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Texas Recruiting Notes 2023: Strippers, Monkeys, and 5-Stars


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1 hour ago, 52-80 said:

How does bellflower highschool have 3 4-stars simultaneously (all committed to louisville)

It's St. John Bosco in Bellflower. I don't know the whole story but Steve Clarkson is a SoCal QB coach who's basically run point on a few kid's recruitments. His son, Pierce Clarkson, is Bosco's QB. Presumably Louisville has some sort of arrangement with with Steve that secured Pierce's commitment and gave them an in with the other blue chips there. Bosco and Mater Dei are basically all star teams and always have a ton of 4-5 star kids. 

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21 hours ago, Burt Macklin said:

And the face of Tom Herman. 

It’s allowed as long as they’re paying the charity for the player’s performance. The Texas law just says you can’t make a player’s pay contingent on performance, but it’s fine if the pay is to a third party. 

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17 minutes ago, Hookem2147 said:

Some interesting notes on Hale’s decision from OB and an Arch nugget thrown in that was also interesting 

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Texas felt confident in the months, weeks, and days leading up to the Jalen Hale announcement. Instead, Alabama was the pick, giving Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide their second East Texas pledge of the week.

For Texas, it’s an obvious miss on the recruiting trail. The Longhorns seemed to be on the verge of surrounding Arch Manning with a pair of 6.0 wide receiver recruits, as Johntay Cook has been committed for months. However, Texas saw an in-state standout leave for the national powerhouse.

In talking to Hale, I was able to get some more clarity on the recruitment and what went wrong, so to speak, for Texas.

-- Hale admitted that it was tough to tell Texas no. He built a great relationship with Brennan Marion and has been open about wanting to team up with Manning and Cook in college.

-- Even after the announcement, Hale again brought up liking the idea of playing with Arch and Johntay. Which makes it even more interesting that he passed on doing just that.

-- Hale explained that some of what gave Alabama the nod is that they never fell off in recruiting him. Hale said that Texas wasn’t always consistent in communication and making him a priority, but really picked things up in the summer. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough in his mind.

-- He said that he made his decision in July, even telling the media at Future 50 that month that he had his mind made up. Hale claims that his pick on Wednesday was the same pick that he made in July, for what that is worth.

-- Hale said that he will “for sure” continue talking to Cook and will leave the door open for communication between him and the Texas staff. I would expect Texas to continue recruiting the Longview standout, as a lot can happen between now and the December Signing Period. Wouldn’t expect a flip, but it can’t hurt Texas that Arch and Johntay will be in his ear.

Quick note on Arch Manning. OB was on-site for Manning’s 18-point comeback win last Friday night in New Orleans. Manning looked every bit of a five-star passer and exceeded my own expectations in the game.

We’ve posted a few stories on Manning since then. However, one thing that I found interesting when talking to Manning last Friday is that he admitted that was leaning towards Alabama or Georgia before taking his OV to Texas in June.

“I had no idea (that I would choose Texas) leading up to the commitment,” Manning said. “I was leaning ‘Bama and Georgia. Then, I just felt something after the final OV. I felt something with Texas, and then Will (Randle) committed. It just felt like the right spot.”

 

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46 minutes ago, Hookem2147 said:

Some interesting notes on Hale’s decision from OB and an Arch nugget thrown in that was also interesting 

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“I had no idea (that I would choose Texas) leading up to the commitment,” Manning said. “I was leaning ‘Bama and Georgia. Then, I just felt something after the final OV. I felt something with Texas, and then Will (Randle) committed. It just felt like the right spot.”

 

Will Randle the real MVP. 

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47 minutes ago, totallynotabuttpirate said:

Will Randle the real MVP. 

honestly the mannings are great at bits and I think arch is going to push the will randle got the ball rolling storyline much like the family says cooper is the best manning. it’s a bit and it’s funny. 

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1 hour ago, jeevsie said:

Who won? No sunshine for either

Wilson’s team,Spring Dekaney won 35-7.

 

32 minutes ago, TheMailBox357 said:

 

GH was also at the game:

 

IT posters are speculating that GH got the from Sark or Marion while at the game.

It makes sense that GH talked to them. But there is a deep Bosco prep contingent all committed to Louisville, will be interesting to see if they can break them up.

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5 minutes ago, futureman said:

do you not think a 17 year-old woman is capable of making her own decisions?  why are you against empowering females?

Based on my experiences trying to decide where to eat with my wife,  no. The only choice  she’s ever been decisive about was me…..which probably explains her inability to be decisive now.

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