– A 2021 recruit to keep an eye on is Hutto (TX) DE Landyn Watson. He has already picked up 5 offers from TCU, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Houston, and UTSA following his freshman season. He took a visit to Texas in early June and will be back for Texas’ “Stars at Night” camp on July 27th.
It wouldn’t surprise me to see Watson pick up an offer if he has a nice camp performance. He told me that he and DL coach Oscar Giles have been talking a lot more recently and that he really wants to see him in person at camp. Watson is a guy that could end up being one of the top 2021 defensive lineman in the state. And with him being from the Austin area, I think it would be smart to see Texas get in with him early on. – (Andrew)
– As most of you know, Joe T. Robinson (AR) DE Zach Williams made his commitment to Arkansas last week.
— Zach Williams (@ZachWilliams56) July 6, 2018
He was pretty much down to Arkansas, Texas, Oregon State, TCU, and Louisville. He had taken official visits to Oregon State, Louisville, and TCU and an unofficial visit to Arkansas. Texas was likely to get an official visit from Williams. We talked about how his dad played at Arkansas, but there wasn’t really much pressure to stay home.
That seemed to change somewhat late in the process, but it sounded more like Williams wanted to stay home. Continuing on his father’s legacy and staying in state was something that Arkansas HC Chad Morris really sold Williams on and it seemed to work. One thing to note is that Williams still has two official visits left if he wants to take them, so Texas could get back in with him. Though I wouldn’t bet on it right now.
Texas currently has two DE commits, from T’Vondre Sweat and Peter Mpagi. I feel like they sit in a very good spot with Mansfield Legacy (TX) DE Taurean Carter. I really liked Williams upside as he is only 6’4 225 pounds and looks like he can add a lot of good weight. Though I think Texas should be fine in 2019 when it comes to DE prospects. – (Andrew)
– All-Big 12 Preseason Team Announced: Two student-athletes were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team on Wednesday, announced by the conference office and voted on by the league’s media representatives. Senior defensive back Kris Boyd and senior defensive lineman Breckyn Hager were both selected.
Boyd, a native of Gilmer, Texas, played in all 13 games last season while making 12 starts. He was named second team All-Big 12 by the Associated Press. He finished fifth on the team with 57 tackles, while totaling two interceptions and 15 pass breakups, the most for a Longhorn since 2011. For his career, Boyd has played in 37 games and made 20 starts. He has totaled 121 tackles (89 solo) with three interceptions, 22 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has also earned preseason All-Big 12 recognition from both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele.
Hager, a native of Austin, Texas, played in all 13 games a season ago and made four starts. He was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league’s head coaches, finishing the season with 23 tackles, nine tackles for loss, four sacks, four pass breakups, three QB hurries and a fumble recovery. For his career, Hager has totaled 105 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He has played in 34 career games with nine starts. He was named preseason All-Big 12 by both Athlon Sports (first team) and Phil Steele (second team) earlier this summer.
The Big 12 media preseason poll will be released on Thursday, followed by the annual Big 12 Football Media Days to be conducted in Frisco, Texas on July 16-17. Both days will be televised live from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT on FS2 and other FOX Sports regional affiliates. – (Will)