a firm grasp on the starting rover role. Middle linebacker will likely be occupied by Anthony Wheeler, and Jeff McCulloch will be the early favorite for B-Backer. It is not likely that Cameron Townsend factors into the linebacker equation in 2018. The Longhorns are very thin at linebacker. The potential 2 deep could look something like: Rover - Gary Johnson, Ed Freeman MLB - Anthony Wheeler, Ayodele Adeoye B-Backer - Jeff McCulloch, Joseph Ossai Q: Anticipating any more coaching changes on the offensive side? Tom Herman’s presser made me feel he wasn't 100% confident with the staff on that side of the ball. A: We believe Tom Herman is done making coaching moves. Corby Meekins should slide over to coach inside-receivers and Derek Warehime will take over TE’s. Recruits speak very highly of Warehime and he has good relationships with several key 2019 targets. The only possible change, which Tom Herman hinted at in the press conference, is how heavily the head coach will be involved in play calling. Herman stated he will call plays if it gives Texas the best chance to win. After checking around, it is a real possibility that Herman is heavily involved in play calling in 2018, similar to what occurred during the Texas Bowl. Q: Any clue / insight / prediction as to what CTH might do when Orlando leaves for a HC job? Promote from within, go after another hidden jewel (like Orlando when he was hired at UH) or money whip a high profile DC? A: It is still too early to predict who will take over at defensive coordinator if Todd Orlando were to leave for a head coach opening. When Orlando was hired at Houston, he came from Utah State and was not considered a big name. If Herman promotes from within, it would most likely be safeties coach Craig Naivar. Naivar was the defensive coordinator at Texas State from 2011-2013. He has also had defensive coordinator stops at Rice and Sam Houston State. Naivar is very highly regarded in the coaching profession and loved by the players. Q: Have the coaches started visiting recruits yet and if so who have they seen? A: 2019 recruiting is starting to crank up. QB commit Roschon Johnson visited Texas on Saturday and will serve as the bell-cow for the class. Coaches will begin making their way back on the road when spring practice starts up for the various high schools. Until then, Texas will focus on juniors days and breaking down film of potential offers. Q: Who are some of the key names you think the staff have targeted for 2019? What do you see today at the biggest position group needs? And what are the areas of Texas HS talent this year (ie last year was WR and DB) A: The staff is already working hard on several key 2019 targets like WR Garrett Wilson, WR Jordan Whittington, RB Noah Cain, DL DeMarvin Leal and OL Branson Bragg. The biggest position group of need will be linebacker and the offensive line. The good news is the offensive line class in Texas is deeper than 2018, but the bad news is the LB class is not deep at all. Texas will likely need to go out of state to fill their need at LB. Wide Receiver is another position group that has a lot of talent in 2019.
  4. 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. +++++ Junior days are over and the singular theme amongst every single recruit we talked to was how impressed they were. Whether it was the academics, playing style, teammates, family atmosphere, Tom Herman and his staff were able to sell their visitors on their vision and it showed. It harkened back to the days under Mack Brown when Junior days caused a lot of excitement. Will Baizer of HornSports was able to speak with some of the top recruits in attendance, and every recruit he spoke with seemed to be buzzing about the Longhorns. Justin Watkins Before Watkins stepped foot on Texas soil there was buzz coming in of him flipping to Texas if things went well. Well, Watkins got wrapped up in the excitement of the Junior Day and decided to pull the trigger. When we asked him why he did it he told us, “The way [Coach Herman] plans on using me on offense and getting the ball in my hands. He’s a great guy and he understands my life. I talked to him about my personal life, not just football. I just feel like this is the right fit for me. It’s the best fit for me, and I’m going to stand out here since I’m from Florida. I want to stand out and I want to be that different player on that offense.” Are you done with recruiting? “I’m done with recruiting. I may still take a few visits, but I’m done.” Will you be coming back for the Spring Game? “Yes sir.” Casey Thompson Texas’ top signal caller to lead the offense in the 2018 class made his way to Austin to visit with Tom Herman and see the campus and he came away raving about the Longhorns. “It was overall really impressive. I got to the facility yesterday and was like, ‘why didn’t someone tell me it was going to be like this? This is the most impressive campus I’ve been on by