Jump to content

Texas Recruiting Notes 2022 - Idiotic Slapfights Unrelated To 2022 Recruiting


closetojumping

Recommended Posts

247 in-state top 30... yikes

1) Quinn Ewers
2) Caleb Burton
3) Omari Abor
4) Harold Perkins
5) Denver Harris
6) Devon Campbell
7) Malick Sylla
'8) Jaydon Blue
9) Kelvin Banks
10) Conner Weigman
11) Evan Stewart
12) Bryce Anderson
13) Bryan Allen Jr
14) Cade Klubnik
15) Jaylon Guilbeau
16) Kobie McKinzie
17) Bear Alexander
18) PJ Williams
19) Donovan Green
20) Terrance Brooks
21) Hunter Erb
22) Chace Biddle
23) Jamarion Miller
24) Chris Marshall
25) Julian Humphrey
26) Armani Winfield
27) Brenen Thompson
28) Austin Jordan
29) Tavorus Jones
30) Jaylen Early


32) Jordan Hudson
34) Kam Dewberry
40) Jaray Bledsoe
42) Kip Lewis
45) Neto Umeozulu
46) Kristopher Ross
57) Cole Hutson
64) Derrick Brown
71) Connor Robertson
79) Trevell Johnson

They have Maalik Murphy at #69 in the country (nice) and #8 in California

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 minutes ago, Fud said:

247 in-state top 30... yikes

1) Quinn Ewers
2) Caleb Burton
3) Omari Abor
4) Harold Perkins
5) Denver Harris
6) Devon Campbell
7) Malick Sylla
'8) Jaydon Blue
9) Kelvin Banks
10) Conner Weigman
11) Evan Stewart
12) Bryce Anderson
13) Bryan Allen Jr
14) Cade Klubnik
15) Jaylon Guilbeau
16) Kobie McKinzie
17) Bear Alexander
18) PJ Williams
19) Donovan Green
20) Terrance Brooks
21) Hunter Erb
22) Chace Biddle
23) Jamarion Miller
24) Chris Marshall
25) Julian Humphrey
26) Armani Winfield
27) Brenen Thompson
28) Austin Jordan
29) Tavorus Jones
30) Jaylen Early


32) Jordan Hudson
34) Kam Dewberry
40) Jaray Bledsoe
42) Kip Lewis
45) Neto Umeozulu
46) Kristopher Ross
57) Cole Hutson
64) Derrick Brown
71) Connor Robertson
79) Trevell Johnson

They have Maalik Murphy at #69 in the country (nice) and #8 in California

Caleb Burton at #2 is some kind of choice. Not a good one, mind you.

  • Hook 'Em 1
  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Updated Top247

Spoiler

1. Quinn Ewers (Ohio State)

8. Caleb Burton (Ohio State)

11. Omari Abor

16. Kevin Coleman

18. Harold Perkins

20. Denver Harris

23. Devon Campbell

30. Malick Sylla (Texas A&M)

31. Jaydon Blue (Texas)

34. Kelvin Banks

36. Conner Weigman (Texas A&M)

37. Evan Stewart

42. Kamari Wilson

47. CJ Williams

51. Raleek Brown (OU)

55. Jacoby Mathews

59. Bryce Anderson

60. Bryan Allen Jr. (Texas)

64. Cade Klubnik (Clemson)

66. Jaylon Guilbeau (Texas)

67. Earnest Greene

68. Kobie McKinzie (OU)

69. Maalik Murphy (Texas)

81. Bear Alexander (Georgia)

82. PJ Williams (Texas A&M)

95. Donovan Green (Texas A&M)

98. Shazz Preston

99. Hero Kanu

102. Terrance Brooks

104. Hunter Erb (Texas A&M)

109. Chace Biddle

116. Justice Finkley

119. Jamarion Miller

120. Niuafe Tuihalamaka

125. Chris Marshall

128. Julian Humphrey

134. Armani Winfield (Texas)

140. Talyn Shettron (OU)

143. Jovantae Barnes

153. Sebastian Cheeks

163. Brenen Thompson

165. Austin Jordan

167. Tavorus Jones

174. Jaylen Early

181. DJ Allen

185. Jordan Hudson (OU)

189. Isaiah Sategna (Texas A&M)

199. Ephesians Prysock

201. TreVonte' Citizen

207. DJ Wesolak

214. Bobby Taylor (Texas A&M)

222. Kam Dewberry

230. Jadarian Price (Notre Dame)

237. Isaiah Bond

239. Cristian Driver

 

Edited by Machinator
Link to comment
Share on other sites

37 minutes ago, Fud said:

247 in-state top 30... yikes

1) Quinn Ewers
2) Caleb Burton
3) Omari Abor
4) Harold Perkins
5) Denver Harris
6) Devon Campbell
7) Malick Sylla
'8) Jaydon Blue
9) Kelvin Banks
10) Conner Weigman
11) Evan Stewart
12) Bryce Anderson
13) Bryan Allen Jr
14) Cade Klubnik
15) Jaylon Guilbeau
16) Kobie McKinzie
17) Bear Alexander
18) PJ Williams
19) Donovan Green
20) Terrance Brooks
21) Hunter Erb
22) Chace Biddle
23) Jamarion Miller
24) Chris Marshall
25) Julian Humphrey
26) Armani Winfield
27) Brenen Thompson
28) Austin Jordan
29) Tavorus Jones
30) Jaylen Early


32) Jordan Hudson
34) Kam Dewberry
40) Jaray Bledsoe
42) Kip Lewis
45) Neto Umeozulu
46) Kristopher Ross
57) Cole Hutson
64) Derrick Brown
71) Connor Robertson
79) Trevell Johnson

They have Maalik Murphy at #69 in the country (nice) and #8 in California

Burton at 2 is certainly something. Hudson, Bledsoe, Derrick Brown and Neto all seem very underrated. I'd say Hutson, Ish Harris, and Trevell Johnson are underrated too.  I see Elko and Fong are keeping the romance alive. A looooot of aggy love in those rankings. 

 

21 minutes ago, Machinator said:

Movement of Texas commits:

Blue up 1

Murphy down 6

Allen down 2

Winfield down 7

FWIW, their grades all stayed the same. It was just guys moving up and down around them.

Edited by Burt Macklin
  • Hook 'Em 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

IT on Denvis Harris: 

Spoiler

CB Denver Harris, North Shore (2022):

The five-star defensive back will be headed to Austin this weekend, sources tell IT. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Harris, who holds 38 offers, continues to hear from his top four of Texas, Alabama, LSU, and Texas A&M.

Teammate and Texas commit Kristopher Ross is unable to attend due to a regional track meet.

Harris joins the spring game visitor list:

OL Devon Campbell, Arlington Bowie
S BJ Allen, Aledo (TEXAS)
QB Maalik Murphy, Junipero Serra (CA) (TEXAS)
LB Trevell Johnson, Arlington Martin (TEXAS)
DL David Oke, Alief Hastings (Houston, TX)
CB Denver Harris, North Shore
DL Jordan Renaud, Lewisville (2023)

Great news getting him on campus. Wonder if we see that list grow more over the next few days.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here's the full post from Wells and Hamilton:

Spoiler

By: Justin and Gerry

The top in-state corner will see Austin this weekend, and the latest on 2022 defensive line targets. Enjoy the evening news.

CB Denver Harris, North Shore (2022):

The five-star defensive back will be headed to Austin this weekend, sources tell IT. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Harris, who holds 38 offers, continues to hear from his top four of Texas, Alabama, LSU, and Texas A&M.

Teammate and Texas commit Kristopher Ross is unable to attend due to a regional track meet.

Harris joins the spring game visitor list:

OL Devon Campbell, Arlington Bowie
S BJ Allen, Aledo (TEXAS)
QB Maalik Murphy, Junipero Serra (CA) (TEXAS)
LB Trevell Johnson, Arlington Martin (TEXAS)
DL David Oke, Alief Hastings (Houston, TX)
CB Denver Harris, North Shore
DL Jordan Renaud, Lewisville (2023)

DL Quency Wiggins, Madison Prep (Baton Rouge, LA) (2022):

UT went into Louisiana looking for an interior defensive lineman recently. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound composite four-star holds 24 offers including LSU, Auburn, Florida, Arizona State, and USC.

“It’s been really great and slow," said Wiggins, about the recruiting process. "I don't have any top schools yet."

The dual-sport dude also plays basketball for Madison Prep, hears a lot from Michigan and Florida State, and isn't ready to make any type of decision. However, he has an idea what he's looking for.

"I’m just looking to play and a place that feels like home," Wiggins said.

He seemed a little indifferent when discussing the Longhorns, so we'll see how much they pursue moving forward.

DT Bear Alexander, Fort Worth Brewer (2022) (GEORGIA):

The 6-foot-3, 325-pound composite five-star continues to hear from the Texas staff. The Georgia pledge also stays close to Alabama and Texas A&M, and will likely make June official visits to destinations other than Athens.

The Max Preps second-team junior All American has relocated to Brewer HS in Fort Worth, following stops in Terrell, Dallas Skyline, and Denton Ryan, where he helped the Raiders win the 5A D1 state championship. Texas DL coach Bo Davis still stays close to Alexander, and is trying to get him on campus in June.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

(Gerry Hamilton) IT Recruiting Matters: It's back, again! The 2022 best class scenario

Spoiler

The Texas staff has now seen enough of the current roster in spring practice to know a few things when it comes to future recruiting.

The program needs more speed and playmaking at wide receiver, and needs more big bodies with long arms on both lines of scrimmage.

