DBut82 reacted to Nick Harris in All Access: Dajon Harrison fulfills family’s burnt orange bloodline and mother’s wish
“This is crazy, yo. We’re gonna hit 100K views, we’re about to blow!”
Dajon Harrison sits on his bed minutes after breaking the news of his commitment to the Texas Longhorns alongside his childhood friend and teammate Brock Bujnoch. The two are sifting through Harrison’s sudden bombardment of Twitter mentions. A lamp on the ground in the corner of the room serves as the only light in the room as Harrison experiences one of the biggest moments of his life.
“They have an evaluation for you in 247 now, they’re comparing you to JD Spielman,” I bring up as he FaceTimes his cousin, former Longhorn national champion Jamaal Charles.
“Is he cold?”
“Yeah, no doubt,” Bujnoch replies.
His MyPlayer on NBA 2K20, which has been impressively constructed with the flyest clothes and tattoos that the game has to offer, looks over the room before the TV goes into a power saving mode. Sorry 2K, something much more important came up tonight.
Texas had long been the dream school for Harrison, but as the 2020 class began to take shape over the summer, he saw his chances dwindle to slim as the season started. In July, he released a top six of Houston, Kansas State, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado State, and Iowa State. The dream of going to the Big 12 was still alive, even after his short stint as a TCU commit over the spring.
However, a message from Bryan Carrington in September that started conversation between the two changed it all, and the rest is history.
“If they offer me, it’s a wrap,” Harrison said in October.
That offer came on November 4, and with it came an instant commitment to the Forty Acres. Dajon Harrison had become the newest Texas Longhorn.
I was watching Monday Night Football, expecting the Cowboys to lose in a horrendous way once again, when my phone pinged from the other room. I knew before I even looked at my phone. First the tweet from Carrington, now three consecutive texts at 8:30, I knew exactly who it was.
“GET READY FAM, LOWKEY PULL UP TOMORROW.”
“WAS THAT YOU?” I replied, referring to Carrington’s tweet.
I showed up to Hutto Memorial Stadium around 3:30 ready to film one of the quickest put-together videos of my life. Sure, I can do my thing with a camera, but this? This will be seen by thousands of people with expectations of greatness. I just cover recruiting, man.
Dajon comes around the corner of the field house with his mother, Autumn, as a teammate walks into them.
“Hey congratulations, man.”
Word is already spreading around the school. We don’t have much time, I think to myself.
At about that time, Mrs. Autumn makes a phone call to the glue of Dajon’s commitment video, Jamaal Charles.
“Oh I see you, just park up front.”
A shiny black Tesla pulls around the corner of the stadium into the school parking lot. A few seconds pass and out comes Charles with his #25 Longhorn helmet and a hoodie for Dajon.
“Next man up,” Charles says.
“What’s up cous, you already know!”
Jamaal Charles is fresh off of his retirement from the NFL in May after 11 seasons. These days, Charles says he’s “just chilling” at his home in Lake Travis.
“I’m happy for him, this is his dream. It’s time for him to go live his dream like I did,” Charles said.
Charles and Dajon get into place on the home side bleachers as they construct how they want the video to go. Dajon was confident but realistic in what he wanted in the video.
“It’s gotta go hard, bro. I want this to go crazy.”
“Dajon is the most optimistic kid I know,” his mom told me earlier in the day. “If he says it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen. Since he was a little boy, if he puts his mind to it, it’s going to happen. Period.”
Filming wrapped up around 5:30 as the Hutto Middle School football teams took the field at Hutto Memorial Stadium to take on their crosstown rivals, the Farley Hippos.
“Oh, I remember that game. That game was always fun,” Mrs. Autumn says.
Everyone begins to go their separate ways as Charles, Mrs. Autumn, Dajon, and Brock Bujnoch stay behind. I could tell that Mrs. Autumn was just as popular in this moment as her son was.
“Mrs. Autumn, I’m probably gonna come over tonight, are you gonna be cooking something?” Brock asks as he picks up his crutches. Before the season, Bujnoch suffered a torn meniscus that ended his high school football career prematurely. Ironically, he was able to bond immediately with Jamaal over knee injuries.
“I might pick you up something,” Mrs. Autumn replies.
For Mrs. Autumn and her husband Darryl, Dajon staying close to home is one of the biggest positives of him going to Austin, just 30 minutes down the road from Hutto.
