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I work closely with a certain previously committed 5 star QB's father (hint: its Quinn Ewers, for those who haven't been following recruiting closely like I have) and chatted with him a bit this after

I find all of the angst about Murphy to be laughable. After Ewers, he's the guy I've been cheering for Texas to land for 3 weeks. Texas has a healthy QB room right now and that isn't going to change.

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8 minutes ago, Hank Scorpio said:

Everyone get excited for our new starting QB: Brandon Harris. 

I hear Harris is Ron McKelvey’s son. 

Check that. Grandson. 

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What does it say about how sark saw Carrington


It says that unlike Herman, Sark doesn’t need a staff bartender/director of emojis/a reliable blow hook up.

 

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34 minutes ago, utfan87 said:

What does it say about how sark saw Carrington that he would go all out to keep Harris and not do the same for him? Maybe he did, but it wasn’t made public. 

It’s easier to teach a guy that knows football how to unleash his recruiting acumen than to teach a recruiter how to coach football

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That’s tricky.  We have 2 studs committed but not signed that signed up for the Drayton experience.

I don’t think it will be this year or next year. But Harris wants an on field role I believe so him staying is likely predicated on that in the future.
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7 minutes ago, Handcruser said:


I don’t think it will be this year or next year. But Harris wants an on field role I believe so him staying is likely predicated on that in the future.

Agreed that is what Harris wants.  Agreed that is the most likely role for him. Managing the transition will be crucial.

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8 hours ago, Enchubben said:

+ Campbell, Banks, D Harris, Anderson and we have the undisputed #1 recruiting class in America at 245 with 11 commits.

Now maybe all of those guys is a stretch, but where we are today, I don’t think any of them individually are unrealistic.

Edited to add: for comparison, last year we ended at 237 with 21 recruits. Username is checking out right now.

We want to land OLs and DLs that the SEC now believes they’re entitled to thanks to the fuckfaces in College Station opening that doorway? It’s gonna be a bumpy, expensive ride in the end. Banks, Neto and Dewberry aren’t safeties. Who knows when, where, or how those guys are going to go?

8 hours ago, RaysBoomBoomRoom said:

Sark just followed

Maybe Texas goes after and lands this guy, but he’s got problems and they’re not the kind simply solved. 

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2 hours ago, UncleSonny said:

Not to brag, but I played a little DT way back in the day as a 230 lb double team collapsing fat kid, so I'm pretty much an expert on this stuff. The one thing I look for in DT highlight films is if they chase down a play away--it's something I rarely had the energy to do. This guy checks that box in a big way. Do want.

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Maybe Texas goes after and lands this guy, but he’s got problems and they’re not the kind simply solved. 
Empty oil barrel and many gallons of acid. No trace left..simple.
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2 hours ago, TenCarryTom said:

I’m thinking that Jeff Banks may go on to be a head coach in the future and Harris will then coach TE because he is a plus recruiter for us. 

I'd guess that Harris replaces whoever of Banks, Drayton, Coleman, and Milwee leaves first, and in the meantime learns the offense 

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4 minutes ago, RGBIII said:

Maybe the real commitment is the friends we made along the way

Are we going to be enjoying the Smeagol dynamic all day? Just curious how much coffee I’m going to need this morning and if it’s going to be a drinking lunch. 

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5 minutes ago, SydneyCarton said:

Are we going to be enjoying the Smeagol dynamic all day? Just curious how much coffee I’m going to need this morning and if it’s going to be a drinking lunch. 

I’d make it a drinking morning and a coffee lunch personally

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1 minute ago, CHEF RIBS W/ THE HAMM YALL said:

 

I get that Black (Tarik), Brown (Derrian), and Green (Jalen, miss u) are fairly common last names, but having a Blue and Orange on the roster would be pretty fun too

 

 

Longhorns of color. 

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(Scipio Tex) Longhorn Recruiting: Meanwhile, out West....

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What news of the West? It's time for an update on Western recruiting opportunities.

The ground is still fertile, in-state schools are still vulnerable, and Austin still represents the happiest compromise of Western cool and Southern football passion available. A generous abundance of easy direct flights to every meaningful Western satellite doesn't hurt either.

I've detailed the opportunities before.

For Texas, the easiest wins for elite talent are still out West. Overlay a map of competition vs athlete quality and It's not a hard decision.

So how did the Western recruiting landscape shake out in 2021?

2021 California Top 30 Commitments By Program

USC - 11
Oregon- 5
Cal- 3
Utah- 2
Michigan- 2
UCLA- 1
Notre Dame- 1
Clemson-1
Georgia-1
Texas- 1
Arizona State-1
San Diego St- 1

USC recruiting rallied in a big way. They landed 11 of the Top 30 recruits in California and 5 of the Top 11. In other words, they successfully placed a shotgun in a barrel of fish and pulled the trigger. A meaningful rebound from a disastrous 2020 Trojan class which saw them land only 2 of the California Top 30.

What explains the turnaround? What changed on their staff? It can only be one thing...

