Commitment Analysis | ’22 DL Aaron Bryant
Texas is looking to close on a few of their top remaining targets as we speed toward the beginning of the 2021-22 regular season. They’ve been particularly hot lately along the Defensive Line and that continued with the commitment of Southaven, MS 4-Star DT Aaron Bryant late last week. Bryant becomes the 4th DL commitment in the class and 18th commitment overall.
What’s Texas getting in Bryant?
Ranking: 4-Star #20 DT (247) 4-Star #23 DT (ESPN), 3-Star #31 DT (Rivals)
Size: 6’4 300lbs
Offers: Georgia, Alabama, Florida St, Auburn, Texas A&M, Arkansas
Projected Position at Texas: Nose, 1T, 3T
Player Comparison: Ross Blacklock (TCU 2017-2020)
Analysis: The very first thing that stands out on tape about Bryant besides his obvious size (which appears very close to being accurate) is his shockingly quick first step. Bryant can be seen repeatedly exploding off of the ball on his highlights and wreaking havoc in opposing backfields.
He’s light on his feet for a young man of his stature, with the ability to redirect in space and still get involved in plays from the backside when his motor is running hot. He reminds me a lot of former Houston-area standout Ross Blacklock with his athleticism and movement skills at 6’4 300+. Blacklock would have been a 1st Round pick had he not had multiple knee injuries on his medical report on draft day. If Bryant can be 75% of what Blacklock was at TCU, then this will have to be viewed as a heck of a get for Texas coming out of the heart of SEC territory.
Instant Impact Rating (1-10): 3. Bryant will join a stacked interior DL unit when he arrives on campus and it could be tough to find snaps as a Freshman.
Long-term Impact (1-10): 6. I believe that Bryant has the talent and potential to develop into a multi-year starter during his time in Austin barring injury.
The Latest on 2023 WR Jaden Greathouse
– CJ Vogel
The 2023 in-state crop of wide receivers has received well-deserved praise over the last couple of months and one guy that should certainly be in the conversation among the best in the state is Austin Westlake’s Jaden Greathouse.
Greathouse in Westlake’s blowout victory over Temple recorded six receptions for 106 yards and an impressive TD over a defender in the first quarter.
While many peg Greathouse as a tight end, the debate is there for Greathouse to stick as an outside WR. At 6’3″, if Greathouse were to move to TE, he would be limited in the trenches despite being skilled as a pass catcher.
Regardless, the talent is there and Greathouse’s recruitment is heating up, especially from Texas.
“It has been great getting to meet the new coaching staff,” Greathouse said. “I love talking to them all, they keep conversations light. It is a family atmosphere out there. I am glad they are right down the road, so it is easy access.”
An interesting tidbit from my conversation is the main recruiter for Greathouse has been QB coach AJ Milwee. I did not get an answer in regards of which position the Longhorns were recruiting Greathouse at, and the fact that neither Coleman or Banks was spearheading this recruitment was odd to me.
One thing is for sure, Steve Sarkisian is involved in this recruitment and is making an impact.
“He is a great guy,” Greahouse said of Sark. “I loved getting to meet him and I am excited for what he is about to bring to the table this season. I am excited for their first game.”
When September 1 rolls around and coaches can finally contact recruits, Greathouse named Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma as schools he is expecting to reach out once the clock chimes.
Greathouse joked that Connor Robertson has been in his ear nonstop about Texas, a common theme when referring to Robertson.
Greathouse will be in attendance for the first game of the year at DKR when Texas kicks off against Louisiana at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday.
For now, I don’t expect much movement from Greathouse in his recruitment. While he mentioned attending Texas’ season opener, I believe Greathouse will be taking things pretty slowly moving forward. Greathouse is very locked into winning another state championship for the Chaps and will likely hold off to the end of the season before making a cut to his top schools. Regardless, I think Texas is in a great early spot here.
One on One’s | Texas vs. Lousiana 2021
– CJ Vogel
Welcome back to the first edition of One on One’s in the 2021 season. The season is finally here and we are here to pick up two matchups that will play a significant part of the game Saturday afternoon and could ultimately determine who comes away victorious.
Let’s dive into it.
One on One number one: Louisiana DT Zi’Yon Hill vs. Texas C Jake Majors
A first time starter under center is going to need some help from the running game, and if the middle of the line is clogged, it is going to be a long day for everyone involved in the Texas offense. Our first 1v1 of the season belongs to Zi’Yon Hill and Jake Majors. Hill received the sixth best interior defensive lineman grade by Pro Football Focus last year and received praise from Texas HC Steve Sarkisian on Monday during his weekly press conference. Last season, Hill recorded five tackles for loss and four sacks last year on a defensive front that allowed just 4.31 yards per carry.
As for Majors, this is the exact test that Texas needs him to take advantage of for Texas to have a successful season on the ground. When Majors was plugged into the Texas offense for the final two games of the fall, the running game flourished. Texas averaged 318.5 yards per game on the ground, an elite level of production. Majors is expected to take the next step into being a key piece on the offensive and Hill will be a handful for him. Watch this matchup early on in the game this Saturday to see just what kind of push the Longhorns get up the middle.
One on One number two: Louisiana S Bralen Trahan vs. Texas WR Xavier Worthy
It was pretty common last year to see a WR/CB matchup in this post and we are starting off 2021 with a similar type of head to head. This time, it is coming out of the slot. Louisiana’s Bralen Trahan is arguably the best player on the defensive side of the ball for the Ragin’ Cajun. In 2020, Trahan led all of FBS with 11 combined pass breakups and interceptions, the kid really has a knack for finding the football in the air and making a play.
On the flip side, making his collegiate debut is Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy. Worthy has been a constant name brought up since his arrival this summer and Longhorn fans are aware of the potential immediate impact he could make in Sarkisian’s offense. As long as the first 1v1 goes in favor of the Longhorns, there is real potential for Worthy to make his presence known right away through deep PA shots. While I am expecting Joshua Moore to receive the most targets on Saturday, perhaps no one on the field outside of Bijan Robinson has the potential to make as big of plays as Worthy
Visitor List | Louisiana vs. Texas
– CJ Vogel
A handful of commits and recruits will be attending the season opener this week against Louisiana in the first full capacity game at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial stadium in over a year.
Here is a quick list of guys we expect to attend:
- OL Connor Robertson
- OL Cole Hutson
- CB Austin Jordan
- S BJ Allen
- LB Derrick Brown
- RB Jamarion Miller
- 2022 Port Arthur Memorial CB Jaylon Guilbeau
- 2022 Magnolia LB William Alexander
- 2022 Pearland LB Kvon Sherman
- 2023 Austin Westlake WR Jaden Greathouse
- 2022 College Station LB Jaxson Slanker
- 2022 Mansfield Legacy ATH Preston ‘Max’ Harris
- 2022 Highland Park OL Robert Sweeney
- 2024 Willis QB DJ Lagway
- 2023 Gilmer DB Rohan Fluellen
- 2024 Aledo CB Jaden Allen
- 2022 Aledo DB Terry Lewis II
A good group of committed Longhorns will be in attendance this weekend. As you will notice, there is a rather large group of under the radar linebackers that will be in the stands as well. With 20 commits in the bag, that is still a position that Texas is keeping tabs on and will evaluate as the season progresses.