“I am excited about him staying home and I asked him if I could come eat lunch with him at least once a week, and then maybe come and watch him practice like three times a week, but he said no to that,” she said laughingly.
It was in no one’s plans for Dajon to commit just two months before the Early Signing Period, but there wasn’t any sense of nervousness around the Harrison household, even after his decommitment from TCU.
“I was disappointed,” she said about the decommitment. “But then at the same time I realized that this is his decision, not mine. TCU is a great school, small, close to home. But this, this hit the jackpot going to Texas.”
Patience seemed to be the biggest factor for the three-star and his family as even the call with the offer didn’t come until late Monday night from the coaching staff.
“They asked me, ‘What are you doing?’ I said ‘Folding his clothes,’ and then they said ‘Well Mom, how would like to come fold them at UT?’ They offered him and Dajon had the biggest smile, that’s the biggest I’ve ever seen that kid smile. For him, his patience and his perseverance, everything played out just like he wanted it to.”
Meanwhile, Jamaal Charles was talking it up with one of Dajon’s teammates who is trying to decide on pursuing a computer science degree at Baylor or Texas.
“Networking, that’s the thing about UT man,” Charles said. “You walk in the door and say you went to UT, and you will find somebody in the room that will help you out.”
It’s not often that a commit can get such a personalized story of what it’s like to be a Longhorn that Dajon has been able to get from Charles. In his three seasons, he racked up the fourth-most rushing yards in school history and helped lead his team to a national championship in his freshman season.
“He just has to go in and work hard, like his back is against the wall,” Charles said. “There’s talent coming from around the world, not just the state of Texas, so he has to play at his highest peak.”
It’s been almost 14 years since Charles raised the National Championship Trophy at the Rose Bowl after one of the best college football games in history, but he is confident that his little cousin can bring that same pedigree to Austin that Charles’ teammates brought to that 2005 team.
“He can bring a tradition. I can see his passion about football and how bad he wants it. His play speaks for itself, you can see his ability to be something special. He just has to continue to keep the right head and work hard. He reminds me of me of how we’ve both had to prove so many people wrong so many times.”
Proving people wrong is something that Dajon will definitely be keeping close to him. Ranked at 936th in the nation by the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Dajon is by far the lowest-rated recruit in Texas’ 2020 class.
“He has to go up in there like he’s the best. When all of them get there, all of the rankings and stars go out the door. Everybody is gonna have to prove why they’re the best player in the class. He still has to show out and prove why Texas recruited him, and while he may not be the best ranked in the class, he’s gotta show them that he’s an underdog. He’s better than people think he is though, that’s for sure.”
Later in the night at the Harrison household, Dajon bounces between NBA 2K20 and Call of Duty on his Play Station 4 in angst before finally settling on FaceTiming friends. It takes me roughly three hours to edit a video like the one we filmed on Tuesday, so I knew that this would be a waiting game for Dajon.
At around 7:00, Brock comes through to hang with Dajon as his mom follows close behind with Chick-Fil-A for all of us.
“You’re dropping the video tonight?” his mom asks surprisingly.
“Yes mom, they waiting on me.”
More pressure added to my two hands and computer.
I bring up the fact that there will probably be some haters because of how lowly-ranked he is and ask of his opinion on that to change the subject.
“I’m not worried about all that. They’ll see.”
“They just gotta watch his film man, he’s a baller,” Brock said.
Around that time, Dajon FaceTimes Bryan Carrington to let him know that the video is coming in the next twenty minutes.
“Bet,” Carrington replies as Dajon quickly hangs up. It’s go time.
Minutes after the post (which didn’t work on anyone’s phone in the room and took five minutes to send through my computer), retweets, likes, evaluations, articles, and congratulations started flying in. Brock sifted through his timeline next to Dajon to help him gauge all of the love.
Thirty minutes after the post, Dajon’s follower count had ticked up by 300 as more interactions started pouring in. I caught that smile that his mom mentioned earlier in the day, I could definitely tell that this was the moment he had been waiting for.
My job here was done. I had scored a free meal and made an acceptable production in my eyes in about four hours.
“Man, this whole experience was great,” Dajon said as I was heading out. “I loved it. All of this love for me, I feel like it’s not true. It’s still a dream to me, so I’m just trying to enjoy all of it right now and stay humble, be great, and keep going.”