ORRR-LAAAANNNNN-DOOOOO! I was told by experts like @Eric Nahlin and @Gerry Hamilton that Todd Orlando wasn’t a difference making recruiter! You may apologize here, gentlemen. In honor of Todd, send that apology on a telegraphed delay from the parking lot.

Oregon continues to harvest California, landing 5 of the Top 30 in ’21 after landing 4 of the Top 30 in ’20. Oregon also did a very good job of poaching the elites in Western satellites like Phoenix, Vegas, and Denver.

Cal did a really respectable job recruiting given their considerable constraints. Constraints like a Cal administration and town actively at war with their football program, not allowing them to work out, meet, or practice. Justin Wilcox out there squeezing a dollar from two dimes in Berkeley.

San Diego State landed a guy because they walked him by the Chi Omega house on Bikini Friday.

Those absent from this list is as telling as those present.

2021 National Recruiting Rankings (PAC relevant)

Oregon- #6
USC- #8
Cal- #28
UCLA- #30
Utah- #31
Washington- #35
Stanford- #50
Arizona State - #53

Arizona State suffered badly from USC’s SoCal resurgence and the work habits of their staff. Herm Edwards signed a 13 man class, was nearly shut out of California after feasting there in ’20 (the Sun Devils signed 6 of the Top 30 in Cali last year), and will be relying heavily on the portal to make up for their failure. You reeeeee-cruit….to win…the game.

David Shaw is on the recruiting ropes at Stanford. A one year blip or a real decline mirroring on-field results? Cal, USC, Michigan, and Notre Dame are beating them for Their Kinda Guys and when Stanford's already narrow recruiting list gets winnowed down, they end up with a 2021 national recruiting class ranked behind Vanderbilt, Memphis, Rutgers, and Cincinnati. Stanford hasn't been the thorn in the Longhorn side that Ohio State, LSU, or Alabama have been, but they've dealt Texas some real blows over the last few years in the Longhorn's backyard. As the athlete portion of the Stanford student-athlete sell diminishes, Texas should eat Stanford's organic, sustainably harvested lunch in both Texas and California.

Washington signed 4 of the California Top 25 last year. In 2021? Blanked. And now their best "I'll develop you to the league" guy is in Austin.

Side note: Big 12 apologists (some of you odd birds still exist) should note that the PAC 12 still out recruited our league despite their half-assed football season, horrific leadership, frequently hostile local governments, and half of their schools having a commitment to football as tenuous as my pledge to eliminate tortilla chips from my diet. Demographics, television sets, and potential still trump ineptitude.

Raising Arizona

Arizona is the best proxy for the other Western satellite states and it continues to steadily churn out real talent.

I explained the newly realized importance of Arizona couple of years ago.

In fact, I wrote that post long before Texas inked superstar freshman Bijan Robinson. There’s a powerful rumor going around that my post is what inspired Stan Drayton to recruit and land Bijan Robinson.

Now, I started that rumor, but let's now dwell on that. The important takeaway is that I'm probably responsible for Bijan.

Here’s all you need to know about the state of Arizona and in-state "competition."

In 2019, Arizona and Arizona State signed zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona.

In 2020, Arizona and Arizona State signed zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona.

In 2021, Arizona and Arizona State signed zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona.

In 2022, early returns show zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona committing in-state.

If anyone can identify the trend, help me out.

These players are going to Oregon, USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas. Arizona HS talent is more mercenary than a 18th century Hessian. And they're all a two hour direct flight away from Austin. You'll note very similar top talent trends in Colorado and Nevada.

Bottom line:

Western recruiting conditions remain extremely favorable. It’s all there for the taking.

Given Sarkisian's California roots, high profile success, and local-boy-done-good credentials, as well as some of his staff's familiarity with the region, it's a good bet that Texas will renew its recruiting efforts out West.

 

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(Scipio Tex) Longhorn Recruiting: Meanwhile, out West....

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What news of the West? It's time for an update on Western recruiting opportunities.

The ground is still fertile, in-state schools are still vulnerable, and Austin still represents the happiest compromise of Western cool and Southern football passion available. A generous abundance of easy direct flights to every meaningful Western satellite doesn't hurt either.

I've detailed the opportunities before.

For Texas, the easiest wins for elite talent are still out West. Overlay a map of competition vs athlete quality and It's not a hard decision.

So how did the Western recruiting landscape shake out in 2021?

2021 California Top 30 Commitments By Program

USC - 11
Oregon- 5
Cal- 3
Utah- 2
Michigan- 2
UCLA- 1
Notre Dame- 1
Clemson-1
Georgia-1
Texas- 1
Arizona State-1
San Diego St- 1

USC recruiting rallied in a big way. They landed 11 of the Top 30 recruits in California and 5 of the Top 11. In other words, they successfully placed a shotgun in a barrel of fish and pulled the trigger. A meaningful rebound from a disastrous 2020 Trojan class which saw them land only 2 of the California Top 30.

What explains the turnaround? What changed on their staff? It can only be one thing...

ORRR-LAAAANNNNN-DOOOOO! I was told by experts like @Eric Nahlin and @Gerry Hamilton that Todd Orlando wasn’t a difference making recruiter! You may apologize here, gentlemen. In honor of Todd, send that apology on a telegraphed delay from the parking lot.