far. I’ve been to Clemson, Ohio State, and a lot of place. I was real impressed with Coach Herman; I had a meeting with him [saturday] morning. We got to talk a lot. [Herman] just got to know me. That was actually my first-time meeting Coach Herman in person.” When we asked him how he felt about Texas after today he told us, “[Texas] is still at the top of my list, and they even better after today. I think Texas is a great fit.” Thompson already felt pretty comfortable when they took him into the quarterback room with the current QBs on the roster. “I got to be around Sam and Shane Buechele. [shane] is the most like me. A lot of these quarterbacks in college like to party. I’m the type of guy where I’ve never done drugs or any of that type of stuff. Shane just likes to sit in his dorm room and do homework. That’s kind of how I am.” Thompson is saying the right things that you want to hear from a recruit that is going to assume the position as the leader of the class. Right now the battle is down to Texas, Miami, and North Carolina and it looks like Thompson wants to commit by the end of Spring, sometime in April. If I had to guess I’d say Casey Thompson ends up at Texas and this weekend cemented it. Terrace Marshall After this visit Texas really helped their case with the five star wide out from Louisiana Terrace Marshall, who already was high on the Longhorns. He loved how much love the coaches and players showed him while he was on campus and he let us know that the coaches are looking to move him around the outside of the offense to throw it to him deep. Currently his top schools consist of Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, and LSU and it looks like he’ll be dragging the process all the way to signing day. He also let us know that he’ll be back on campus in the Spring for a practice and in the summer and he also made sure we knew that he already knows that he’s definitely taking an OV to Texas. This recruitment won’t be over anytime soon, so Texas needs to win ball games in the fall and get him on campus in January. Keaontay Ingram Ingram came out of Moncrief Hall and when we asked him about what he thought of the day he told us that “he thought about committing today.” He already liked Texas a lot coming in, so the fact that he said that is pretty meaningful. So it shouldn’t surprise you that when we asked where Texas fits into his top schools his answer was, “They’re up there. They’re up there for sure.” Ingram got the red carpet treatment and plenty of attention from the staff as he was the only running back on campus. When he showed up to Moncrief it was just him, his family, and Stan Drayton riding around in a golf cart, while the other position groups were in buses. Keaontay basically got the royal treatment and spent the entire day with Stan Drayton and that can only be good for Texas’ chances with the star running back from Carthage. Anthony Cook Anthony Cook left Moncrief with a huge smile on his face. When we asked him what had him smiling he told us, “I really liked the visit. It’s just a different vibe, since the last time I visited, with this coaching staff.” Cook met up with Coach Washington and discussed Anthony Cook’s potential future at Texas and how he would factor in. “He was just showing me different coverages. He was showing me how I would fit into the defense.” When asked how much did this visit helped with his already high views of Texas he let us know that now “they’re even higher [than before] because like I said I got a different feel for them this time. So, I’m really excited about the visit. They’re in my top three.” Cook traveled with the rest of his Lamar teammates, so we asked him when they go to an event like this if they discuss the idea of playing together at the next level. He told us, “For sure! We were talking about it leading up to the Junior Day, so we’re going to be talking about it afterwards. We’re always talking about how it would be good if we all played together.” Cook was getting hit up by everybody in Moncrief from the coaches to the players. Everyone was telling him to go to Texas. And it appears as if he really bought into it, as he’ll be back on campus in a few weeks to visit during the Spring Game and get some firsthand viewing of the new Texas defense. Brennan Eagles The big wide receiver out of Alief Taylor who wowed just about everyone in the Houston Opening was the one who was wowed this time around. The coaches showed Eagles a hologram that he could walk through of what the new Texas facilities would look like. Speaking of the coaches, Brennan made sure we knew that Coach Herman and Coach Mehringer are two of his favorite coaches in the country. “Tom Herman is close. The same coaches from U of H. They recruited me at U of H and I can really relate with Mehringer because he’s young. Family really stood out to me.” What really stood out to Brennan was that the coaches made sure he knew