DBut82 reacted to Bear19 in Official HornSports “Let’s Talk Booze” thread
I drink beer. When I occasionally drink hard liquor it’s Johnny Walker Black ,a double on the rocks with a lime twist.But a side story.
My grandfather was born in 1899 and grew up obviously during the depression and prohibition. During prohibition he had a still in deep East Texas. Sold the stuff(white lightning, moonshine) on second Ave. in Dallas. After prohibition he continued to sell it because of course it was tax-free. No ‘guvment‘ men involved. :-
In 1934 he shut down the still except for home use which was legal and opened a small store in Henderson County that was occasionally frequented by Bonnie and Clyde. In 1941, his son, my uncle came home from the army after tearing up a knee during army basic training. He decided he wanted some booze so he went out back and fired up the still. He forgot to open the stopcock and the damn thing blew up. I’m told the explosion was heard all over the Trinity River bottom.
DBut82 reacted to dillohorn in *****GAME THREAD: #15 Texas Longhorns vs. TCU Horned Frogs*****
Keep this thread until after the KSU game.
DBut82 reacted to echeese in View from the Cheap Seats-Horn Frogs
View from the Cheap Seats-Horn Frogs
Let the meltdowns begin.
Einstein once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. So stop us if you have heard this before. Game on the line, down by only 3, 2:42 in the game, 3rd and 14 with a young secondary that needs help. Oh yeah, who is TEXAS' QB, Sam "Ice water in his veins" Ehlinger who has zero issue driving the length of the field to win a game. Freeze frame at the snap, every TEXAS player lined up within 6 yards of the LOS. TCU in 5 wide so what D does Coach Todd call? Easy, same D he called vs LSU in the same scenario, rush 6 and play man coverage. INSANITY, nothing but pure insanity. Slow down the replay, 3 of the 5 TCU WRs were BEHIND their men in coverage, all out of position and chasing the play largely unable to see the ball when it's thrown. Summed up the game, Coach Mensa and Coach Todd got PANTSED by Gary Patterson and Sonny Cumbie. They got taken out behind the wood shed and schooled in the art of real coaching.
By now the boards are littered with fans jumping off cliffs. You want to defend the coaches? Let us quote CTH himself, AFTER Kansas no less: "Our fans have a right to criticize, there is a standard at TEXAS, we are not playing to that standard" Hopefully Coach Todd calls Gary P and asks for some coaching advice before his season next year coaching some Texas Middle school. Before an apologist states "Coach Todd knows more about football than you". . . . ..not so fast my friend. Trying to mask a weak secondary riddled with injuries with the game on the line . . .. . you rush 6 and drop 5 in man vs a 5 WR front with every player within 6 yards of the line??????? Sorry, we'll disagree. All you need to do is make a tackle and force a punt. You then give your team a chance to win. Instead, you give up a huge play then let their TRUE FRESHMAN QB WALK into the end zone for a 10 point lead with less than 2 minutes to play. Get your egos out of the way, stop trying to look like a genius and play fundamentally sound football. Is that REALLY so hard (ok, rhetorical question based on the last year and a half of evidence)
In the last 2 years, CTH has the worst 2nd half record in CFB. We can now see why. Against a team with far less talent but well coached and motivated, TEXAS simply lacked the ability to put a dog away. In fact it's worse, in the 2nd half, TEXAS was outscored 24-10. And make no mistake, TCU is a dog that may not go bowling this year. They need 2 wins in a line up where they are likely only favored vs WVU at season's end. The "plan" for the D should have been, play mostly zone to protect the young DBs, stop the run and force them into long sustained drives. 4 TCU chunk plays yielded 51 yards, 24 yards 31 yards and 44 yards. Those 4 plays would be part of drives which resulted in 24 TCU points over the course of the game.
Sam the Man came back down to earth this week. 3 INTs (not counting the very late/didn't matter anyway one) turned into 13 points. D does get credit for bowing up and forcing 2 FGs to at least keep the game close. In the end it wouldn't matter as TEXAS struggled mightly in the red zone. On 5 trips they only recorded 2 TDs. A woeful average and made worse that one of the FG attempts was missed. Not how you "put a dog away". The truth is, this team will only go as far as Sam will take them. And to offer an example of how TCU's 3 star guys are coached up better than our 4 and 5 star players, let's look at Sam's INT thrown on an in route to Jake Smith. TCU DB was with Jake the whole way, had his "eyes" (more on that later) and "feet" properly aligned to jump the route. Jake's route wasn't bad, Sam's throw in the right place but the difference was, the TCU DB was in better position and made the play.