Oregon continues to harvest California, landing 5 of the Top 30 in ’21 after landing 4 of the Top 30 in ’20. Oregon also did a very good job of poaching the elites in Western satellites like Phoenix, Vegas, and Denver.

Cal did a really respectable job recruiting given their considerable constraints. Constraints like a Cal administration and town actively at war with their football program, not allowing them to work out, meet, or practice. Justin Wilcox out there squeezing a dollar from two dimes in Berkeley.

San Diego State landed a guy because they walked him by the Chi Omega house on Bikini Friday.

Those absent from this list is as telling as those present.

2021 National Recruiting Rankings (PAC relevant)

Oregon- #6
USC- #8
Cal- #28
UCLA- #30
Utah- #31
Washington- #35
Stanford- #50
Arizona State - #53

Arizona State suffered badly from USC’s SoCal resurgence and the work habits of their staff. Herm Edwards signed a 13 man class, was nearly shut out of California after feasting there in ’20 (the Sun Devils signed 6 of the Top 30 in Cali last year), and will be relying heavily on the portal to make up for their failure. You reeeeee-cruit….to win…the game.

David Shaw is on the recruiting ropes at Stanford. A one year blip or a real decline mirroring on-field results? Cal, USC, Michigan, and Notre Dame are beating them for Their Kinda Guys and when Stanford's already narrow recruiting list gets winnowed down, they end up with a 2021 national recruiting class ranked behind Vanderbilt, Memphis, Rutgers, and Cincinnati. Stanford hasn't been the thorn in the Longhorn side that Ohio State, LSU, or Alabama have been, but they've dealt Texas some real blows over the last few years in the Longhorn's backyard. As the athlete portion of the Stanford student-athlete sell diminishes, Texas should eat Stanford's organic, sustainably harvested lunch in both Texas and California.

Washington signed 4 of the California Top 25 last year. In 2021? Blanked. And now their best "I'll develop you to the league" guy is in Austin.

Side note: Big 12 apologists (some of you odd birds still exist) should note that the PAC 12 still out recruited our league despite their half-assed football season, horrific leadership, frequently hostile local governments, and half of their schools having a commitment to football as tenuous as my pledge to eliminate tortilla chips from my diet. Demographics, television sets, and potential still trump ineptitude.

Raising Arizona

Arizona is the best proxy for the other Western satellite states and it continues to steadily churn out real talent.

I explained the newly realized importance of Arizona couple of years ago.

In fact, I wrote that post long before Texas inked superstar freshman Bijan Robinson. There’s a powerful rumor going around that my post is what inspired Stan Drayton to recruit and land Bijan Robinson.

Now, I started that rumor, but let's now dwell on that. The important takeaway is that I'm probably responsible for Bijan.

Here’s all you need to know about the state of Arizona and in-state "competition."

In 2019, Arizona and Arizona State signed zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona.

In 2020, Arizona and Arizona State signed zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona.

In 2021, Arizona and Arizona State signed zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona.

In 2022, early returns show zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona committing in-state.

If anyone can identify the trend, help me out.

These players are going to Oregon, USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas. Arizona HS talent is more mercenary than a 18th century Hessian. And they're all a two hour direct flight away from Austin. You'll note very similar top talent trends in Colorado and Nevada.

Bottom line:

Western recruiting conditions remain extremely favorable. It’s all there for the taking.

Given Sarkisian's California roots, high profile success, and local-boy-done-good credentials, as well as some of his staff's familiarity with the region, it's a good bet that Texas will renew its recruiting efforts out West.

 

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11 minutes ago, Machinator said:

(Scipio Tex) Longhorn Recruiting: Meanwhile, out West....

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What news of the West? It's time for an update on Western recruiting opportunities.

The ground is still fertile, in-state schools are still vulnerable, and Austin still represents the happiest compromise of Western cool and Southern football passion available. A generous abundance of easy direct flights to every meaningful Western satellite doesn't hurt either.

I've detailed the opportunities before.

For Texas, the easiest wins for elite talent are still out West. Overlay a map of competition vs athlete quality and It's not a hard decision.

So how did the Western recruiting landscape shake out in 2021?

2021 California Top 30 Commitments By Program

USC - 11
Oregon- 5
Cal- 3
Utah- 2
Michigan- 2
UCLA- 1
Notre Dame- 1
Clemson-1
Georgia-1
Texas- 1
Arizona State-1
San Diego St- 1

USC recruiting rallied in a big way. They landed 11 of the Top 30 recruits in California and 5 of the Top 11. In other words, they successfully placed a shotgun in a barrel of fish and pulled the trigger. A meaningful rebound from a disastrous 2020 Trojan class which saw them land only 2 of the California Top 30.

What explains the turnaround? What changed on their staff? It can only be one thing...

ORRR-LAAAANNNNN-DOOOOO! I was told by experts like @Eric Nahlin and @Gerry Hamilton that Todd Orlando wasn’t a difference making recruiter! You may apologize here, gentlemen. In honor of Todd, send that apology on a telegraphed delay from the parking lot.

