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Okay, spoke to my friend this evening. Lots of good stuff. – The recent run on commits is enabling the staff to circle back and revisit some other recruitments that most think/thought are lost. N

Hello everyone. I just popped in to say hello. Since my crazy ass haven't been in here in almost Coons age due to alot of personal issues family related I've been having to go through and having to wo

Saw Herman speak today at a luncheon at the Headliners club here in Austin.  He did say that we would make room for 1 more OL commit in 2020 and that those of us who follow recruiting would know who h

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Hot dog! Bijan against a good team. I plan to be there.



Sahuaro ready for 'measuring-stick game' against fellow unbeaten Salpointe Catholic, star Bijan Robinson

  • By Mark Lawson For the Arizona Daily Star
    • Oct 3, 2019 Updated 19 min ago

At 6-0, Sahuaro is nobody’s idea of an underdog. The Cougars have outscored their opponents 231-70, after all, and carry a No. 7 ranking in the Open Division for state playoffs.

Still, Sahuaro remains a longshot to win Friday night. Consider who they play — Salpointe Catholic, undefeated at 4-0 and ranked No. 2 in the Open Division.

“I actually like being the underdog,” senior wide receiver and defensive back Jordan Bunting said. “We talked about being the underdogs this week and being a blue-collar team this season. We’ve been focusing on this game all year long.”


Sahuaro will try to slow down running back Bijan Robinson — a task defenses across the state are learning is not easy.

Robinson, a future Texas Longhorn, rushed eight times for 282 yards against Tucson High last weekend. The performance moved him ahead of former Canyon del Oro and UA standout Ka’Deem Carey as the leading rusher in Southern Arizona history.


Sahuaro’s Jordan Bunting works on his one-handed grabs while the Cougars go through their pre-game routine before facing Sabino at Sahuaro High School. Sahuaro is 6-0 heading into Friday’s game against fellow unbeaten Salpointe Catholic.

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

“The key is just keeping them in front and trying to limit the big plays that they get,” Sahuaro defensive coordinator Brian Graves said. “It hasn’t been done yet, but we’re gonna try and go out there and make it happen.”

Robinson has justifiably received much attention, but Sahuaro has a stellar ground game, too. The Cougars have a three-headed attack that might be the best combination in the state.

Senior Izaiah Davis and juniors Jamir Gasaway and Trevion Watkins have combined to rush for 1,355 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, although Davis’ status is up in the air after he missed last week’s game against Sunnyside.

“The offense has been doing their thing,” Gasaway said. “The run game has been clicking well and regardless of who plays we just have to do our job and embrace the next man up.”

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MuteEarlier this week, Salpointe coach Dennis Bene called the Sahuaro backs “outstanding.”

“We just have to be very physical at the point of attack,” Bene said. “Our defense is a very good tackling defense. We’re very fast. Any time their kids have the football, you’re going to see a lot of Salpointe helmets around him, that’s for sure.”


For Sahuaro, Friday’s matchup is a chance to measure itself against one of the best teams in the state and exact a little revenge. The Lancers defeated the Cougars 53-6 last season in the state semifinals. They led 34-0 after the first quarter and 53-0 at halftime.

That performance left a bad taste in the mouths of Sahuaro’s players.

“It’s definitely a game we’ve had circled for a while,” senior Izaiah Grigsby said, who won 10 games last season as the Cougars’ starting quarterback before moving to defense. “For me, being quarterback last year, I’m trying to show the defense where receivers are going to be going. Knowing how a quarterback works and where he’s going with the ball from last season helped a lot.”


Sahuaro’s Izaiah Davis stiff-arms his way past Sabino’s Ethan Alegria as he rips off big yardage on a second quarter run in their game at Sahuaro High School. Sahuaro relies on a three-man rushing attack this season.

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More than bragging rights and a chance at a spot in the Open Division will be on the line Friday night, with potential seeding in the Class 4A state playoffs up for grabs should either team not advance to the new Open Division playoffs. Salpointe is tops in the Class 4A poll released by the AIA on Tuesday, with Sahuaro sitting at No. 2.

