Open Post | Wednesday, August 2nd

– Dominick Wood-Anderson | The Recruitment: Yesterday was another good day for Texas on the recruiting trail as Arizona Western JUCO TE Dominick Wood-Anderson committed to Texas over Alabama and Louisville.

It was a bit of a surprise as most had Anderson pegged for either Alabama or Louisville. This had been a crazy recruitment for awhile and the final twist came in Texas’ favor. We’ll go all the way back when Texas first offered Anderson. He was a silent commit to Oregon and everyone had him pegged to end up in Eugene. But Anderson wasn’t pulling the trigger publicly and the Ducks staff was getting, annoyed with it. He then took a surprise official visit to Texas for the “Heat Wave” event and spent a ton of time with QB Sam Ehlinger and QB commit Cam Rising.

After the Texas visit, the Longhorns took the lead for him and some even thought he silently committed to Texas. But he still planned to visit Louisville and Alabama before making his decision on August 1st. Time passed and he visited both of those schools on the last week of July, and it looked like the momentum swung again. Specifically after the Alabama visit, where he reportedly silently committed to Alabama. A big reason Louisville was in it until the end was because a few of his JUCO teammates had offers and visited Louisville with him.

Going into yesterday most felt Alabama was the pick for him because they got the last visit. But I left to door open for Louisville and Texas because he has been all over the map during his recruitment. It got interesting when I heard earlier on Tuesday that the Louisville staff was told Anderson was going to Alabama. I then checked in with a source close to the Texas staff and they hadn’t heard anything. So Anderson either had a last minute change of heart or he kept things very quiet. At the end of the day it worked out for Texas. – (Andrew)

– Dominick Wood-Anderson | The Player: Now that he’s landed at Texas, I want to tell everyone what I think about Anderson as a player. I hadn’t watched too much film on him but it’s clear when you watch it that he’s a smooth runner for a 6’5 250 pound TE. He moves really well, he’s not the most crisp route runner but most guys that size aren’t. He shows a great ability to go get the ball on a 50/50 play. He needs to improve his blocking if he wants to be a complete TE at Texas, but that stuff can be improved with coaching.

The biggest part of this recruitment is that Anderson has taken 4 of his 5 officials since he’s a JUCO guy and is set to graduate in December and enroll at Texas in January. And barring a huge season from Reese Leitao or Cade Brewer, I’d bet on Anderson becoming the #1 TE the day he steps on campus. I talked to someone that told me if he keeps things in order off the field, there’s no doubt he is an early round NFL talent. – (Andrew)

– D’Shawn Jamison: Hou. Lamar (TX) CB D’Shawn Jamison has set his commitment date.

Something we’ve talked about for some time now is that Jamison has told us he’d like to commit before his Senior season. Though Super K mentioned recently that he could very well push that date back into the season, and that’s what happened. We’ll see if he takes all 5 official visits early into the season before his commitment. Because in his Final 5, he hasn’t visited USC or Michigan before. We still fully expect him to stay in the state for college and Texas still has the edge right now.

Jamison’s decision date also falls on the day of the Red River Shootout between Texas and Oklahoma. That could be a really good day for Texas fans. Also remember that his teammate, 5-star CB Anthony Cook wants to make a decision in October as well. – (Andrew)