Oregon continues to harvest California, landing 5 of the Top 30 in ’21 after landing 4 of the Top 30 in ’20. Oregon also did a very good job of poaching the elites in Western satellites like Phoenix, Vegas, and Denver.

Cal did a really respectable job recruiting given their considerable constraints. Constraints like a Cal administration and town actively at war with their football program, not allowing them to work out, meet, or practice. Justin Wilcox out there squeezing a dollar from two dimes in Berkeley.

San Diego State landed a guy because they walked him by the Chi Omega house on Bikini Friday.

Those absent from this list is as telling as those present.

2021 National Recruiting Rankings (PAC relevant)

Oregon- #6
USC- #8
Cal- #28
UCLA- #30
Utah- #31
Washington- #35
Stanford- #50
Arizona State - #53

Arizona State suffered badly from USC’s SoCal resurgence and the work habits of their staff. Herm Edwards signed a 13 man class, was nearly shut out of California after feasting there in ’20 (the Sun Devils signed 6 of the Top 30 in Cali last year), and will be relying heavily on the portal to make up for their failure. You reeeeee-cruit….to win…the game.

David Shaw is on the recruiting ropes at Stanford. A one year blip or a real decline mirroring on-field results? Cal, USC, Michigan, and Notre Dame are beating them for Their Kinda Guys and when Stanford's already narrow recruiting list gets winnowed down, they end up with a 2021 national recruiting class ranked behind Vanderbilt, Memphis, Rutgers, and Cincinnati. Stanford hasn't been the thorn in the Longhorn side that Ohio State, LSU, or Alabama have been, but they've dealt Texas some real blows over the last few years in the Longhorn's backyard. As the athlete portion of the Stanford student-athlete sell diminishes, Texas should eat Stanford's organic, sustainably harvested lunch in both Texas and California.

Washington signed 4 of the California Top 25 last year. In 2021? Blanked. And now their best "I'll develop you to the league" guy is in Austin.

Side note: Big 12 apologists (some of you odd birds still exist) should note that the PAC 12 still out recruited our league despite their half-assed football season, horrific leadership, frequently hostile local governments, and half of their schools having a commitment to football as tenuous as my pledge to eliminate tortilla chips from my diet. Demographics, television sets, and potential still trump ineptitude.

Raising Arizona

Arizona is the best proxy for the other Western satellite states and it continues to steadily churn out real talent.

I explained the newly realized importance of Arizona couple of years ago.

In fact, I wrote that post long before Texas inked superstar freshman Bijan Robinson. There’s a powerful rumor going around that my post is what inspired Stan Drayton to recruit and land Bijan Robinson.

Now, I started that rumor, but let's now dwell on that. The important takeaway is that I'm probably responsible for Bijan.

Here’s all you need to know about the state of Arizona and in-state "competition."

In 2019, Arizona and Arizona State signed zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona.

In 2020, Arizona and Arizona State signed zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona.

In 2021, Arizona and Arizona State signed zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona.

In 2022, early returns show zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona committing in-state.

If anyone can identify the trend, help me out.

These players are going to Oregon, USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas. Arizona HS talent is more mercenary than a 18th century Hessian. And they're all a two hour direct flight away from Austin. You'll note very similar top talent trends in Colorado and Nevada.

Bottom line:

Western recruiting conditions remain extremely favorable. It’s all there for the taking.

Given Sarkisian's California roots, high profile success, and local-boy-done-good credentials, as well as some of his staff's familiarity with the region, it's a good bet that Texas will renew its recruiting efforts out West.

 

The difference this year in CA though is that outside of the top 10 or 12, there isn't anyone Texas would want IMO that they couldn't pull an equivalent or better from Texas.  And look at the positions represented there.  Domani Jackson is locked in at SC.  Texas doesn't need RBs or DBs from CA, probably doesn't need OL from there,  so its down to WR (maybe? Seems like we're locked in for a monster haul from Texas this year) or LBs.  They got Murphy and that might be it unless they can pull Williams.  I'll believe MacMillan in burnt orange when I see it.  He's got Notre Dame, 'furd or SC written all over him.  I dont think we'll pull Tuihalamaka and who knows what is going on with David Bailey.

So I just don't see Texas getting much more from California this year.  He's right about AZ though.  I don't know what ASU or Zona is doing in that state but they don't get ANY of the best players from there.  Like EVER.  And the talent base and quality of football is exploding there.

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The difference this year in CA though is that outside of the top 10 or 12, there isn't anyone Texas would want IMO that they couldn't pull an equivalent or better from Texas.  And look at the positions represented there.  Domani Jackson is locked in at SC.  Texas doesn't need RBs or DBs from CA, probably doesn't need OL from there,  so its down to WR (maybe? Seems like we're locked in for a monster haul from Texas this year) or LBs.  They got Murphy and that might be it unless they can pull Williams.  I'll believe MacMillan in burnt orange when I see it.  He's got Notre Dame, 'furd or SC written all over him.  I dont think we'll pull Tuihalamaka and who knows what is going on with David Bailey.

