Open Post | Weekend, February 26th – 28th (UPDATED Sat. 3:15 pm)

Taquon Graham: You aren’t going to see a ton of offers fly out of the Texas offices. The reason being, Texas is in really good shape with a lot of their top targets. Their top target, I’m told, at defensive end is Taquon Graham (Temple, TX).

I spoke to a source close to Graham and was told that Graham will likely stay close to home and decide at some point between TCU, Texas and Baylor. However, it seems pretty clear that if Texas recruits Graham hard, they’ll likely win a battle that may eventually come down to the Horns and the Horned Frogs. In speaking to a source at TCU, Graham is also their top DE target and I can tell you at this point they are probably out-recruiting Texas in terms of the “love” being shown to Graham. But I’m told that Texas has started to ramp up their efforts with Graham.

Graham will be on hand this weekend for the Texas jr day. – (Super K)

– Robert Beal: Norcross (GA) DE, Robert Beal decommitted from Notre Dame last week. He had Texas in his top 10 before he made his verbal pledge to the Fighting Irish back in November. Now that Beal is back on the market, everyone is going to be coming back after him and Texas is in that group. Some outlets are already saying that Texas has a slight lead over Florida State right now. I wouldn’t go out and confidently say Texas leads as it is extremely hard to pull many kids from Georgia to Texas but he did show his willingness to commit to a school away from home when he committed to Notre Dame.

This is a big time player, a consensus Top 50 recruit and this is another one of those recruitments that will be run by the head man Charlie Strong, who has shown he can land the big recruits when he personally handles things. Beal has already visited Texas twice, once on July 26th, when he was offered by Texas and again on September 19th. This recruitment will be a battle between some of the top programs in the country and Texas will be right in the middle of it.

Super K has a close tie to someone connected to Beal’s recruitment so he’s working on bringing an “insider” note on Beal and his interest in Texas that we hope to have for you next week. – (Andrew)

– Tyrese Robinson: McKinney Boyd (TX) Oklahoma OL commit Tyrese Robinson confirmed with me what he told our guys on the OU site saying that he wasn’t going to be able to make the trip to Austin this weekend for Texas’ Jr Day. Robinson told me he hopes to make it down to Texas for a visit in the spring. – (Andrew)

– Craig Williams: Crosby (TX) 2018 RB Craig Williams let me know last night that he plans to attend Texas’ Jr Day with TAMU WR commit, Mannie Netherly. Williams is going to be a star in the 2018 class and he already holds offer from Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Colorado, SMU, Illinois, and Bowling Green. Williams wasn’t planning to attend Jr Day this weekend until RB Coach Anthony Johnson recently got in touch with him and expressed that he wanted him to attend. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Williams as Texas’ #1 RB target in 2018 and getting him on campus early is a good thing. – (Andrew)

A Couple More Names…to add to the list of this weekend’s visitors are 2017 WR, Camron Buckley (Cedar Hill, TX) and 2017 CB, Josh Thompson (Nacogdoches, TX). Buckley already holds a Texas offer and this is a return trip for the talented wide receiver. Thompson doesn’t yet hold a Texas offer but he’s a talented cornerback who should see his offer list expand in the near future. We aren’t sure where things stand in terms of a possible offer from Texas but with the need at cornerback it wouldn’t completely surprise us if Thompson or Kobe Boyce (another 2017 CB who is visiting) picks up an offer. Having said that, Charlie likes to take his time with offers and it would seem more likely that they’ll want to see both prospects in the spring. This may be especially true since Clay Jennings just arrived and is probably in the process of evaluating a lot of film and reworking his CB board.

Brenden Jaimes: 2017 OT Brenden Jaimes (Austin, TX) will also be in attendance this weekend as well. Jaimes currently holds a few FBS offers including offers from in-state programs Houston and SMU. While an offer could happen, the more likely scenario is that Mattox will go out and see Jaimes in the spring, especially with Texas being in such a good position for Grayson Reed.

