Open Post | Weekend, February 9th – 11th

To get you acclimated to the 2019 class, we will run a series of a posts talking about some of the top 2019 Texas’ targets. 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 next Tuesday. When they return, it will be all systems go.

As you know, Texas will hold it’s first junior day next weekend.

We’ll take a look, first, at the Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers board. We are still getting to know more about these players and their recruitment. So, we’ll offer notes and a little analysis where we can so that you know who to watch in 2019 and what they’re all about.

QB

Texas has their QB this cycle and he’s pretty darn solid. Texas is probably done looking around here.

Roschon Johnson (Port Neches-Groves) 6’1″ 190lbs – TEXAS

Roschon Johnson is the player who people watch absolutely take over a game in high school. He is rated one of the top 3 dual-threat QBs in the nation and is currently the top one in Texas. Roschon has a pretty good arm. He’s accurate on the intermediate routes and short routes as well. Most of his film going down field is boundary side long shots which top out at around 45-yards with accuracy when he’s standing tall in the pocket. I’d like to see in person how he does throwing to the field side, which is very difficult due to extra distance and defenders. Where Roschon makes his money is when he’s using his feet. Roschon is a superb runner, able to make jump cuts in crowded quarters, speed past guys, and use his vision to find holes. When he combines his legs with his arm he’s pretty darn deadly. Roschon has pretty good pocket awareness, but has exceptional ability to escape the pocket. When on the run he’s very accurate throwing the ball, keeps his eyes downfield, can fit the ball behind LBs, and puts enough power on the ball to be able to make long, accurate downfield throws.

Johnson was the top of Texas’ board. He’s solid.

WR

This wide receiver class is absolutely stacked. More so than last cycle. Every guy on this list is a top wide receiver in the nation. Texas will likely take 3-4 WRs in this class.

– Garrett Wilson (Lake Travis) 4-star, 6’0″ 185lbs

Garrett Wilson could make an argument to be the best WR in the state. However, the top of the state is also pretty interchangeable in terms of “who is better.” He is one of the top athletes in the national class of 2019, making life tough for Texas player Caden Sterns when they matched up against each other last year.

Texas is in a good spot here but the early schools to watch are Ohio State and Oklahoma. Wilson let us know that the only visits he is certain he will take are visits Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio State. He mentioned Arkansas and Bama as visits he “may” take.

– Theo Wease Jr (Allen) 6’3″ 194lbs

Wease is a guy who has speed, technique, and hands down pat. He’s the tall WR you send up to get jump balls down the field and in the endzone because he’ll usually come down with the ball due to his strong hands. He recently released his top 7 list, with Texas not making the cut. If Texas were to push here, then they could be in the conversation for Theo. If it were to end today, Theo would either be a Sooner or an Aggie. He wants to early enroll and will be taking his official visits in the Spring.

Jordan Whittington (Cuero) 6’1″ 198lbs

Whittington is a do-it-all type of player. It’s still up in the air if he’d do better on offense or defense. Offense is where he wants to play, and he’s a good enough player that coaches will recruit him as a WR and then figure out what to do with him later. He’s a true athlete in every sense of the word and just outclasses guys at the 4A level. Currently, the battle is between Texas and Texas A&M with it bouncing between the two. However, Whittington’s family is from California and he’s visited UCLA on a number of occasions. In fact, he tells K that he will visit UCLA again in March.

Look for a decision from Whittington to come fairly soon.

Arjei Henderson (Fort Bend Travis) 6’1″ 179lbs

Henderson is a technically gifted WR who can run a multitude of routes and do all the extra things a WR needs to be able to do. He’s likely you’re Z-receiver as he possesses a good mix of size, strength, and speed with a knack for highlight plays. On top of all this he has some very reliable hands.

Henderson comes from a family of Texas fans. How serious things get between Arjei and Texas will likely depend a little more on what direction Texas decides to go. Until Texas puts on the full court press, Oklahoma and Texas A&M will lead this recruitment. He wants to early enroll and will be taking an official visit to Texas in the Spring.

Marcus Washington (Trinity Catholic, STL) 6’2″ 170lbs

Washington is an long WR with an exceptional ability to high point a ball and bring it down. Add this to the fact that he can burn you with his speed and he’s a dangerous weapon on the field.

K recently saw Washington while he was in St. Louis visiting various schools in the area. We are still learning more about Washington but we’ve been told Texas likes him and is in regular communication with him.

Isaiah Williams (Trinity Catholic, STL) 5’10 170 lbs

Another player K recently saw who Texas is very much interested in. Williams coach told K that Williams is the best football player on a team stacked with FBS players. Williams isn’t the biggest guy but he’s dynamic and extremely fast. Alabama doesn’t recruit smaller receivers often and when they do, they’re special athletes. Alabama is recruiting Williams.

