Updated DC Pecking Order | Sourced
– Super K
***Will Muschamp – He was the top guy. Reports are out saying that Muschamp is going to sit out this year. However, I am being told that this isn’t the case. I’m hearing that Saban wants to get the band back together and that Muschamp is likely to headed to Bama after the NC to take over as DC there.
***Dan Quinn – Have heard he currently holds a Texas offer and is the new top priority. Quinn had a brief stint as the Florida DC but for the most part has spent the past two decades in the NFL. I was told last night that Quinn has a DC offer from the NFL. So, he’s going to have to decide whether he wants to be in college or stay in the NFL. Folks I spoke to believe he will stay in the NFL but that’s just their opinion.
***Zach Arnett – Am told Mississippi State DC, Zach Arnett is the next option after Quinn. The Terry Joseph hire is interesting though because I had heard Arnett was going to try to bring one of his secondary guys from one of his previous stops. Not sure if that would be a deal breaker. I’m told Arnett is also a potential target for the Oregon job so either way Texas will have some competition. A source close to Arnett told me he’d likely pick Texas over Oregon but again, if Sark isn’t going to let him bring his secondary guy, I have to wonder if that would things in favor of Oregon.
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***Chris Ash – Am told he is waiting to see what Urban Meyer does and is hoping to get a spot on that potential staff. If not, I believe Florida has targeted him for the safeties spot. Also, now that Freeman has passed on the LSU job, I’m told he’s a candidate at LSU.
***Pete Golding – I’m told Alabama DC Pete Golding is likely out after the season. Haven’t heard anything about him being a Texas DC target but he’s a name that comes up just because of the Alabama/Saban ties and the fact that he will be available if Texas needs to go that route.
***Tosh Lupoi – In RE Tosh Lupoi, last Sunday, we noted the following about the possibility of Lupoi (full article here):
However, CJ has a tie to Lupoi as well and his source said something similar as my source – that basically Lupoi was unlikely to take something in college if it wasn’t as a DC.
***Derrick Ansley – Ansley is currently the DC at Tennessee and I have heard he wants out (shocker, I know). Did here that Ansley is a possibility for a secondary spot but not as a DC.
Notebook | Weekend at Dallas Pylon 7 on 7
– CJ Vogel
Some of the best athletes in the country gathered in Dallas this weekend for the 2021 Dallas Pylon 7 on 7 tournament. I’ll drop some of my biggest takeaways from the weekend as well as providing a number of names that Texas fans should be on the lookout for the future. (Hint: it involves a lot of Houston talent)
I’ll also be in Colorado throughout the week so if I am late to responding to a post on a kid I saw this weekend it is likely because I am falling face first down a double black in Steamboat. But I will be responding and checking each post at the end of the day.
With that said, let’s dive into some of the guys that stood out the most.
– Off the jump, I know there was some buzz regarding five-star cornerback Domani Jackson and Texas during the season, and while the introduction of Steve Sarkisian may make California recruiting a bit easier, I don’t think it will turn the tide in this recruitment at all. Barring something unforeseen, I would close the door on this recruitment.
– I know Texas is hoping to make a big splash at the quarterback position in the 2022 class, whether it be fighting back into the Quinn Ewers recruitment or if things develop well with the in-state quarterbacks or even if Texas throws a hail mary at CA QB Maalik Murphy. But, should they be forced to take a second quarterback for whatever reason, Vista Ridge gunslinger Dez Thomas II impressed me with his play for PPA today. He will be a guy I see this spring and follow throughout the season.
– Sticking with PPA, they have a lot of pass catchers that are going to blow up this spring. Two of which attend Strake Jesuit in Houston. 2022 Tight end Thomas Jewett was a guy that was seemingly unguardable all day. The other was 6-foot-4-inch Leland Smith. Smith is listed as a tight end per his profile on 247Sports, however he played mostly at outside receiver today and looked pretty good at the position.
– One last pass catcher for PPA that really stood out, and it was hard not to notice him, was 2023 Silsbee WR Jayce Jones. At 6-foot-5-inches tall, Jones is clearly an intriguing prospect, add that to the fact that he is just a sophomore and you have the recipe for a recruitment bound to explode. Right now, Jones holds just a Memphis offer, but that will undoubtedly change this calendar year.
– 2023 Cy Woods linebacker Dylan Rogers is going to be one of the state’s best defensive players without a doubt. Rogers is already at 6’3″ and 205 pounds and combines that with supreme athleticism at the linebacker position. He made a number of impressive plays in the middle of the field for All-En 7 on 7 in the lone game I was able to watch.