that he was really a part of what they want to do and treated him like he was already a player for Texas. During his time on campus he got to hang out with current Longhorn defensive back and former Alief Elsik player Chris Brown who let Brennan know that, “It feels exactly like home here.” Brennan released his top ten schools last night (Texas made the cut) and will announce his commitment on signing day. He will be coming back to Texas to visit over Spring break and catch a few practices and the Spring Game. Atanza Vongor Atanza Vongor was another one of the highly touted safeties visiting Texas last weekend. When we asked him what stood out about the day he was stated he was impressed with the success Tom Herman and his staff had at Houston. He emphasized that he is looking for a program that is like a family and that Texas really seemed to provide that for their players. The athletic and technically sound safety out of South Grand Prairie plans on committing sometime within the next month. When asked where Texas factors in this he told us, “Texas is definitely coming up. They’ll definitely play a factor.” Vongor will be putting out his top list next week and we will get a better feel for his game when we see him at The Opening Regional in Dallas. Tommy Bush When we asked Tommy about his trip he told us, “There was a tremendous amount of love. They were straight forward, very kind, and showed the true character of their players. We got to listen to the players talk about their experience here. It meant a lot to us and it really opened out eyes because that’s going to be me in a few years. So it is good to see what they went through and what to expect.” Tommy Bush was told he’ll be used as the X wide receiver by Coach Mehringer, but he was also just getting to know the coaches. While Texas didn’t put an offer on the table, they cautioned him to be patient and to take his time with the process. Bush’s stock has really taken off over the past month, but Texas could get into the thick of things for him if they extend an offer. Jarrell Cherry The last time Jarrell Cherry was on the campus at Texas was during the exciting Texas vs Baylor game, but that was under a different staff. When we asked him what the difference between the two staffs was he explained, “The players came and told us, Coach Herman has a winning attitude. Malik Jefferson talks about how he’s a genius.” This time on campus he got to catch up with Coach Giles, who had prospects buzzing all week. Cherry let us know that he and Giles really gel together. “Me and [Coach Giles] have a great bond here, even though he’s got a new home here. Coach Giles and I got to talk about there being a brotherhood. One thing you got to when you get to UT is everything has got to be about pride. You have to be laying your body down for the next person.” Texas is looking to use Jarrell Cherry as an outside linebacker who is often used to rush the passer but will also drop back into coverage and could be deployed the same way as Jeffrey McCulloch He left telling us, “After today, [Texas stands] strongly on my list. I will be back here again. I had a great time here.” Max Wright Max has got to be one of our favorite guys to talk with. Always happy and really having fun with the process. The smiling pass rusher from Katy Taylor came out of Moncrief telling us, “Herman knows how to put on a good show. He does it right and makes it a lot of fun.” And boy does Wright love the city of Austin. We asked him to talk for a bit about Austin and he immediately gushed, “Oh man, it’s amazing. I’ve been up here a lot. Just kind of got to see the city, but not from a recruitment standpoint. Just walking down 6th street with my brother. I’ve been down here for game day too when I was younger. I’ve seen how the fans act and it’s a lot of fun. I like Austin a lot.” Max was also blown away by the family atmosphere the coaches and players showed, expressing, “They make everybody feel like they’re a part of the family. [Herman] talked about how there are no bro hugs here, they’re real hugs.” Wright let us know that Texas has moved up from just being high on his list to now. “Very high. Seeing how Herman is going to change it and make it how it should be was really cool to me. I was talking to him about the game where Colt McCoy got hurt, and how after that Texas didn’t really get to another National Championship. And he was like, ‘We’re going to bring it back to that.’ I believe him.” Coach Herman wasn’t the only one to make an impression on Wright. Wright has seemed to take a real liking to Coach Giles. When we asked about his conversation with the current Texas defensive line coach he told us, “He told me that they need defensive ends and he says I fit in with what they want. Not just as a football player, but as a guy. Just, everything that he said was real appealing to me.” This struck us as weird seeing as the last time we talked to Max he wasn’t very high on Texas and was hesitant about the 3-4 offense, so when we asked him about it he let us know, “They talked to me about how they’re multiple. They’re not just going to be a strict 3-4 or 4-2. They’re going to make it a defensive line friendly defense where I’m going to be able to make plays. They’re going to give us different looks and different fronts that can really help out in all scenarios.” Texas helped themselves a lot here over the weekend, and just needs to keep chipping away with Wright and get him the slow the process down. Marcus Stripling The 6’3” 240lbs 2019 defensive end picked up an offer from the Longhorns five days before his trip to Austin. As soon as he stepped foot on the Texas campus he was excited by the intensity. “When I walked in there, I knew Herman was going to change it. As soon as I walked through the door it just felt different. Like, ‘wow,’ they’re ready to win some games.” Marcus also fell in love with the plans for the new facilities simply stating, “With new facilities, I’m in love.” When I asked him what he’s going to take away from the trip he said he a real sense of family at Texas, “It felt like home. They have a real brotherhood here.” Talking to people around Marcus I was told Texas wants him in the 4i position on the line. He’s only 16 so he’s still growing, but Marcus is already a force to be reckoned with. He could work on his speed off the line and some of the finer nuances of the position, but he’s got the raw talent to be something special.
  5. Burnt Ends Part I- 2/28/2017

    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. +++++ Junior days are over and the singular theme amongst every single recruit we talked to was how impressed they were. Whether it was the academics, playing style, teammates, family atmosphere, Tom Herman and his staff were able to sell their visitors on their vision and it showed. It harkened back to the days under Mack Brown when Junior days caused a lot of excitement. Will Baizer of HornSports was able to speak with some of the top recruits in attendance, and every recruit he spoke with seemed to be buzzing about the Longhorns. Justin Watkins Before Watkins stepped foot on Texas soil there was buzz coming in of him flipping to Texas if things went well. Well, Watkins got wrapped up in the excitement of the Junior Day and decided to pull the trigger. When we asked him why he did it he told us, “The way [Coach Herman] plans on using me on offense and getting the ball in my hands. He’s a great guy and he understands my life. I talked to him about my personal life, not just football. I just feel like this is the right fit for me. It’s the best fit for me, and I’m going to stand out here since I’m from Florida. I want to stand out and I want to be that different player on that offense.” Are you done with recruiting? “I’m done with recruiting. I may still take a few visits, but I’m done.” Will you be coming back for the Spring Game? “Yes sir.” Casey Thompson Texas’ top signal caller to lead the offense in the 2018 class made his way to Austin to visit with Tom Herman and see the campus and he came away raving about the Longhorns. “It was overall really impressive. I got to the facility yesterday and was like, ‘why didn’t someone tell me it was going to be like this? This is the most impressive campus I’ve been on by far. I’ve been to Clemson, Ohio State, and a lot of place. I was real impressed with Coach Herman; I had a meeting with him [saturday] morning. We got to talk a lot. [Herman] just got to know me. That was actually my first-time meeting Coach Herman in person.” When we asked him how he felt about Texas after today he told us, “[Texas] is still at the top of my list, and they even better after today. I think Texas is a great fit.” Thompson already felt pretty comfortable when they took him into the quarterback room with the current QBs on the roster. “I got to be around Sam and Shane Buechele. [shane] is the most like me. A lot of these quarterbacks in college like to party. I’m the type of guy where I’ve never done drugs or any of that type of stuff. Shane just likes to sit in his dorm room and do homework. That’s kind of how I am.” Thompson is saying the right things that you want to hear from a recruit that is going to assume the position as the leader of the class. Right now the battle is down to Texas, Miami, and North Carolina and it looks like Thompson wants to commit by the end of Spring, sometime in April. If I had to guess I’d say Casey Thompson ends up at Texas and this weekend cemented it. Terrace Marshall After this visit Texas really helped their case with the five star wide out from Louisiana Terrace Marshall, who already was high on the Longhorns. He loved how much love the coaches and players showed him while he was on campus and he let us know that the coaches are looking to move him around the outside of the offense to throw it to him