Kam Brown (Colleyville Heritage) 6’0″ 170 – TEXAS A&M

Kam Brown is best know for being a technician on the field. Kam runs great routes, is quick, uses his hands well, and finds the open space. This allows him to find ways to create separation. Where Kam really is deadly is on his double moves where he correctly uses his head, shoulders, and hips to consistent be left wide open in the field.

Kam really has never been interested in Texas, and ruled them out of his recruitment last summer. This won’t stop Texas from pursuing him, but I wouldn’t count on him being a Longhorn any time soon.

–  4-star WR Dylan Wright (West Mesquite) 4-star, 6’3″ 192lbs

If you throw a ball up in the air, chances are Dylan will come down with it. I’ve had the pleasure of being able to watch Dylan numerous times compete against some of the best, and this dude is a freak athlete on the level of Lil’Jordan Humphrey.

His upside is ridiculous and the Longhorn staff knows it, which is why they have made him a priority target. This recruitment will likely come down to a battle between TCU, Oklahoma, and Texas.

–  4-star WR Elijah Higgins (Austin Bowie) 4-star, 6’3″ 215lbs

Talk about underrated. Right in Texas’ backyard was a big-bodied target who is adept at high-pointing the ball. (Literally) Huge red-zone threat. On top of being a great football talent, Higgins is smart. He comes from a military family and has a 4.1 GPA. The guy is also very personable.

Texas recently decided to offer him whilst he was blowing up, but he is in love with Austin. While Texas should land this recruitment with ease, I’d watch out for him to look to going back to his original home in Florida.

– 4-star WR Jake Smith (Notre Dame Prep, AZ) 6’1″ 189lbs

Let’s start off with this fun fact. Jake Smith has a sub-4.4 forty time. So you could say he’s fast. Not only that but he has a strong plant and cut that really doesn’t slow down his overall speed. That is a deadly combination. He’s the speedy white WR that Texas Tech always has, and Longhorn fans wonder, “where in the world did he come from?” Imagine Christian McCaffery. Exactly. You can see why Texas wants him.

Jake stopped by Austin on his world tour back in December, where Texas offered him on the spot.

Texas has obvious interest in Jake and has kept in constant contact. The problem is that Jake’s offer list is 29 offer long with teams like Ohio State, USC, Notre Dame, Alabama, Georgia, …etc. and it’s still growing. If Texas wants this guy they will have to work their butts off for him, or he’ll likely stay on the West Coast. – (Will)

Marcus Hicks: I was able to catch up with 2019 Wichita, KS (Northwest) DE Marcus Hicks pops earlier tonight. Mr. Hicks is a former DE/OLB himself who played college ball at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS but is actually originally from Detroit. Since his college days ended he spent over 20-years in the military (can’t thank him enough for his service) and is currently a Deputy Sheriff. Hearing this makes it easy to understand when Mr. Hicks explains how mature Marcus is when it comes to taking care of responsibilities, getting himself to practice each morning on time, etc. This characteristic about Marcus is something that is already standing out to college coaches.

For those that don’t know, Marcus isn’t only a stand out on the football field  with offers from programs like Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas & Washington among others, but is also a heck of a wrestler as well as a standout throwing the Discus and Shot Put.

This past weekend Marcus and his dad headed south to visit Texas which was their second trip to Austin followed by a visit to Texas A&M as well. The trip to Austin was a visit they both really enjoyed as they got the red carpet treatment along with plenty of time with DL coach Giles discussing more so the X’s and O’x. Following that while at the basketball game they got the chance to spend some time with Head Coach Tom Herman. ‘Awesome, great visit. Fun and informative’ were a few things Mr. Hicks mentioned when describing the visit. At this point Texas is making sure to let Marcus know he is a priority to them.

Along with talking about Texas, Mr. Hicks and I also spoke about Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, two programs they have visited multiple times. All three programs are staying in constant contact at this point. Moving forward they are possibly looking to take some more visits to programs like Michigan, Oregon and Washington. Another thing to keep an eye on is they have tossed around the idea of taking a few spring officials to help with Marcus’ busy schedule. – (Alex)

Garrett Wilson: There is a 2019 wide receiver pecking order for Texas and in my estimation, Garrett Wilson is at or near the top.

Wilson visiting Texas last weekend for the UT vs. OU basketball game. He tells me that he will visit Texas, once again, next weekend for the jr day on Sunday.

On that Saturday he will be in Norman for the OU jr day.

Following those two visits he tells me, “then maybe Arkansas or Bama on the 24th”.

As we’ve mentioned, Wilson is originally from Columbus, OH and grew up a bit of a Buckeyes fan. He will finally make the visit to Columbus in March, “Spring break I’m headed up there and then I’m going to take an official too (to Ohio State). – (Super K)