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Commitment Analysis: Kelvontay Dixon
– D.T.

After flirting on and off with each other for the entire 2019 season, things finally concluded for Carthage Wide Receiver Kelvontay Dixon and the Texas Longhorns with Dixon making the decision to join his big brother, Keaontay Ingram, on the Texas roster and become a part of the #cloUT2020 class.

What is Texas getting in Dixon?

Ranking: 4-Star (247), 4-Star (ESPN), 3-Star (Rivals)

Top Offers: TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma St., Colorado, Houston, SMU, Illinois

Size: 6’0 175

Projected College Position: Wide Receiver

Player Comparison: Darius Slayton (Auburn 2015-2018)

Analysis: Dixon’s Senior highlights are poorly put together (whoever made it didn’t take the time to separate the big plays from normal ones and it appears to go in the order of their schedule from this past season), but if you take the time to sort through them you’ll find a kid that was one of the better football players in the state in 2019.

As a Junior, he medaled in three different events at the 5A Texas UIL State Championships last spring (4×100, 4×200, Triple Jump). He has an electronically-verified 10.71 100-meter dash time on his resume’. He is truly a standout athlete and it translates to the field (84rec-1288yds-17TDs).

He has adequate size with an average wingspan and catch radius on tape. Dixon does have the versatility to play both Outside and Inside Receiver at the next level thanks to his athletic ability. Dixon has excellent ball skills with flypaper hands to match. He does a terrific job of tracking the ball over his shoulder and has shown the ability on numerous occasions to high-point and make contested catches. Dixon has the ability to make things happen after the catch and turn a missed tackle into a big play. His team also utilized him on jet sweeps and reverses. If there is an area of his game that stands out as a weakness right now, I would have to go with his route running. He doesn’t always run the sharpest routes, but that is something that can be improved if he is willing to put in the necessary work.

Dixon is a quality pick-up, especially this late in the recruiting season. He fills a need that Texas had in the Wide Receiver room and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him become a huge contributor later in his career for the Longhorns.

Instant Impact Rating: 6

Highlights:


Texas is the Flagship | Behind the Scenes | 2020 Class Review
– Super K

With all the changes the staff changes, a lesser school could’ve seen their recruiting class fall apart. But from the beginning of this 2020 class, we were reminded that Texas is, well, Texas – the flagship university of the great state.

***Hudson Card and Ja’Quinden Jackson both jumped in the boat before summer had even officially arrived.

***Both had a number of options, even as the Longhorns season started to go sideways they remained solid.

***Once Rashaad Samples left for SMU, there were some rumors that he Jackson be considering SMU. It made some sense. Buechele has one more year. That would give Jackson freshman year to redshirt, develop and then be ready to take over as a second year guy.

***The offensive line class was locked in early, as well. Not to take anything away from coach Hand but Majors, Parr and Garth were the kind of guys who seemed destined to end up at Texas.

***Sometimes a class can remain empty because recruits don’t feel the need to commit. They don’t feel threatened by the possibility of losing a spot. That wasn’t the case with the offensive line. You had to get in early to reserve a spot.

***Even Andrej Karic who was a later offer, was a commit before the school summer session was over. BTW, in case you missed it, Darius believes Karic has tremendous potential.

***Bijan Robinson’s commitment was one of the highlights of the class. This one came down to USC, Ohio State and Texas.

***Before he committed, many believed it would be Ohio State. But after talking to his mother following their official visits, I maintained throughout that Texas was the team to beat.

***One of the things that stood out to me was how important it was to Robinson’s family that he be in a program where they felt there were great men. I remember his mother telling me that while she met a lot of great people at USC and Ohio State, she felt that Texas had great people all over the program.

***While Stan Drayton, Carrington and Herman played a big role in this recruitment, I get the sense that there were a lot of unsung heroes in this one. It may have been support staff and other folks inside the building that made the Robinson’s feel right about the people in the program.

***I do believe that Beck’s role in this one was overblown and I believe that was demonstrated by the fact that Robinson stayed solid even amidst the rumors of Beck’s departure.

***Something else that I recall about Robinson’s recruitment was on my first trip out to Salpointe back in January of 2019. Texas had just offered Bijan. Meanwhile, Oklahoma had been recruiting him for a year. Bijan hadn’t even really spoken to Drayton but he was already talking about taking a visit to Texas.

***I asked him what the connection was there and he said, I love Bryan Carrington. People forget that these are 16 and 17 year olds so talking on the phone with coaches can feel like a chore – figuring out what to talk about, etc. But it’s clear with this example and many more that the recruits like talking to Carrington. It’s not a task they feel they have to do.

