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Harrison Wier

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  1. Lindberg is going to be a summer decision. He’ll use all of his officials in the spring. Stanford is always going to be a major threat with him.
  2. Dodge City C.C. linebacker Lakia Henry tells me he will be taking an official visit to Texas on February 1. Texas was the front runner in the recruitment for a while, then Henry committed to Tennessee. Henry backed out of his verbal pledge to the Volunteers in early January, and Texas resumed contact with the 4-star prospect. Henry will see Ole Miss this weekend before traveling to Austin the next. If Henry qualifies academically, I feel very good about Texas’ chances. The news was first reported by Jason Suchomel of Orangebloods.
  3. Depends on if the schools have paid him for his services (aka helping get his 'guys' to commit to a certain school). I don't think what he's done with parents in terms of getting kids roster sports for monetary consideration (payment) is going to get anyone in trouble. The NCAA could probably put a show cause order on him, but they don't usually bother with people that aren't officially part of a member institution.
  4. Evans does have some negative influences, but every recruit does. The main influence is his brother, CJ, and probably Damieon George. CJ loves Texas.
  5. The staff would probably take it. I don’t think that’s anywhere near happening, though. OU showed him love very early and he rewarded them for it. Texas helped themselves this weekend.
  6. Btw, these are only kids that visited this weekend. There are other 2020 kids that Texas has prioritized (Jackson, Thompson Jr., Cooper) that didn’t make it in.
  7. @Daniel Seahorn is going to add his thoughts on this in a bit, and may add some prospects that I left off the list because he knows more about them than I do.
  8. After the slow start that Texas had to the 2019 class, Tom Herman knew it was imperative to get a jump on a key number of prospects in 2020. With that, Elite Day was born. Texas did an excellent job of getting a number of key 2020 prospects into Austin before its annual Junior Day in February. Herman and Co. did a great job with a number of recruits and put themselves in a great position moving forward. Here are some various visitors and our confidence levels: Chad Lindberg - OL, Clear Creek (High) Texas has really separated themselves as of now for Lindberg's services. He loves Austin and has a brother that attends Texas, which doesn't hurt. If Lindberg sticks to his timeline of taking spring officials and making a summer decision, we like Texas' chances. Of course, Texas is going to have to stave off Stanford, and Lindberg has expressed interest in playing with Zach Evans at the next level. For now, Texas is in a great position. Keep in mind that Stanford always makes things interesting for prospects of Lindberg's caliber, so things could change quickly if Lindberg visits Stanford and enjoys his time there. Vernon Broughton - DL, Cy Ridge (Med-High) Broughton is a must-get in this class, and Texas is prioritizing him as such. You probably saw the picture of Broughton and his dad in Texas uniform on Twitter. Broughton's dad is a mammoth, so it's not hard to see where Broughton gets his size from. This one is probably a little trickier because Alabama wants him and other schools are going to prioritize him as well. He hasn't set a timeline to my knowledge, but this one could have some twists and turns. For now, Texas is in a good spot. Zach Evans - RB, North Shore (Low-Med) I put the level as such because I don't even think it's worth mentioning Evans at this point. This recruitment is going to be a roller coaster, but it is worth mentioning because Evans found the time to come to Austin even when his brother could not take him. Texas remains in a good spot, but other schools like LSU, Clemson, and of course A&M are going to continue to push. Jase McClellan - RB, Aledo (Low-Med) There have been rumors that McClellan is looking around a bit, and the visit to Texas will only increase the magnitude of those rumors. McClellan has been a Sooner since 2017, which was a very early commitment for a 2020 prospect. Texas was obviously not pushing for 2020 prospects that early, so there really wasn't much competition with the Sooners. Tom Herman is turning up the heat now, and McClellan seemed to enjoy the visit to Austin. Texas is in the picture now. Look for the staff to keep pushing. Jake Majors - OL, Prosper (High) Majors has become a priority for the Texas staff, and if you've seen his film, you know why. The Prosper OL is extremely technically sound and projects well at the next level. His composite three-star rating is nowhere near where he is as a prospect, and that will probably be fixed once the 2020 rankings are updated. Texas is going to keep pushing for Majors, and have put themselves in a really good position. Bryson Washington - C.E. King, Safety (Medium) Washington reminds me a lot of Texas signee Tyler Owens. He's got a good frame, and carries elite speed/athleticism. Texas will be selective on who it takes at safety in this class due to the depth they already have, but Washington is a prime candidate. He likes Texas early, but other schools like Oklahoma, Alabama and Clemson are going to keep pushing. Texas positioned themselves nicely after this weekend. Jaylen Garth - OL, Port Neches-Groves (High) The former protector of Roschon Johnson made it into Austin this weekend alongside his former quarterback. Garth notched an LSU offer whilst on his visit to Texas, but waited until his visit was over to post the offer on social media. Garth immensely respects the Texas staff, and I think that little tidbit means something. Texas is going to continue pushing Garth, who could decide to pull the trigger early. He may decide to slow it down a bit if other schools like LSU come knocking. For now, Texas is in a prime position. Prince Dorbah - DL, Highland Park (Medium) Texas did some solid work getting Dorbah back on campus, but Oklahoma remains the main competitior. This one is still shaping up to be a Texas-Oklahoma battle, and it doesn't look like Dorbah is going to make a decision anytime soon. Texas will continue to work on Dorbah, and I would cautiously say they are the leader as of now. The staff needs to continue pushing, however. Right now Dorbah feels like a priority, and it will remain that way. Jaylon Jones - DB, Cibolo Steele (Med-High) You probably also noticed Jones this weekend after he posted a "DBU" edit on Twitter featuring the burnt orange. Elite Day had a really positive impact on Jones. Jones got to spend a ton of time with former Cibolo Steele DB Caden Sterns, which only helped the Longhorns' cause. Texas is looking good early, but other schools like Florida and A&M are going to combat the visit high. Texas is in a good position right now. Damieon George - OL, North Shore (Low-Med) George and Evans have consistently expressed the desire to play with each other in college, and that appears to be genuine. George doesn't say much about his recruitment, but it's definitely easy to assume the visit went well. George has a legitimate interest in leaving the state, and likes the appeal of the SEC early on. Alabama, LSU, and A&M are all schools in the Southeastern Conference that stand out to George, and Texas has some work to do to wear off the shine of the conference. The visit to Austin this weekend was a solid start. Kelvontay Dixon - ATH, Carthage (High) Keaontay's little brother took to Twitter to highlight his visit to Austin. Texas continues to solidify itself as the clear leader in this recruitment. Dixon is not a product of being Keaontay's little brother, either. Dixon is a legitimate prospect that carries some very intriguing qualities in an ATH take. Texas just needs to stay the course here.
  9. Solid LB prospect. Like his tape a lot. Visiting Norman next weekend.
  10. BY TRAVIS HLAVINKA A week ago, this preview would have been cut and dry, saying how David Hamilton is the team’s most secure starter and maybe the most vital cog in the Texas baseball engine. However after an incident with an e-scooter which resulted in a torn Achilles, Hamilton is out for at least the 2019 season. Since his arrival to the University of Texas in 2016, the junior has been the starter at baseball’s premier position. With him out, though, head coach David Pierce will have to do his best at replacing an elite defender, base runner and up-and-coming hitter. The obvious replacement should and most likely will be senior outfielder Masen Hibbeler. An infielder by trade, Hibbeler’s move to the outfield occurred midway through the 2018 season and was possibly one of the sparks that catapulted the Longhorns all the way to the College World Series. Hibbeler had an excellent 2018 campaign after arriving in Austin from Odessa College. Frequently a top-of-the-order hitter, Hibbeler started in 65 games. He hit .261 over the course of the year and had 21 extra base hits to go along with 30 RBI. Hibbeler has been a starter since Day 1, and do not expect that to change no matter what defensive position he plays in 2019. While Pierce probably didn’t want to mess with a good thing, he’ll now have to, as the task of replacing Hamilton will be a major component of determining Texas’ success in the upcoming season. If Pierce wants to go the untraditional route and implement a new face into the lineup, however, he’ll have his choice of two supremely gifted freshmen. The first of the two was the player who more than likely was going to be Hamilton’s heir apparent if he declared for the MLB draft following the 2019 season. Freshman Bryce Reagan, who originally hails from Amherst, NH, played his high school ball at the prestigious IMG Academy. According to Max Preps, Reagan hit .338 over the course of his senior year and added 12 RBI into the fold. At a long and lanky 6’2”, Reagan has