Bryan Jones: Last recruiting cycle, Texas landed a talent defensive end out of Madison Prep (Baton Rouge. LA) in Malcolm Roach. If they decide to offer they may have a chance at another defensive end from Madison Prep this year. 6’5 DE Bryan Jones will make the trip to Austin this weekend. Jones already holds offers from schools like Miami, Ole Miss and others. He’s been staying in contact with coach Haley, “I haven’t received an offer (from Texas) yet but I speak regularly with coach Haley…hopefully I’ll get the offer this weekend”.

Texas is in interesting position here because they seem to lead for Taquon Graham and are clearly in the thick of things with Robert Beal so I’m sure they are looking at their numbers and what positions they project these players at in trying to decide whether Jones gets an offer. Given Jones ties to Texas through Roach, Texas would instantly become a top school for Jones.

It’s definitely a good problem to have for Texas. – (Super K)

Deiontae Watts: Earlier this week Texas offered 2017 DT, Deiontae Watts (Plano, TX). DT won’t be a huge need in this class given the number of interior linemen Texas took in the last cycle. Watts and his family grew up Oklahoma fans as they are originally from Oklahoma. When I talked to Watts, he certainly didn’t say Texas was out of it for his recruitment but after receiving the OU offer he was clearly very excited so one would have to think beating the Sooners on Watts will be an uphill battle. – (Super K)

UPDATE (Friday, 12:25 pm): Texas has offered OKC DB, Justin Broiles. Broiles tells us that he will visit Texas for the spring game.

– UPDATE (Fri, 3:15 pm): Other than DB Justin Broiles, a few more Texas offers have gone out today.

DT Damion Daniels picked up his 1st of 5 offers on the day from Texas this morning

CB Kary Vincent Jr picked up a Texas offer this afternoon as well.

The latest offer Texas has extended today was to JUCO DE Isaiah Buggs, who is the #2 JUCO recruit in the nation.

– UPDATE (Sat. 3:15 PM): Big, big win for Texas basketball today over #3 OU.

67 Comments

  • Hooked Em says:

    I’m wondering AK’s, Super K and/or anyone else’s opinion on TFB the benefit of offering recruits early. Knowing there is a limit on the number a team can sign in a given year I thought 44 offers this early was a lot. Call it off season boredom but I couldn’t help but compare UT offers so far to the other top programs including other Big 12 schools and in state programs. I guess aggy too for what it’s worth. Turns out 44 is surprisingly low compared to other schools. I know Strong likes the no pressure and finish late strategy but the discrepancy in the amount of offers UT makes compared to all the other programs is crazy. I can’t believe how many offers some of these schools make, I mean over 200 from Harbaugh. WTF? I guess optimistically I think Strong offers a player only if he meet the core values and team concept that he’s trying to establish. Maybe fewer offers makes them seem more sacred but curious how much that strategy works when the programs making the most offers are the ones that usually top the recruiting classes. Even if you feel good about the offers you made that still doesn’t explain why a school like Alabama would make over a hundred more offers than they can actually sign. With that being said here is the list of some of the offers made so far that I got off 24/7.

    Michigan 208
    Ole Miss 159
    Alabama 156
    Auburn 143
    Florida 139
    Georgia 138
    LSU 129
    Florida State 120
    Oklahoma 117
    Clemson 113
    Ohio State 112
    Notre Dame 112
    USC 79
    Houston 73
    Oklahoma St. 71
    Aggy 67
    Texas Tech 62
    Baylor 61
    Oregon 57
    Stanford 51
    TCU 45
    Texas 44

    • Some Dumb Guy says:

      Some of these schools offer, but then recruit over the top when they offer and get a commitment. That “tactic” is not one UT employs. Another approach is picking a few guys at a position and then leaving it up to them to commit and then recruit that positions less after there is a commitment. UT seems to target specific guys and go after them. There are trade offs to each strategy, but offer volume, in and of themselves is not that important.

    • Bill says:

      This article helps explain how schools like Bama can make hundreds of “offers” even
      if they don’t really intend to admit certain recruits if they accept.

      Alabama recruiting: Nick Saban admits not all offers are committable

      http://www.sbnation.com/college-football-recruiting/2013/5/23/4359776/alabama-recruiting-nick-saban-admits-offers-committable

      The guys Texas really wants seem to get the “official visits” … coach Strong mentioned that we had 32 recruits make “officials” and 24 accepted their offers, which is an impressive conversion rate. So tracking official visits instead of just ‘offers’ will give you a better sense of who UT is really after.