***But it’s also noteworthy that Carrington and then Drayton really pushed for Bijan while a lot of other programs were focused on Zach Evans and Kendall Milton. Had they made the same mistake, Texas would’ve been in a pickle. Remember that Milton was high on Texas at that time and the belief was that Evans was Texas bound. So, to push for Bijan, was just good hard nosed recruiting.

***At wide receiver, guys like Dajon Harrison and Kelvontay Dixon were always going to be Texas commits as long as Texas offered.

***The Dajon Harrison offer might not have happened though. There was debate inside the building as to whether he should be offered. At the time it was between Dixon and Harrison. In the end they were able to make both work.

***Troy Omeire was once committed to Texas A&M but Texas didn’t give up on that one. All the staff changes did create an opening for TAMU and there were times late where I nearly had to write a post warning you all that Omeire was about to flip, again. It got very hot for a bit.

***But ultimately, what was left of the staff was able to keep Omeire in his mom in the boat – in part, by showing them the positional need at Texas vs. TAMU.

***The defensive back position, like the offensive line position, was a situation where Texas proved it’s the flagship university of the state.

***Jerrin Thompson had a number of offers but as soon the Texas offer came, it was just a matter of time and it didn’t take much. He almost immediately took a visit to Austin and it was a wrap.

***Xavion Alford was a guy who really picked Texas for Texas. I spoke with him after he signed and even though schools like TAMU came in late and the Texas staff was on thin ice, it just didn’t matter. He saw Texas for what Texas is beyond football.

***At one point, I actually thought Baylor might’ve had a chance with Kitan Crawford. He grew up a bit of a Baylor fan. His aunt ran track there.

***Oklahoma made a push for Crawford, as well. But ultimately, he was Texas bound no matter what.

***Up front, Texas got some nice pieces. I spoke to Alfred Collins when we shot the video and he was pretty open about things. He said that Oklahoma really did do a good job of recruiting him. He liked Lincoln Riley and Calvin Thibodeaux quite a bit and said it would be hard to tell them no.

***Alabama really wasn’t in it. He pretty much admitted that.

***In the end, the ties to Texas for Collins were just too strong. I still never figured out if there really was ever a chance that he would go elsewhere but if I had to guess, I’d say no.

***When I went to see Vernon Broughton, last year, at a basketball game, a family friend was there. I spoke with their family friend and was given a pretty good tip. That particular person told me in no uncertain terms that Broughton wasn’t going to go far from home. It was pretty much down to LSU, Texas and TAMU.

***LSU has too many in-state DL and from what I gather, they pulled off all the Texas defensive linemen.

***I believe Broughton’s recruitment came down to Texas and TAMU.

***Swayer Goram-Welch and Jaylan Ford both flipped towards the end of the recruiting cycle. Again, that was just Texas being Texas.

***Ford didn’t even know who his position coach would be and flipped from Utah which has done a really good job of developing defensive players.

***Goram-Welch, however, had been assured that Oscar Giles would remain on the staff.

***And while Prince Dorbah had some early interest in Oklahoma, once he locked in Texas, it was a wrap.


2020 Position Moves | Confirmed
– Charlie S

Since the close of the 2019 season and the hiring of the new coaches, Super K has mentioned the likelihood of some players making positional moves:

*** On January 27th Super K mentioned that DeMarvion Overshawn was a likely candidate to move to LB, Anthony Cook was probably going to get moved from corner and Joseph Ossai and Byron Hobbs would likely be moved to WDE (which is the Rush position in Ash’s defense).

*** Super K also mentioned on February 6th  that Roschon Johnson would remain at running back which would allow Jordan Whittington to return to the slot.

*** Earlier this week, Coach Tom Herman met with the media and confirmed those moves in addition to announcing that Malcolm Epps would no be considered a tight end in the new offensive scheme.

*** There will undoubtedly be some additional moves that are made as the new staff tries to find the best fit for all the players they have on campus.


Talking Point | Personal Ranking of the 2020 Class
– CJ Vogel

It’s always fun to evaluate the incoming talent, and what better way to do form a rankings list! After coming across a list I made for the 2018 class, I felt it would be a fun talking point to do the same for this class.

I divide my rankings into four categories. The boundaries for each category are used quite loosely, however I take into account instant impact, a level of excitement around each player and how they project for the duration of their career. In all honesty, offensive linemen get the short end of the stick in most cases.

  • 1. Instant impact with program changing talent.
  • 2. Early contributor
  • 3. Likely to be a starter late in career.
  • 4. Will take time to develop. Potential to be starter late in career.

Tier 1:

RB Bijan Robinson – This is a no brainer. The lone five-star in the class is arguably the best runningback in the nation. With Herman’s blind devotion to making the run game the focal point of the Texas offense, there is no reason to think Bijan won’t put up some crazy numbers and leave the 40 Acres with some of the most memorable moments since Ricky Williams.