So I just don't see Texas getting much more from California this year.  He's right about AZ though.  I don't know what ASU or Zona is doing in that state but they don't get ANY of the best players from there.  Like EVER.  And the talent base and quality of football is exploding there.

These 9.95ers are pretty good at rankings but with no fall Cali football season, there are probably a ton of misses on the OL and DL. 
 

Until Campbell, Banks, Dewberry commit, they need to be all over OL and DL out west.

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19 minutes ago, LebongJames said:

These 9.95ers are pretty good at rankings but with no fall Cali football season, there are probably a ton of misses on the OL and DL. 
 

Until Campbell, Banks, Dewberry commit, they need to be all over OL and DL out west.

True but the West doesn't produce many top end DL in general, especially Tackles.  OL is different but so far, there doesn't seem to be a ton of top end OL talent in CA this year.  Going to be really tough to project some of these guys too with limited to no season.

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52 minutes ago, Machinator said:

(Scipio Tex) Longhorn Recruiting: Meanwhile, out West....

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What news of the West? It's time for an update on Western recruiting opportunities.

The ground is still fertile, in-state schools are still vulnerable, and Austin still represents the happiest compromise of Western cool and Southern football passion available. A generous abundance of easy direct flights to every meaningful Western satellite doesn't hurt either.

I've detailed the opportunities before.

For Texas, the easiest wins for elite talent are still out West. Overlay a map of competition vs athlete quality and It's not a hard decision.

So how did the Western recruiting landscape shake out in 2021?

2021 California Top 30 Commitments By Program

USC - 11
Oregon- 5
Cal- 3
Utah- 2
Michigan- 2
UCLA- 1
Notre Dame- 1
Clemson-1
Georgia-1
Texas- 1
Arizona State-1
San Diego St- 1

USC recruiting rallied in a big way. They landed 11 of the Top 30 recruits in California and 5 of the Top 11. In other words, they successfully placed a shotgun in a barrel of fish and pulled the trigger. A meaningful rebound from a disastrous 2020 Trojan class which saw them land only 2 of the California Top 30.

What explains the turnaround? What changed on their staff? It can only be one thing...

ORRR-LAAAANNNNN-DOOOOO! I was told by experts like @Eric Nahlin and @Gerry Hamilton that Todd Orlando wasn’t a difference making recruiter! You may apologize here, gentlemen. In honor of Todd, send that apology on a telegraphed delay from the parking lot.

Oregon continues to harvest California, landing 5 of the Top 30 in ’21 after landing 4 of the Top 30 in ’20. Oregon also did a very good job of poaching the elites in Western satellites like Phoenix, Vegas, and Denver.

Cal did a really respectable job recruiting given their considerable constraints. Constraints like a Cal administration and town actively at war with their football program, not allowing them to work out, meet, or practice. Justin Wilcox out there squeezing a dollar from two dimes in Berkeley.

San Diego State landed a guy because they walked him by the Chi Omega house on Bikini Friday.

Those absent from this list is as telling as those present.

2021 National Recruiting Rankings (PAC relevant)

Oregon- #6
USC- #8
Cal- #28
UCLA- #30
Utah- #31
Washington- #35
Stanford- #50
Arizona State - #53

Arizona State suffered badly from USC’s SoCal resurgence and the work habits of their staff. Herm Edwards signed a 13 man class, was nearly shut out of California after feasting there in ’20 (the Sun Devils signed 6 of the Top 30 in Cali last year), and will be relying heavily on the portal to make up for their failure. You reeeeee-cruit….to win…the game.

David Shaw is on the recruiting ropes at Stanford. A one year blip or a real decline mirroring on-field results? Cal, USC, Michigan, and Notre Dame are beating them for Their Kinda Guys and when Stanford's already narrow recruiting list gets winnowed down, they end up with a 2021 national recruiting class ranked behind Vanderbilt, Memphis, Rutgers, and Cincinnati. Stanford hasn't been the thorn in the Longhorn side that Ohio State, LSU, or Alabama have been, but they've dealt Texas some real blows over the last few years in the Longhorn's backyard. As the athlete portion of the Stanford student-athlete sell diminishes, Texas should eat Stanford's organic, sustainably harvested lunch in both Texas and California.

Washington signed 4 of the California Top 25 last year. In 2021? Blanked. And now their best "I'll develop you to the league" guy is in Austin.

Side note: Big 12 apologists (some of you odd birds still exist) should note that the PAC 12 still out recruited our league despite their half-assed football season, horrific leadership, frequently hostile local governments, and half of their schools having a commitment to football as tenuous as my pledge to eliminate tortilla chips from my diet. Demographics, television sets, and potential still trump ineptitude.

Raising Arizona

Arizona is the best proxy for the other Western satellite states and it continues to steadily churn out real talent.

I explained the newly realized importance of Arizona couple of years ago.

In fact, I wrote that post long before Texas inked superstar freshman Bijan Robinson. There’s a powerful rumor going around that my post is what inspired Stan Drayton to recruit and land Bijan Robinson.

Now, I started that rumor, but let's now dwell on that. The important takeaway is that I'm probably responsible for Bijan.