    • Super K says:

      This is a good question and I’ve been meaning to address Texas recruiting/offer strategy in a separate post. Thanks for the question and the reminder!

    • Andrew King says:

      Offering early makes a difference with some kids. But I think in Year 3, they know Strong takes a while to evaluate some guys.

    • MissingBarry says:

      Well, we know Michigan has no problem dropping someone that accepts an offer at any point, so makes sense that they offer everyone they can…

  • colt1317 says:

    Would taking Graham and Carson dissuade Beal from coming to Texas? Not that it would be bad taking only those two, but would be really nice to get Beal, especially from the heart of SEC country.

  • Battlestar says:

    Is it just me or are the Horns offering more players earlier this cycle?

    • ACreativeUsername says:

      coaches have had more time to evaluate prospects farther out since Strong was first hired, where they were playing catch up for a year or two. that, coupled with the selectivity needed in this class, probably accounts for the earlier offers. i agree that it seems like more early offers but maybe im imagining that

    • Spoetzl says:

      I’m not sure either whether we’ve offered more (45 does seem higher), but in looking at the numbers after the names (http://texas.247sports.com/Season/2017-Football/Offers ), they’re a lot higher than they usually are at this point (offering a lot of really special players). 25 of the 45 have a 247 rating of .950 or higher and 37 of 45 are at .900 or higher! As expected with a smaller 2017 class, Strong will be targeting more of the elites.

    • Andrew King says:

      Ok not sure if they’re offering earlier but Coach Strong is building relationships with these kids earlier since he is at Texas for his 3rd year. Not working from behind like in the past.

      • Canadiantx69 says:

        I think that’s a big part of it. He’s been watching these kids longer, so now he doesn’t feel like he’s playing catch up, but is now finally to the point where he’s comfortable in his knowledge and will offer them “early”.

  • HornsRollin says:

    Michigan had 208 offers out last year? Wow this just seems desperate IMO to cast a net out like that and hope to draw interest. Sounds to me like there is no real evaluation happening here just going after the star rating!

    • Hooked Em says:

      They have 208 offers this year for 2017. They offered 233 kids last year.

      • HornsRollin says:

        Seriously! Damn that’s just ridiculous! Let me guess all of those are 4 star or better? Just out of curiosity I wonder if Harbough recruited this way at Stanford?

      • Andrew King says:

        That’s how some do it. Most of those guys don’t have commitable offers. Charlie Strong wants an offer from Texas to mean something, which is why Texas has only offered 50 kids or so

    • MissingBarry says:

      Well keep in mind, if they decide a kid isn’t as good as they thought they’ll pull his scholarship offer “out of the blue” a week or two before NSD.

  • MarkInAustin says:

    Is Buggs 2016 or 2017? Seems odd to offer a Juco for 2017, so I am guessing he is 2016. Is he a prospect to move inside? Even with all the true FR DTs Texas took, I remain worried about the DT position in 2016.

    • Andrew King says:

      He’s a 2017 JUCO DE.

      • MarkInAustin says:

        Thanx.

      • MissingBarry says:

        Seems odd to offer a JUCO to me, too, is he just that good?

        • Andrew King says:

          He’s the #2 JUCO player in the nation, so not too weird.

          • MissingBarry says:

            I guess I just don’t have a good grasp of what that means. He’ll have less eligibility, which is obviously a downside, and we’re pretty heavy numbers wise on the last two classes, which he’ll kind of be adding to from an eligibility standpoint, so it will just add to the imbalance. Also from y’alls posts it sounds like we’re in a very good spot with some big time DE’s, and it’s not like it’s a huge need position that we need to fill with a college-ready player right now.

            Just curious, seems to me this means his talent is just worth taking the downsides for even despite whoever else we get in this class. Is that a fair assessment? Looks like last year’s top couple JUCO guys on 247 were ranked about the equivalent of the 80-100 ranked HS guys, do you think that’s fair?