QB Ja’Quinden Jackson – Man, the torn ACL Jackson suffered in the state semi-finals really sucks. Jackson is absolutely electric as a runner and with the history Mike Yurcich and Tom Herman have had developing quarterbacks, there is no reason to think the passing game won’t take major steps. There have been comps to Cam Newton, incredibly high praise, and to be honest, I don’t hate it.

DT Alfred Collins – A massive addition to the 2020 class comes in the form of the 5-star defensive tackle Alfred Collins. Clearly the biggest thing about Collins is his size at 6-foot, 5-inches and weighing right around 290. Collins will need to work on some finesse moves once he gets on campus, but there is little doubt that he will be a multi-year contributor and in the conversation for All Conference accolades when his career really starts to take off.

OLB Prince Dorbah – There is a real argument to be had that Dorbah is the best player on the defensive side of the ball. Dorbah is a lot room to grow and at 6’4″, his quickness and size off the edge should allow Texas to move on from Joseph Ossai with ease.

DL Vernon Broughton – I am a big fan of Broughton at the 3i spot in the four down front. He’s got the size already, and could very easily see meaningful playing time next season while swapping behind Moro Ojomo in the new defensive scheme.

Tier 2:

OT Andrej Karic – I am a real, real big fan of tackles that play undersized in high school with backgrounds in being a tight end or playing basketball. While Karic may not have done either, he still possesses great athleticism with violent hands. Once he gets some weight on him, I would be quite surprised if he was not the anchor of offensive line.

CB Kitan Crawford – At the moment, Texas is loaded at cornerback with three junior cornerbacks set to start next season. However, Crawford is a great talent with insane athleticism. Press coverage should work in Crawford’s favor as he can flip his hips and stick with just about any WR he’ll face thanks to his 10.6 100m dash speed. Luckily, he won’t be thrown into the fire immediately, but I would love to see a Crawford and Kenyatta Watson CB duo in a few years.

S Xavion Alford – In the same position as Crawford, Alford will have to face a pretty loaded depth chart in the secondary. Now that Texas will be rolling out two high safeties more consistently, Alford fits perfectly as he seemingly was always in the right spot at the right time in HS. Not to mention he’s not afraid to lay the wood.

QB Hudson Card – Once Sam Ehlinger graduates and moves on, the QB of the future will come out of this class. Hudson Card is more than capable of being that guy. Already with great accuracy and touch, Card is up there with the best passers in the country for the 2020 class.

WR Troy Omeire – Omeire’s senior season film is awesome to watch. No matter the offensive system that comes to the 40 Acres in the coming weeks, Omeire will be a big part of it. Omeire has the ability to out-jump anyone on the field and with above average hands and excellent awareness of where his is on the field.

Tier 3:

WR Dajon Harrison – A truly elite playmaker in high school with production to back it up (20 yards per catch). However, Harrison is a perfect fit for the slot in any offense, but there is one problem, so is Jake Smith. I doubt don’t Harrison will see his touches and be mighty effective when they come, he just may have to wait a while before they come.

OL Jaylen Garth – Another really special talent is Jaylen Garth. Being in tier three isn’t a knock on him because of his talent, he falls he simply because I am unsure when we will see him back and fully healthy. Garth tore his ACL and missed just about the entire 2019 season, which will delay his development quite a bit. However, if all goes well, Garth will be a multi-year starter at one of the tackle positions. (Will be a fun battle in two years with Reese Moore, Tyler Johnson, Garth and Karic)

S Jerrin Thompson – I mentioned earlier in the cycle that I am a fan of Thompson, though I doubt we see a lot of him for at least two seasons. Obviously the safety group now is pretty talented, add in Tyler Owens, Chris Adimora and the aforementioned Alford and it’s going to be tough for Thompson to scratch the surface early in his career.

ATH Kelvontay Dixon – The state champion coming from Carthage joins his brother Keaontay Ingram on the Texas roster and should eventually be able to join him on the field as well. Dixon is a burner and can really help take the top off the Texas offense which is bound to embrace a more vertical passing attack with Mike Yurcich now calling the shots.

Tier 4:

OG Logan Parr – The move to the interior will be a challenge for Parr, though he has a great frame and skillset for it. There are a lot of bodies in the offensive line room, which is a good thing, just may delay things a while for Parr. Parr possesses a lot of potential when run blocking and should set up as a very talented guard when asked to pull.

OLB Jaylan Ford – Ford is a legitimate linebacker, something Texas has had a real tough time recruiting over the past three cycles. He spent time at middle but is more likely suited for the outside. He has tremendous size for the position and has proven time and time again that he can evade blocks and recognize plays at a level that translates very well to the next level.

