Quick Hitter | Updates On A Pair Of ’19 & ’20 Defensive Backs
– Charlie S
– Spoke to 2019 defensive back Jeffery Carter (Mansfield Legacy, TX) very briefly recently, and he let me know that he is “Not talking to Texas”. While the Longhorns have Kenyatta Watson, Chris Adimora, and Marques Caldwell verbally committed, they are still looking for at least one more defensive back in ’19. At this point, it does not appear that Carter is an option and they will be looking elsewhere to fill that spot.
– Also caught up with 2020 defensive back Bryson Washington (C.E.King, Houston, TX) briefly and he let me know that he will be visiting Austin on the 27th for an unofficial visit. Washington played last season at Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) and has been picking up offers from across the country recently which includes an offer from Texas. Washington will make the trip to Austin on the 27th and follow that up with a trip to Norman to see the Sooners for their BBQ.
While he has ties to Darion Green-Warren, the recent OU commit out of Mater Dei, he has told me that Texas was one of his top schools. After doing a little digging from other sources, I would be inclined to say that Texas is his top school and his visit to campus will be very helpful in putting some separation between UT and several other schools for the talented junior defender.
2019 RB Derrian Brown to Visit Texas
– Super K
A guy we haven’t talked much about but someone I think you’ll be hearing a lot more about in the future is 2019 running back Derrian Brown (Buford, GA).
A friend of mine out in Georgia who happens to be a football coach and knows Brown and has had a chance to see him, described Derrian Brown as “Jamaal Charles 2.0”. High praise but his description of Brown’s game matches what you see on film and there are some similarities to Charles. He’s slasher with speed to separate. He can kill you on the edge and he’s great catching the ball out of the backfield. Like Charles, Brown stands around 5’11.
It seems pretty clear that Texas is making Brown a priority. He tells me that he’s being recruiting by coach Drayton, coach Washington and the head man himself, coach Herman.
Brown was hoping to visit Texas next weekend but it appears that isn’t going to materialize, “I was supposed to visit the 27th (July) but we have practice and pictures the next day”.
So far, Brown hasn’t taken any official visits but says he will “of course” visit Texas this fall. I expect him to make it out for the USC game, early in the season.
Other schools he’s considering for official visits are Auburn, Penn State, Florida State and Notre Dame.
Brown’s running style is a great fit for the Big 12. As he works his way through some initial trash and with it being commonplace in the Big 12 to have five or six defensive backs on the field, his ability to get to top speed coming out of the fray could create real leverage problems for the back end of these Big 12 defenses.
Javonne Shepherd | Updated Visit Plans
– Super K
2019 OT, Javonne Shepherd has been to Texas a lot and things aren’t slowing down. Earlier this week he had let us know that he would be on campus next Friday (July 27th) for what is looking like a big recruiting event.
We continue to believe Texas is the leader but Shepherd has said he’d like to take his official visits before announcing a decision. However, we get the sense he’s been close to pulling the trigger multiple times. So, our thoughts were that perhaps Texas could get lucky next week.
We initially thought the news of Javonne Shepherd visiting could be a bit of good news on a day when a former player came out and blasted the program and an offensive lineman announced he would be medically retiring from football.
But July 18th just wasn’t a Texas Football kind of day.
While earlier in the day, Shepherd told us he’d be visiting Texas next week for the event, later that night at 11:21 PM (you know it just had to be before the clock struck midnight) Shepherd texted me saying “Something came up. I won’t be able to make it”.
Still feel good about where things stand with Texas and Shepherd and we expect him to make it back to campus at some point in the near future.
Marcus Washington Still Expected to Visit Texas
– Super K
As you all know by now, Texas 2019 WR target, Marcus Washington tweeted out earlier this week that he plans to announce his commitment on August 7th.
As one person close to Washington told me, the announcement “came out of the blue”. I spoke with multiple people who are close to Washington and was told the following…
***Washington has only taken one official visit which was to Ohio State. Should he announce in August then it’s the opinion of most that Ohio State would be the choice. However, I’m told that while Washington and his father liked the visit to Ohio State, “it didn’t blow them away”.
***Source also said, “I know for a fact that he’s still open”. The source indicated that Marcus doesn’t truly know where he wants to go, yet.
***Source added that Marcus will take the four remaining official visits regardless of whether he commits in August or not and that will include an official visit to Texas.
***When I asked both sources whether they believe Marcus will indeed go through with the commitment on August 7th, both said they believe things are likely to get pushed back.
To summarize, based on my conversations it looks like the decision will get pushed back and even if it doesn’t, Texas will still get an OV. Furthermore, irrespective of the school he chooses, neither of my sources seem to believe he is fully sold on any single school he’s visited. So, said decision could be described as a placeholder, at best.