Open Post | Wednesday, January 9th

Three Signees Generated Buzz in AA Games
– Andrew King

As you all know, the two biggest All-American games were last week. With the Under Armour All-America game on Thursday and the Adidas All-America game on Sunday.

There are a few Longhorns in each game, but there were three names that came up consistently when talking to people at the practices.

Grayson (GA) cornerback Kenyatta Watson has had a really nice week in Orlando at the UA game. Watson is a Top 150 player nationally, but there’s a bit of a discrepancy between the recruiting platforms and his ranking. Watson is a 6’2 corner with a ton of athletic ability, that’s what has people very impressed down in Orlando.

The other two are down in San Antonio for the Army game. The first name isn’t surprising to hear is Westlake (CA) linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd. At 6’2 240, one person told me “this dude is a perfect MIKE in the Big 12, look at the production Kenneth Murray has had at OU. Floyd will be the same.” If you don’t remember, Murray was a guy who some might be a little bit undersized to play inside linebacker in some conferences. But with the speed and pace in the Big 12, he’s been a perfect fit.

The last one is Plano East (TX) safety Tyler Owens. Like Watson, Owens is a tall defensive back at 6’2. The biggest difference is that Owens looks much more ready to play from a physical standpoint, as he’s already over 200 pounds. A guy who didn’t get a lot of press during his recruitment due to his late rise. But he’s getting a lot of national love this week. He runs a 10.34 100 meter dash, and he will hit you. Lots of good noise about Owens in San Antonio last week.

Notebook | Todd Orlando and LJ
– Super K

***As you know by now, Collin Johnson has opted to return to Texas for his final year. We had been waiting on an announcement from Lil Jordan Humphrey.

The latest I’d heard is that people around Humphrey would very much have liked him to come back. I get the sense that Humphrey was enamored with the idea of leaving. Again, though, there were quite a few voices telling him he should stay…including the NFL.

Prior to yesterday, it did not sound like he had yet informed the Texas staff of his decision one way or another.

As we now know, he chose to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.

I know we had a post up about his decision yesterday, but I just wanted to walk you through what we had been hearing leading up to the decision.

***Prior to Manny Diaz being hired at Temple, I’m told Texas DC Todd Orlando was in the running for the head coaching position at Temple.

With Diaz leaving to take the head job at Miami, we are again watching the situation at Temple. I’m told that a number of the other Temple candidates have taken jobs elsewhere and with his performance in the Sugar Bowl, I’d imagine Orlando is back in the running for the job at Temple.

Should something happen on that front, I am told that Texas would likely pursue LSU DC Dave Arranda.