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30 minutes ago, texifornia said:

Is Hand going to follow every random 3-star OL in Texas? Could be: https://247sports.com/Player/Jasper-Lott-46054030/

Is he going to offer Oyetade in time? Ehhhh.....

Stop me if you've heard this one before ...  a maxed-out undersized OL with NFL ties. I'm actually amazed out how many of these guys there are.

 

If he's 243 pounds with a 23 inch vertical and his dad is the S&C coach for the Rams I think it's a safe bet that he's never going to have the size to play OT and the P5 level or the explosiveness to be a weapon at TE. I see TCU is in on him hard, so I'll assume inline TE with a possibility to transition to OT in year 4/5 in their system. 

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3 minutes ago, Longboard Horn said:

 

If we lose a recruit to Maryland.... rage.gif

I'm not sure many people would be too torn up if he went to Maryland.

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29 minutes ago, golfclap said:

Stop me if you've heard this one before ...  a maxed-out undersized OL with NFL ties. I'm actually amazed out how many of these guys there are.

 

If he's 243 pounds with a 23 inch vertical and his dad is the S&C coach for the Rams I think it's a safe bet that he's never going to have the size to play OT and the P5 level or the explosiveness to be a weapon at TE. I see TCU is in on him hard, so I'll assume inline TE with a possibility to transition to OT in year 4/5 in their system. 

I'll play devil's advocate.  I can see the benefit of Hand and other Texas staff kicking the tires of random 2/3 star players to artificially generate interest in a player with connections as a favor, whether for personal reasons or general networking.  On the flip side, not pursuing Ezra to appease the Brockemeyer's (allegedly) is a mistake.

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5 minutes ago, BruceVonClaude said:

I'll play devil's advocate.  I can see the benefit of Hand and other Texas staff kicking the tires of random 2/3 star players to artificially generate interest in a player with connections as a favor, whether for personal reasons or general networking.  On the flip side, not pursuing Ezra to appease the Brockemeyer's (allegedly) is a mistake.

Oh, I agree with all of that 100%. 

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1 minute ago, Dbeasy said:


It’s a depressing indication that the Brock recruitments may not be going well.

If they're really in the ditch, he might actually offer someone like Oyetade. At the moment, things seem to be in stasis, which is in some ways worse.

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AAS on LBs (it's not super illuminating): https://www.hookem.com/story/dotted-line-terrence-cooks-bust-texas-recruiting-2021-linebackers/

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Recruiting linebackers has become a tricky proposition as the high school game has evolved toward spread offenses, which in turn required defensive coordinators to play their best athletes as edge rushers or safeties. Texas has struggled to recruit linebackers over the past decade because the state is failing to produce quality depth at an overlooked position.

 

The Longhorns’ highest-rated linebacker since signing Jordan Hicks in 2010 was De’Gabriel Brooks in 2019, an out-of-state prospect who was forced to give up football due to stenosis. Hicks also was from out of state. 

New defensive coordinator Chris Ash appears ready to de-emphasize the need for as many linebackers with the move to a 4-2-5 scheme that bases its success on rushing the passer and flooding the field with speed. Even one of the projected starters at linebacker this fall is DeMarvion Overshown, a former high school safety. Tyler Owens might also transition from safety to linebacker. 

Ash hopes his first linebacker commitment at Texas is the prototype for his vision at the position. Four-star outside linebacker Morice Blackwell chose UT over a dozen other Power Five offers, including Alabama and Georgia. The Arlington Martin product is the 22nd-ranked outside linebacker in the country, per 247Sports’ composite ratings. Blackwell recorded 128 tackles, including 13 for loss and two sacks, as a junior. He earned District 4-6A MVP honors last year and was the district’s sophomore of the year in 2018. 

Texas wants to add more quality around Blackwell and won’t stop chasing committed prospects like Clayton Smith, who chose Oklahoma over Texas earlier in the year or Arizona State pledge Jaydon Williams. Texas has offered only four middle linebackers and 11 outside linebackers. Only four of those 15 prospects live are Texans.  You won’t see Ash recruit the old-school middle linebacker prospects like Steve Edmond. 