The Cougars have another tough matchup looming next week when they travel to CDO, the No. 4 seed in the division. First, however, is the game Sahuaro has been waiting all season to play.

“It’s the measuring-stick game,” Graves said. “As far as Tucson goes, (Salpointe’s) as good as it gets. You find out where you’re at by playing those kinds of teams. We’ll find out where we’re at on Friday night and the things we need to work on and improve to make another deep run and hopefully win a state championship.”


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26 minutes ago, TFloss32 said:

From Mike Roach at 247, he's reporting DE Vernon Broughton is on track to be an early enrollee.

Other early enrollees from OrangeBloods:

QB Hudson Card - Austin Lake Travis

WR Troy Omeire - Fort Bend Austin

OL Logan Parr - San Antonio O'Connor

OL Jake Majors - Prosper

DE Princely Umanmielen - Manor

S Xavion Alford - Pearland Shadow Creek

S Jerrin Thompson - Lufkin

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The Dotted Line: Three prospects Texas hopes to add to the 2020 recruiting class

Posted October 4th, 2019


Mike Craven Hookem.com staff



Texas’ 2020 recruiting class consists of 20 prospects and ranks fifth in the country. The top-ranked class in the Big 12 isn’t likely to reach the full allotment of 25 signees, as even head coach Tom Herman acknowledged that a lack of attrition in the program means fewer scholarships available on the recruiting trail. Still, there are a few spots remaining in the cycle. Here are three possible future Longhorns:

Cedar Creek defensive lineman Alfred Collins (99) rushes across the lineagainst the Akin Eagles during the third quarter at the non-district football game on Sept 5, 2019, at the Toney Burger Stadium. [JOHN GUTIERREZ/FOR STATESMAN]

Alfred Collins, defensive line, Bastrop Cedar Creek

FYI: 6-6/275; 4 stars; No. 14 on the Fabulous 55

Top schools: Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma

The latest: The Austin-area star continues to grow in size and recruiting stature. He’s up 45 pounds since his junior season and is approaching 6-7. The former basketball player kept his athleticism and is in the conversation for being the best defensive lineman in the state for 2020. He can play defensive tackle or defensive end in an odd-man front. 

Texas is the clear leader and Collins is the undisputed top priority for Herman’s staff. Landing him would give Texas pledges from the state’s three best defensive linemen with Collins, Vernon Broughton and Princely Umanmielen. 

Collins is taking his time with the recruiting process and was steadfast that he’d take official visits to multiple schools before deciding on a destination. He took an official to Oklahoma and Alabama in September. He’ll be at Texas A&M on Oct. 11 and in Austin on Oct. 18. 

Jaqwondis Burns, outside linebacker, IMG Academy (Fla.)

FYI: 6-2/205; 3 stars; No 37-ranked outside linebacker 

Top schools: Committed to Ole Miss 

The latest: Burns is a new name on Texas’ radar; he picked up an offer on Wednesday. The three-star outside linebacker pledged to Ole Miss back in April. Herman’s staff wouldn’t have extended an offer to Burns unless the Longhorns felt like they have a shot at flipping him. Burns is a Texas native who was a first-team all-district selection at Terrell as a junior. 


Texas doesn’t hold a commitment from a true linebacker in the 2020 class, though four-star Highland Park product Prince Dorbah is expected to transition from prep defensive end to college B-backer. Burns is the top target unless the Longhorns can sway Houston Cypress Creek four-star outside linebacker Josh White away from his LSU commitment. 

Kelvontay Dixon, athlete, Carthage

FYI: 6-0/180; 3 stars; No. 21-ranked athlete 

Top schools: Committed to Arkansas 

The latest: The family ties to Texas might be too strong for Dixon and the Longhorns to resist each other despite his commitment. His older brother is Keaontay Ingram, Texas’ starting running back. Dixon is listed as an athlete. Texas wants him at slot receiver. The explosive prospect would bring more athleticism to the position. Dixon picked Arkansas back in the summer, but a renewed push by Texas combined with the struggles at Arkansas could make Texas the favorite.  



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