Open Post | Tuesday, May 4th

Commitment Analysis | Wide Receiver Xavier Worthy
– D.T.

Texas got a huge commitment during their Orange-White Game on Saturday when former Michigan signee Xavier Worthy became the 22nd member of the 2021 class and 4th Wide Receiver commitment.

What’s Texas getting in Worthy?

Ranking: Consensus Top-100 recruit nationally, Top-10 WR nationally

Size: 6’0 165

Offers: Michigan, Alabama, Arizona St, Georgia, Oregon, LSU, USC

Player Comparison: Evan Stewart (2022 5-Star)

Analysis: I’ve never compared a player to a prospect younger than him but I also don’t think I’ve seen two guys who are almost split images of each other in consecutive classes. In more ways than one, Xavier Worthy will be providing the Texas Offense and fans with many of the same things that Texas was hoping they would be getting in Evan Stewart in next year’s class. 

Worthy is around six-feet tall with a wiry frame that will draw comparisons from many to Alabama Heisman winner Devonta Smith. He’s not nearly the technician that Smith was but he provides similar dynamic athleticism at the position and is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. He will have Inside-Outside versatility for the Longhorns.

He has verified track numbers 10.55 100M as a Sophomore, 21.41 200M, 22-1 LJ, that would be among the best at the 6A level in Texas and it translates to the field. After watching the Texas Spring Game, he has the skillset to come in and immediately provide the Texas Wide Receiver room with a talent that they are currently lacking. Worthy was an Adidas All-American selection and becomes the second-highest rated prospect in the 2021 Texas class behind Ja’Tavion Sanders. 

Instant Impact Rating: 6. Worthy will play as a True Freshman. 

The Word on yet Another Possible Transfer
– Super K

As you know, Texas A&M wide receiver, Shadrach Banks has entered the transfer portal.

Soon after that, a source close to Banks told me that his likely destination was TCU and that he would be going to TCU to play linebacker – not wide receiver.

Since then, I’ve told Texas has made their own case for Banks and would like to add him as yet another transfer. Source close to Banks tells me that Texas has told Banks that they will let him have the option of playing on either side of the ball though he will likely begin on defense.

I was told that as of last night a decision had not yet been made.

Also, worth noting that Banks could potentially help with landing Denver Harris and keeping Kris Ross in the fold.

Terrance Brooks | Top Five and Trending
– Super K

As you know by now, Texas CB target, Terrance Brooks (John Paul II) recently dropped a top five which included Alabama, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M, and Florida.

We reported recently that Brooks has an official visit set up to Texas for the big June 18th-20th weekend.

Based on what I’ve heard, it sounds like Brooks was very impressed with Alabama’s performance in the draft. They seem to do that every year but it caught Brooks’ attention.

Having said that, I’m told that Texas is still in a formidable position. So while I typically give a trending to a single school or trending away from a single school, I get the sense it’s better to say this one is trending Bama and Texas.

There has been a dip in the recruiting momentum as of late but Terry Joseph and Blake Gideon are some serious recruiters. They’ve already landed Bryan Allen and held on to Guilbeau and put themselves in a good spot for Bryce Anderson and are striking distance to Jacoby Mathews and now Terrance Brooks.

Looking Back | Texas Class of 2017 Four Years Later
– CJ Vogel

It has been four full years since the transition class from Charlie Strong to Tom Herman signed their National Letters of Intent with the University of Texas.

So, let’s take a look back at how the class has turned out.

In the 2017 class rankings, Texas wound up 25th, with seven 4-star athletes and 11 3-stars.

The class as a whole was the lowest ranking Texas has seen since the recruiting rankings officially started in 2000.

QB Sam Ehlinger – The unequivocal leader of the Longhorns over the last 3.5 years, Ehlinger was just drafted by the Indianapolis Colts with the 218th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Ehlinger wound up with the 2nd most touchdowns, passing yards and total yards of any Longhorn ever.

