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  1. This community means a lot to me, because I fully believe it has the best group of readers on the internet. It is for that reason that I'm excited (and a little sad to announce) that I'm leaving HornSports. An opportunity came along to push my writing career in a new direction, and after a lot of thought and prayer on the subject I've decided to accept it. I can't yet say where my next destination will be, but I wanted to thank the readers of this community for giving me a shot to build the foundation of a dream job here. You all have been very supportive to me while I tried to bring you the best information I could. This decision wasn't particularly easy because I'm a big loyalty guy. I talked things over with Aaron Carrara, and he encouraged me to take the next step. I can't tell you how much Aaron means to me as both a person and a mentor. Together he and Matt Cotcher gave me the opportunity and guidance to break into an industry I have a true passion for. Aaron is one of the best people I know, and that made the decision to leave difficult. The opportunities afforded to me here in my 3 years with the site were unbelievable. I never thought I'd have an opportunity to be on the road with a major college football team reporting from the pressbox. I'm not sure I can ever repay Aaron for these things. I feel I did a good job as a recruiting reporter because I worked with a tremendously talented staff. Daniel Seahorn and I clicked right from the start, and I have full confidence he will succeed in whatever he chooses to do because he's hard working, honest, and an overall good person. Ryan Bridges taught me so much more about the game of football, and he became a vital sounding board for me to bounce ideas off of. Will Baizer helped me get into podcasting, and he expanded my thinking in creating new ideas. He also gave me the opportunity to serve as a teacher for him as he tries to go the same road I went down. Harrison Weir was an incredible asset to us as soon as he came in. His ability to pick things up and run with them was a tremendous help to me. Chris Flanagan and I didn't cross paths much as I try to stay away from basketball as much as possible, but his support for me was a huge boost early on. I'll still be around the internet, and I might even drop in here from time to time to see how everything is going. I have great confidence that this site will continue to grow in this industry, and I'm happy I was a part of helping to put us on the map. Thank you all once again for your support.
  2. Hey guys we've added some new stories Here is the Pouncey evaluation http://www.hornsports.com/forums/topic/13895-commitment-spotlight-jordan-pouncey-by-mike-roach/?do=findComment&comment=242901 Here's our signing day wrap up http://www.hornsports.com/forums/topic/13897-signing-day-wrap-herman-inks-transition-class/?do=findComment&comment=242904
  3. 1. We can't sugarcoat things. This recruiting class was a disappointing finish for those who had high hopes when Tom Herman was hired. Herman had close to no hope with the elites in state making early decisions (Walker Little, Anthony Hines, Baron Browning) but he did have a chance to close on guys like K'Lavon Chaisson, Stephan Zabie, and Grant Polley. Texas missed out on a top 10 player in the state according to the 247 composite rankings, and their highest ranking recruit was #20 (Sam Ehlinger). Schools that scored higher ranked players than #20 include Oklahoma State, Michigan, Stanford, USC, TCU, Alabama, Texas Tech, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, and Ohio State. 2. The state of Texas as a whole took a hit. Only one player in the 247 top 10 stayed in state (Anthony Hines - Texas A&M), and only 4 players in the top 20 chose to stay home. The top priority for this staff in 2018 should be to close the borders while still cherry picking from elite out of state options. It's a tough task for sure, but it's in the job description for the head coach at Texas. 3. This class was always going to be tough when the previous staff shut the recruiting operation down mid-season. A majority of the blame for losing out on top targets goes to them, but we have to point out the failings of the new staff. Chaisson himself told multiple people over the last two months that Texas is where he was headed, but LSU got in last minute and made an impact. Nothing matters except closing time. 4. All this said, I will still reserve judgement on the recruiting abilities until he has his first full class under him. In 2014 Charlie Strong lost a number of commitments and added Edwin Freeman, Poona Ford, Chris Nelson, Elijah Rodriguez, and Alex Anderson. As you know, Strong went on to put together two very good recruiting classes, so keep that in perspective. Herman was able to keep the majority of this class together, and he added some nice pieces including Gary Johnson, Marqez Bimage, Reese Leitao, Jordan Pouncey, and Toneil Carter among others. 