DL Sawyer Goram-Welch – Despite the ranking, Goram-Welch is very talented. He was the defensive captain of a team that won a Texas HS State Championship at the highest classification, which says a lot about the type of player he is. He is more suited for an inside lineman spot which is pretty crowded at the moment. Luckily, Yancy McKnight will have a field day with him in the weight room which could end up proving my ranking completely wrong.

C Jake Majors – The center spot is wide open next season, expect a battle between Kerstetter, Ghirmai and perhaps even Majors. Being an early enrollee will certainly help, however there are more fixtures to his game that will take some time to get to the level necessary of being an OL starter. Size and footwork are the biggest detriments in Majors’ game, I’d expect a couple seasons before we see him.

ATH Jaden Hullaby – To be honest, I truly don’t have a clue how Texas plans on using Hullaby. We’ve all seen the reported plans of him being a FB/TE hybrid yet how often in the past have we seen a position like that at all? Hullaby is super athletic and was a big play waiting to happen while playing at the QB spot in HS. Regardless, if he’s not being put in the right position and the RB group is already nearing capacity, how much is there to really expect?

My 2018 class rankings weren’t toooooo far off.

Tier 1:

  1. 1. Keondre Coburn
  2. 2. Caden Sterns
  3. 3. BJ Foster
  4. 4. Anthony Cook
  5. 5. DeMarvion Overshown
  6. 6. Keaontay Ingram
  7. 7. Jalen Green
  8. 8. Ayodele Adeoye

Tier 2:

  • 9. Cameron Rising
  • 10. Brennan Eagles
  • 11. Joseph Ossai
  • 12. D’Shawn Jamison
  • 13. Junior Angilau
  • 14. Moro Ojomo
  • 15. Al’Vonte Woodard

Tier 3:

  • 16. Byron Vaughns
  • 17. Casey Thompson
  • 18. Joshua Moore
  • 19. Malcolm Epps
  • 20. Michael Williams

Tier 4:

  • 21. Daniel Carson
  • 22. Rafiti Ghirmai
  • 23. Reese Moore
  • 24. Christian Jones
  • 25. Cameron Dicker
  • 26. Ryan Bucjevski
  • 27. Luke Brockermeyer*
  • 28. Travis West*

Randoms | Moore, Smith & Conner
– Super K

***I’ve had a few questions in previous comments sections about team related stuff which I have responded to. But, I feel like it’s a good idea to go ahead and add those answers here.

***Yes, Jake Smith will indeed be playing outside. Some of you have asked about what now seems like a stacked slot position. With Whittington moving there, it’s a reasonable question. But I had indeed been told a while back that Smith will go outside.

***Also, we’ve been asked about the status of Josh Moore. As far as I know, he has been practicing with the team. There are obviously no games but again, as far as I know, he would be ok to play.

***Went over to Katy Taylor the other day to see Bryce Foster (I’ll have an update on him, soon). While I was there, Texas OT commit, Hayden Conner was having some fun with some of the other football players. They were running routes. Hayden played some QB and some receiver.

Here is one of his routes. Keep in mind this is a 6’5 315 lb OT…

I watched him for a while and he was impressive. It wasn’t just his coordination and athleticism that was on display, I really liked the way he’s the alpha out there. He’s very vocal. I remember first meeting Hayden when he was a 7th grader and even then he was like a little man. I can see someone with his confidence and ability making an early impact.


Quaydarius Davis | Trending | Update
– Super K

4-star WR, Quaydarius Davis was a one time Texas commit. And despite the decommitment, he’s really been trending back to Texas for a while.

When I saw him at the Fast 7v7 tryouts last month, he made it very clear that he’s still very much interested in Texas.

So, him trending to Texas is no surprise.

But word behind the scenes has been that Davis and Texas have been talking and there is kind of an understanding that Davis plans to end up at Texas. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a silent commitment but it’s…something.

At a recent event, Davis spoke off the record to an affiliate of ours and it seemed pretty clear that he’s given Texas word that they can expect him to be part of this class.

However, per Texas sources, the Longhorns staff wants to make sure this isn’t another commitment/decommitment situation so while they are very much interested in Davis and are recruiting him, they’re taking things slow.

Davis is likely to stay close to home and I’m told that TAMU likes Davis but doesn’t want to go all in only to have him end up at Texas. An image thing, I guess. The Sooners also have Davis on their list of WR targets, however, for right now it looks like they have a few other guys they are pushing for.

So, I’m cautiously optimistic that if Texas and Davis continue on this path, it’ll eventually lead back to a commitment.