Open Post | Tuesday, March 24th

Texas Offer Intrigues 2021 WR Hal Presley
– CJ Vogel

Texas recently extended an offer to 2o21 Mansfield Summit WR Hal Presley

Presley said he had currently been in contact with the Longhorn staff, specifically WR Coach Andre Coleman, for a couple weeks prior to the offer.

“We’ve been talking at least two days a week, just seeing how I’ve been doing,” Presley said. “Coach Coleman is really the only coach I really talked to a lot.”

Growing up, Presley said he rooted for a number of programs across the country. Texas did indeed make the list, but so did the likes of Michigan, Oregon, Florida State and Georgia. It’s worth noting that the Wolverines offered Presley Tuesday afternoon.

For now, Presley said he is interested in the Longhorns, but would like “to see them more.”

Presley has been down to campus once before for the 2018 Oklahoma State game that ended up in an overtime loss for the Longhorns.

Once the Corona Virus pandemic passes, Presley said the schools he hopes to visit includes Texas, K-State, Ole Miss, Cal, USC and Miss State.

When Presley returns to campus, the heat will surely be turned up in this recruitment. Texas has been looking for a wide out that fits Presley’s 6-feet, 3-inch frame and his stock is surely to continue to rise. Things will be on hold for now with the Corona Virus pandemic.


Recruits Reconsidering Timeline
– Super K

Last week, I noted that per a source close to TreVeyon Henderson, Henderson has been mulling over the idea of committing early. Per said source, Henderson was in fact considering a commitment to Ohio State – a school he has yet to visit.

The disruptions caused by the spread of the virus have some recruits concerned about when things will go back to normal – when they’ll be able to travel, take their schools visits and ultimately lock in a spot.

I chatted with yet another high profile player this past Friday who told me he is seriously considering committing somewhere before his originally scheduled commitment which was set for late summer/early fall.

You’ve also probably noticed a lot more players dropping top lists, as of late. Additionally, I’ve spoken to players who were scheduled to take visits before their scheduled commitment timeline and while the visits have been cancelled, they are proceeding with their commitment.

This makes it all the more important that coaches be recruiting right now and not taking that as time off. If for no other reason, they need to be working to calm players nerves and convince them to hold off and take their visits.

Although decommitment and flips get a lot of attention, if you look at the numbers, it’s a lot more likely that a commit will stick than decommit. But the flip side of this stir in the recruiting world is that it’s still relatively early in the recruiting process. Even if things don’t get back to normal till mid to late summer, that still leaves the entire fall for visits.

For players who may commit early, I wonder if they’ll feel they cheated themselves out of the recruiting process. Schools could then be stuck with a lot of drama on their hands as kids make the case that despite the commitment they’re going to take all their officials.

That said, unless a commitment seemed to be inevitable anyway, I’m not sure a rushed decision made out of fear during this time is going to stick.


Glancing Ahead | 2022 QBs
– D.T.

With the entire sports world on pause, I figured now would be a good time to get a jump on the competition. Last year, I released multiple “watch lists” for 2021 prospects weekly as a part of my Thirsty Thursday columns. You guys seemed to really enjoy it and we love to keep the people happy here at TFB. This time around we’ll give the younger guys a little bit more of their own shine. Today we will focus on the signal-callers.

Southlake Carroll QB Quinn Ewers (6’3 195)

(Photo Cred: Star-Telegram)

On the hoof: I’ve seen Ewers in person twice now and he’s been impressive both times. He has tremendous pocket presence for his age, moving around comfortably in traffic while keeping his eyes downfield. Displays some impressive poise in his body language at all times. He has natural arm talent that can’t be taught and he understands touch. Ewers is extremely accurate and has the ability to move the chains with his legs, although I wouldn’t consider him a true Dual-Threat at the position. At this early stage, there isn’t another QB in the class right now in-state that compares. Ewers will likely maintain his lofty status long past high school and he has obvious 1st Round potential barring any major setbacks. He’s got offers from everyone, but Texas and Oklahoma figure to factor very heavily into his decision. 

Offers: Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Michigan

Highlights: 

Rockwall Heath QB Josh Hoover (6’2 205)

(Photo Cred: Perfect Game)

On the hoof: Hoover’s arm talent stood out to me on tape. I can’t even find a football profile on Hoover, but he’s apparently a well-known name in baseball circles, which explains the aforementioned arm talent. He’s got good size on tape and delivers some dimes into windows regularly. This a kid that I expect to see take off from an offer standpoint very soon and I want the credit when/if it happens. He would be a nightmare in the Big XII. 

Offers: N/A

Highlights:

Austin Westlake QB Cade Klubnik (6’1 180)

(Photo Cred: American -Statesman)

On the hoof: I had a blast watching this guy’s clips. He’s not big (I question the 180lbs), but Klubnik is a flat-out gamer who has plenty of room to fill out physically over the coming years. He already holds multiple P5 offers. From everything I’ve heard about him, he’s hyper-competitive and has an alpha leader type of personality. Klubnik has a nice set of wheels and shows the ability on tape to deliver accurate strikes while on the move. He’s as the closest thing to a true Dual-Threat that I’ve seen so far in this class. Being a Westlake kid, I have a hard time seeing this kid not wind up at Texas if the Longhorns really push when the time comes. 

Offers: Auburn, Wisconsin, Baylor, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, SMU

Highlights:

Rockwall QB Braedyn Locke (6’0 185)

(Photo Cred: Dallas Morning News)

On the hoof: Locke put up some big-time numbers as a Sophomore in the highest classification in the state of Texas and helped lead his Rockwall squad on a deeper-than-expected playoff run this past season. Like most kids his age, Locke doesn’t look anything like what the finished physical product will be. Miami and SMU liked him enough to extend very early offers. I’m very interested to see Locke next season without the presence of 5-Star WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba on the receiving end of most of his passes. 

Offers: Miami, SMU

Highlights:

Frisco Lone Star QB Garret Rangel (6’1 175)

On the hoof: Rangel, similarly to Braedyn Locke, put up very impressive numbers during his Sophomore campaign and led his team on a deep playoff run. He also had a record-setting Senior WR on the end of most of his passes, so there is a bit of a wait to see what he looks like as a Junior. With all of that being said, it’s hard to ignore how impressive some of the throws are that he makes. Nevada liked him enough to make an early move. 

Offers: Nevada

Highlights: 

Bishop Dunne QB/ATH Alex Orji (6’3 200)

On the hoof: I’ve seen Orji in camps when he was younger and I saw him live in game action this past season. He’s truly a standout physically. There isn’t much that you can ask of the young man that he can’t get done from an athletic standpoint. Orji plays on both sides of the ball for his school and he shared QB duties in 2019. He will likely do the same in 2020, as the starter was a Junior. He’s a work in progress at the position, but he seems determined to prove that he can stick there at the next level. He does have every tool in the tool bag to make it happen. In my opinion, Orji would be the best Safety prospect in the 2022 class if he would commit to the position.

Offers: Oklahoma, Baylor, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Houston, Kansas

Highlights:

Missouri City Ridge Point QB Bert Emanuel Jr. (6’2 175)

On the hoof: Emanuel is that son of former 8-year NFL veteran Wide Receiver Bert Emanuel, Sr. Despite not taking over until later in the season, the younger Emanuel still earned 20-6A Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors. Emanuel Jr. makes this list based more on projection compared to production. All of the tools are there for an FBS football prospect. He’ll be a guy I keep a close eye on in the fall.

Offers: N/A

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