5. Since we put some blame on the previous staff let's give them some praise. The one thing that can mitigate misses like Texas had in this class is the level of talent Charlie Strong assembled in the last two classes. If Herman and company can close a top 10 class in 2018 they shouldn't have many problems down the line as they look to build their roster. 6. Despite the disappointment of losing out on several highly rated players, Texas fans should feel good about many of the players the staff did land. Sam Ehlinger is thought by many to have a big future, and he'll continue to add quality talent to the quarterback position. Toneil Carter and Damion Miller are game breakers with big play ability. Derek Kerstetter looks like a steal on the offensive line, and the tight end position was addressed with a great duo in Reese Leitao and Cade Brewer. On the defensive side of the ball they were able to put together a strong secondary class with the trio of Kobe Boyce, Josh Thompson, and Montrell Estell. Gary Johnson is a guy who should play immediately, and Marqez Bimage looks to be one of the most underrated players in the state. The Longhorns also addressed the kicking position with JUCO kicker Joshua Rowland. 7. The early feedback from 2018 prospects is strong so far. Job 1 will be to hit the ground running in this class and get off to a fast start. Texas is high up early for several elite guys including BJ Foster (top player in the state), and if they can land someone early they should be able to get some momentum going. 8. Winning is the quickest fix to these issues. Charlie Strong was recruiting with the strength of Mack Brown's tenure at his back, and while Brown struggled in his final seasons he still was within a half of winning the Big 12 and a bowl game. Playing time was an easy sell, and a quick re-build wasn't out of the question. Fast forward to today, and all of those things look more difficult following 6-7, 5-7, 5-7. If Tom Herman can put together a good season in his first year he should be able to make some waves on the recruiting front. 9. I'd expect a very aggressive push starting on junior day for the next class. This staff understands the urgency at hand, and they will have a much different early recruiting approach than the previous regime. 10. Thank you to everyone who followed along this cycle. We're committed to bringing you the best recruiting information we can here, and our staff puts in a lot of hours to gather information for you. Recruiting never sleeps, so we'll be back on the grind tomorrow to introduce you to the newest Texas targets on the board.
  4. From what I was told early in the week, Chaisson notified Texas commits and coaches he'd be headed to Austin. Yesterday he did the same thing to LSU coaches and commits.
  5. Just posted an interview I did with Texas signee Max Cummins. http://www.hornsports.com/articles/texas-longhorns-football/signing-day-spotlight-max-cummins-took-the-roa-r5156
  6. When the Longhorn season ended after a disappointing finish against TCU, Max Cummins was not a name on the Longhorn recruiting radar. Cummins would commit to Connecticut on December 11, but he didn’t know that his recruitment was about to heat up. In order to tell the full story you have to go back to Austin where Cummins played at St. Andrews high school. Cummins was a stand out at the Austin area private school, but their program was in serious decline. Cummins and his family made the decision to seek a new opportunity in order to better his future, and in December of 2015 they made the trek to Fort Worth in order to meet with the All Saints Episcopal staff. “It was going a little bit downhill, and so the best decision for me was to come down here”, said Cummins. “The coaches up here deserve all the credit. They did all of my recruiting for me. They even did things over Christmas break for me to get me on the radar. They made my physique what it is today”. Cummins was one of the hottest prospects in the state during the month of January. After de-committing from Connecticut shortly after the new year, offers came in from Houston, Baylor, and eventually Texas. TCU and Oklahoma also showed quite a bit of interest in the massive defensive lineman, but he had his eye on one school. Once Texas offered him, he accepted almost immediately, and he credits his belief in the new Texas staff for the quick decision. “Coach Orlando, Coach Herman, and Coach Giles have the mentality that’s going to be championship mentality and a winning mentality. We’re going to go in there and turn this program around. There are facility upgrades they’ve been talking about, and they have a phenomenal strength and conditioning