RB Toniel Carter – Carter flipped late in the cycle from Georgia, a move he probably regrets in hindsight. Carter had two starts and appeared in nine games as a freshman, though he did not play in his sophomore campaign and ended up transferring to Sam Houston State.

DL Ta’Quon Graham – Graham was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 4th round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Graham was voted a team captain of his final year with the Longhorns. He appeared in 48 games during his career with Texas, starting his last 22 contests in the middle of the defensive line.

LB Gary Johnson – After transferring in from Butler Community College, Johnson found himself in the middle of the Longhorns’ defense right away. With his speed, Johnson ended up being a pretty solid contributor for two seasons, starting both years. He signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.

DB Montrell Estell – Estell came in as an athlete and the 234th ranked player in the nation. After redshirting as a freshman, Estell appeared in 27 games over the next three years and recorded two starts. Estell used last year to redshirt again and has since returned to the Longhorns for the upcoming season, but on the offensive side of the ball.

CB Josh Thompson – As a redshirt sophomore, it appeared Thompson was ready to take over a starting spot in the Texas secondary, however that was cut short due to a broken foot. Thompson returned last season and was a starter for all nine games and is in position to do the same this upcoming year with a good chance of hearing his name called in next year’s Draft.

TE Reese Leitao – The Oklahoma native never really panned out during his time at Texas. Leitao was buried on the depth chart seemingly his entire time. Leitao made the move to the defensive side of the ball in 2020. Leitao graduated in December with a degree in Neuroscience.

DL Marqez Bimage – Bimage was in a position to be a big key of the Texas defense until Covid came. Bimage opted out of his 2020 season and has since transferred out of the Texas program.

CB Kobe Boyce – Boyce started six games during his time with the Longhorns. In his three seasons, he saw time in 19 total games after redshirting his freshman year. Boyce medically retired ahead of the 2020 season to focus on his mental health.

OL Derek Kerstetter – Kerstetter has been a four year started on the Texas offensive line and is slated to return in 2021 following a gruesome injury in the final regular season game of the year in 2020. The team captain has been and a massive part of the overall team build.

RB Daniel Young – Young saw time early in his career with the Longhorns but was recruited over as time went on. He opted out of the 2020 season, though is set to return in 2021 after participating in spring ball. Young has 589 yards and 5 touchdowns in 23 career games.

WR Jordan Pouncey – Pouncey never got a footing in the Texas offense during his time in Austin. He recorded just two catches as a Longhorn and ended up transferring to Florida for the 2020 season.

TE Cade Brewer – After Andrew Beck departed, Brewer took over the reigns as the lead guy in the Texas offense. An ACL tear was a minor bump in the road for Brewer, though he has started 19 games over the last two seasons and was voted a team captain in 2020. He will be back in 2021.

OT Sam Cosmi – Texas had a pretty good run of offensive tackles following the stretch of Connor Williams and a year of Calvin Anderson. Cosmi stepped in and the team did not miss a beat. He was named an All-Big 12 member and was drafted by the Washington Football Team with the 51st pick in the draft.

DE/TE Rob Cummins – Cummins did not appear in a single contest during his three years on the team. He redshirted as a freshman and even moved sides of the ball, though could not scratch the top of the depth chart.

DT Jamari Chisholm – Chisholm transferred in from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and saw game time in 26 games over the next three years as a Longhorn. Chisholm did not scratch the surface as a regular rotational guy on the Longhorns DL and tallied just eight total tackles in his career.

K Joshua Rowland – Kicked for Texas for one season. Connected on all 38 of his extra point attempts, though went just 11/18 on FGA. Has since transferred to Texas State.

For those of you counting at home, here is how the class tallies up so far:

Drafted – 3

Transferred – 4

Still on Roster – 5

Medically Retired – 1

It’s not a pretty class. Though, when it is all said and done, there is a good chance five or six players from this class end up hearing their name called in the NFL Draft. Ehlinger, Cosmi, Kerstetter, Graham, Brewer and Thompson all proved to be big, big players during their time at Texas.