Other linebackers Texas is looking at:

Terrence Cooks, OLB, Pearland Shadow Creek

FYI: 6-2, 210; three stars; No. 26-ranked outside linebacker 

Top schools: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Alabama

Texas was one of Cooks’ last unofficial visits before the travel restrictions were put into place and he left that visit favoring the Longhorns due to his growing relationship with Houston-area commitments like Derrick Harris Jr. and Jalen Milroe. Cooks hasn’t pulled the trigger and is likely to wait until he can take official visits before making a college decision. Texas is also home to his former teammate Xavion Alford, who signed last December. 

Cooks is the Longhorns’ top priority at the position. He’s the perfect fit for what Texas wants its linebackers to be: Versatile, fast and aggressive. It’ll be as important to run down ball carriers and cover in space as it will be to plug the A-gap against teams trying to run. Cooks was a second-team all-district player for an Alvin Shadow Creek squad that claimed the Class 5A Division I state championship over Denton Ryan, which included a pair of future Longhorns in Billy Bowman Jr. and Ja’Tavion Sanders. Cooks finished the season with 72 tackles and three forced fumbles. 

Kendrick Blackshire, ILB, Duncanville

FYI: 6-2, 245; four stars; No. 7-ranked inside linebacker 

Top schools: Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU, Baylor, Illinois

Blackshire is the type of prospect that Texas’ new staff simply doesn’t covet in the same way as other defensive systems. Blackshire is an awesome prospect, and no one at UT would argue otherwise, but he’s not a fit within the Longhorns’ scheme. He is likely destined for the SEC, though the Dallas native is high on Baylor and Oklahoma. He missed his junior season with an injury, and the main question mark for coaches and scouts is whether he’s fast enough to cover running backs and get sideline-to-sideline against athletes in space. 

 

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1 hour ago, golfclap said:

Stop me if you've heard this one before ...  a maxed-out undersized OL with NFL ties. I'm actually amazed out how many of these guys there are.

 

If he's 243 pounds with a 23 inch vertical and his dad is the S&C coach for the Rams I think it's a safe bet that he's never going to have the size to play OT and the P5 level or the explosiveness to be a weapon at TE. I see TCU is in on him hard, so I'll assume inline TE with a possibility to transition to OT in year 4/5 in their system. 

The 23 inch vertical was from the spring of 2018.  All of his testing numbers were from either 2018 or 2019.  Surely they have improved, although who knows how much.

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Puff piece on G prospect, Jackson Anderson

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For the Mineola senior, just being a part of the process is a blessing.

After watching his older brothers Riley and Austin sign with Texas A&M out of high school in 2016, he’s seen the recruiting game firsthand.

Last spring I visited Anderson, who was 6-foot-2, and maybe 265-270 pounds at the time. Over a year later, he’s 6-foot-4, 290 pounds.

The three-star, .85 composite rated offensive guard has made big strides over the last 12 months. His head coach, Heath Ragle, raves about his strength and work ethic.

In 2019, he was named first-team all-district as a junior. Earlier that spring, he was the Texas 3A regional qualifier in the discus as a sophomore (119-10 PR). He’s got the feet, bend, and point of attack to moves bodies at the D-1 level.

With 12 offers in hand - Colorado, Texas Tech, Kansas, Colorado State, and UNLV notably - he pledged to the Buffaloes of Boulder last month. Despite being solid to CU, coaches are still in contact with him, notably Herb Hand.

“It’s been a lot different from people (coaches) in the past because of the recruiting shut down,” said Jackson. “But it’s still good talking to coaches.”

When he committed to Colorado, I asked him if he’d be taking any other visits or if he had completely shut down the recruiting process.

“No,” said Anderson about taking official visits. “I am looking forward to playing for Colorado.“

After he appeared on the UT radar for 2021 offensive linemen, I asked the same question.

“(Hand) is a very good coach,” Jackson said. “I have talked to him a couple of times in the past. Relationships are very important in deciding a school. I want a good business school and good facilities.”

But what if Texas offered?

