Open Post | Wednesday, February 14th

– Dylan Wright, one of the freakiest athletes in the 2019 class will visit Texas this weekend.

His recruitment has continued to soar as he’s added offers from Alabama, LSU, Nebraska, Florida State, and others just over the past couple of weeks.

Texas extended an offer in early January and this will be his first time on campus since he’s been offered.

Wright has taken recruit trips to Baylor and Texas A&M, but after the Texas visit he told me he doesn’t have any others set up.

There has been a lot of talk that TCU is Wright’s leader but he has backed off that stance at the moment. Telling me, “Not right now, TCU is a great place but I wanna see how I feel about more schools that have recently offered too.”

When it comes to his relationship with Texas, Wright talks with WR coach, Drew Mehringer quite a bit. Wright told me about Mehringer “He’s a cool dude. He just keeps it real and tells me if I come and work I have a chance to play early on.”

2019 is a very strong year at WR in the state of Texas, and Dylan Wright is near the top of the list on guys to keep an eye on at the position. – (Andrew)

Running Back | Big Board: This is the second in the series to get you acclimated to the 2019 class. Here is the WR and QBs if you missed it. Today we will be doing RBs.

While Texas was scrambling a bit at the end of the 2018 class, they’ve still been evaluating and recruiting for 2019. The staff will be on vacation until tomorrow. When they return, it will be all systems go with Texas holding it’s first junior day next weekend.

So let’s take a look at who are Texas’ top targets at RBs in the 2019 class and where Texas stands with them.

RB

After taking only one RB in the 2018 class, the staff will look to take one or two in the 2019 class depending on who they land. The RB class is not incredibly deep in 2019, but it is better than 2018 for sure. If Texas were to strike out with all of these guys (not likely), there is still enough talent in the state that could make up for it.

Noah Cain (IMG Academy, FL) 5’11” 207lbs

Noah Cain is the most natural fit for the Tom Herman offense I can think of. He has speed to the line and acceleration to make a one cut burst through the line. His vision is phenomenal, allowing him to make smart cuts through the line and create break away runs. Not only this, but he’s hard to take down. He has both balance and strength making him harder to take down than most other running backs. It looks like he has pig grease on him the way he turns sure tackles into guys unsuccessfully holding on for dear life.

Texas is the favorite in the battle for this 5-star talent; however, they will be fighting with all the heavy weights like Ohio State, Oklahoma, Miami, and LSU. Noah has already visited Texas a multitude of times and has built a great relationship with RB Coach Stan Drayton. Drayton relationships are built to last, as it did with Keaontay Ingram. We feel good on this one, but not great.

Deondrick Glass (Katy) 5’11” 190lbs

It’s obvious that the Texas staff has a type. While Deondrick doesn’t quite have the burst through the line of Noah Cain, he runs with the same low center of gravity and balance that makes him incredibly difficult to tackle one-on-one. He blows by arm tackles and has the speed to stretch out runs.

While he looks very good, I will always be weary of the Katy RB. They run a great system down in Katy and it has produced some great results, but it takes a toll on the RBs and is above all else a system. Katy RBs have had a bit of trouble at the next level. That is not to say that Kyle Porter, Rodney Anderson, and Deondrick Glass can’t break that mold.

Glass is still being pursued by every big name in the country. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Florida State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Texas have all lined up to hand him an offer.

Marcus Major (Millwood, OKC) – 3-star, 6’0″ 181lbs

Marcus Major is an Oklahoma RB and has been a heavy lean to stay up north of Texas. Our Sooner side Brandon Drumm knows Marcus the best so I asked him to give us the low-down on what he is like as a RB:

He is versatile and can pass catch. Marcus wasn’t even a RB until last year. He played WR, but was told to move because the previous year he practiced at the position where he showed great footwork and promise. Imagine how much better he will be one he gets all the technical aspects of the position down. He is in the mold of a Joe Mixon as far as his route running, hands, and versatility goes.

Marcus hasn’t narrowed down his list of school yet, but Arkansas, Michigan, Texas, and OU are schools I’d think have a good shot at him. Of course, being from Oklahoma makes OU the team to beat as he’s visited OU twice in last month.