deep. Currently his top schools consist of Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, and LSU and it looks like he’ll be dragging the process all the way to signing day. He also let us know that he’ll be back on campus in the Spring for a practice and in the summer and he also made sure we knew that he already knows that he’s definitely taking an OV to Texas. This recruitment won’t be over anytime soon, so Texas needs to win ball games in the fall and get him on campus in January. Keaontay Ingram Ingram came out of Moncrief Hall and when we asked him about what he thought of the day he told us that “he thought about committing today.” He already liked Texas a lot coming in, so the fact that he said that is pretty meaningful. So it shouldn’t surprise you that when we asked where Texas fits into his top schools his answer was, “They’re up there. They’re up there for sure.” Ingram got the red carpet treatment and plenty of attention from the staff as he was the only running back on campus. When he showed up to Moncrief it was just him, his family, and Stan Drayton riding around in a golf cart, while the other position groups were in buses. Keaontay basically got the royal treatment and spent the entire day with Stan Drayton and that can only be good for Texas’ chances with the star running back from Carthage. Anthony Cook Anthony Cook left Moncrief with a huge smile on his face. When we asked him what had him smiling he told us, “I really liked the visit. It’s just a different vibe, since the last time I visited, with this coaching staff.” Cook met up with Coach Washington and discussed Anthony Cook’s potential future at Texas and how he would factor in. “He was just showing me different coverages. He was showing me how I would fit into the defense.” When asked how much did this visit helped with his already high views of Texas he let us know that now “they’re even higher [than before] because like I said I got a different feel for them this time. So, I’m really excited about the visit. They’re in my top three.” Cook traveled with the rest of his Lamar teammates, so we asked him when they go to an event like this if they discuss the idea of playing together at the next level. He told us, “For sure! We were talking about it leading up to the Junior Day, so we’re going to be talking about it afterwards. We’re always talking about how it would be good if we all played together.” Cook was getting hit up by everybody in Moncrief from the coaches to the players. Everyone was telling him to go to Texas. And it appears as if he really bought into it, as he’ll be back on campus in a few weeks to visit during the Spring Game and get some firsthand viewing of the new Texas defense. Brennan Eagles The big wide receiver out of Alief Taylor who wowed just about everyone in the Houston Opening was the one who was wowed this time around. The coaches showed Eagles a hologram that he could walk through of what the new Texas facilities would look like. Speaking of the coaches, Brennan made sure we knew that Coach Herman and Coach Mehringer are two of his favorite coaches in the country. “Tom Herman is close. The same coaches from U of H. They recruited me at U of H and I can really relate with Mehringer because he’s young. Family really stood out to me.” What really stood out to Brennan was that the coaches made sure he knew that he was really a part of what they want to do and treated him like he was already a player for Texas. During his time on campus he got to hang out with current Longhorn defensive back and former Alief Elsik player Chris Brown who let Brennan know that, “It feels exactly like home here.” Brennan released his top ten schools last night (Texas made the cut) and will announce his commitment on signing day. He will be coming back to Texas to visit over Spring break and catch a few practices and the Spring Game. Atanza Vongor Atanza Vongor was another one of the highly touted safeties visiting Texas last weekend. When we asked him what stood out about the day he was stated he was impressed with the success Tom Herman and his staff had at Houston. He emphasized that he is looking for a program that is like a family and that Texas really seemed to provide that for their players. The athletic and technically sound safety out of South Grand Prairie plans on committing sometime within the next month. When asked where Texas factors in this he told us, “Texas is definitely coming up. They’ll definitely play a factor.” Vongor will be putting out his top list next week and we will get a better feel for his game when we see him at The Opening Regional in Dallas. Tommy Bush When we asked Tommy about his trip he told us, “There was a tremendous amount of love. They were straight forward, very kind, and showed the true character of their players. We got to listen to the players talk about their experience here. It meant a lot to us and it really opened out eyes because that’s