the range to play at every position in the infield, but is most natural at playing shortstop. The nation’s 19th ranked high school shortstop according to Perfect Game, Reagan was highly regarded and sought after during the recruiting cycle. Reagan no doubt has the Texas pedigree and was seen as one of the cornerstone players to come out of Texas’ 2018 recruiting class. The other option Pierce has to look at is freshman Alec Carr. Carr came to Texas by way of Sugar Land, where he attended Kempner High School. Far more stocky at 6’0” and 200 pounds, Carr packs much more power into his frame than Reagan. Though he missed almost the entirety of his senior year due to injury, Carr led the state of Texas in home runs as a junior. Like Reagan, Carr is seen as a player that should eventually step into an everyday position, whether it be at short, second base or third base. While no locked down position has a seamless replacement, Pierce should feel confident in what he has stocked in the cupboard. If Texas can duplicate its success without one of its top players is a large question mark that is hovering over the program. One thing is for certain, though — you won’t see any Texas baseball players riding around on e-scooters any time soon.
  11. BY JAMESON MCCAUSLAND Texas quarterback signee Roschon Johnson enjoyed a decorated high school career at Port Neches-Grove, putting up video game numbers and proving himself to be one of the top quarterbacks in the state. Johnson enjoyed playing behind an offensive line that featured one of the best tackle prospects in the state for the 2020 class, Jaylen Garth. Garth quickly found himself on Texas’ radar, and Herb Hand wasted no time in prioritizing him, earning a commitment from another important piece to the offensive line puzzle. Garth is currently ranked as the 37th best offensive tackle in the country and the 43rd best prospect in Texas. He held offers from Texas A&M, Alabama, Houston, Ohio State and Arkansas. Player Information Name: Jaylen Garth Position: OT High School: Port Neches-Grove City & State: Port Neches, Texas Measurables Height: 6’4 Weight: 285 40-yard: N/A Shuttle: N/A Vertical: N/A Statistics No statistics available. Film Jaylen Garth Film Pros: Garth uses his hands really well to move defenders with ease and is able to steer them where he wants to take them. His pass protection is further along than many high school offensive lineman. His feet help him keep a good base. He always does an excellent job of finishing his blocks, particularly in the run game. He frequently finds himself in the second level and will put defenders on their backs. Garth is explosive off the ball and is quick to latch on his man and move bodies. He has very little wasted effort in his steps. Very athletic. Garth moves well and is able to get a hat on multiple defenders in the same play. Cons: Garth profiles more as a RT or interior player as opposed to someone who could protect Roschon Johnson’s blind side. Playing LT at his current height and weight would be a tall task. He has a tendency to play too high from time to time, which he will need to avoid at the next level. Summary When you turn on the film, the first thing that stands out about Garth is his finishing ability. Whether it is in the run or pass game, Garth always seems to finish plays on top of defenders. He does an excellent job of playing through the whistle and displaying the type of physicality required in the trenches. Garth’s footwork is good, but he will need to maintain it as he bulks up with Yancy McKnight. A huge positive for Garth is that the offense Port Neches-Grove ran featured a lot of similar concepts shared by the Texas offense, which should make his transition to the college game a little smoother. There is not a lot to dislike about Garth’s game. Like many high school lineman, there are times he relies on his size and strength to win at the point of attack, but many of the fundamentals his displays projects for future success, even when matched up against quality competition. Similar to most offensive lineman entering college, Garth will need a redshirt season, but all the tools are present for him to become a multi-year starter. Final Verdict The 2020 offensive line class in the state of Texas is loaded, and Texas is off to an excellent start. Garth joins Logan Parr and Jake Majors as offensive line commits in the 2020 class, and the trio will surely be in the ear of elite tackle Chad Lindberg. Perhaps more importantly, the quality offensive line will be a positive in the recruitment of five-star RB Zach Evans, who has not been shy is stating he wants to run behind some of the best offensive linemen the state of Texas has to offer. Tom Herman and company appear to be taking a more aggressive approach in the 2020 class compared to 2019, and it has paid dividends already. The aggressiveness, combined with the on-field product shown in 2018 is already paving the way for what should be another top 10 recruiting class.