“I haven’t thought about it too much but I know an offer from Texas would take a lot of consideration and be hard to pass up.”

For Anderson, he’s staying in shape, and preparing as if fall camp arrives on schedule. If UT comes calling, it might be the program that makes him open back up his recruitment.

Always good to have backup plans. Watch the tape.

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1 hour ago, BruceVonClaude said:

I'll play devil's advocate.  I can see the benefit of Hand and other Texas staff kicking the tires of random 2/3 star players to artificially generate interest in a player with connections as a favor, whether for personal reasons or general networking.  On the flip side, not pursuing Ezra to appease the Brockemeyer's (allegedly) is a mistake.

Just call Ezra a guard and say the center spot is still open to appease the Brocks

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update via 247 for Gilliam -- still seems like OU with PSU close behind. :: 

 

Four-star defensive end Kelvin Gilliam plans to visits campuses before deciding on a school, so the Highland Springs (Va.) High standout is taking his time with recruiting

However, the No. 7 weak side defensive end in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite made progress and he released a top 10 of California, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Penn State, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia Tech, and there was a common theme with each of them.

“The main thing is being a priority for all of these teams and just the ability to play early,” he said. “And the relationships with these teams.”

Before Gilliam can get to a decision, though, he said he needs to see a lot of schools, so he is at the mercy of when the NCAA will lift the visit ban.

“It (a decision) will be after I make visits so whenever they open that stuff back up,” he said.

Gilliam shared his thoughts on each of the schools in his top 10:

California: “I have been in contact with them for a while now. I want to take an official out there and see the place itself. I have a good relationship with the defensive line coach, coach (Andrew) Browning. They say I am a priority and I can do some great things in the Pac-12.”

Florida: “Florida has been a great addition to my recruitment. I’ve been talking to them and coach (Dan) Mullen. After that virtual visit, they definitely have me hooked, and just seeing how they would use me in different schemes on the defensive line. They can use me anywhere on the defensive line.”

Kentucky: “They are a 3-4 defense but I will be playing a field end for them. I am a huge priority for them. I have a great relationship with the defensive coordinator, coach (Brad) White, and the defensive line coach, coach (Anwar) Stewart, and a great relationship with coach Mark Stoops. I know I am a great priority for them.”

LSU: “They got in pretty late but going back to the 4-3 defense with a new defensive coordinator and with Coach O (Ed Orgeron), it is just exciting to see a head coach who was a previous defensive line coach at other places. Bringing in (defensive line) coach (Bill) Johnson from the NFL is a great addition.”

Penn State: “Penn State has been recruiting me since I was a freshman of 14 years old. They’ve been in consistent contact with me for a long time and I am definitely a huge priority for the Nittany Lions.”

Minnesota: “Minnesota is an upcoming team. They had a great season last year at 11-2. I think they are an upcoming program that can do a lot of things. They already have a great recruiting class with the this ’21 class. They are bringing in more defensive linemen.”

Oklahoma: “Oklahoma is the same thing (as Penn State). I am a huge priority for them. I haven’t been to Norman (Okla.) yet, but after that virtual visit, they definitely have me hooked on. I have a great relationship with the defensive line coach, coach (Calvin) Thibodeaux, and coach (Lincoln) Riley. I am in contact frequently with them.”

South Carolina: “It’s an SEC school who I know I am a huge priority for. I have a great relationship with coach (Will) Muschamp and (assistant) coach (Kyle) Krantz. (Assistant) coach (Mike) Peterson sees me as a defensive end for them, but also can play a little bit inside, like all the schools.”

Texas: “I have a great relationship with the new defensive line coach, coach Mark Hagen, who was previously at Indiana, and coach (Oscar) Giles, who is a great defensive line coach. I have also been in contact with coach (Tom) Herman frequently. We have a great relationship. I plan on taking an official out to Texas.”

Virginia Tech: “The home school. I’ve been (in contact) with Virginia Tech since my freshman year. I have a great relationship with the new staff. They are bringing in change. They are bringing in energy, and I love it.”

