Commitment Analysis | ’22 OL Connor Robertson
The 14th commitment in the 2022 recruiting class for the Longhorns went down about 2 minutes after the 13th went public, when Austin Westlake Offensive Lineman Connor Robertson announced his decision on Twitter.
What’s Texas getting in Robertson?
Ranking: Consensus 3-Star prospect
Size: 6’3 295
Offers: Stanford, USC, Miami, BYU, Nebraska, Cal, Vanderbilt
Projected Position at Texas: Guard
Player Comparison: David Snow (Texas 2008-2012)
Analysis: For a while, it looked like Robertson may be this year’s prime candidate for “Offensive Lineman from Texas to choose Stanford over the Longhorns.” It turns out that Texas Offensive Line Coach Kyle Flood was able to avoid the curse this year and land a priority target that the Cardinal also coveted.
Robertson has been a two-year starter at Westlake and has actually spent most of his time at the high school level playing Right Tackle, although he projects to move inside in college. He could possibly provide the Longhorns with some always-welcome positional flexibility with his experience playing on the perimeter in addition to his surprising foot quickness and athleticism, which undoubtedly increases his value as a player.
My favorite play from Robertson’s highlights come at the 1:16 mark when he shows off his feet and athleticism. His assignment is a “down block” and to stay on his path to head for the MIKE in the box. However, as the play begins and Robertson begins his path, the LB jumps out of his gap. Robertson redirects and gets a one-hand punch on the defender, before flipping his hips around and finishing the play with a pancake block.
He is a player that I like a little bit more each time I watch him. Without having had the privilege of seeing him in person, it’s hard to gauge his true size, which could be a determining factor for where he ultimately lines up. I also wouldn’t be shocked to see Robertson get some work at Center during his time on campus. Like every young Lineman, he will need time in the weight room. He’s a quality pick-up at a position of extreme importance and he could help be the answer at multiple spots down the road. 100% a take for Texas.
Instant Impact Rating: 1. Robertson is expected to redshirt during his True Freshman season.
Long-term Impact: 5. Robertson projects to provide depth at multiple positions on the OL and has the upside to develop into a starter in years 3-5 of his time on campus.
Cockrell School Stands Out for 2023 DB Daniel Demery
– CJ Vogel
2023 Parish Episcopal defensive back Daniel Demery was on campus for the final weekend of the June visit period.
Texas extended an offer to the talented DB in February and has been keeping tabs ever since. As for the visit, Demery tells me “it went very well.”
Demery, who stands at 6-foot and 190 lbs, has been a standout at a number of camps early on for the 2023 class. On the trip, he was able to connect with safeties coach Blake Gideon and enjoyed his time there.
“He is a good dude,” Demery said. “I have heard nothing but good things about him and he made me feel very comfortable. I will be back.”
Coming from Parish Episcopal, academics are going to be a very big part of Demery’s recruitment. The plan is to study biomedical engineering at the next level. With that said, the Cockrell School of Engineering was a big hit on the tour for Demery.
Demery told me that while a number of the coaches were booked with official visitors, “all of the trip was good.”
Early on, Demery has been able to amass offers from 19 schools across the country. This summer, he visited Ole Miss, SMU, and Texas A&M along with the Longhorns.
July 30 Pool Party Guest List
– CJ Vogel
The dead period will be ending the last weekend of July and Steve Sarkisian and his staff will be hosting another pool party for elite recruits.
Here is a list of guys we have confirmed will be in attendance for the pool party:
- LB Derrick Brown – Texarkana, TX
- LB Harold Perkins – Cypress, TX
- S Bryce Anderson – Beaumont, TX
- LB Jeremy Patton – Tenaha, TX
- OL Connor Robertson – Austin, TX
- S BJ Allen – Aledo, TX
- WR Armani Winfield – Lewisville, TX
- DB Jaylon Guilbeau – Port Arthur, TX
- LB Anthony Hill Jr. – Denton, TX
- WR Johntay Cook – DeSoto, TX … Cook tells he me he is hoping to visit Texas and A&M that weekend, though is not locked in officially to either.
- TE Jaden Platt – Eaton, TX
- WR Chris Palfreeman – Fort Worth, TX
- CB Vernon Glover Jr. – Dickinson, TX
- OLB Kvon Sherman – Pearland, TX
- ATH Dalton Brooks – Shiner, TX – still finalizing travel details (7/12)
- DB Daniel Demery – Addison, TX
- DB Jaden Allen – Aledo, TX
- WR Jason Robinson – Houston, TX
- DE Caleb Mitchell – DeSoto, TX
- WR Jadyn Robinson – Houston, TX
Texas Commit Anthony Jones Goes In-Depth on his Decision
– CJ Vogel
I caught up with Las Vegas ATH Anthony Jones a few weeks ago following his commitment to the Longhorns. I wanted to pick his brain on how Texas won him over and why he wanted to reunite with defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski.
“They were always one of the top schools on my list,” Jones said about Texas. “Before I ever got out there, I could tell I had a really good connection with the whole coaching staff. They made it an effort for the entire coaching staff to reach out to me and build that connection with my mom and I.”
The hiring of Sarkisian was something that caught the eye of Jones from the get-go. Texas did a great job on his official visit during the weekend of June 10-11 and was able to win him over right away.
“I was able to learn a lot about the history of Texas Football,” Jones said. “I learned a lot more about Coach Sark. He has a very good background in winning and he brought on a lot of good coaches with a lot of experience who all have the same mindset as Sark. So going up there, I knew I could be really successful.”
Jones had previously been committed to Kwiatkowski dating back to when he was still the DC at Washington. Once he made the move down south, it took just five months for Jones to reunite with his future signal caller.
The plan for Jones is to be used as one of those edge players that has made Kwiatkowski’s defenses so dangerous over the years. It was pitched to Jones that he could also be used at SAM backer which drops back into coverage a bit more.
The city of Austin also had a big impact in the decision for Jones as well, who has spent years in the desert out in Nevada.
“I didn’t expect Austin to be like that, it was a lot more green than I had thought,” Jones said. “We were staying at the Four Seasons downtown and it was beautiful. I still got the city vibe but it still had a lot of grass and trees and a little bit of that country vibe. It was a good mix of both.”
With Jones slated to stick on the defensive line, he is one of three D-Linemen committed in the class joining Zac Swanson and Kris Ross.