Here’s all you need to know about the state of Arizona and in-state "competition."

In 2019, Arizona and Arizona State signed zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona.

In 2020, Arizona and Arizona State signed zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona.

In 2021, Arizona and Arizona State signed zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona.

In 2022, early returns show zero of the Top 10 players in Arizona committing in-state.

If anyone can identify the trend, help me out.

These players are going to Oregon, USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas. Arizona HS talent is more mercenary than a 18th century Hessian. And they're all a two hour direct flight away from Austin. You'll note very similar top talent trends in Colorado and Nevada.

Bottom line:

Western recruiting conditions remain extremely favorable. It’s all there for the taking.

Given Sarkisian's California roots, high profile success, and local-boy-done-good credentials, as well as some of his staff's familiarity with the region, it's a good bet that Texas will renew its recruiting efforts out West.

 

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(Mike Roach) The Stampede: Can Texas continue to close on elite targets?

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The Longhorns continued their hot run on the recruiting trail over the weekend while quarterback commit Maalik Murphy made it to Austin for a visit. The Steve Sarkisian mantra of "All Gas, No Brakes" has been on full display as Texas continues to win big recruiting battles.

Horns247's recruiting staff was out on the road this weekend as both Mike Roach and Nick Harris observed Murphy's workout in Austin and Nick covered the Pylon 7v7 tournament in Houston.

Prospects are starting to cut their lists down, and Texas is making moves with several others behind the scenes. Can Texas add more elite prospects to the 2022 class as the Longhorns head into the spring full steam ahead?

In this week's edition of The Stampede, Horns247's weekly gathering of recruiting intel, we provide feedback from Murphy's workout and some juicy tidbits on Texas targets.

INSIGHT FROM MAALIK MURPHY'S QUARTERBACK TRAINER
Danny Hernandez is one of the most well-known quarterback trainers in the country. Based on the west coast, Hernandez trains southern California’s best passers year after year. A member of the renowned QB Collective group, Hernandez focuses on mechanics and body movement from quarterbacks.

His list of prospects is long and distinguished, and just in the past few years he’s had players like Jake Garcia (Miami), Miller Moss (USC), Bryce Young (Alabama) and DJ Uiagalelei (Clemson). His current high school list includes players like elite 2023 Los Alamitos (Calif.) quarterback Malachi Nelson and Texas commit Maalik Murphy. In fact, Hernandez has been tutoring Murphy since the 4th grade.

Hernandez accompanied Murphy to Austin and put him through his paces during a workout on Saturday at Del Valle High School before Murphy was able to take in Austin for the first time.  In talking with Hernandez, you can tell how much he loves his prized pupil, and he paid him high praise saying that he has as strong of a set of physical tools as anyone else he’s ever worked with.

Hernandez said that Maalik is aware of the disadvantages of not starting a big number of games, but the two are working to mitigate those disadvantages.  

Throughout all of the COVID-19 quarantine, Hernandez said that Murphy requested to meet several times a week over Zoom to work on the mental part of his game. The two looked through a ton of film to talk about coverages and defensive alignments. Hernandez said that Murphy was able to grow leaps and bounds during that time from a mental perspective.

Hernandez also talked about how coachable Murphy is. “He’s kind of a perfectionist. He can throw a 65-yard dime and turn around and ask immediately how he can do it better.” Hernandez talked about how Murphy comes from a great family with a strong support system which keeps him grounded and humble. Because of that, Hernandez feels that Murphy is suited to be a leader.

“He can fit in with any group of people,” he said. “You can put him with the prep school kids or the hood kids and everyone in between and he just fits in. He’s really comfortable in his own skin and can exist just about anywhere.”

After spending two weeks in a row around Murphy, I’ve been able to get a decent idea of what he brings to the table. He still has to develop into the player everyone thinks he’s going to be, but his level of physical talent combined with the intangibles and work ethic usually leads to good results on the field.

RECRUITING NOTES
This 2022 class is really starting to crank up. Yesterday, Texas landed a huge defensive weapon in Bryan Allen Jr. After connecting with several sources over the weekend, we’ve got some notes on several priority recruits which could paint the picture on how this class could pan out.

— Let’s start with what we know on elite Ponchatoula (LA.) safety Jacoby Mathews. I mentioned over the weekend that Texas was in a sneaky good position for him. Texas, Florida and LSU are likely the three schools at the top for him, but it sounds like Mathews has expressed to those around him that Texas and Florida are the main competitors. I spoke with a few sources over the weekend who even felt that the Longhorns might have the slight edge in this recruitment.

It also helps that Terry Joseph has an advantage with his Louisiana roots.  Joseph knows Ponchatoula head coach Hank Tierney well having worked in the Louisiana high school system and that’s providing a plus for Texas at the moment. As for a timetable, while one source told me it could be a marathon, another told me that it wouldn’t surprise them if this recruitment was shut down sooner rather than later.  Allen is already in the fold and we’ve got Crystal Ball picks in for Bryce Anderson.  If Blake Gideon can close those two plus Mathews, that would be an elite safety haul.

