Open Post | Weekend, March 30th – April 1st

– This past weekend, LongHorns 2019 RB target, Marcus Major visited Texas. Majors plan has been to make a decision this summer. His father mentioned early in the process that they would take some time and take some visits.

The story line that has been intriguing to me on this front is that Major’s teammate, WR Demariyon Houston mentioned in a conversation with me that he had Marcus would like to play together. That is something that a lot of folks talk about, but it rarely materializes.

I’m still working on speaking with Houston and Major following their Texas visit but I did speak with the head coach, Coach Franklin, over at Millwood.

“I haven’t talked with them in detail about it (the trip to Texas) but they definitely enjoyed it”. I asked if, as players from Oklahoma a school like Texas is a bit off limits, “no, we’ve had kids from here go to Texas. In the end we tell these guys to choose the school that when it’s all said and done and football is over you can take care of your family. Where can you go and put yourself in a position to be able to take care of your family? Football doesn’t last forever”.

I asked coach Franklin the idea of Major and Houston playing together and just how real of a possibility that is and how close the two are, “It’s definitely something they’d like to do. They’re like family. It’s not a best friend situations. It’s a brotherhood. They do everything together and they hold each other accountable in school and in football. They make each other better”.

Again, we’ll work to get some notes from Marcus and Demariyon on where things go from here with their recruitment.

-Brandon Drumm, from the OU side, was able to talk to Marcus Majors father who shared with him some of his sons thoughts after returning home from the visit.

He said, “I didn’t get to go with him. but according to him, it was a nice campus and a competitive practice. Good visit”. Marcus also stopped by TCU.

His father expects UT to be one of his five official visits, which they will be setting up soon. Marcus is looking to make a decsion in late July – early August. Definitely prior to his senior season. – (Super K)

 


 

– Many of you will recall that one of the top 2019 DBs in the country, Lewis Cine, is a recent move in to the state of TX (via MA via FL).

Cine had planned to visit Texas last month but a last minute conflict arose and the visit didn’t materialize.

Lewis let me know that he was on his way on to Texas for an unofficial visit earlier today.

I’ve spoken to Lewis at length and he openly admitted that Penn State is the team to beat, noting that his relationship with that staff is very strong. He also told me that for a team to really unseat Penn State they’ll need to build a solid relationship.

Texas is the first regional unofficial visit he will be taking. Cine let me know that the reason for that is Texas has been recruiting him the hardest since he moved down here.

Obviously to compete with Penn State, Texas is going to need to get Cine on campus as many times as possible. This is a good first step. – (Super K)

 


 

A reminder that the LongHorns will be hosting a couple key visitors this weekend for unofficial visits:

Branson Bragg will be on campus for Texas Relays. He told me he and his family will be making the trip over to visit Texas and their staff later this weekend. While his parents have already been to Texas with him before, this will be the first time for some other members of Bragg’s family to visit UT. – (Andrew)

 

– Top 2019 DE/OLB, NaNa Osaf0-Mensah (Nolan Catholic) was originally planning to take an unofficial visit to Texas this past weekend but that did not materialize.

He let me know that he has rescheduled and plans to visit Texas this upcoming weekend. – (Super K)

 

– We also are hearing that Texas expects at least one or two visitiors who we are not able to discusss at this time,  due to the fact that they are currently committed elsewhere, and do not want that news floating around. – (Super K)

 


 

Practice Notes From March 27th

Depth Chart

1s…
QB: Sam Ehlinger
RB: Daniel Young
X: Collin Johnson
Y: Jerrod Heard
Z: Devin Duvernay
TE: Andrew Beck
OL: Denzel Okafor – Patrick Vahe – Zach Shackelford – Elijah Rodriguez – Derek Kerstetter

DL: Breckyn Hager – Chris Nelson – Charles Omenihu
BLB: Malcolm Roach
RLB: Gary Johnson
MLB: Anthony Wheeler
NB: PJ Locke
CB: Kris Boyd, Davante Davis
BS: John Bonney
FS: Brandon Jones

2s / 3s…
QB: Shane Buechele/Cam Rising/Casey Thompson
RB: Toneil Carter/Tristian Houston
X: Lil’Jordan Humphrey
Y: Jordan Pouncey
Z: John Burt
TE: Reese Leitao
OL: Samuel Cosmi – Mikey Grandy – Derek Kerstetter – Tope Imade – JP Urquidez

DL: Marquez Bimage – Taquon Graham – Gerald Wilbon / D’Andre Christmas – Jamari Chisholm – Andrew Fitzgerald
BLB: Jeffrey McCulloch / Kyle Hrncir (what a last name)
RLB: Ayodele Adeoye
MLB: Edwin Freeman / Demarco Boyd
NB: Josh Thompson
CB: Anthony Cook, Kobe Boyce / Eric Cuffee, Donovan Duvernay
BS: Chris Brown / BJ Foster
FS: Montrell Estell / Caden Sterns

Notes:

The team was practicing in some very heavy rain. Still practice progressed as usual. Here are my observations from the open practice.

– It seemed like full-contact today. Everyone seemed ready to lay the wood on the other side whether they’re offense or defense.

– Both Shane Buechele and Cameron Rising worked with the 2s. I can’t overstate how much more Shane worked with the 2s than Cam, but still interesting to see the freshman take a few snaps with the second team.

– Lil’Jordan Humphrey was working partially with the X-WRs and slots.

– Chris Nelson was participating in full team drills today. He’s still practicing in the green “don’t touch me” jersey with the big brace on his elbow, but was running with the 1s. I’ll call it partial thud. He’d run until he made contact with his hands.

– Davion Curtis is a Z-receiver. He was well known in high school for being a downfield threat.

– There were still a few dropped balls from the receiving corps. It appears as though the coaches where counting them out loud to let the players know. Saw less drops today, but still more than you’d want going against nobody.

– It’s pretty difficult to know what the depth chart looks like. If you go to other sites I’m guessing you’ll notice a lot of variation in the depth chart. That’s because they’re switching in and out who’s playing the 1s for a few positions. Especially along the OL and WRs. For the second team, same thing is happening, but with even more frequency of changes. The depth chart (especially second team) seems to be very fluid.

– Ehlinger will be the starter. He looks confident out there.

– While I know the defense lost a few guys, I’m still pretty impressed with the replacements. All of them are big guys who have been carrying themselves as if they’re not new to this.

 

Press Conference Notes:

– Gary Johnson suffered a strained groin today during practice. They won’t rush him back into the field. When he’s good enough to play, he’ll be back on the field. “It’s not very serious.”

– Herman wasn’t happy with practice today. Says there were way too many fumbles.

– They’re installing their lighting package with John Bonney moved to the joker position. Says that moves Josh Thompson to NB and PJ Locke to safety.

– Ayodele Adeoye starting at Rover now. Herman: “He’s swimming… Ed Freeman can play that position too… Those two will be splitting reps…”

– Herman slowed down the install of the offense and defense this year. He says the slow down of install on offense was to make sure he didn’t “stunt” the offenses growth. Doesn’t want to be “…practicing for the the exception not the rule.”

– Denzel Okafor apparently wowed the coaches last Friday. Coach Hand told him he messed up because he showed everyone what he is capable of now and will be held to that standard. – (Will)