– Super K
***First, on the Coronavirus front, I can confirm that multiple players have tested positive. Among them are a few higher-profile players and a few walk-ons.
***It does not sound like anyone is showing any severe symptoms just yet. Was told, just sore throats and such.
***On the Juwan Mitchell declaration, I am still digging. I thought this might be connected to an incident that occurred between Mitchell and Herman, last year. But as of now, I have received no confirmation. Really do not know what this is connected to, however…
***I will say that the staff is currently doing Zoom walkthroughs with the players and there have been depth charts put out. And I’ll speculate a bit here. I do get the sense that some of the social frustration tied in with a less favorable position on the depth chart, could be going hand in hand. I’m not saying that is the case for Juwan. But I do think that combination may be an issue the Texas staff will have to navigate.
***This is particularly true because you’ve got some very intense battles with people who are insistent on being starters and there are undoubtedly people that have been moved or will be moved. I get the sense the linebacker room is going to grow with some possible position moves.
***I also think the battle between Adimora and Anthony Cook is going to be a tough one.
***The battle at the CB spot will be challenging to navigate, as well. With Thompson moving to the starting CB spot, you’ve got one spot for Green and Jamison, not to mention Watson and others.
***Also, told that Texas will begin actual face to face walkthroughs in mid-July, and then fall camp will begin in early August (I want to say August 7th but don’t quote me).
Texas has now confirmed that 13 total Football student-athletes who have confirmed positive COVID-19 PCR test results or are presumed positive, according to Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine & Performance Allen Hardin.
All 13 are now self-isolating. Through contact tracing, 10 more Football student-athletes are in self-quarantine, all of whom are asymptomatic at this time. In addition, Texas has identified four Football student-athletes who have tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody. Any additional updates will be reported as that information becomes available.
Juwan Mitchell: Not “Comfortable Representing UT”
– CJ Vogel
Texas LB Juwan Mitchell posted a statement on Twitter Wednesday evening saying, “The only thing on your mind should be EQUALITY. … I do not feel comfortable representing The University of Texas.”
Mitchell joins Brennan Eagles and Anthony Cook as Longhorns to publicly state discontent with the program and a desire to distance themselves in the midst of an ever-changing social scene.
The Texas staff and team members were able to reel back in Cook to re-join the team, but that task will likely appear more daunting for a member who has already had an issue with the program in the past.
While Mitchell’s post does not specifically state he will not play this fall, it certainly gives the vibe that Mitchell’s status for the fall is in doubt.
We’ll get a post up once we learn more of the fluid situation.
Commitment Analysis | 2021 DB Ishmael Ibraheem
What is Texas getting in Ibraheem?
Rankings: Consensus 4-Star
Offers: Ibraheem had a Final Five of Oklahoma, TCU, Georgia, LSU, and Texas
Size: 6’1 165
Projected College Position: Cornerback
Player Comparison: Greedy Williams (LSU 2016-2018)
Analysis: An Under Armour All-American, Ishmael Ibraheem is one of the highest-rated Cornerbacks available in the 2021 in-state crop. Ibraheem is every bit of his listed height and he has long arms and a rangy frame to match. He has the room to add as much weight as the staff wants him to and absolutely looks the part of a big-time CB when conducting the eyeball test. He possesses legitimate straight-line speed with the ability to make up late in the route for any mistakes that he makes early.
I think that his football instincts are average. Ibraheem does a solid job of playing the ball in the air and his length allows for him to be disruptive at the catch point for any Receiver. He’s going to need time in the weight room before he’s able to contribute legitimate snaps, but he shows no reservations about being willing to try to make a tackle. You always worry about the ability to maintain fluid hips with taller Corners and that will be something that the staff at Texas will need to be cautious about when it comes to bulking up too quickly.
Overall, Ibraheem has the desired Height/Length/Speed that college coaches covet when they’re evaluating Defensive Back prospects. I do think that he will need time to adjust to major college football coming from inner-city Dallas, but if things work out he has a chance to live up to his billing as one of the top Corners in the class. Texas hasn’t had his type of body type at the position since the Holton Hill days.
Instant Impact Rating: 5
Commitment Analysis | 2021 DB JD Coffey III
What is Texas getting in Coffey?
Rankings: 4-Star (Rivals), 4-Star (ESPN), 3-Star (247)
Offers: Coffey had a Final Four of Texas, LSU, Oregon, and Washington
Size: 6’0 180
Projected College Position: Safety/Nickel
Player Comparison: Adrian Phillips (Texas 2010-2013
Analysis: Despite not having standout size or speed, JD Coffey III is a versatile Safety prospect that is at his best playing centerfield and using his excellent ball skills. He covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time when he sees the ball thrown. This does not mean that Coffey isn’t effective in man-to-man coverage, because he is. He has good hips and COD ability, especially for a Safety. He has a frame that should comfortably settle in the 195-205 range during his time on campus. He’s a guy that’s more football player than physical specimen and his tackling ability will allow him to play any role that is desired by the Defensive staff at Texas save for Cornerback. He’s not an ankle-biter like many Defensive Backs, Coffey is capable of delivering big hits and is never hesitant to engage a ballcarrier.
While it’s unlikely that he’ll get this opportunity at Texas, Coffey does provide some nice value as a return man as well. When he comes up with a turnover, Texas fans should be excited about what he can do with it as far as putting points on the board for the Defense. I have no concerns about his football speed, but Coffey could really take the next step as an athlete during his Senior year of high school if he dedicates himself to the track program at Kennedale. His best 200m times are mediocre at best.
Overall, I think that Coffey is the most instinctive Safety in this class and he’s a guy that stood out over a year ago when I first took a peek at the 2021 group. You can never have too many guys that do multiple things well. He’s a rock-solid pickup for Texas and a guy that I expect to be a multi-year starter before his time is up.
Instant Impact Rating: 5