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3 minutes ago, golfclap said:

Goddamn, I hate that fucking guy. So very much. 

What a dick....not only did he spoil the kid's announcement, he also reminded me how fucking old I am. 

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2 minutes ago, IDIOTsavant said:

What a dick....not only did he spoil the kid's announcement, he also reminded me how fucking old I am. 

Also of note, he exists. Just terrible fucking news.  

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33 minutes ago, Fud said:

There are some solid mid-tier ACC/Pac 12/SEC offers, but no offers from the Big XII at all is a little odd 

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(Blair Angulo) Commitment analysis: TE Gunnar Helm

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PLAYER PROFILE: Gunnar Helm

POSITION: Tight end

HEIGHT: 6-5

WEIGHT: 225

LOCATION: Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek

RECRUITMENT: After making the recruiting rounds in recent weeks, the three-star prospect announced his commitment to Texas on Monday, choosing the Longhorns over a list of finalists that included Wisconsin, Iowa and UCLA. Helm took a self-guided visit to Austin last week after amassing more than two dozen scholarship offers and was able to check off the final box in his process despite not meeting the staff in person.

SCOUTING REPORT: Good physical upside with growth potential. Long arms, narrow build through the hips with high waist. Possession tight end with decent body control and high-point ability. Impressive route runner with feel for soft spots in coverage. Valuable pass-catching asset near the goal line. Above average hands and shows tendency to catch the ball away from his body. Can plant his foot and change directions to keep linebackers honest. Physical enough to lower his shoulder and pick up extra yards. Could continue to improve separation from defenders, particularly over the middle. Must get stronger to be a reliable run blocker who can seal the edge. Potential multi-year starter at the Power Five level with chance to garner buzz as All-Conference type performer later in college career. He is the nation’s No. 27 rated tight end and No. 6 overall prospect in the state of Colorado for the 2021 class, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings.

247SPORTS’ TAKE: Although Helm didn’t get to meet with any coaches or players while on his swing through Austin last Monday, the Longhorns definitely benefited from getting the last stop even though they were relatively new to the recruiting battle, having just joined the chase with an offer on June 9. It speaks to the recruiting muscle that Tom Herman and Co. have shown throughout this off-season to ascend to No. 1 among Big 12 programs in the Composite team rankings for the 2021 class strictly via virtual means. It might not be a big-splash victory that will garner national headlines, but Texas did beat out a number of schools that have a recent history of producing tight ends. Wisconsin and Iowa were up there, and UCLA had been in the chase for a long time, but the Longhorns were able to sell a bright future at the position. Helm has plenty of room for growth and improvement, but if he's able to meet some of that upside, as evidenced by his eight touchdowns on only 25 receptions last fall, then Texas is getting a pass catcher that should be able to push for playing time early in his college career.

 

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Mike Roach: Who's next? A look at five commit candidates

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Texas added another talented prospect to the class today in Englewood (CO.) Cherry Creek tight end Gunnar Helm. Who's next for the Longhorns? We take a closer look.

Pompano Beach (Fla.) Monarch WR Jaden Alexis

Texas continues to push for Alexis, and sources in Austin still feel good about where things stand with the speedy Florida pass catcher. The Longhorns only have one receiver committed with New Orleans (LA) Warren Easton wide receiver Casey Cain in the class. If the Longhorns can land Alexis, their wide receiver group will be a long way towards completion.

Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny OL Michael Myslinski

Myslinski's commitment could come very soon as the three-star center is set to make his decision this week. Myslinski is down to Michigan State, Texas and Iowa, and the Longhorns are pushing for a commitment with an effort spearheaded by Herb Hand. If Texas can add Myslinski, the class will have two offensive linemen as Hand tries to finish.

Royse City WR Ketron Jackson

Jackson recently completed his own self tour of Austin and the Longhorns got a huge bump in his recruitment. As Texas begins to surge a little, Jackson is looking more and more realistic as a possible part of this class. If Texas can maintain the momentum the staff was able to grab over the weekend following his trip, the Longhorns soon have another dynamic weapon in the receiver room.

Shadow Creek LB Terrence Cooks

Cooks continues to say he will make his commitment in the fall, but sources have told us that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a decision come earlier. In checking with sources recently, I was told that Texas is still in a great position with Cooks with the qualifier that Georgia is making this race interesting. This is a race built for Coleman Hutzler to win, and Cooks is one of the top defensive targets on the board.

Garland Lakeview Centennial RB Camar Wheaton

Texas is all in for top running back targets Camar Wheaton and LJ Johnson, and I feel things are more a dead heat for Wheaton than Johnson. Wheaton is still keeping everyone guessing on when and where he might commit, but the constants in this race are Texas, LSU, Oklahoma and SMU. In fact, there's a feeling it might be down to just Texas and Oklahoma right now with control moving back and forth. There’s a feeling a commitment could come out of nowhere or go all the way to signing day for the five-star back.

 

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1 hour ago, OnAComputer said:

You could take Myslinski and still take Ezra Oyetade. Oyetade is a guy they should have offered yesterday.

Fyi...