— It sounds like Texas A&M is the leader for Fort Bend Marshall wide receiver Chris Marshall, but Texas seems to be closing the gap a bit. A month ago, the Longhorns didn’t seem to be in the immediate picture for the big Houston pass-catcher, but Nick talked to him this weekend and got the idea that Texas is making some noise there. I still think that it will take a bit to overcome Texas A&M in this race, but the Longhorns are now within striking distance for Marshall and currently hold a ton of momentum on the recruiting trail. The Longhorns hold two receiver commitments already and it seems they might only take four or so as of now. Marshall is a big priority for Coleman and Texas moving forward.

— Texas is still pursuing Spearman (Texas) athlete Brenen Thompson, but the race might have just become a little tougher. Ty Simpson committing to Alabama triggered a Clemson offer for Austin Westlake passer Cade Klubnik. Klubnik and Thompson have talked about playing with each other at the next level and Clemson has been strong in its pursuit of Thompson. If Clemson lands Klubnik, that will make the pursuit of Thompson much tougher. Oklahoma was previously thought of as a threat for Thompson but seemed to back off. Now, the Sooners are re-engaging for the speedster.

—Nick and I both spoke to sources near Atascocita offensive lineman Kam Dewberry. His timeline was a bit up in the air, but the more we talk to him, the more we get the idea that this recruitment could go a long way. Texas has been able to do a good job getting back into this race from where they were, but Kyle Flood will need to run a marathon to reel him in. Conversely, one recruitment that seems to be speeding up is that of Arlington Bowie’s Devon Campbell. When I saw Campbell a few weeks ago, he talked of cutting to a Top 10 in the summer, but he released a Top 8 over the weekend. A spring commitment favors Texas a bit as Austin is one of the few places he’s been in person.

— Elite cornerback Denver Harris recently released a Top 4 that included Texas with Texas A&M, Alabama and LSU. I wrote last week that the race is really close, and while that’s still the case, one source I spoke with over the weekend told me that they were growing more confident in Texas landing Harris. We are working to get an update there, but Harris doesn’t talk much. That said, Texas is re-establishing inroads at North Shore which will be vital for the Longhorns moving forward.

— I can’t stress how big the win of Bryan Allen was this weekend. When the four-star Aledo safety first decommitted from LSU, I was told his entire focus was on the SEC. In fact, it sounded like he was headed to Texas A&M from the jump, but Texas was able to flip the script quickly. This also helps Texas with his younger brother Jaden Allen. The 2024 cornerback already holds 5 offers and is showing strong ability starting for Aledo as a freshman in the state title game.

 

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12 minutes ago, Zhorn96 said:

True but the West doesn't produce many top end DL in general, especially Tackles.  OL is different but so far, there doesn't seem to be a ton of top end OL talent in CA this year.  Going to be really tough to project some of these guys too with limited to no season.

We have a few offers out to CA OL, but if we can land our share of elite in state Oline and DLine talent we should never be hurting at those positions to begin with. I am hoping we take 6 OL this year and let Flood remake that room as fast as he possibly can. I still say Sark would be really smart to give Mike Sherman a call for some sort of off field staff role. Special Assistant to the Offensive Coordinator/Minister of Hawaiian Shirts. 

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(Mike Roach) The Stampede: Can Texas continue to close on elite targets?

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The Longhorns continued their hot run on the recruiting trail over the weekend while quarterback commit Maalik Murphy made it to Austin for a visit. The Steve Sarkisian mantra of "All Gas, No Brakes" has been on full display as Texas continues to win big recruiting battles.

Horns247's recruiting staff was out on the road this weekend as both Mike Roach and Nick Harris observed Murphy's workout in Austin and Nick covered the Pylon 7v7 tournament in Houston.

Prospects are starting to cut their lists down, and Texas is making moves with several others behind the scenes. Can Texas add more elite prospects to the 2022 class as the Longhorns head into the spring full steam ahead?

In this week's edition of The Stampede, Horns247's weekly gathering of recruiting intel, we provide feedback from Murphy's workout and some juicy tidbits on Texas targets.

INSIGHT FROM MAALIK MURPHY'S QUARTERBACK TRAINER
Danny Hernandez is one of the most well-known quarterback trainers in the country. Based on the west coast, Hernandez trains southern California’s best passers year after year. A member of the renowned QB Collective group, Hernandez focuses on mechanics and body movement from quarterbacks.

His list of prospects is long and distinguished, and just in the past few years he’s had players like Jake Garcia (Miami), Miller Moss (USC), Bryce Young (Alabama) and DJ Uiagalelei (Clemson). His current high school list includes players like elite 2023 Los Alamitos (Calif.) quarterback Malachi Nelson and Texas commit Maalik Murphy. In fact, Hernandez has been tutoring Murphy since the 4th grade.

Hernandez accompanied Murphy to Austin and put him through his paces during a workout on Saturday at Del Valle High School before Murphy was able to take in Austin for the first time.  In talking with Hernandez, you can tell how much he loves his prized pupil, and he paid him high praise saying that he has as strong of a set of physical tools as anyone else he’s ever worked with.