– On to the Fast 7 on 7 squad. It was just another day at the office for Ro Simon Jr.’s squad. Fast went 3-0 and won convincingly in each game. I am beginning to run on of superlatives for Klein Cain RB Jaydon Blue, he is simply incredible. If Blue wasn’t a running back, he would absolutely be able to pass as a slot wide receiver at the next level, his pass catching and route running is that good. He made a leaping catch over a defender in the endzone for one of the best catches of the day. And keep in mind he is only 5-feet-10-inches tall.
– Blue’s teammate on Fast 7v7 and current Texas commit Jaylon Guilbeau was very good in coverage Saturday. Guilbeau played mostly in the slot for Fast which was surprising to me considering his build. But to his credit, Guilbeau played well and in the two games I watched, he allowed just one reception.
– The more I watch of Brenham’s Eric Hemphill, the more I become a fan. Hemphill is very versatile in the secondary and moves as well as any player on the field. Personally I like him in the slot, but man he can play any of the corner spots.
– Shadow Creek’s Jaiden Scott looked good in coverage once again. I am expecting his offer sheet to expand this offseason once some coaches are able to walk through the doors at Shadow Creek once again.
– For the second straight weekend, 2021 Fort Bend Marshall wide receiver Javion Matthews has been the fastest dude on the field. Matthews is quite undersized, but man with the ball in his hands, it’s hard to find someone more fun to watch on a 7 on 7 field.
I am still waiting for Matthews’ high school teammate Chris Marshall to really break out in one of these tournaments. His junior Hudl film was a blast to watch and the raw talent is absolutely there, while Matthews is entering just his second season as a true football player, it makes sense to not see him on the 7v7 circuit right away but when he puts the pieces together, he will certainly see his name among the likes of Evan Stewart, Caleb Burton, Phaizon Wilson and Armani Winfield.
– One of the new teams to the 7 on 7 circuit is South Texas Elite and it’s filled with some incredible talent. Mostly from Houston, but there are some Georgia fingerprints all over the roster as well.
If you have followed the theme so far today, it is there are some crazy talented tall athletes, and that continues now with 2022 Clear Springs WR Noah Thomas. The offers are just beginning to roll in for Thomas who has earned offers from Arkansas, California, Tennessee, Houston and Colorado so far. That’s a good start, but expect the big dogs from across the region to get involved here. Thomas reminds me a lot of former 4-star WR Johnny Wilson.
– It was good to see 2022 Clear Springs CB Julian Humphrey in action once again, if you remember way back in January of 2020, I posted about Humphrey at the All American Bowl Combine being the best corner at the entire camp and today he proved exactly why there are 23 schools with their hat already in the ring.
- 2022 CB Julian Humphrey (Clear Lake, TX) – Humphrey was the best corner at the camp. The offers are beginning to roll in for him as well, however he has his eyes on a couple schools early on: LSU, TCU and Texas.
- I also mention Jaydon Blue and Jaylon Guilbeau in this piece, which I completely forgot until just now. Here’s the link if you are interested.
– How about a freshman. Yep. 2024 Manvel WR Andre Thompson was very, very impressive. Thompson is on the shorter side of things, at right around 5-foot-10-inches tall, however he is just 14 so it would be foolish to hold that against him. Against some of the best talents two years older than him, Thompson had no issue finding the end zone a couple times and showed nice hands and route running.
– Pearland safety/outside linebacker Dylan Dixson was out there turning heads as well. The STE member grew up a Florida State fan and with an offer already in the bag, it may be a tough hill to climb. But, Dixson is absolutely worth the watch for the new Texas staff.
– A (Boom) midwest kid! How about that. Texas offered Tyler Morris a while ago under the old staff, and it should not take long for the new staff to re-offer. Morris is a native of Illinois and is currently pegged to go to Michigan by several crystal ball predictions. He was easily one of the most complete receivers I saw Saturday.
– 2022 Oklahoma commit and Garland WR Jordan Hudson was superb. I chatted with him once his team concluded play and will have a post this week about it, but it was real easy to see why the Sooners pushed hard for his commitment early. Wherever he plays on the field, he will be a contributor early.
– Hudson’s teammate at Garland safety Chace Biddle stood out as well. As teams begin to sort out their big boards for the 2022 class, I expect Biddle’s phone to start heating up. He told me afterwards that he was hearing a bit from Oklahoma, Texas* and Texas A&M.
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– Super K
***Source indicates that Zach Arnett is interviewing with Oregon and LSU this week.
***Source also said that it sounds more and more like Pete Golding may end up being the guy at Texas.
***Alabama CB coach, Karl Scott is very close to Golding so if Golding to Texas happens, then I’d imagine an offer has been made to Karl Scott.