– Kenyatta Watson: As I previously noted, 2019 DB, Kenyatta Watson will make a return visit to Texas this week. He is expected to arrive tonight (Wednesday) and be in Austin till Thursday.
I spoke with Kenyatta’s father to get a sense of where things are in the process.
Watson is still down to Texas and Notre Dame. They visited Notre Dame about a week and a half ago. Watson tells me that for his son it’s a bit of a, “Heart says Texas. Brain says Notre Dame” situation.
I gather the reason for that is that there isn’t as much competition at the DB position at Notre Dame. Still, as Watson Sr says, “you’re going to have to compete wherever you go”.
Texas is making it very clear to Kenyatta just how high of a priority he is, “Texas is flat out out-recruiting Notre Dame”, Watson’s father noted. “They’re (Texas) recruiting him (Kenyatta) harder than anyone else”.
Something of note came up in my most recent conversation with Watson’s father which was that Kenyatta’s uncle lives just outside the Houston area. So, he has family ties in the area.
For this upcoming trip, the whole Watson family will be in attendance – Mom, Dad, two sisters and little brother.
Following this unofficial, Watson will return, one final time before his announcement, for an official visit on April 27th.
– (Super K)
– Spoke with top 2020 running back, Zachary Evans (Houston, TX). Evans is just coming off of his first unofficial visit to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
I spoke with him about those visits and where things stand with Texas. Evans says the OU trip went a long way in helping him bond with the OU staff. However, about Texas he said, “With Texas, I’ve never bonded with coaches like I did at Texas”.
Evans also grew up a Texas fan.
In the course of the conversation he noted that he plans to take a return visit to Texas this upcoming weekend.
– (Super K)
– 2019 Wide Receiver Ainias Smith, Sugar Land (TX), is one of the most underrated guys in the state. He has been extremely impressive everytime I’ve seen him on a field, and would be a nice take at a position of need for Texas. Smith was in Austin for the Texas Relays and was able to head over to talk to the Longhorn football staff. Ainias told me he enjoyed his visit to Texas, “It was nice. I really liked it… I was impressed with just the way they treated me and how the strength and conditioning program works.”
However, Ainias doesn’t understand the hold up with the offer, “I’m just very confused on what they’re waiting on to give me an offer, me and Jaylen Ellis… They’re basically saying I’m going to get it, but stay patient… I’ve been to three camps.”
Unfortunately for Ainias, this year is pretty loaded at wide receiver, otherwise he’d already have an offer. However, I think he’ll be a guy to possibly grab an offer over the summer. – (Will)
– As we reported earlier, Texas’ top WR prospect, Garrett Wilson, made it in to see this past weekend’s scrimmage.
Garrett lives in the Austin area. So, this obviously wasn’t his first trip to Texas. He likes just about everything Texas has to offer, but has been very clear about wanting to see improvement in the offense. In fact, if Texas had a better offense last year, Garrett Wilson likely would be a Longhorn commit right now.
However, when I asked about how his trip went and how the offense looked, he told me, “I wouldn’t say the offense looked too good throwing, but some of the younger players for sure looked good.”
Garrett just got back from his trip to Columbus a week earlier. He seemed a bit more enthralled with their program, “I mean they have just about everything to offer with that program up there. Hard to criticize when they’re almost always competing for a national championship. I’d say I’d like to see an improvement in the pass game too, but with Haskins and Baldwin up there I see them throwing it around more.”
Wilson announced this past weekend that he is down to two programs, Texas and Ohio State. He plans to take his official visit to Ohio State on April 13th – 15th. He will take his official visit to Texas the following weekend, April 20th – 22nd.
And, as he put it, “announce my commitment shortly after”. – (Will)
– 2019 DE/OLB, NaNa Osafo-Mensah made his way down to Texas this past weekend for a visit. Going into the visit, it’s been the commonly heldbelief that Notre Dame is the team to to beat.
NaNa has only visited Texas once before, which was for a camp. He’s also mentioned to me, previously, that life after football which include metrics like the alumni base and academics.
This visit was the first real visit NaNa has taken to Texas and the staff did exactly what they needed to, “I learned a lot about UT that I didn’t know before and now I really really really like what they got going down in Austin”.
— Super K (@SuperK_TFB) March 31, 2018
I asked NaNa how hard Texas just made the decision and he exclaimed, “very”.
NaNa will visit Notre Dame later this month for his official visit. He will then take an official to Texas in early May and follow that up with a commitment announcement on May 19th.
Bottom line here is that it seems Texas asserted themselves in this battle. – (Super K)
– I was able to exchange a few texts with Tabari Hines, the Wake Forest Grad Transfer wide receiver who visited Texas this weekend.
He said the visit was, “awesome. Very big on family out there and that’s what stood out the most”. He also noted that the staff told him they’d like to use him the slot but also as a return man.
He has backed off exactly which schools he will visit. Tabari had previously mentioned Oregon, Oklahoma and Marshall.
He said he’s still working on setting up visits. Also, it does not sound like Texas has offered him just yet. So, as of right now, still no Texas offer. – (Super K)
– Spring Practice: April 3rd
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: Jeffrey McCulloch
RLB: Malcolm Roach
MLB: Anthony Wheeler
NB: PJ Locke
CB: Kris Boyd, Davante Davis
BS: John Bonney
FS: Brandon Jones
2s / 3s…
QB: Shane Buechele/Casey Thompson/Cam Rising
RB: Toneil Carter/Tristian Houston
X: Lil’Jordan Humphrey
Y: Jordan Pouncey
Z: John Burt
TE: Reese Leitao
OL: Samuel Cosmi – ? – Derek Kerstetter – Tope Imade – JP Urquidez
DL: Marquez Bimage – Taquon Graham – Jamari Chisholm/ D’Andre Christmas – Gerald Wilbon – ?
BLB: Jeffrey McCulloch / Kyle Hrncir (what a last name)
RLB: Ayodele Adeoye
MLB: Demarco Boyd
NB: Josh Thompson
CB: Anthony Cook, Kobe Boyce / Eric Cuffee, Donovan Duvernay
BS: Chris Brown / BJ Foster
FS: Caden Sterns / Montrell Estell
I was late to the open practice period because once people hit Guadalupe they lose 20 IQ points. Still I was able to grab a few takeaways.
– Special guests for the practice were former players Nate Boyer and Colt McCoy.
– Andrew Fitzgerald was sporting the green “don’t touch me” jersey today
– Davion Curtis was a guy the coaches seemed very happy with. This is a continuation of having a great scrimmage. He’s still behind Duvernay and Burt. His method of catching the ball is a bit unorthodox and he looks a bit goofy, but gets the job done.
– The team is a bit beat up at this point in Spring ball. Each unit has bumps, bruises, and fatigue.
– Maybe I’m just really out of shape, but I’m consistently impressed with the size of the players. Guys like Daniel Young, Sam Ehlinger, Davante Davis, PJ Locke, and the DL are ones that specifically stood out to me.
– Practice ended with BJ Foster picking off Shane Buechele.
– Punting game is a work in progress. – (Will)