Open Post | Tuesday, June 30th

2021 WR Theodore Knox Off the Board
– CJ Vogel

2021 The Woodlands WR Theodore Knox has committed to Mississippi State.

Knox is a guy that had been linked to Texas early on but communications had fallen off quite a bit in the recent months. In February when Knox visited for Texas’ elite day, he told me Texas “felt like home” so the interest was there.

Wide receiver recruiting has been a wild ride so far this cycle, though it seems like offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and Andre Coleman are finally starting to narrow down on a couple guys. Keep eyes on Jalen Alexis out of Florida to join Casey Cain (and Juan Davis in my opinion) in this class.

What’s Needed to Finish the 2021 Class
CJ Vogel

With July just two sleeps away, it’s a good time to revisit the 2021 class in its entirety and single out areas of need as we begin to turn the corner into football season.

Texas is currently sitting at 13 commits for the 2021 class which is good enough for the 10th spot according to the composite team rankings. Of the 13 commitments, seven come on the defensive side of the ball, five are on offense and an Australian punter rounds out the group.

Here’s a breakdown by position:

  • QB – 1 (Jalen Milroe)
  • RB – 1 (Jonathon Brooks
  • WR/TE – 2 (Casey Cain, Juan Davis)
  • OL – 1 (Hayden Conner)
  • DL – 2 (JaTavion Sanders, Jordon Thomas)
  • LB – 2 (Derrick Harris Jr., Morice Blackwell)
  • CB – 2  (Ishmael Ibraheem, Billy Bowman)
  • S – 1 (JD Coffey)
  • P – 1 (Isaac Pearson)

Of course the positions listed are subject to change, specifically with Billy Bowman, Derrick Harris Jr., and Juan Davis. But for the most part, this is where the class stands halfway through the 2020 calendar year.

Most Glaring Issues:

As we have discussed previously on the board and as I am sure you have seen on Twitter, offensive line recruiting has been a bit of a roller coaster so far. Texas is putting a lot of stock in the Brockermeyer brothers, and deservedly so, but a miss on that end could result in a tumultuous failure for Herb Hand and the future of the offensive line.

Savion Byrd was spotted in a Texas shirt as recently as Saturday, and while we were told to “disregard the Texas shirt,” it’s a sign of life in what was considered a pretty glaring miss.

I’ll touch briefly on it since it’s been hit on previously, but the majority of other top in-state options have all found homes so far as well. If the Brockermeyers pick someone not in burnt orange, Texas will have just one in-state OL in the top ten this cycle.

Next, wide receiver has been a fun position as well. But as the cycle has gone on, and the focus of getting tight end in the fold has remained constant, I am beginning more and more to think of Juan Davis as a WR in this class. Texas lost out on Quay Davis to USC, JoJo Earle to LSU and Teddy Knox just gave his verbal pledge to Mike Leach and Mississippi State.

Right now, it appears the next guys up on the WR big board are Jaden Alexis, JJ Henry and Ketron Jackson. Texas will need at least one and perhaps a 2nd of the group depending on where they end up going at the TE spot.

Winning Position:

Oscar Giles and Mark Hagen have done a very good job thus far with their group of defensive linemen. Ja’Tavion Sanders is a consensus five star prospect and Jordon Thomas was a big head-to-head win over Texas A&M. I’ve considered Derrick Harris Jr. an OLB but he’s now listed as a DE on the major ranking sites.

(Interesting note on Harris, he’ll be playing some WR this fall at New Caney)

So the group itself is looking pretty strong.

There is still a ton of time left in this cycle, so the panic button should be locked up and far away from anyone right now. Keep in mind, for how topsy-turvy this cycle has been to many, Texas still has a top ten class at the moment, and sit 6th in the country in average recruit rank.

Update | 2022 TE Trent McGaughey
– CJ Vogel

I caught up with 2022 Shadow Creek TE Trent McGaughey to check-in with his recruitment.

Charlie put up a note on March 3rd saying a relationship was building between him and the staff:

*** McGaughey mentioned that he has been hearing a lot from Texas recently and while he does not yet hold an offer from the Horns, he is ‘Starting to build a good relationship with Coach Boulware”.

Though, for some reason, McGaughey told me that contact with the Texas staff has been real quiet over the last couple of months. McGaughey visited Texas during the Elite Day in February and communication ceased shortly after.

At the moment, McGaughey told me that he hears the most from Ohio State and LSU. As a member of the Shadow Creek HS team that is coming off of a state championship win, the secret is out on the 6-foot-3-inch tight end.

Texas has had success recently at Shadow Creek with Xavion Alford being a member of the 2020 class and LB Terrence Cooks sitting in a real good spot to join the 2021 class as well. But if Texas hopes to get back into the race for McGaughey, they’ll need to do it sooner rather than later.