Recruiting Big Boards (QB & RB)
– CJ Vogel
Obviously with Hudson Card in the mix, Texas is rather content with the position for the moment, but regardless, they are sill keeping eyes on guys.
- Hudson Card is the guy. It’s that simple.
- Card has been instrumental as the lead guy in Texas’ 2020 recruiting class. His role in recruitments like Logan Parr and Jake Majors shows how committed he is to the Texas class.
- King’s stock has skyrocketed the past couple of months and for good reason.
- After leading Longview to the 6A DII State Title this past season, he has quickly found himself as a consensus top 10 quarterback in the nation.
- LSU recently hosted King, and at the moment, it doesn’t appear Texas is interested in him at all.
- For the first chunk of Hornsby’s recruitment, it appeared it would be a Texas/Texas A&M battle. But Texas has slowly distanced itself in the Hornsby recruitment, with Card in the fold.
- A&M is the favorite for Hornsby at the moment.
There could be an interesting development in Norman that may trickle down and affect the Longhorns at some point during the 2020 recruiting cycle. The RB class, especially in the DFW area, is absolutely loaded this year.
There is more and more steam of five-star RB Kendall Milton potentially siding with Oklahoma despite Aledo RB Jase McClellan having been a member of the class for about 20 months. Depending on how things shake out with Zach Evans, McClellan could become a much larger factor for the 2020 class down the road.
- Still the top dog in this class, Zach Evans out of North Shore (Houston, TX) is just coming off of a visit to College Station, a visit that has been in the works for quite a while.
- On his visit, Evans and his brother CJ Robinson met up with current Texas A&M WR commit Demond Demas.
- Evans was able to get a peak of Texas A&M’s practice and spent time with head coach Jimbo Fisher on the visit.
- Texas is still in a very good position, however A&M did make up ground with the top player in the state. The race will only tighten up in the coming months.
- As we saw in K’s post earlier this week, Robinson (Tucson, AZ) is set to visit Austin for Texas’ Spring Game.
- Robinson is looking to lock in his official visits by the summer so he can make a decision before the seaosn starts, so Texas will need to make an impactful impression to be one of those five OVs.
- There is real movement with Milton and the Oklahoma Sooners as of late. While OU has Aledo RB Jase McClellan in the mix already, there are moving more into the mix with Milton.
- Alabama and USC are still two schools that are firmly in the top group for the five-star running back.
- Texas is still working on Milton, but has ground to make up if they want to be a serious player.
- Depending on what happens with Milton, McClellan’s pledge to the Sooners may come into question.
- McClellan has been committed to the Sooners since July of 2017 and was totally expected to stay firm for the duration until signing day.
- It’ll be interesting to see if the Milton domino falls in favor of the Sooners, if McClellan will stick as a member of an elite two-back class. If not, then there’s reason to expect the Longhorns to be back in the mix.
- McClellan is cousins with former Longhorn Johnathan Gray and has visited Austin several times during his recruitment.
- Texas was left off of McGowan’s top 10 list a month ago.
- McGowan is really set on playing in the SEC so it’s safe to assume this ship has sailed.
- A few weeks ago, the question popped up if Texas would take a scat back like Jordan with Mookie Cooper in the fold. Well, with Cooper decommitting, those questions are no longer here.
- Jordan is coming off of a visit to USC and Texas may be in for another battle with the Trojans for a coveted recruit. It’s sounding like the visit out west went real well for USC.
- Texas will need to continue to press for Jordan if they have hopes of him joining the 2020 class.
- Texas just offered Smith (Dallas Jesuit) this past weekend but does have an outside shot.
- At the moment, all signs are pointing towards Smith heading to Gainesville to follow his father, Emmitt Smith, as a member of the Florida Gators.
- Texas needs to get Smith and his family on campus quickly if they want a shot at the Jesuit RB.
Quick Hitters | Injury Update and Team Notes
– Will Baizer
– OG Junior Angilau had an impressive week of practice this past week. I’m hearing he has taken first team reps away from Imade.
Parker Braun will be your LG so that leaves a battle for RG between him, Derek Kerstetter, and few others.
– From what I’m hearing coming out of practices, Malcolm Roach will be this years Poona Ford/Charles Omenihu type of force on the defense this year.
– Linebacker is one of the positions I’ve been most curious about. The word on Ayodele Adeoye has been mixed. From the last report he seems to have been better, but then the next day it’s just ok. The “official” word is that “he’s moving around like he did in high school.” At this point, I’ll believe it when I see it.