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1 hour ago, texifornia said:

AAS on LBs (it's not super illuminating): https://www.hookem.com/story/dotted-line-terrence-cooks-bust-texas-recruiting-2021-linebackers/

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Recruiting linebackers has become a tricky proposition as the high school game has evolved toward spread offenses, which in turn required defensive coordinators to play their best athletes as edge rushers or safeties. Texas has struggled to recruit linebackers over the past decade because the state is failing to produce quality depth at an overlooked position.

 

The Longhorns’ highest-rated linebacker since signing Jordan Hicks in 2010 was De’Gabriel Brooks in 2019, an out-of-state prospect who was forced to give up football due to stenosis. Hicks also was from out of state. 

New defensive coordinator Chris Ash appears ready to de-emphasize the need for as many linebackers with the move to a 4-2-5 scheme that bases its success on rushing the passer and flooding the field with speed. Even one of the projected starters at linebacker this fall is DeMarvion Overshown, a former high school safety. Tyler Owens might also transition from safety to linebacker. 

Ash hopes his first linebacker commitment at Texas is the prototype for his vision at the position. Four-star outside linebacker Morice Blackwell chose UT over a dozen other Power Five offers, including Alabama and Georgia. The Arlington Martin product is the 22nd-ranked outside linebacker in the country, per 247Sports’ composite ratings. Blackwell recorded 128 tackles, including 13 for loss and two sacks, as a junior. He earned District 4-6A MVP honors last year and was the district’s sophomore of the year in 2018. 

Texas wants to add more quality around Blackwell and won’t stop chasing committed prospects like Clayton Smith, who chose Oklahoma over Texas earlier in the year or Arizona State pledge Jaydon Williams. Texas has offered only four middle linebackers and 11 outside linebackers. Only four of those 15 prospects live are Texans.  You won’t see Ash recruit the old-school middle linebacker prospects like Steve Edmond. 

Other linebackers Texas is looking at:

Terrence Cooks, OLB, Pearland Shadow Creek

FYI: 6-2, 210; three stars; No. 26-ranked outside linebacker 

Top schools: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Alabama

Texas was one of Cooks’ last unofficial visits before the travel restrictions were put into place and he left that visit favoring the Longhorns due to his growing relationship with Houston-area commitments like Derrick Harris Jr. and Jalen Milroe. Cooks hasn’t pulled the trigger and is likely to wait until he can take official visits before making a college decision. Texas is also home to his former teammate Xavion Alford, who signed last December. 

Cooks is the Longhorns’ top priority at the position. He’s the perfect fit for what Texas wants its linebackers to be: Versatile, fast and aggressive. It’ll be as important to run down ball carriers and cover in space as it will be to plug the A-gap against teams trying to run. Cooks was a second-team all-district player for an Alvin Shadow Creek squad that claimed the Class 5A Division I state championship over Denton Ryan, which included a pair of future Longhorns in Billy Bowman Jr. and Ja’Tavion Sanders. Cooks finished the season with 72 tackles and three forced fumbles. 

Kendrick Blackshire, ILB, Duncanville

FYI: 6-2, 245; four stars; No. 7-ranked inside linebacker 

Top schools: Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU, Baylor, Illinois

Blackshire is the type of prospect that Texas’ new staff simply doesn’t covet in the same way as other defensive systems. Blackshire is an awesome prospect, and no one at UT would argue otherwise, but he’s not a fit within the Longhorns’ scheme. He is likely destined for the SEC, though the Dallas native is high on Baylor and Oklahoma. He missed his junior season with an injury, and the main question mark for coaches and scouts is whether he’s fast enough to cover running backs and get sideline-to-sideline against athletes in space. 

 

I found it highly illuminating.

I didn't know De'Gabriel Floyd had changed his last name to Brooks.

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On 6/18/2020 at 8:58 PM, winslow said:

im being told by my former 5* sophomore cousin on the football team that jamier did in fact give a silent to texas a couple weeks ago 

longtime lurker first time poster this troll was right? o.OO.o

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4 minutes ago, hornfromdallas said:

longtime lurker first time poster this troll was right? o.OO.o

Dont let him see that, the thot posts will never stop

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