– Spoke with Malik James, founder of Premium Sports 7v7 in California about 2020’s number one dual threat quarterback, Bryce Young’s (Santa Ana, CA) visit to OU and Texas this past weekend.
We hope to have a full update from Young or a family member, shortly.
For now, Malik mentioned some of the things about both programs that are standing out to Bryce.
On OU: Lincoln Riley is an incredible coach but an even better person. Then you add in being in the Big 12 which is a passing league, that helps. Bryce is a dual threat guy but he’s pass first guy.
On Texas: A pipeline is being established with DeGabriel [Floyd] and we know coach Herman is going to throw the ball. Plus they’re hot on the recruiting trail. Top three finish last year and potentially top two this year.
Bottom line is, both out of state schools have a real shot here.
Again, more on Bryce later. – (Super K)
– 2019 Wide Receiver Jake Smith out of Scottsdale, Arizona, has named his top two. This will be a Texas vs USC battle.
Thank you to every Coach that has recruited/offered me. You have all made my dreams come true. My final 2 schools are:
The University of Texas🤘🏼 The University of Southern California✌🏼 Huge S/O to @979SportsEditz pic.twitter.com/3Maz9SlWuY
— Jake Smith (@jakesmith27) May 8, 2018
We feel that Texas is the team to beat right now, but Jake will be taking his official visit to USC in June. We ill keep you posted on that one. – (Super K)
– Marcus Banks: The Texas Defensive Back target out of Houston (Dekaney) was scheduled to make a visit this past weekend. He did not make it in.
However, Don’t read too much into it. Marcus’ mother let me know that they wanted to have a family weekend and will be returning in June after their LSU trip. This gives Texas the last word in yet another recruitment. Hopefully they’ll make the most of it. – (Will)
– Right now we feel come May 19th, NaNa Osafo-Mensah will be committing to Notre Dame. If that does happen, I don’t think the staff will give up recruiting him until he signs.
However, that leaves the question of who’s the next man up?
Back in February, I listed a bunch of guys who are on the Longhorns’ staff’s board.
While Texas is still in hot pursuit of the 4-star DE Marcus Stripling out of Mayde Creek in Katy, there are a number of other directions the staff is thinking about going.
– 4-star DE Gilbert Ibeneme – Pearland (Pearland, TX) 6’3” 255
Gilbert Ibeneme is one of the first names that was mentioned when I went searching for answers. He messed up his knee last season, so he hasn’t really been a guy who has weight behind his name. However, Texas still knows about him and are very interested. They are waiting to see how he comes off his knee injury, but they are also very excited about what he could do in the Texas defense.
If all is good with his knee, Ibeneme has the size and build to fit in perfectly at the 4i position in this defense. He shows great technical use of his hands in his sophomore film and an ability to get through the inside. He could work on his agility as he looks a bit too big for his body, but that is something that good development could fix fast.
Gilbert Ibeneme is proof positive that Texas has so much talent, it’s hard not to find a guy who could compete at a high level. If Texas enters the fight, they’ll be dealing with Arkansas, A&M, Oklahoma, and TCU.
– 3-star DE MJ Anderson – Christian Brothers College HS (St. Louis, MO) 6’4″ 250
Texas is very interested in this St. Louis product and he shares the same interest back. Anderson visited Texas back on April 7th and will most likely OV during the season. The only thing holding Anderson back is that he had a compound fracture of his femur. An almost clean snap.
Texas hasn’t yet given him an offer as they are waiting to see how he does coming off his injury, but if they were to offer they’d be competing with Notre Dame, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Michigan State.
– 3-star DT/DE Jason Gold – Clear Springs (League City, TX) 6’4″ 250
Jason Gold is more like a diamond in the rough. He is a guy who is very versatile with the frame to fit at the very least 30 more pounds or stay lean and mean on the outside. He’s got a fast first step, and if he was move violent with his hands, he’d go a long way.
If Texas jumped in, they’d be fighting Arkansas and TCU. – (Will)