Hernandez said that Maalik is aware of the disadvantages of not starting a big number of games, but the two are working to mitigate those disadvantages.  

Throughout all of the COVID-19 quarantine, Hernandez said that Murphy requested to meet several times a week over Zoom to work on the mental part of his game. The two looked through a ton of film to talk about coverages and defensive alignments. Hernandez said that Murphy was able to grow leaps and bounds during that time from a mental perspective.

Hernandez also talked about how coachable Murphy is. “He’s kind of a perfectionist. He can throw a 65-yard dime and turn around and ask immediately how he can do it better.” Hernandez talked about how Murphy comes from a great family with a strong support system which keeps him grounded and humble. Because of that, Hernandez feels that Murphy is suited to be a leader.

“He can fit in with any group of people,” he said. “You can put him with the prep school kids or the hood kids and everyone in between and he just fits in. He’s really comfortable in his own skin and can exist just about anywhere.”

After spending two weeks in a row around Murphy, I’ve been able to get a decent idea of what he brings to the table. He still has to develop into the player everyone thinks he’s going to be, but his level of physical talent combined with the intangibles and work ethic usually leads to good results on the field.

RECRUITING NOTES
This 2022 class is really starting to crank up. Yesterday, Texas landed a huge defensive weapon in Bryan Allen Jr. After connecting with several sources over the weekend, we’ve got some notes on several priority recruits which could paint the picture on how this class could pan out.

— Let’s start with what we know on elite Ponchatoula (LA.) safety Jacoby Mathews. I mentioned over the weekend that Texas was in a sneaky good position for him. Texas, Florida and LSU are likely the three schools at the top for him, but it sounds like Mathews has expressed to those around him that Texas and Florida are the main competitors. I spoke with a few sources over the weekend who even felt that the Longhorns might have the slight edge in this recruitment.

It also helps that Terry Joseph has an advantage with his Louisiana roots.  Joseph knows Ponchatoula head coach Hank Tierney well having worked in the Louisiana high school system and that’s providing a plus for Texas at the moment. As for a timetable, while one source told me it could be a marathon, another told me that it wouldn’t surprise them if this recruitment was shut down sooner rather than later.  Allen is already in the fold and we’ve got Crystal Ball picks in for Bryce Anderson.  If Blake Gideon can close those two plus Mathews, that would be an elite safety haul.

— It sounds like Texas A&M is the leader for Fort Bend Marshall wide receiver Chris Marshall, but Texas seems to be closing the gap a bit. A month ago, the Longhorns didn’t seem to be in the immediate picture for the big Houston pass-catcher, but Nick talked to him this weekend and got the idea that Texas is making some noise there. I still think that it will take a bit to overcome Texas A&M in this race, but the Longhorns are now within striking distance for Marshall and currently hold a ton of momentum on the recruiting trail. The Longhorns hold two receiver commitments already and it seems they might only take four or so as of now. Marshall is a big priority for Coleman and Texas moving forward.

— Texas is still pursuing Spearman (Texas) athlete Brenen Thompson, but the race might have just become a little tougher. Ty Simpson committing to Alabama triggered a Clemson offer for Austin Westlake passer Cade Klubnik. Klubnik and Thompson have talked about playing with each other at the next level and Clemson has been strong in its pursuit of Thompson. If Clemson lands Klubnik, that will make the pursuit of Thompson much tougher. Oklahoma was previously thought of as a threat for Thompson but seemed to back off. Now, the Sooners are re-engaging for the speedster.

—Nick and I both spoke to sources near Atascocita offensive lineman Kam Dewberry. His timeline was a bit up in the air, but the more we talk to him, the more we get the idea that this recruitment could go a long way. Texas has been able to do a good job getting back into this race from where they were, but Kyle Flood will need to run a marathon to reel him in. Conversely, one recruitment that seems to be speeding up is that of Arlington Bowie’s Devon Campbell. When I saw Campbell a few weeks ago, he talked of cutting to a Top 10 in the summer, but he released a Top 8 over the weekend. A spring commitment favors Texas a bit as Austin is one of the few places he’s been in person.

— Elite cornerback Denver Harris recently released a Top 4 that included Texas with Texas A&M, Alabama and LSU. I wrote last week that the race is really close, and while that’s still the case, one source I spoke with over the weekend told me that they were growing more confident in Texas landing Harris. We are working to get an update there, but Harris doesn’t talk much. That said, Texas is re-establishing inroads at North Shore which will be vital for the Longhorns moving forward.

— I can’t stress how big the win of Bryan Allen was this weekend. When the four-star Aledo safety first decommitted from LSU, I was told his entire focus was on the SEC. In fact, it sounded like he was headed to Texas A&M from the jump, but Texas was able to flip the script quickly. This also helps Texas with his younger brother Jaden Allen. The 2024 cornerback already holds 5 offers and is showing strong ability starting for Aledo as a freshman in the state title game.

 

Some pretty good (qualified) sunshine from Roach here. 

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1 hour ago, Machinator said:

San Diego State landed a guy because they walked him by the Chi Omega house on Bikini Friday.

Like that wouldn't work on all of you

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