          • Andrew King says:

            Texas just put an offer on the table, there may not be much too see in this recruitment but they wanted to offer this kid. I think you’re overthinking this one

          • bvhorn says:

            It’s true that he’ll have fewer years of eligibility, but he’ll also only take up one of the 85 scholarships until he exhausts that eligibility, so after 2 (or at most 3) years a slot reopens. For that reason, I don’t see the downside of taking a JUCO player (from a number-of-players standpoint).

      • jvj1128 says:

        What is the transfer rule for JuCo players? Why is he not eligible for 2016 season?

  • colt1317 says:

    I don’t know if this is the appropriate forum for this, but I think it’s a discussion that needs to be had. Recently high school coaches in Texas have come out and decried what IMG Academy is doing, and it’s impact on Texas high school players. My question is why doesn’t that model get copied in Texas?

  • jvj1128 says:

    Saw some concept designs for uniforms that will never happen, and rightfully so in most cases but I thought the design for the helmet in the pic below was acceptable

    https://www.universitycoop.com/community/blog/assets/Image/Blog/uni/Budsh_UIgAIu4Ih.jpg

    I would probably make the middle stripe and face guard black and the helmet would work great with the white or burnt orange jersey and even with the eventual black jersey.

    Concept found at link below:
    https://www.universitycoop.com/community/our-blog/texas-longhorn-uniform-concept-designs/

    • Rusty Rootbeer says:

      Um. No.

      • jvj1128 says:

        Oh c’mon, it’s better than the glitter decal helmet from last season.

        • Super Bill Palestine says:

          We are a traditional power, soon to be operating from a tradition of strength again. That’s a huge part of the appeal of our university – Bevo, Smoky, Big Bertha, the Band, the Texas Cowboys,etc. The tradition is who we are and what attracts recruits and their parents. We should not be diminishing our brand by trading down to the ephemeral and the lower prestige programs and their flash “du jour.” Traditions are powerful and developed over time for a reason.We should never casually change the uniforms – if ever at all, which many of the fans would strongly oppose- particularly the iconic helmet which is one of the most recognized marks in all of sports.

          • colt1317 says:

            This is always the most flawed argument out there. The uniform has changed, and the helmet in particular. There isn’t a single sports team that has never changed their uniforms

          • Super Bill Palestine says:

            You demonstrate an amazing ability to miscomprehend the point – some might say your analysis is what is flawed. I wasn’t saying the uniforms have never changed. I made the point about the Texas Cowboys and Bevo, etc. not to say that Bevo or the outfits of the Cowboys never change, but that our strength is tradition.Yes, the football uniform has changed some over the years – very minutely. It is essentially the same – with very minor variations – since the 1965 season. You need to look at the big picture. The changes you talked about are major and extreme variations in design and color – surely you can see the distinction. You can probably better and more immediately satisfy your desires for special effects imagery and fantastic superhero designs and colors with your Xbox. Ther

          • colt1317 says:

            First I wasn’t advocating for radical change. Just pointing out the uniform does change. Second, people do freak out whenever there is a minute change just like the helmet decal the last two years. That’s my point in showing the pictures. Changes do happen in the uniform even if they are minute ones. However if we are going to uphold tradition why wouldn’t we go back to the original style jersey? That’s a ridiculous request isn’t it? Why is it though? Because style changes. Peoples tastes change. So it’s not that far out of the realm to say that the uniforms can change with the times. Anyone who’s ever studied debate can tell you that tradition is the biggest fallacy when making an argument. There’s a lot of bad traditions in the world, and there are no traditions that remain unchanged.

          • Super Bill Palestine says:

            I didn’t take high school debate, and I wasn’t trying to “argue” with anyone, including you. You’re the one that originally used the words “flawed argument”. Suffice it to say that anyone that likes the University probably likes the traditions – probably would characterize our traditions as “good,” in your vernacular. Sounds logical, right “dude?”

            May I kindly suggest you ease up the Red Bull or take some estrogen supplements to balance out ? I’m sorry you’re so hung up on “tradition” and I certainly won’t try to encroach on your “safe zone” again. Just so there is no further misunderstanding, let me just be clear about you and your desire to perfect what you must deem to be a horribly imperfect world the adults have created : “ME-llenial Lives Matter”!!