– A guy you probably haven’t heard of just yet is 2019 pass rusher, Trace Ford out of Edmond, OK. Ford just recently came on to the scene. We stopped by his school (Edmond Santa Fe) a couple weeks ago to see him in person. When you watch his film, you’ll see why we had to get by and see him in person.

He has one of the most sudden first steps you’ll come across.

Ford confirmed that Texas has been in touch and will make the trip down to Austin this weekend for the jr day. Ford recently picked up an offer from Memphis which was his first and then followed that with offers from Arkansas State and Iowa State.

Seriously, do yourself a favor and watch this young first step…

– The father of star 2019 WR, Arjei Henderson (Richmond, TX) let me know that they plan to attend this weekend’s jr day.

With Texas A&M making all the right moves lately, this will be a good chance for Texas to throw down a couple aces of their own. And with Roschon Johnson being in town, that can only help.

– 2020 CB Dwight McGlothern (New Caney) will also be on campus this weekend. McGlothern is a young corner but he’s already around 6’1. I saw McGlothern in person yesterday and really liked him. Never once saw much space between him and the defender. McGlothern holds a Texas offer.

– And the big one…2019 LB Marcel Brooks is expected to visit this weekend. In case you missed my write-up from this past weekend, I had a note about Brooks saying:

*The guy I really liked was 2019 LB, Marcel Brooks. Everyone is playing 7v7 and Brooks was dang near playing football. Brooks is a 6’2 LB that put so much power into the ground when he runs. He eats space up. Extremely long. He plays with an edge. He could be a real problem at the next level.

Deondrick Glass: The top RB in 2019 that most fans know about is IMG Academy (FL) RB Noah Cain, who originally played at Denton Guyer. But another name at the position to know is Katy (TX) RB Deondrick Glass. He holds 20 offers, from schools like Alabama, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, and more. Glass let me know that he plans to attend Texas’ Junior Day this weekend.

It will be his second trip to Texas, as he was in Austin for the Spring game in 2017. RB coach Stan Drayton has kept in close contact with Glass, and he told me “We have a good relationship and talk every other day.” When I asked what Drayton is selling him on, Glass told me “He likes my vision with my balance and burst. And thinks Texas would be a good fit for me in terms of getting to the next level.”

Some big schools are after Glass, like I said before. He told me that Alabama, Ohio State, and Georgia are three other schools that are recruiting him very hard right now. He plans to visit Ohio State in the Spring with visits to Georgia and Alabama to come this summer.

Glass and Noah Cain are the two RB’s I’d keep my eye on right now if I’m a Texas fan.

– As expected, Texas 2019 ATH target, Jordan Whittington (Cuero, TX) will not be visiting Texas this weekend.

Whittington was just recently in Austin and has been a number of times. He is closing in on a decision. He tells us that will take another visit out to UCLA in early March. Then, expect an announcement sometime around the second weekend of March.

Schools to look out for here are Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA. Whittington recently took a visit to Texas A&M. Landing Whittington is going to be huge for either in-state program. He’s well liked by the other recruits. So, he’s the type of player that will really help lead the charge in building a 2019 class.

– I spoke with the father of 2019 Safety prospect, Demani Richardson (Waxahachie). As we noted back in January, Richardson has long been planning to attend this weekend’s jr day.

His father said they recently visited Texas A&M, TCU and Baylor. He said Texas A&M really stood out to them and coach Fisher is working to get the family back on campus. Alabama is trying to get the Richardson’s to visit Tuscaloosa in late February but they tell me that instead, they’ll take another trip to College Station.

Texas is Richardson’s childhood favorite. While Demani has been to Texas for camps, this will be his first toured visit. This visit will be critical. – (Super K)

– Rice grad transfer LT, Calvin Anderson announced he will take an official visit to Oklahoma this weekend. He also stated that the visit will be his last and will be followed by a decision between Texas, OU, Auburn and Michigan.

Anderson maintains that he will likely end things before his original announcement date of March 25th. We should know more after this final visit. – (Super K)

– I spoke with the father of 2018 RB, Noah Cain (IMG Academy). Cain’s father said they won’t be at the jr day but said they’re working on their spring visit schedule and Texas will definitely get a visit.

Interestingly, Cain’s father says they are still sticking to their December decision date. That’s pretty far off and running backs spots are usually pretty full by spring/early summer. Not sure how this one plays out. I like Texas’ chances here but I wonder how that waiting game will go. – (Super K)