Jeremy Patton | My Take | Some Caution
– Super K
As you know, Texas is in pursuit of 2022 LB Jeremy Patton (Tenaha, TX). Patton took his official visit to Texas in the early part of June. Following the visit, he told both CJ and I that he foresaw it being very difficult for him to pass up Texas.
I should note that when I went out to see Patton he mentioned that a significant portion of his family are Texas fans (other half are LSU fans).
Patton is set to announce his decision on July 31st and will be at the big Texas event later this month.
So while all seems to be going smoothly, I want to advise a bit of caution on this front. I am getting the sense that folks over at Baylor feel like they’ve done a really good job with Patton and I think they are more of a threat than we had perhaps originally thought.
I’ll continue to check on this as the time gets a bit closer. I will say that because Patton is attending the Texas event, even if Baylor had managed to take a slight lead after their OV (which was after the Texas visit), this event could push things back in the Longhorns favor.
Issues on the Recruiting Front
– Super K
I know it’s not lost on any of you all that, as of late, Texas hasn’t been hitting home runs on the recruiting front.
I’m sure there are a variety of reasons but I wanted to offer up three particular issues I think may be weighing on Texas a bit.
***The turn over at Texas had dulled the pitch. This really isn’t on Sark, at all. Texas has just had so many coaching changes in such a short period of time that a lot of these kids are old enough to remember that Charlie was supposed to bring Texas back to the promised land. Then, Herman was going to change things.
So, Sark isn’t getting the benefit of the doubt the way Charlie and Herman did.
Players continue to say that they want to see the product on the field. To add to that, what’s going to be expected of Sark in his first year is probably more than what Herman was expected to deliver.
***Another issue outside of Sark’s hands that I think is impacting recruiting is Covid.
I didn’t initially think much about the Covid effect. But something that reminded me of how difficult it can be to recruit as a new coach let alone a new coach in unprecedented circumstances, was Demarco Murray’s sudden change in fortune at OU.
Murray was hired at OU just before Covid. In his first class, Murray, a former star NFL player, OU alum recruiting for a program that produces a number of backs landed exactly zero running backs in his first class. Zero.
Fast forward one year and he has two top five running backs committed (Raleek Brown and Gavin Sawchuk) and is in a pretty good spot Jovantae Barnes.
Again, it’s tough sledding coming into a new program and building new relationships. But, when you can’t even visit the players or have them visit you until months into your arrival, it makes it that much more difficult.
***The final issue is one I think Sark can and will control. I think Sark is missing a couple of key pieces on his staff.
He has great coaches on the staff. But sometimes you need one or two true recruiting guys that can bring it all together.
In my estimation, Sark will need one staff replacement. He will need a guy like a Rashaad Samples type who is both a coach and an elite recruiter who can leverage relationships.
I also believe he will need to add a top recruiter to his front office. I get the sense he needs a narrator of sorts – someone who can tie the Texas message together, hold a room of parents and recruits and make coaches look great.
Herman had Carrington for that and I have to admit, as much I knew Carrington was a great asset, I didn’t realize just how vital he was. My suspicion is that Sark didn’t realize it either.
So, again I think Sark will need to add a front office guy. Those two simple additions can make all the difference.
Having said all of the above, as you know, winning cures all. But if Texas has more of an eight or nine win season, I think you’ll see the third issue remedied. The first two will work themselves out.
Commitment Analysis | ’22 DB Austin Jordan
The 15th commitment in the 2022 recruiting class for the Longhorns came on the defensive side of the rock when Denton Ryan Defensive Back Austin Jordan announced his decision on Twitter.
What’s Texas getting in Jordan?
Ranking: Consensus 4-Star (#12 Safety Nationally) (247), (#21 CB Nationally) (ESPN), (#33 CB Nationally) (Rivals), #58 Overall (Texas Top 60)
Size: 6’0 185
Offers: Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Georgia, Texas A&M, Miami, Arkansas, Baylor
Projected Position at Texas: Boundary Cornerback
Player Comparison: Chykie Brown (Texas 2006-2010)
Analysis: Currently my 5th rated Corner in the 2022 in-state crop (Brooks, Harris, Guilbeau, Humphrey), Austin Jordan has been a 2-year starter for a powerhouse 5A program in the DFW metroplex that has a 31-1 record during his time.
He’s got legitimate size and the desired length that allows him to disrupt plays at the catch point. His arms really stand out on tape and his documented track speed (10.98 100M as a Freshman) are what give me flashbacks to Chykie Brown during his time at Texas. Brown was a 5th Round draft pick and played 6 NFL seasons. I see a similar career trajectory for Jordan if things fall into place during his time in Austin.
Jordan improved from his Sophomore to Junior season in the ball skills department. He had several strip fumbles on tape and he showed the ability to make plays once he had the ball in his hands as a defender. I think he has upside as a Deep Safety with his straight-line speed and he’s not afraid to get involved in the run game although I wouldn’t call him a great tackler. While the physical traits are obvious I do have concerns about how fluid his hips are and he’s raw from a technical standpoint. For those reasons, I do not believe he should play in the Nickel. Overall, this should be a guy that contributes throughout his career and has the upside to develop into a multi-year starter at possibly both Corner or Safety.
Instant Impact Rating (1-10): 4. Texas is expected to lose a lot at Corner after this season and young guys with talent tend to find their way onto the field on at least Special Teams in some capacity.
Long-term Impact (1-10): 6. Jordan is a potential multi-year starter on the backend and could fill in at either corner or safety.