– Marcus Tillman is a name I haven’t mentioned on here, so I asked about him. I was told he’s a very smart guy and is picking it up. He’s not there yet in his physical maturity.
– Despite the lack of depth at safety, Chris Brown looks like the guy they recruited out of high school. He’s a versatile, head hunter and has shown the ability to spin down to nickel. He has impressed.
– Another guy who has impressed is D’Shawn Jamison. He has made the transition back to defense much more smoothly than they thought.
– The word I’d use with the staff’s feeling on cornerbacks and linebackers is “uneasy optimism.” Lots of talent and lots to prove.
Recruiting Big Board (WR & TE)
– CJ Vogel
We’ll move on with the recruiting big board series with pass catchers. It will be interesting to see who the staff pursues at the tight end position.
- One of the top wide receivers in the state of Texas, Omeire recently visited the Longhorns and Texas stands in a pretty good spot.
- The selling point from Texas is how they successfully utilize their big offensive weapons and with another season with Collin Johnson and Malcolm Epps looming, they’ll be able to feature the big WR even more in 2019 as a selling point.
- Texas A&M, Alabama, LSU and Notre Dame are other schools to keep an eye on.
- Obviously Demas is still committed to Texas A&M, and though it was thought to be a pretty loose commitment, Demas has firmly stuck to his pledge thus far.
- Do not forget that Demas is real close to Texas OL signee Javonne Shepherd and once he gets on campus this summer, a real push for Demas could kick up once again.
- Taking top recruits out of the state of Oklahoma has never been easy for Texas, and I expect the same for Hester.
- Though there is hope, Hester has visited Austin twice, beginning with the Texas Jr. Day.
- Hester has stated that he wants to play with Oklahoma DB Myles Slusher – who just left out Texas from his top schools list – so there may be a larger uphill battle ahead for his services.
- One of my favorite prospects this cycle, Quentin Johnston, has a lot of talent in his speedy 6’4″ frame.
- Johnston will be a senior at Temple HS, the same school that produced current Longhorn TE Jared Wiley and the two of them talk frequently about the transition at Texas.
- I like where Texas sits for Johnston
- The 5-star pass catcher from Calabasas has shown some interest in the Longhorns.
- The 6’6″ wideout is projected to stay on the west coast, and just visited UCLA, but the signing of Bru McCoy, De’Gabriel Floyd and several other west coast guys has caught the attention of Wilson and has kept Texas alive.
- One of the in-state guys that has drawn interest from the Longhorns is Collin Sullivan from Round Rock.
- Sullivan visited Arkansas earlier in March and Baylor in January.
- Right now it appears Sullivan is the more interested side in this recruitment.
- Cooper recently decommitted from the Longhorns, but he is still in consideration for re-joining the class.
- Bryan Carrington and Mookie recently exchanged a back & forth on Twitter following Mookie retweeting a tweet saying he should find his way back to Austin, so there still appears to be life.
- The brother of current RB Keaontay Ingram, Kelvontay Dixon has made a name for himself with his film and camp performances as of late.
- Dixon visited Texas for the Jr. Day in January and obviously hears all about the program from Ingram.
- Dixon is slated for an official visit to Arkansas the first weekend in April.
TIGHT ENDS / H-BACK
The recruiting of the tight end position in the 2020 class is going to be thin, especially after Texas taking Jared Wiley and Brayden Liebrock in the 2019 class. The Longhorns will have five scholarship tight ends on roster with the inclusion of Rob Cummins to the list. With that said, it may take a while for the Longhorns to get fully involved in TE recruiting this cycle as they will probably wait and see how the numbers begin to shake out before fully committing a spot to a potential tight end target.
- The Longhorns earned a verbal commitment from Hullaby this past weekend and locked up a superb athlete with the ability to play multiple positions on the offensive side of the ball.
- Hullaby rushed for 1181 yards last season on 5.12 yards per carry with over 30 receptions as well.
- While he is listed as an APB, Texas will certainly still take a RB in the class.
- Texas was very interested in ATH Michael Henderson from Carrollton Ranchview, however they lost out on his recruitment to the Oklahoma Sooners.
- Henderson is a QB in high school but translates to exactly what Texas was looking for at the H-Back position.
- The saying “this ship has sailed” probably applies here.