Open Post | Wednesday, August 1st

Lewis Cine Timeline and Return Visit
– Super K

As we mentioned last week, Lewis Cine took a visit to UGA this past weekend.

Going into the visit Lewis remained very high on Penn State but UGA was surging. There was some thought that like Makiya Tongue, Cine may commit to UGA.

I checked in with him last night and he said he is still waiting till October to make a decision.

While Cine has already taken his official visit to Texas, he wants to take an unofficial down to Texas for the Texas vs. USC game. So, Texas will have one more chance to crack what appears to be his current top two of Penn State and Georgia.



Texas in the Lead for Mookie Cooper?
– Super K

If you don’t know 2020 WR/RB, Mookie Cooper yet, you will soon enough. Coaches at his school who have seen athlete after athlete come through the football factory, Trinity Catholic (St. Louis) compare him to Tavon Austin.

Though Trinity continues to churn out blue chip talent, it seems Cooper stands above all the rest. As one of his coaches put it, “he’s different. He’s been different all his life. He’s that dude. He’s *the* guy you go see even where there’s a lot of guys to see”

I happened to be speaking to some folks over Trinity recently and asked them about where things stand with Cooper and his recruitment. You’ll recall that Mookie took an unofficial visit to Texas back in June.

The quote of all quotes to answer my question of who Mookie’s early leader is was, “it’s a no-brainer right now where he’s going. Texas. That’s all he’s talking about is Texas”.

I’ll be speaking with Cooper in the near future to find out more about what exactly has propelled Texas to the top of his list.



Catalon Visited Texas Yesterday…and Will Visit at Least Two More Times
– Super K

2019 DB Jalen Catalon is coming off an unofficial visit to Arkansas. He let us know that he was headed down to Texas tomorrow for yet another unofficial visit. By all appearances, the visit went well.

But that’s not all…

Catalon plans to take another unofficial visit down to Texas for the USC game in September. Then, we believe he will take his official to Texas after the season (sounds like the Texas staff is trying to keep in-season official visits to a minimum).

Based on what I’ve heard, Catalon is going to also take multiple visits to other schools as well, in order to give them all a fair look. Catalon is still looking at making a decision in January. It’s my belief that he is very genuinely going through the process and does not yet have a true leader. In fact, it’s my understanding that the reason he is taking his time with the process is because he simply isn’t sure, yet, about where he wants to go.



Quick Hitters | Jordan, Owens, Tillman Jr
– Andrew King

– One offer that went out over the weekend was to West Mesquite (TX) ’20 RB Ty Jordan

This was an offer I wasn’t really expecting, but I heard Jordan looked fantastic at the camp. Jordan is an interesting prospect, he’s a smaller guy at 5’8 180 pounds but he’s a playmaker. He’s listed as a RB but he’s an all-purpose guy who can make an impact at RB, in the slot, and as a kickoff/punt returner. Just look at his sophomore stats. 777 rushing yards and 9 TD’s on 99 carries (7.8 YPC), 6 receptions for 158 yards and 2 TD’s (26.3 YPR), and 331 return yards and 2 TD’s. He does it all.

I had a quick conversation with him after the camp and after he received a Texas offer. He told me, “It was a lot of fun. I did not see the offer coming, it surprised me.” One thing that he told me that stood out was “just that the atmosphere was different. You can tell the coaches are all bought in.”

Texas was the first major offer for Jordan. He holds some other offers from schools like Houston, Utah, SMU, Illinois, and some others. So it’s safe to say Texas is in the pole position right now.


– Another offer that went out this weekend was to Plano East (TX) S Tyler Owens.

Now if you want to talk about a freak athlete in the 2019 class, enter Owens. I know Super K talked about some of these things in his post after Owens picked up the offer on Sunday. But Owens is a legit 4.4-5 guy, he ran a 100m in the 10.3 range, he broad jumped 11’2 at Texas camp. And Owens is 6’2, maybe 6’3 and someone at the Texas camp told me he probably weighs around 210-215 right now. That’s really big for a HS DB, and after he get in a college weight program I could see him putting on 15 or so pounds easily.

Owens could be the DeMarvion Overshown of the 2019 class. A bigger safety who may start his career in the defensive backfield but could likely end up sliding down to the rover/OLB position. Owens has offers from Baylor, Nebraska, and some others. He told Super K yesterday that Texas leads, and it won’t surprise me at all to see him blow up later in the process.


– Texas gained two commitments over the weekend. And one was a pretty big surprise and that was when Jones (FL) OLB Marcus Tillman Jr announced his commitment to Texas shortly after picking up a Texas offer.

I talked to Tillman after he made his commitment. One thing he told me was that he didn’t come into the weekend with any plans to make a commitment, even if Texas offered. He told me “the players and coaches just made me feel like family from the time I stepped on campus.” One guy he said he really clicked with was Texas LB commit De’Gabriel Floyd.

Tillman is Texas’ second LB commit, along with Floyd.