 

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25 minutes ago, golfclap said:

Goddamn, I hate that fucking guy. So very much. 

Reminds me of the time OB couldn't keep its mouth shut about the Kyler Murray situation.  They've proven over and over that they'll spoil anything if they learn about it beforehand, which just goes to show how little they usually know. 

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1 hour ago, crash_davis said:

re Wheaton, I think the early implication was an Uncle was involved. But haven't anything since then about that. He's the anti-ZachEvans. Wheaton doesn't post much if any on social media and doesn't give interviews. Sounds like he just wants to do his shit privately and then announce. Can't get mo realer than that.

So he’s kyle porter 2.0. Great.

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18 minutes ago, OnAComputer said:

 

That's some pretty good shit right there.  Given how quickly he has to disengage from the DE, he should get absolutely shitblasted by that LB.  But he keeps his ass low enough through his rip that he beats the blitzer on leverage and fucking stones him at the LOS.
 

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46 minutes ago, Burt Macklin said:

Is Helm even ranked on ESPN? I could only find a Rivals and 247 page for him. 

No.  So Gerry Hamilton needs to serve up some BOMC.  Odd they don't have a profile for him with all the offers.

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4 minutes ago, Hank Scorpio said:

Who was the last good TE for us? And I mean good, not Andrew Beck. 

....Geoff Swaim?

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6 minutes ago, Hank Scorpio said:

Who was the last good TE for us? And I mean good, not Andrew Beck. 

Dave Casper

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6 minutes ago, Hank Scorpio said:

Who was the last good TE for us? And I mean good, not Andrew Beck. 

2007 Finley.

Then Irby and Grant both blew out their knees. McFarland for whatever reason never panned out. Swaim and Beck were good inline blockers, and Beck actually could catch the ball, he just wasn't a real threat in the passing game.

The position has been more injuries than production since the run of Scaife, Thomas, and Finley.

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6 minutes ago, LTtxfan said:

 

Once Harris stops swimming and gets football muscle on those legs he's going to be a beastly dude.

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35 minutes ago, hornfromdallas said:

now that its official helm was the carrington emoji i was referring to 

dont know why he never released it but helm was in the bag before the trip 

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38 minutes ago, HtownHorn said:

2007 Finley.

Then Irby and Grant both blew out their knees. McFarland for whatever reason never panned out. Swaim and Beck were good inline blockers, and Beck actually could catch the ball, he just wasn't a real threat in the passing game.

The position has been more injuries than production since the run of Scaife, Thomas, and Finley.

No mention of Caleb Bluiett? 

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1 hour ago, Burt Macklin said:

Reminds me of the time OB couldn't keep its mouth shut about the Kyler Murray situation.  They've proven over and over that they'll spoil anything if they learn about it beforehand, which just goes to show how little they usually know. 

I'm not trying to defend Ketch but I always thought he had to tell his subscribers about the Murray trip.. that's why they pay the $9.95 for

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for whatever reason Nahlin felt the need to throw in a Peyton Aucoin reference re: Gunnar Helm

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3 minutes ago, satyanash said:

for whatever reason Nahlin felt the need to throw in a Peyton Aucoin reference re: Gunnar Helm

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Someone in this thread asked about Garza as a comp, so there's a lot of "does this guy suck?"* going around.

 

*he does not

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8 minutes ago, satyanash said:

for whatever reason Nahlin felt the need to throw in a Peyton Aucoin reference re: Gunnar Helm

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I think it’s because Nahlin is a whiny fuckface. 

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31 minutes ago, satyanash said:

for whatever reason Nahlin felt the need to throw in a Peyton Aucoin reference re: Gunnar Helm

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1 hour ago, Fud said:

No mention of Caleb Bluiett? 

While I appreciate the warrior mentality of Caleb, I wouldn't classify him as a good/great TE.  Perhaps that's because he spent half his years on the defensive side of the ball.  What I appreciate most about Caleb is he was a football player.  I think HtownHorn had it right in Finley and Irby (before injury).  I can hardly imagine what Finley and Colt would have done if he stayed another few years - he was truly in a league of his own, even in the Pros.

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39 minutes ago, satyanash said:

for whatever reason Nahlin felt the need to throw in a Peyton Aucoin reference re: Gunnar Helm

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Did you not read the thread where Aucoin was mentioned twice in the first thirty comments before this screenshot?

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13 minutes ago, Elmer_Fudd said:

Don't think Aucoin had a single highlight of him catching a pass in his HS hudl.

Yeah, Aucoin was brought in strictly as a blocking TE. Even if they think Helm isn’t good, he’s still not remotely a similar prospect.

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Just now, Fud said:

Did you not read the thread where Aucoin was mentioned twice in the first thirty comments before this screenshot?

He could have just as easily used David Thomas as Peyton Aucoin. Neither are a particularly good comparison. Probably the better comparison would be Brayden Liebrock but then people would just dog Liebrock as a RS freshman.

The better people to pick on are the $9.95ers. The guy is 6'6" with a good build and good athleticism and good hands. Is it too hard for them to project Helm as a blocker compared to some WR type who can get separation without pads in 7v7?

