Haven't talked to Momo since around that time. He's at the O-D bowl, but once he gets back I plan to get with him. I know that sources in the program said he'd be evaluated as a possibility once Orlando was in place.
The holidays were crazy as I spent time battling with my inlaws wi-fi network in the backwoods of Missouri. In lieu of Burnt Ends this week we are going to do a recruiting chat since that's about all that's going on right now. Hit us with your questions and we will do our best to answer. I'll also be dropping some nuggets here and there throughout this week.
There are things we know about Sheffield but can't report. None of these things are about the status of his recruitment with Texas. We've told you what we know there. He likes the staff and he loves Jason Washington. Texas is in the fight, but no one has anything firm.
I don't see Kerstetter coming in from day one and starting over anyone on the roster. You will have guys entrenched at LT, LG, and C and you will have guys with more experience and seasoning battling for the other two spots.
OL is one of the positions I feel confident in saying the depth is in good shape heading into the spring. Texas doesn't need to rush guys onto the field here and can continue to strengthen the pipeline.
We continue to scour the earth for Tight Ends
Chase Rogers (Saint Louis)
"Iâ€™ve been talking to Texas quite a bit. After the coaching change about two days later, Coach Meekins, the new tight ends coach at Texas texted me and told me to give him a
call and he was telling me about how they think Iâ€™m their guy and I can come in a play
early. Theyâ€™re looking for a guy to split out not just be a traditional tight end and I think
I fit that role well. The previous staff was going to offer me right before they left but
they didn't want to not knowing if they were going to be there or not."
With Walker Little opting to head to Palo Alto and Chuck Filiaga leaving a Texas out of his top three, the Longhorns quickly entered the picture for Derek Kerstetter as they looked for an offensive tackle for this recruiting cycle. Tom Herman and his staff offered Kerstetter awhile back when they were still at Houston and Iâ€™ve been told that offensive line coach Derek Warehime loves him as a prospect and his potential.
Not long after being offered by Texas, Kerstetter setup a January official visit to Austin so it was clear the Longhorns had his interest. It seems that things moved a little quicker than expected even with Kerstetter being committed to Oklahoma State for some time now, as today he made the call to Tom Herman and announced today he wanted to be a Longhorn and play his college ball just up the road from his hometown of San Antonio.
Kerstetter held offers from Colorado State, Houston, Illinois, Minnesota, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Toledo before deciding to make the call and pledge to the Longhorns.
At 6â€™5, 280 pounds, Kerstetter possesses a solid frame that will allow him to stick at tackle or potentially kick inside if things donâ€™t work out there. While Kerstetter may not be a potential plug and play caliber like Little or Filiaga, he's still a quality pickup with some nice upside who netted Army All-American honors. One of the main takeaways for me after watching Kerstetter on film is his nasty streak and ability to finish defenders. If you have ever read my takes on OL play then you know being nasty and finding finishers is high on my priority list, and Kerstetter checks both of those boxes for sure.
Additionally, he does a solid job of getting to the second level defenders in the run game and he also does a decent job of setting the edge on outside zone plays, which requires athleticism and good footwork. His time at the Army All-American game will be important because it will allow me to get a better gauge on how he holds up in pass protection, but from is on his cutups he holds up just fine. Kerstetter is likely a redshirt candidate when he hits campus, but that doesn't mean he's a bad player or a quality take. With the depth on campus, Kerstetter can take that first year to acclimate and add the necessary weight he will need.
Some probably arenâ€™t as familiar with Kerstetter and for some it may not be as sexy as landing a player or Little or Filiagaâ€™s caliber, but after taking a large offensive line class this past recruiting cycle, Texas is able to take a guy like Kerstetter and take the time to mold and development him over his first couple seasons on campus as he fills out and adjusts to the college game. For me he reminds of when Texas signed Garrett Thomas out of Louisiana in 2015.
Heâ€™s not a guy who you will be able to toss into the two deep from a skillset perspective on day one, but he has some tools and skills that can be developed over time after benefitting from a redshirt. Texas is in a great position now to where they can afford to take players like this and take the time to develop them rather than have to throwing them into fire early on and hope they pan out.
As I said previously, I am looking forward to seeing how Kerstetter fares against some of the elite players in the country in early January at the Army All-American game, as it should give us a better idea of where he is at in his development skills wise.
Merry Christmas to everyone at HornSports! Here is hoping that the new year brings great things to our Longhorns.
As far as food..I have a spiral sliced maple ham, homemade mashed potatoes, homemade apple pie for dessert, and I still keep my Texas tradition going here in St. Louis with tamales. No matter where I live I will always have tamales on Christmas.