Open Post | Weekend, April 16th – 18th

What Happened With the Bryce Anderson Announcement
– Super K

This past weekend, I spoke with 2022 DB, Bryce Anderson at the NOLA Pylon event.

Many believed that Anderson would announce a commitment on his birthday, April 9th. That is what we had heard from folks.

I asked Anderson what happened and he said his plan is to commit either in August or sometime thereafter. He had mentioned that previously as a possibility. So, basically, it looks like he decided to hold off a bit and wait for some visits.

He tells me that he has an official visit to TAMU scheduled for the first weekend in June.

That will be followed by a USC official visit the second weekend of June.

Bryce says his plan is to be in Austin for the big Texas visit weekend, the third weekend of June. However, unlike the TAMU and USC visit, he says he will make the Texas visit an unofficial visit. He plans on taking his official visit to Texas during the season.

That is a good sign in my opinion. My overall vibe remains as it has been for months, Texas still leads.

I watched Bryce in the tournament this weekend and there are at least three things that stood out to me…

1) He has great eyes. You can see him processing what is about to happen.

2) When he sees “it”, he can close space really fast.

3) Hyper competitive!

Really impressed with him. If he picks Texas, I think he will be a good one for the Horns.

Team | Sourced | Thompson & Thompson
– Super K

***On the Josh Thompson front, as I noted earlier in the week, I’ve been told he’s been having a fantastic camp. However…

***It sounds like Thompson may have tweaked his hammy. Those things can be tricky and he doesn’t have much to prove for the remainder of spring. So, I imagine they will rest him for the remainder of spring. Not sure yet if he will play in the spring game.

***Should allow guys like Barron to get more reps and help the Horns develop some depth.

***Also, heard the same as CJ – that Jerrin Thompson has been the starting safety next to BJ Foster. The staff has mentioned Thompson publicly and from I’m hearing it appears it’s not just coach speak. He’s taken that next step.

***In pressers, coaches have spoken highly of Alfred Collins. We all know he’s a stud. But I was surprised to hear that the first group on the defensive front is Thornton and Jacoby at the ends and Keondre and Moro Ojomo in the middle. Would assume Collins is getting plenty of snaps but that surprised me a bit. They must like Moro.

Updates | Terrance Brooks & Why Texas is out for Chris Marshall
– Super K

***First, was told that Terrance Brooks has begun to quietly narrow things down. I recently reported that Brooks chose to take his official visit to Texas on the big June 18th-20th weekend. That seemed pretty significant because OU has their recruiting weekend that weekend, as well.

Well, I’m told that OU has fallen behind Texas and some other schools. It sounds like Bama, TAMU and Notre Dame are going to be Texas’ stiffest competition.

Have to say, Gideon and Joseph…man, those dudes can recruit.

***Also, I saw Chris Marshall at the NOLA Pylon this past weekend. Marshall was a guy that Texas really liked and he seemed to like Texas, early on.

Then, as I noted just before he dropped his top eight, things began to trend away from Texas.

However, even I was surprised that Texas didn’t even make the top eight. I did ask him about that. Why leave the flagship school of your state out of your top eight?

After saying positive things about the staff, I pretty much got the sense that there just wasn’t the vibe or fit between Chris and the Texas position coach. It happens in football recruiting as it does in life.

Priority now is going to be Evan Stewart and keeping Armani Winfield in the boat. Shazz Preston is another guy I’m told Texas really likes but unfortunately I wasn’t able to catch him at the Pylon. His team lost early and I didn’t expect that.

2022 Austin Westlake OL Connor Westlake Updates Recruitment
– CJ Vogel

I was able to make it over to Austin Westlake Tuesday morning to catchup with one of top offensive line targets on the board for Texas, Connor Robertson.

Robertson is one of the premier members of a stout offensive line over at Westlake and his recruitment has certainly reflected his performance on the line. Since moving from Connecticut, Robertson has reported 29 offers from schools across the country, including the likes of Texas, Tennessee, USC, Stanford, Miami and many others.

While the offers have been coming in for a couple of months now, Robertson is taking things slow and allowing the process to take its course. He is very much still in the evaluation phase, trying to research and learn as much about the schools that have offered him as possible.

Texas offered back on February 1, and he has been in contact with the new staff since then. Robertson said he probably talks with quarterbacks coach AJ Milwee the most of any member on the Texas staff.