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Steve Wiltfong: Florida WR Jaden Alexis talks top schools

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Pompano Beach (Fla.) Monarch 2021 receiver Jaden Alexis feels "blessed" to be in the position he's in right now, holding close to 40 scholarship offers with his senior season fast approaching. "I’ve worked really hard and continue to stay focused," Alexis said. Many of those programs have worked really hard to land the 5-foot-11, 175-pound pass catcher's signature. "I have a couple of great options," Alexis said before adding who stands out. "Not in any particular order, Rutgers Miami, Penn State, Kentucky, Texas."

The Longhorns are the current 247Sports Crystal Ball favorite for Alexis who caught 49 passes for 894 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. He talked about each school. "Rutgers has an amazing coaching staff and program on the rise. Coach Schiano is going to create the magic again. Miami, I like the offensive staff coming in and the staying close to home factor. Penn State, "They are a team that needs a playmaker receiver and they very well could be a championship contender. Kentucky, "I like coach like Coach Gran’s innovative offense and being in the SEC, great talent every week. Texas, really relatable receiver coach. Great quarterback coach. And the offensive coordinator Coach Yurcich brings and explosive offensive to the Big 12."

Alexis is tabbed by the Top247 as the nation's No. 49 receiver.

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Mike at night 
 

mentioned earlier today that I feel Texas is quietly surging for Camar Wheaton. The Longhorns have been a constant in his recruitment as other schools have moved up and down. I spoke to a source over the weekend near Wheaton who told me that a few months ago, Oklahoma seemed to have the recruitment in the bag. Despite a strong relationship with Stan Drayton, Oklahoma had the offense and opportunity for playing time to sell Wheaton. The five-star back and one of his coaches visited Austin just before the COVID-19 shutdown to take in Texas one last time. It would end up being the last visit he’d be able to take before his senior season, and it seems to have left a lasting impression.

 

—As Texas and Oklahoma jockeyed for position while SMU, LSU and Alabama remained on the periphery, it looked like it would come down to an old fashioned Red River Shootout. Not only has Stan Draytonbeen a big piece in the recruitment, but former Oklahoma running backs coach Jay Boulwareis now in Austin helping Texas in this recruitment. While DeMarco Murray has a great career behind him at the college and professional levels, his resume as a coach and developer is still questionable. In comparison, Drayton has a stellar resume with guys like Ezekiel Elliott and Jordan Howard as part of his stable of development.

 

—As we enter his senior season, I don’t think Oklahoma goes away easily. The Sooners have been all out trying to land Wheaton and still have an exciting brand of offense to sell. They’ve also got a strong class of offensive players coming in. Reading into things I’ve been told, it sounds like Texas has been able to put a more well-rounded pitch and Drayton seems to have the best relationship with Wheaton. Add in the fact that Tom Herman is personally involved along with Jay Valai and there’s some reason for optimism in Austin right now. Of course, Camar’s recruitment is one of the most unpredictable and mysterious recruitments I’ve ever been part of, but I wanted to share some of the latest of what I was hearing.

 

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—I’ve also been attempting to get in touch with LJ Johnson, but both top running backs in the state prove to be incredibly elusive both off and on the field. I’ve heard that Texas is trying to turn up the heat there as well. Bijan Robinson has been talking with Johnson as well. I still feel Texas has a better shot with Wheaton at this point, but they aren’t going away in the race for Johnson.

 

—I dug around a bit today on Arizona graduate transfer Tony Fields. He recently cut a top three of Texas, West Virginia and Minnesota. While it may seem like Texas has the advantage on paper, each of those teams pose a threat. On the Texas side, I’ve heard some confidence in Austin regarding the conversations Texas is having and the opportunity for immediate playing time. On the Minnesota side, PJ Fleck is an effective recruiter and the Gophers have some of Fields’ high school teammates on the roster. West Virginia is home to Jahmile Addaewho will be part of the defensive leadership following the dismissal of former DC Vic Koenning. A former Arizona and Minnesota assistant, Addae has a strong relationship with Fields and his high school. It’s unclear what Fields’ timeline will be, but he’s set to graduate mid-August so a decision could come in the next two to three weeks.

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4 minutes ago, trythisathome said:

So Roach thinks we're surging for Wheaton? Is there anything to that or is he just learning how to 9.95 more effectively? 

OU fanboy Drumm also mentioned he’s leaning texas 

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It's kinda funny that Drayton may win another recruiting victory here. Maybe he doesn't suck after all. If Herman doesn't sabotage the Cain recruitment by telling him to go to Penn State, Texas is looking at Ingram, Cain, Robinson, and Wheaton in 4 straight classes, not too mention the development of Johnson as a RB.

I do agree as the RB coach he should be more involved in recruitments outside his room.

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13 minutes ago, RGBIII said:

OU fanboy Drumm also mentioned he’s leaning texas 

I can only imagine his board is going to melt down over this one.

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49 minutes ago, Goodman said:

You’re really going to give him credit for Cain huh?

Are you not Abel to?

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