          • jvj1128 says:

            The only tradition I want to maintain forever is the winning tradition. Bevo, old smokey, and big bertha come after that. I don’t think changing the uniform as long as it is still uniquely Texas Longhorns is breaking tradition.

          • Super Bill Palestine says:

            Hopefully we have integrity and academics first and winning second. I hold two graduate degrees, , one from UT and the other from UNC- Chapel Hill. The latter’s esteemed academic reputation has suffered greatly due to its athletic scandals in recent years. They were entirely avoidable except for a win at all costs mentality that shockingly took place at UNC. I never want that to happen to the University of Texas ! We are better than the Oklahomas, Alabamas and the LSUs. If Texas were to become consumed with that idea, it would lose hard earned academic respect and many fans.

          • colt1317 says:

            Clearly it’s not a conversation you’re interested in having, and since you’ve decided to start making personal attacks I’ll bow out because I don’t want this to become like every other board. Sorry I offended you so much you felt it necessary to spew slander since everyone of you’re personal attacks thrown at me was completely inaccurate. I choose not to fight with someone who shares the same passion as myself.

          • Super Bill Palestine says:

            Certainly didn’t mean to attack you or slander you, and don’t think that occurred. If you think so, then I sincerely apologize.

          • ftwspursfan says:

            The main thing I do not like is it looks like the color on the Burnt Orange is getting lighter in shade. The pants do not need the piping stripes either.

          • colt1317 says:

            Street, Earl, Ricky, and Colt (I couldn’t get his picture to load) all wore different uniforms.

        • Rusty Rootbeer says:

          I hated those also. And the number don’t belong on top of the shoulder pads either. Texas is not Ohio State.

    • HeimTime says:

      I think it looks good, but Texas is built on tradition… Don’t change the uniforms.

    • Spencer Caffrey says:

      I think it’s a very cool look. Probably the best concept I’ve seen yet. And I don’t buy the whole “Texas never changes its uniforms” misconception. What they HAVE done is maintain a mostly classic look to their unis throughout all their iterations. I’d like to see that continue. Maybe those can be an alternate uniform they wear once a year…probably not even that though. They’re current and cool, but they’re just not our look, you know? Just the wrong vibe for the U of T.

      • Spencer Caffrey says:

        That said, if there comes a day when what was always seen as classic and traditional has become archaic and out-of-touch, then yes, I like the above concept immensely and hope we would then adopt it or something very much like it.

        • ftwspursfan says:

          Honestly, I wish the Horns were like the Cowboys and wore the StormTrooper Whites at home. I could go for a Thanksgiving only alternate, again similar to the Cowboys.

      • Super Bill Palestine says:

        Well said.

    • C_Alan_C says:

      Please no.

  • BD says:

    So who’s the most likely to comment this weekend if anyone?

    • Andrew King says:

      I honestly wouldn’t expect much fireworks this weekend. We all know Strong’s recruiting philosophy and he’s not going to push for commits. I could possibly see a guy like Taquon Graham if he blown away or a guy like Kobe Boyce shitting it down if he’s offered.

  • BD says:

    One last thing king what position do u think is most crucial for this cycle? And do you think at nsd next year this class will be a top 5? As always thanks for the info

    • HeimTime says:

      Watching Dobbins’ tape, it has to be him IMO

      • Hornsup says:

        I think they are in a good position with Eno Benjamin too. I definitely would prefer Dobbins but Benjamin is good too. I think the most important recruit is Browning. The most crucial position is probably CB. We need a nickel CB and another outside one too because both Davis and Hill could be gone at the same time and we didn’t get a true outside CB last cycle.

    • Andrew King says:

      I don’t think there is as big of a need at one position like there was at DT last year, but I think there are quite a few needs. Like adding more speed at WR, some CB’s because there is a very real chance that Hill and D. Davis leave after 2017. Also Dobbins is a game changing RB, and being able to land Browning and or Hines would be huge.

      • Hornsup says:

        My thoughts exactly. The good thing is the last two cycles have been great at adding depth on both sides. And the early commits add a little more depth.