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2022 Four-star ATH Ish Harris names Longhorns as a finalist
Well, this past week has been an eventful one for the Longhorns. In fact, Steve Sarkisian was able to land two transfer players and another commitment to Texas's 2022 class. To cap it off, the Longhorns were able to make a top prospect's final five schools list.
Today, we will discuss the past week in recruiting, and will list all of Texas's most recent offers since my last article.
On the day after Texas's spring game, Devin Richardson announced that he would be transferring from New Mexico State to Texas. Unfortunately for Richardson, New Mexico State was unable to play last season due to COVID-19. However, in 2019, Richardson was a productive player for the Aggies, tallying 69 tackles, 3 forced fumbles and 2 sacks.
Adding Richardson will help to bolster Texas's linebacker depth as he has proven that he is a productive player on the field. Additionally, Richardson is from the Houston area (attended Klein High School) and will be able to return to his home state of Texas.
Last Monday, the Longhorns landed another transfer in Ben Davis, from Alabama. While Davis did not experience a lot of playing time at Alabama, he will provide some much-needed depth at the linebacker position.
Coming out of high school in 2016, Davis was listed as the top-ranked inside linebacker in the nation per 247Sports.
Later on Monday, the Longhorns landed their 8th class of 2022 pledge when four-star defensive end Zac Swanson announced his commitment. Swanson, a product of Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona, joins Kristopher Ross as the only defensive linemen in Texas's 2022 recruiting class.
When you watch the 6'4" defensive end's highlight reel, his ability to execute the swim move is what stands out. Texas defensive line coach Bo Davis will be tasked with molding both Swanson and Ross to the fullest of their potentials.
On Saturday, 2022 four-star athlete Ish Harris announced that the Longhorns are one of his top five schools. Joining the Longhorns on Ish's list include: Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Harris is ranked as the 27th best outside linebacker in the nation's 2022 recruiting class. Currently, 2022 three-star linebacker Trevell Johnson is Texas's only linebacker commit in their 2022 recruiting class.
D'Arco Perkins-McAllister - Four-star Safety - Stratford Comprehensive Chris McClellan - Four-star Defensive Tackle - Owasso 2023 Offers:
Markis Deal - Four-star Defensive Tackle - Naaman Forest Yhonzae Pierre - Three-star Defensive End - Eufaula Kadyn Proctor - Five-star Offensive Tackle - Southeast Polk
2021 Football Signee Zane Minors Highlights
This spring, the Longhorns landed a pair of walk-on athletes from Westlake High School in Austin, TX. Along with cornerback Michael Taaffe, the Longhorns also added running back Zane Minors from Westlake. Minors, a key member of Westlake's offense, helped the Chaparrals win their second consecutive state title last season.
According to 247Sports, Minors held 3 collegiate offers from Air Force, Lamar and Yale but ultimately decided to sign with Texas as a preferred walk-on.
Senior Season Statistics (Via: MaxPreps)
Offense: 1,068 rushing yards, 628 receiving yards and 23 total touchdowns.
While Minors is a running back, his most impressive trait out of the backfield is his ability to catch the football. In addition, his receiving repertoire is more extensive than just simple swing passes. For example, in last season's championship game, Minors even showcased some of his receiving ability from the slot receiver position.
In addition to his receiving ability, Zane's speed is one of his biggest strengths. At Westlake, Minors shared snaps with Grey Nakfoor, a tailback known for his between-the-tackles running style. However, when Minors was featured at running back, you could count on him to find the edge on an outside run play although he was not afraid to run up the middle either.
What I See:
Minors will bring big-game experience with him to the Forty Acres. Additionally, he was involved in an advanced system of offense at Westlake, under former Longhorn and current Chaparrals head coach, Todd Dodge. As a result, I think that Zane will be well prepared to succeed in his role with the Longhorns.
Talking Texas with Creighton transfer Christian Bishop
Photo: Doug McSchooler-USA TODAY Sports
What a year it’s been for the Texas Basketball program. For the first time in history they won the Big-12 tournament championship. Subsequently, they earned a three seed in the NCAA tournament. All was looking up for Shaka Smart and the Longhorns.
Unfortunately, that success was followed up with a devastating loss to Abilene Christian University in the first round. The loss resulted in Shaka Smart’s departure to Marquette, leaving an opening for Texas administration to fill. Texas wasted no time in hiring Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard.
Since Beard has taken the reins in Austin he’s essentially lived in the transfer portal. Among the list of growing Texas transfers is former Creighton star, Christian Bishop.
Beard has landed Bishop along with Utah transfer Timmy Allen, Kentucky transfer Devin Askew, along with former Red Raider Jaylon Tyson. This has been parlayed into Jase Febres and Andrew Jones announcing they are staying for another year. The future of Texas basketball is as bright as it can be.
"Getting an opportunity to showcase my talents,” Bishop said on why he transferred.
So who is Christian Bishop? The 6’7 220-point forward is originally from Lees Summit, Missouri. The former three-star prospect was the seventh overall ranked player in his state for the class of 2018 and the overall 38th ranked small forward. Bishop was a highly sought after high school recruit, receiving offers from Missouri and Tulsa and even had an unofficial visit to Kansas. Ultimately, four days after he visited Creighton, he decided to commit to the Nebraska school.
Over the past three years, Bishop has played in 90 games for the Bluejays. Most importantly, he’s increased his statistical production in every single category each season. This past year, while averaging 23.4 minutes per game, Bishop averaged 11 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and one block a game while shooting close to 70% from the field.
"I play fast and smart, post small guys up, and bring bigs to the perimeter,” Bishop said on what makes him successful.
With this transfer Bishop is making the transition from Big East play to Big-12 play. Thus, the level of competition will be ramped up. Against top-25 ranked opponents last year, Bishop played exceptionally well. He averaged nine points, seven rebounds, and 1.5 blocks last year on 62.5% shooting in such games. Most notably, he scored 13 points, had nine rebounds, and three blocks against Kansas in the season opener.
"It might not be perfect but I’m willing to put the work in to become successful,” Bishop said on the difference between Big East and Big-12 play.
After a phenomenal season last year, Texas now has expectations. Those expectations are to remain at or near the top of the Big-12. Especially after the hiring of Chris Beard combined with the influx of transfer talent, Longhorn fans have a lot to be excited about for the immediate future.
Bishop doesn’t hold back anything on the team’s goals for next season.
"The goal next year is to win a national championship,” Bishop said.
Bishop is an extremely talented wing player that makes Texas better on day one. He can out-jump most people in the gym and his shooting percentage shows he’s lethal from the paint. While Bishop is only a 56.2% free throw shooter, he makes up for it with his defense. Bishop averaged nearly one steal a game and posted 10 games last year with more than one block.
Bishop wants to come to Texas and make his mark immediately with this new crop of talent and Beard.
"The fans should know that I plan on winning as many championships as possible.”
2021 Texas Football ScheduleWeekOpponentW/L9/4Louisiana9/11@Arkansas9/18Rice9/25Texas Tech10/2@TCU10/9Oklahoma10/16Oklahoma State10/30@Baylor11/6@Iowa State11/13Kansas11/20@West Virginia11/27Kansas State