Game sucked, both sides of the ball sucked. Not much else to say. Do want to share the musing of a coach talking about the problems on the team. He said he teaches in steps (and it's clear Gary Patterson does something similar). On D step one is "EYES". Players have to "see the play and their role" 1st and foremost. Step 2 is "feet". Players must be lined up properly to run the called defense. Going to focus on these 2 and point out the problems faced by defenses going up against up tempo offenses. And especially with young players with limited experience and snaps in what even Coach O admits is a fairly complicated defense. Now TCU "only" ran 70 plays so they didn't go up tempo all the time. For comparison, OU ran 75 and Kansas ran 80. But the point is, by having a player having to "think" on the fly, by not clearly "seeing" what his role is and often not having his "feet" set at the snap, it's not really a surprise we play so poorly on D. And face it, this D gives up 31 points a game, good for #98 in the nation and well on their way to being the WORST D in TEXAS history. So when the O only scores 24, it's going to be a VERY LONG 2 weeks
Going to be a very interesting 2 weeks. If CTH thought he caught flak from fans and media before, he ain't seen nuthin yet. No doubt the boards will be miserable. Could heads roll? Keep in mind, we've stayed away and read nothing as always so don't know. We know a change that needs to be made. If CTH wants Todd to stick around, he might want to call Greg Robinson and get some instructions on making things simpler and teaching some fundamentals. Just a thought from the Cheap Seats. Here's the really wild thing, while TEXAS has lost control of it's destiny, barring Baylor beating OU (which isn't likely. . .but who knows), they can still get to the bigXII title game without herculean help.
Stats that matter
3 Sam INTs
13 TCU points off those INTs
24-10 Margin TEXAS was outscored in the 2nd half.
2-5 Red Zone TD rate for the Horns
7-72 TEXAS is 103rd in the nation in penalties
Off week. Lots of work to do then a red hot KSU team rolls into Austin. Bad news, looks like they hired a fundamentally sound coach too.
Don't look now but UNC shares the lead in the Coastal division of the ACC after beating Duke. They need to win one more game vs 3 upcoming ACC opponents (UVa, Pitt NCSt); we assume they will beat Mercer, to go bowling for the 1st time since 2016. ESPN has UNC projected to the Military Bowl at Annapolis.
Ranking the BigXII
#1 Baylor. Yep, Rape U rises to #1 on the back going 7-0 to open the season and an OU upset loss. Being projected to the Cotton Bowl already
#2 OU. Land thieves get caught napping, likely dropped out of the playoff race
Clearly 2 top teams. From here, put them in any order, doesn't really matter, they all beat up on each other.
TCU Can they pull an upset (we'll give'em WVU at year end) to go bowling? Jerry Palm says Liberty
OSU Knocks off ISU, projected to the Texas Bowl
TEXAS Vs ND in the "Camping Bowl".
KSU YUGE upset of OU, today projected to the Alamo Bowl,
TT Depends on who you read
ISU Cheez It Bowl in Zona
Kansas Follows up their near upset of TEXAS with a win over TT,
Sorry for the delay. Spent the weekend in San Antonio with my Godson/Nephew who will step on the yellow footprints within 24 hours. For those who don't understand, he enlists in the Marine Corps tomorrow and begins basic training. He has a recon slot so he will go to the School of Infantry then he starts recon training with jump school, basic combat SCUBA and others. It will take him almost a year to report to a Recon unit.
DBut82 reacted to Sirhornsalot in Texas Commits in Action – Week 9 preview
Thank you DBut82, I appreciate the kind words. I'm glad you're enjoying these. It is hard to keep up with, especially with Herman at the helm. Charlie would always recruit the last two months which made my job easier. Not anymore lol
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Say @Sirhornsalot! I don't know how much you hear this, and I know I don't comment too often but I appreciate the work you put into this thread. I have no clue how you keep up with it all but great job! I tend to follow high school football more because of this. Thanks!
DBut82 reacted to North Texas Golfer in Longhorn News/Discussion (Non-recruiting)
Here's the latest from Anwar as of 2:25 pm today.
Eagles practiced on Wednesday and is expected to practice on Thursday and will travel with the team to Fort Worth. He missed practice on Tuesday due to a personal issue which has since been resolved and he will play on Saturday.