program, and a phenomenal nutrition program. We’re going to work together to make this program a championship contender again”. Cummins is no stranger to the weight room. His father is a former athlete who still carries a division one level physique, and Cummins has been hard at work to prepare him for the rigors of college football. “I’m going to get my workout plan, and I’m going to get to work. I’m gunning for playing time, and possibly a starting position. I know there are going to be a lot of skeptics out there, but I’m going to put all of my effort into that goal”. There is certainly an opening for Cummins to make an early impact. Tom Herman stated multiple times that all positions are up for grabs, and the Texas defensive staff pitched Cummins on a versatile role in the Texas defense. “They’ve told me I’m going to fit nicely into the 4i position, and that I’m going to fit nicely into the overall defense because of the way I played at All Saints”. From unknown to a Longhorn signee, Cummins was happy to make everything official. “It’s unreal for sure. I’m really excited to become a Longhorn, and I’m really excited to make all the coaches and fans proud”. Mack Brown was famous for telling fans not to worry about who they didn’t get on signing day, and to focus on who they did get. While Cummins might not tilt the recruiting rankings, he’s hard at work and ready to prove he deserves a spot in major college football. This post has been promoted to an article
  7. Yeah I wasn't going to say anything yet but the first two texts I got this morning were about his LOI going to lsu
  8. Teased this last night late in the chat. Texas came in last minute and got him. They were really looking for DL depth.
  9. Texas fans were treated to a surprise when Northeastern Oklahoma A&M defensive lineman Jamari Chisolm made a surprise announcement to sign with Texas. The junior college prospect was recently committed to Central Florida, but the Longhorns were able to stage an eleventh hour coup to add depth in the trenches. Georgia State also held offers from Minnesota, Syracuse, and Georgia State. Chisolm officially visited Texas in January, but he wasn’t given an offer at that time. The Longhorns came in with a last minute offer, and they were able to secure the flip from Chisolm. Herman and his staff were on the prowl for a long, athletic defensive lineman to play multiple positions, and they appear to have found one with Chisolm. Chisolm spent two years at junior college, so he’ll have three years to play two once he reaches Austin. Film Analysis: Chisolm has a great frame at 6’5, 290 lbs. He has long arms, which he uses to control offensive linemen at the point of attack. Chisolm shows a quick first step off the line, and violent hands he shoots quickly to knock his opponent off balance. Chisolm plays with good leverage, and he plays with a strong base to anchor against the run. Chisolm is better against the run than he is against the pass, but he does show an array of pass rushing moves including an inside rip to defeat his man. He’s at his best using his quickness and strength to bull rush and collapse the pocket from the inside. Chisolm could play inside as a three-technique or on the end as a 4i or 5-technique. When he’s outside he shows a decent ability to convert speed to power in the pass rush, but he’s more of a strong end. Chisolm shows a good motor, and he runs well in the open field when chasing the play down from the backside. He plays with a mean streak, and his versatility allows for usage in a number of different fronts. Final Verdict: Chisolm is a solid pick up for Texas, especially late in the cycle. Texas searched far and wide for a player of his ability and versatility, and he should be a fit right away to contribute. Chisolm is already physically developed to play at the college level, and the need for players in the trenches will push him onto the field early. Chisolm is already close to a finished product, but he should be able to contribute depth and challenge for a starting spot. If he reaches his ability at the FBS level he could be a multi-year starter with a possible future in the NFL.
  10. It's someone other than the three we've been talking about, but I can't say who at this time. I'm doing some more digging on it.
  11. I've gone back and forth on this. Earlier tonight I told someone 55% was about where I was at. Starting to feel a little better the later it gets, but this one has been way harder to read than originally thought.
  12. Not to mention he's best friends with the lead recruit in the class. My source wasn't certain but he was pretty sure. Maybe he's wrong. We'll see tomorrow.
  13. I've been back and forth on that one. Just feel like proximity would win out but the smoke is heavy tonight.
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