  12. BY DANIEL SEAHORN Early on in the last recruiting cycle, we discussed the probability of Texas landing a monster offensive line class that consisted of some of the top prospects in the state of Texas. You all probably remember the picture of guys like Branson Bragg, Kenyon Green, Tyler Johnson, and Javonne Shepherd all together with Coach Herb Hand when they made their way to Austin early in the cycle. As you know by now, that dream haul didn’t quite come together, as Green pledged to Texas A&M, Bragg continued to the Stanford curse, and we are still dealing with the Shepherd saga heading into NSD2. While things didn’t come together for Texas along the offensive line like they would have hoped in the 2019 class, things may already be coming together for them in the 2020 class. They already have a four-star in the boat in form of Logan Parr, and the staff has been hard at work on Chad Lindberg, Damieon George, Jaylen Garth, and Jake Majors. Stanford once again has played a big factor for Lindberg and Majors, and I’m sure that Texas fans are tired of seeing the Cardinal steal big-time prospects from the Lone Star State. Landing those two would send the message all the way to Palo Alto that this aggression will not stand, man. Lindberg is set to take official visits later this spring, but Majors’ timeline was a bit unknown — until now. I’ve mentioned previously that the staff was being more aggressive this time around, and even with that I may have undersold how aggressive they were getting. Coming into this weekend I didn’t think they would press for a commitment, and I was dead wrong. Majors went from a perceived Stanford lean to a Longhorn commitment, and the Longhorn staff was able to put a big notch in their belt by keeping the master technician home. Player Information Name: Jake Majors Position: OT, OG, OC High School: Prosper City & State: Prosper, TX Measurables Height: 6’4 Weight: 280 40-yard: N/A Shuttle: N/A Vertical: N/A Statistics No statistics available. Film Jake Majors Film Pros: At 6’4, 280 pounds Majors already possesses good size and will put on more good weight once he hits a college weight room. Very technically advanced for a player at the position at this point in his development. Possesses good feet and moves very well laterally. Shows good quickness and moves fluidly when climbing to the second level on blocks. Shows great patience in pass protection and does a great job of mirroring pass rushers. Also, already shows some counters to power rushes on tape. Shows very good awareness when it comes to tracking and picking up twists, stunts, and blitzes. Almost never see him get off balance and is always under control even after engaging with defenders. Possesses a good punch and can really shock a defender off and knock them off balance. Very smart player and always seems to put himself in the proper place to execute his assignment. Moves with urgency as a puller and will likely be a big asset in that regard at the next level. Moves well in space and does a good job of tracking his assignment. Shows good aggression and does a good job of finishing defenders off. Cons: I have questions about his length and think it could give him some issues. While he could probably play it in a pinch, I don’t think he sticks at tackle at the next level. Have questions about how well he is able to anchor against legit power rushers. Summary Jake Majors is a 2-year (and soon to be 3-year) starter at offensive tackle for Prosper (TX) high school. Majors is a composite 3-star prospect across the networks as things sit today, but I’d be willing to wager that he will be significantly bumped up once evaluators actually dig into the film and undo their wrongs. There is a lot of positive to discuss when it comes to Majors’ game and for an offensive lineman at this stage in the development, that is pretty unique. At 6’4, 280 pounds, Majors already possesses good size and will continue to fill out going forward once he hits a college S&C program. While I have questions about his overall length and ability to stick at tackle, he can probably play it in a pinch and projects to be a very good interior player at either guard or center. Majors is a close to a master technician as you are going to see for a young offensive lineman. He takes good, efficient steps, plays with good pad level, and takes good angles to execute his assignments and blocks. Majors displays very good agility quickness both laterally and vertically when it comes to executing double teams and climbing to the second level. He consistently gets movement on the down linemen and gets his body in the right place to pick up the linebackers and doesn’t get off balance in the process. Majors does a good job of controlling and steering players whenever he gets