going to be me in a few years. So it is good to see what they went through and what to expect.” Tommy Bush was told he’ll be used as the X wide receiver by Coach Mehringer, but he was also just getting to know the coaches. While Texas didn’t put an offer on the table, they cautioned him to be patient and to take his time with the process. Bush’s stock has really taken off over the past month, but Texas could get into the thick of things for him if they extend an offer. Jarrell Cherry The last time Jarrell Cherry was on the campus at Texas was during the exciting Texas vs Baylor game, but that was under a different staff. When we asked him what the difference between the two staffs was he explained, “The players came and told us, Coach Herman has a winning attitude. Malik Jefferson talks about how he’s a genius.” This time on campus he got to catch up with Coach Giles, who had prospects buzzing all week. Cherry let us know that he and Giles really gel together. “Me and [Coach Giles] have a great bond here, even though he’s got a new home here. Coach Giles and I got to talk about there being a brotherhood. One thing you got to when you get to UT is everything has got to be about pride. You have to be laying your body down for the next person.” Texas is looking to use Jarrell Cherry as an outside linebacker who is often used to rush the passer but will also drop back into coverage and could be deployed the same way as Jeffrey McCulloch He left telling us, “After today, [Texas stands] strongly on my list. I will be back here again. I had a great time here.” Max Wright Max has got to be one of our favorite guys to talk with. Always happy and really having fun with the process. The smiling pass rusher from Katy Taylor came out of Moncrief telling us, “Herman knows how to put on a good show. He does it right and makes it a lot of fun.” And boy does Wright love the city of Austin. We asked him to talk for a bit about Austin and he immediately gushed, “Oh man, it’s amazing. I’ve been up here a lot. Just kind of got to see the city, but not from a recruitment standpoint. Just walking down 6th street with my brother. I’ve been down here for game day too when I was younger. I’ve seen how the fans act and it’s a lot of fun. I like Austin a lot.” Max was also blown away by the family atmosphere the coaches and players showed, expressing, “They make everybody feel like they’re a part of the family. [Herman] talked about how there are no bro hugs here, they’re real hugs.” Wright let us know that Texas has moved up from just being high on his list to now. “Very high. Seeing how Herman is going to change it and make it how it should be was really cool to me. I was talking to him about the game where Colt McCoy got hurt, and how after that Texas didn’t really get to another National Championship. And he was like, ‘We’re going to bring it back to that.’ I believe him.” Coach Herman wasn’t the only one to make an impression on Wright. Wright has seemed to take a real liking to Coach Giles. When we asked about his conversation with the current Texas defensive line coach he told us, “He told me that they need defensive ends and he says I fit in with what they want. Not just as a football player, but as a guy. Just, everything that he said was real appealing to me.” This struck us as weird seeing as the last time we talked to Max he wasn’t very high on Texas and was hesitant about the 3-4 offense, so when we asked him about it he let us know, “They talked to me about how they’re multiple. They’re not just going to be a strict 3-4 or 4-2. They’re going to make it a defensive line friendly defense where I’m going to be able to make plays. They’re going to give us different looks and different fronts that can really help out in all scenarios.” Texas helped themselves a lot here over the weekend, and just needs to keep chipping away with Wright and get him the slow the process down. Marcus Stripling The 6’3” 240lbs 2019 defensive end picked up an offer from the Longhorns five days before his trip to Austin. As soon as he stepped foot on the Texas campus he was excited by the intensity. “When I walked in there, I knew Herman was going to change it. As soon as I walked through the door it just felt different. Like, ‘wow,’ they’re ready to win some games.” Marcus also fell in love with the plans for the new facilities simply stating, “With new facilities, I’m in love.” When I asked him what he’s going to take away from the trip he said he a real sense of family at Texas, “It felt like home. They have a real brotherhood here.” Talking to people around Marcus we were told Texas wants him in the 4i position on the line. He’s only 16 so he’s still growing, but Marcus is already a force to be reckoned with. He could work on his speed off the line and some of the finer nuances of the position, but he’s got the raw talent to be something special.
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