“(Milwee) is a great guy. We talk every day or every two days,” Robertson said. “We really just have a good relationship with him. I talk to Coach Flood a lot and Coach Sark is more once a week or every two weeks.”

Robertson added that he has been able to connect with a good number of the coaches on the staff. In fact, Robertson mentioned getting in communication with Coach Jeff Banks and S&C Coordinator Torre Becton earlier in the cycle.

“It’s really cool,” Robertson said. “I love all of the coaches there. They definitely have hopes to keep kids in Austin, which is something I think is really good and a good look on their part. I love all of the coaches there and I think they are going to do really good things for Texas.”

Being just 15 or so minutes from UT’s campus, Robertson said that he has been to campus to walk around 2-3 times with his family. He’s also been able to connect with Texas signee Charles Wright who played at Austin High and is on campus now.

I mentioned on Twitter there were three factors that will be playing a big role in Robertson’s recruitment. Here’s the quote behind it:

“I think I have kind of thought of three things that are the most important to me,” Robertson said. “Obviously, there are hundreds and hundreds of things I could think about. But the education is really important. My whole family grew up going to pretty good schools academically, so academics are there up at the top.”

“Then the program historically and also kind of what their future looks like. I’m not part of the program in 1990, I’m going to be playing the next couple of years, so that’s when I want the program to be at its very best… Really just the staff and my relationship with them. The people at the school and sense of stability with the staff is real important.”

From my conversation with Robertson, I got the sense that he is still very open about where he will be playing in college. He mentioned wanting to be committed prior to the beginning of his senior season, though wants to take his time in evaluating all of his options.

Robertson did say he has been in communication with the staff about setting up an official visit, but he has yet to finalize a date. He said he is still up in the air about taking official visits in June right away or waiting until the fall.

While I do think there are some factors leaning quite favorably towards Texas (i.e location, relationship with coaches), I don’t see a decision coming anytime soon.

Jovantae Barnes Visiting Texas
– Super K

We’ve been covering 2022 4-star RB, Jovantae Barnes for a little while. He’s one of the Sooners top two running back targets. I was in Vegas to see Barnes and at that time, Texas didn’t seem to be involved.

However, I do know that Barnes’ coach is close to Sarkisian. In fact, while I was with him in Vegas, there was a point where he was on the phone with coach Sark.

Barnes was planning on taking his official visit to Oklahoma on June 18th-20th. And, we kind of got the sense that if all we went well, the Sooners could land him.

However, Barnes tells me he has changed his plans. Instead of doing official visits, this summer he plans on taking what he calls a “field trip” of visits around the country.

“I know of wanted to take my visits in June as unofficials then drop my top schools and go from there”.

Well, Barnes tells me that Texas will actually be his first stop. He and his coach will be flying into Austin on June 18th. It sounds like they will stay there for the evening and visit Texas. They will then head up to OU on the 19th and spend a day there before heading off to other visits (Alabama, Florida, etc.).

I don’t know how big of a player Texas can become in this one. I imagine now that they know he will visiting, coach Drayton and B Harris will be trying to build the relationship. Then, hope they can make a good first impression and get him back on campus for an official visit.

Right now the main schools in the mix, as far as I could tell from him were OU and USC with Florida possibly in there as well. Barnes is originally from Florida.

We will monitor this one.

Eyes of Texas on Transfer Linebackers
– Super K

As you know, Texas linebacker, Juwan Mitchell, recently re-entered the transfer portal. Additionally, DeMarvion Overshown underwent off-season surgery causing him to miss spring ball. Not ideal when you consider this is a new defensive scheme.

Word is Texas has been on the look out for transfer linebackers. I actually got word from a source that they have their eye on a particular linebacker down south who is not yet in the portal but has been considering it.

Also, we heard yesterday via a source that there is mutual interest between Texas and USC transfer linebacker and former five star, Palaie Gaoteote IV.

Per USC’s official site, Palaie’s playing career to date:

He has 105 tackles, including 7.5 for losses for 21 yards (with 2 sacks for minus 11 yards), in his career.  He has appeared in 20 games, with 14 starts, in his career.

The other prospect we heard who is considering entering the transfer portal will actually be in Austin later this month. I’ve heard that if he decides to enter the portal, UT will be an option he seriously considers.