engaged with them and shows the aggression you like to see from players at the position. If Majors gets the chance to finish you he’s going to do it, and it will bring joy to the heart of every coach that turns his tape on. Majors’ great technique also shows up in his pass protection. He’s incredibly patient and does a great job of mirroring rushers and already displays some counters to power rushes. Majors shows great awareness and recognition of stunts, twists, and blitzes and always seems to have himself in the right place at the right time. While I do have some questions about his ability to anchor, that comes more from the place of him not playing against better rushers. Majors’ tape was a joy to work through and he is going to be a great player wherever he ends up. You don’t see many this far along technically at this stage in development, so it was both fun and refreshing to see a player working diligently at honing their craft. Final Verdict It’s hard to understate how big of win this for Texas kicking off the 2020 recruiting cycle. The staff lands in my mind an elite offensive line prospect in Majors, and at the time finally lands a body blow to Stanford, who has been making a living at pulling elite offensive prospects from Texas over the past few cycles. Landing Majors now gives Texas two great building blocks along the offensive line with Parr already committed, which gives them more ammo as they continue to press for Lindberg, Garth, and George going forward. Parr has already gone on the record about how close he is with some of the players I just mentioned, and that could go a long way with eventually securing their commitments down the line. And If you want to go even further down that rabbit hole, securing an elite group like that could eventually go a long way with making significant progress with a guy like Zach Evans. For now, Texas fans should enjoy and celebrate accordingly because this a fantastic pickup and Majors is a guy I think could make his way into the two deep early after enrolling in the spring next year.
  13. After a very strong start in the first half, Texas gave way a bit in the second but held on to defeat a very sound Sooner squad. As usual, the second half woes on offense were created by Texas’ lack of production from beyond the arc. The Longhorns shot a measly 22% from 3 in the game, but made them count late when Jase Febres hit from downtown to give Texas a 73-69 lead. The Longhorns let Oklahoma stay in the game after Matt Coleman and Jaxson Hayes missed some important free throws, but ultimately were able to hold on for a three-point victory. Speaking of free throws, Texas has improved in that area drastically over the past few weeks. Tonight, the Horns made 80% of their free throws. Shaka Smart’s squad continues to improve defensively, but offensive droughts continue to hinder Texas from putting away games. Ultimately, Texas came out on top with a big win that will help when it come decision time for the NCAA Tournament. Final Stats: Roach II: 23 pts, 8 reb, 3-6 3pt Hayes: 15 pts, 6 reb, 5 blk Osetkowski: 15 pts, 11 reb, 2 stl
  14. Snoop looking solid this half. That’s the kind of player he needs to be this season.
  15. Jake Ehlinger is ready to make a name for himself at Texas. The Westlake senior had a couple of fantastic seasons as a linebacker for Westlake, which notched him some Ivy League offers. However, the Westlake senior and 2-star prospect is ready to create his own legacy at Texas and play with his older brother, Sam. Texas gets yet another huge PWO pickup.
  16. I just spoke to North Shore DB Keeyon Stewart, who is currently visiting TCU. He tells me that he will always have high interest in Texas, but it appeared he was a bit turned off when the staff backed off. If Texas offers, this will get very interesting. Utah, Louisville, Texas Tech, and Washington are the contenders. I’ve attached his 247 profile for reference. https://247sports.com/Player/Keeyon-Stewart-46052810/
  17. Since Texas missed on Catalon, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the staff go hard press on Keeyon Stewart out of North Shore. He’s getting some big offers lately. Utah is the favorite but he picked up Washington today.
  18. Per Suchomel of Orangebloods, Thompson still has not made a decision.
  19. No surprise here, but the four-star Mansfield Legacy prospect committed to Arkansas over Texas this afternoon. Texas fought as hard as it could, but Catalon’s family had too much influence in this one. Catalon would have been an ideal fit for nickel in Todd Orlando’s defense. Fortunately, the Longhorns aren’t hurting in the defensive secondary depth-wise.
  20. Thompson just took to Twitter to refute reports of him staying.

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