4-Star WR Troy Omeire Visited Austin Yesterday
– Super K

4-star 2020 wide receiver, Troy Omeire (Sugar Land, TX) visit Texas yesterday. Omeire was accompanied by his mother and this marked his second trip to Texas.

I asked a source close to Omeire if there are some schools standing out, “Just enjoying the process. It’s early. He loves every school right now”.

I’ll need to see Omeire in person before offering too much of an opinion on him. He’s obviously a big, strong, fast guy but you don’t get a chance to see what he does once someone gets ‘s physical with him at the LOS. You also don’t see a guy who is chopping his feet and sinking his hips. Instead, on film, I see a guy who is essentially using his athleticism and ball skills to win.



2020 QB Michael Henderson Receives Texas Offer
– Charlie S

– As we mentioned previously on the Donor Board, Michael Henderson was visiting Austin yesterday. While he was on campus, he picked up an offer from the Longhorns. As we also mentioned previously, he was expecting to pick up the offer.

Henderson is being recruited by Tim Beck as a quarterback.

However, he has a very open mindset as to his position in college. He has mentioned he is willing to play any position which will help him reach his goal of making it to the NFL.

“Quarterback is what I want to play, to be honest, and that’s what I’m focusing on. But I have to be realistic with things and if a college ends up telling me that we think you’d be best at another position, I’m willing.”

He went on to say “But also if playing another position is going to get me to the league, I’m definitely going to play it.”

We will have more on Henderson shortly.



Notes and Quotes from the Weekend
– Will Baizer

2019 OLB DeGabriel Floyd – Westlake (Westlake Village, CA) TEXAS

This interview I didn’t do at Stars At Night, but a few days afterward.

Floyd told me his favorite part of the camp was the water balloon fight because “…players, commits, recruits were just hanging out as one family, and I really liked that.”

The players that really impressed him were “…The Cibolo 2020 DB (Jaylon Jones), real tall lanky guy who’s got good weight on him and got some pretty decent feet and hips. I’d like to see him come to Texas… McKel Broussard, I feel like he lit it up at the camp. Speed and precision through all his routes, and great hands when the ball is put within a decent radius… Tyler Owens, man, he’s a freak. A freak athlete. A pretty big solid guy, but real atheltic with great hips. He covers like any regular corner, but he’s a safety.”

DeGabriel and Rian Davis are good friends, but now that Rian has committed to Georgia, DeGabriel has set his sites to the West, “Right now it’s Mani Tufono. He and I are talking and we’re pretty high on his list. Bru McCoy is still on my list. Justin Flowe, even though he’s a 2020. He’s my young bull. And Seth Figgins. He and I talk every day at school about going to Texas.”

2020 DB Jaylon Jones – Steele (Cibolo, TX)

What really stood out about Texas? “Tradition and culture. Great feeling from the players and coaches. Just really felt amazing.”

If you don’t use Twitter, you probably missed that Jaylon Jones won the dunk contest at the Star at Night camp with a hurt hamstring, “Every time I play pick-up basketball, I’m always dunking on people. I figured I had to go big, so after I dunked over one person I had to dunk over three.”


2020 QB Malik Hornsby – Austin (Houston, TX)

As I stated before, the recruitment of Malik Hornsby may be that recruitment between Texas and Texas A&M for the 2020 cycle. He has swayed back-and-forth quite a bit.

Malik talked a bit about his relationship with Tim Beck, “He’s a great guy. We actually talk more than a lot of other coaches. He helped with my momma. He has a place in my heart.”


2020 DB Bryson Washington  – C.E. King (Houston, TX)

Washington is one of the top DB targets for Texas in the 2020 class. Texas feels like they are in a good place with Washington and from what we’re hearing, we have to agree with them.

What do you like about Texas? “I like Texas because it’s more family oriented. It’s a nice community. The school is beautiful, I mean, the sights around here are amazing.”

How was the camp? “I think overall the coaches did well, the players showed out, and it was a good camp.”

Washington noted that he was impressed with new Texas offeree Tyler Owens, “I worked with Coach Naivar with a few safeties… We did pretty well, me and a kid named Tyler [Owens]… I’ve never seen him before, but he’s pretty good.”


2019 ATH McKel Broussard

As we reported before, McKel really impressed the coaches with his play during the camp. Right now, the coaches are trying to figure out WR numbers, but if there is room, they will be giving McKel an offer.

What was it like out there? “It was wonderful. The atmosphere was amazing, the stadium was one of a kind, and the former players and coaches coaching me up — it was amazing.”



Quick Hitter | ILB Prospect Sets Commitment Date
– Will Baizer

Punahou (HI) ILB Maninoa Tufono sets his commitment date for August 6th. Now that Texas will be down to – at the very least – one scholarship ILB in 2019, Tufono is a can’t miss prospect for the staff.

As we first reported last week, Texas is the leader. We still feel that way.

The schools that really have a shot are Texas, USC, and Washington. I have been told that Washington is focusing on ILB Daniel Hemuli. USC currently has seven ILBs going into the 2019 season. With all of this, Texas has really put the pedal to the metal and worked a lot of angles with Tufono.