Open Post | Tuesday, August 24th

2022 WR Brenen Thompson Drops Top 3
– CJ Vogel

2022 Spearman WR Brenen Thompson dropped his top three Friday afternoon.

The three that remain are Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

For what it is worth, I received confidence from a Texas A&M source not too long ago that the Aggies were the team to beat in this race.

With the way both schools are recruiting at the moment, that outcome would not come as a surprise to me. But, we will continue to check in and provide any additional details that come our way.


The Latest + My Take | 5-Star WR Evan Stewart
– CJ Vogel

I stopped by Frisco Liberty’s scrimmage against Royse City on Friday night to see the nation’s new No. 1 WR in person. As expected, Stewart put on a show.

In the live portion of the scrimmage, Liberty was trying to spread out the offense and get a vibe of who else they could rely on in their offense, which left Stewart without many touches, but he made the most of the opportunities he did get. Watch this touchdown on a quick WR screen.

But back to recruiting. Stewart has been pretty consistent with his approach of taking things slowly for the most part. With the season coming up, Stewart had plans to see a number of schools in person before narrowing down a list or making any type of commitment.

With official visits to Texas (June 18) and Florida (June 4) out of the way, the opportunity for three more official visits remain. Stewart told me hopes to take OV to Alabama and LSU, and will leave the fifth option open for now. My guess is, if Stewart were to take his fifth OV, it would go to Texas A&M.

Stewart told me his visits to Alabama and LSU “wasn’t what I expected,” but he left impressed by both campuses.

The current schedule for Stewart includes a couple of Alabama games. Stewart said he will be attending the LSU-Alabama game in Tuscaloosa November 6 and will be in Gainesville to watch the Gators host the Crimson Tide on September 18.

I don’t think it is any secret that Stewart and Florida have had some momentum lately. Stewart is very close with current Florida QB commit Nick Evers. I asked Stewart what his relationship was like with Evers and received this response.

“I love Nick, that’s my brother,” Stewart said. “Our families are close, we go over there and eat dinner with them and have a good time, chill in the pool and play basketball. It’s a real relationship, it’s a real friendship between me and Nick. There’s not many people who can say they have that type of relationship, especially on the recruiting journey.”

Of course, Evers is doing a pretty darn good job of recruiting the top pass catcher in the nation to consider the Gators.

As for Texas, a plan remains in place for him to return to see a game in-person.

“Most definitely,” Stewart said in regards to visiting Austin once more. “I have always wanted to go to a Texas-Oklahoma game.”

Texas is the host for this year’s game and can host him for a visit if I am remembering the rules correctly.

Stewart told me he talks with WR Coach Andre Coleman and Steve Sarkisian daily. He was hosted on a zoom call last Wednesday and communication is still strong. Stewart mentioned Maalik Murphy, Derrick Brown and Austin Jordan as guys who have recently been hitting him up from the Texas side.


My Take

Again, I do think Florida has a lead here. And I believe the gap between 2 and 3 is getting tighter at the moment than 1 and 2. Alabama and LSU are making up ground. Texas still is in contention but the table is getting more crowded with Florida being fed first.


Sourced | 2nd Scrimmage Notes
– CJ Vogel

Let’s just jump right into it.


OFFENSE

*** The offensive line had a much, much better day than the first scrimmage.

*** Jordan Whittington (hamstring) and Troy Omeire (knee/leg) did not participate in the scrimmage.Both are expected to  be ready to go for week one.

*** I mentioned a few weeks ago that I believe WR Joshua Moore will enter the season being the No. 1 WR and that prediction was reinforced following this past scrimmage.

Moore earned “player of the game” recognition from Sarkisian in the post-scrimmage press conference and racked up close to 75 yards and two touchdowns in the scrimmage. Moore is the safety blanket in a rather unproven and shaky WR room at the moment.

*** We all know about Bijan Robinson and his talent, but a RB that is continuously making plays is freshman Jonathon Brooks. I am not sure how much we will see of him this year, but he is on path to be a big player during his career in Austin.

*** Whether you like it or not, Kai Money will be seeing snaps this season. The dude has simply been as consistent as they come. I asked about Marcus Washington and was told he is on the cusp of figuring it out, but there are still hiccups that ultimately get into his head a bit and act as a barrier.

*** Casey Thompson connected with Joshua Moore for two touchdowns in the scrimmage and had a considerably better afternoon than the first scrimmage.

DEFENSE

*** As a result of a better day from the offensive line, it was quieter for guys like Jacoby Jones and Ray Thronton. I have heard great things from Jones this offseason, and while replacing Joseph Ossai on the edge is a tall task, he is the the best option at the moment.

*** Brenden Schooler has been impressive.

*** Alfred Collins got reps on both the interior and on the edge as mentioned following the Wednesday open practice.

*** The interior is the biggest strength on this team. Moro Ojomo, Keondre Coburn and T’Vondre Sweat alone will be tough for opposing offensive lines to handle this fall.

*** D’Shawn Jamison was beat on a go-route by Joshua Moore which resulted in a touchdown.

*** Anthony Cook had an impressive showing with a few pass breakups.

SPECIAL TEAMS

*** Hudson Card acted as the holder once again for Cameron Dicker.

*** Dicker also will be taking on the punting and kicking duties to begin the season.

*** As expected, Jamison will be the lead return guy on both punt and kickoff return this fall.