With seven four-star commitments on the board headed into the spring game and June official visits, there is plenty of runway remaining to fill all the needs in the class with a successful first season on the field.

Today, it’s time to look at the best class scenario - a mix of reality and a couple of Hail Mary’s.

QB Quinn Ewers, Southlake Carroll (Ohio State commit)
6-3, 210
What to know: New Orleans continues to watch this recruitment closely
Texas and Ewers continue to have communication, and that hasn’t changed since Sarkisian was hired.

QB Maalik Murphy, Junipero Serra
6-5, 225
Committed to: #AllGasNoBrakes
Murphy showed this spring the arm talent that makes him an intriguing developmental prospect.

RB Jaydon Blue, Klein Cain
5-10.5, 205
Committed to: #AllGasNoBrakes
Blues Clues runs 10.7 FAT at over 200 pounds, and possesses elite hands out of the backfield.

RB Tavorus Jones, El Paso Burges
5-10, 185
The competition: Penn State and Florida
A RB recruitment that could come down to Texas vs. Penn State … @JustinWells head is spinning

WR Evan Stewart, Frisco Liberty
6-0, 175
The skinny: Texas vs. SEC
Freak athlete with developing WR understanding working with Margin Hooks.

WR Jordan Hudson, Garland High
6-1, 185
Where it stands: Texas still working on the Oklahoma verbal. USC is right there with Texas trying to flip the Sooners verbal
Hudson has the best hands in America in 2022, and sneaky athleticism featuring excellent balance and lower body strength.

WR Brenen Thompson, Spearman
5-10, 165
The competition: Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Clemson and Alabama
Hasn’t hit the 100 meter times expected this spring, but this is still a really talented wide receiver prospect with enough straight line speed to go with suddenness. Wide receiver recruiting #’s in 2022 could be impacted by the transfer portal, however.

WR Armani Winfield, Lewisville
6-2, 180
Committed to: #AllGasNoBrakes
Looked smoother and quicker than ever at recent Under Armour Camp Dallas, where he ran a 4.59 laser forty.

OT Neto Umeozulu, Allen
6-4, 297
The competition: Alabama, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, you name it
Allen High head coach Chad Morris likely won’t be high fiving the Oklahoma staff when they wall through that door in the future.

OT Kelvin Banks, Summer Creek
6-5, 300
Inside skinny: Texas still leads Texas A&M and LSU with Oklahoma State also receiving an OV
Plays for Kenny Harrison at Summer Creek.

OG Earnest Green, St. John Bosco (CA)
6-4, 330
Competition: USC, Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida
Green is worth the fight. One of the very best OG’s in the country. Hang around the rim as long as possible.

OT/G Kam Dewberry, Atascocita
6-4, 320
Where it stands: Ohio State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama
Big recruitment for Kyle Flood with ground to make up against Texas A&M and Oklahoma with Bill Bedenbaugh being a family favorite. Dewberry likes Ohio State best. Parents like closer to home more.

OG Devon Campbell, Arlington Bowie
6-3.5, 317
The inside skinny without Steve McKinney: Texas leads Oklahoma, Alabama
Flood is doing very well from a relationship building standpoint. Campbell was on campus a few weeks ago, and will be back for the spring game Saturday. A “must get” for Texas.

OG Connor Robertson or Cole Hutson or Jacob Sexton or George Fitzpatrick
This is going to have to be a best player available scenario as Texas won’t win out for all of the mentioned above on the OL.

DT Jaray Bledsoe, Bremond
6-4, 270
The real contenders: Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas, Alabama
When IT first stopped by Bremond, Oklahoma was the first school mentioned as having Bledsoe’s attention. Bo Davis has the best position coach relationship, and the mom likes the message. Nick Saban has has multiple zoom calls, and Texas A&M working very hard with many people in the area talking up the Aggies.

DT Kristopher Ross, North Shore
6-3, 279
Committed to: #AllGasNoBrakes
Bo Davis owns North Shore, or did everyone forget? USC and Ole Miss are fighting for a June OV, which Ross will very likely take.

DE/EDGE Derrick Brown, Texas High
6-4, 205
The competition: Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Colorado
Texas needs EDGE rush ability, and the staff is making up ground here with an OV set for June 4-6.

DE/EDGE Cyrus Moss, Bishop Gorman (NV)
6-6, 225
The contenders: Clemson, Oregon, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Florida, USC
Texas has remained in contact as recently as Saturday, but is considered a long shot. This is one of those prospects at a premium position you try to keep chipping away. Same scenario with D.J. Wesolak, who had a recruiting direction change with offers from Clemson and Alabama in recent weeks.

LB Trevell Johnson, Arlington Martin
6-1, 195
Committed to: #AllGasNoBrakes
A hidden gem in terms of being a guy that is an active recruiter for the Longhorns in the class.

LB Harold Perkins, Cy Park
6-2.5, 205
The competition: Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama, USC, Florida
A recruitment that is sure to have a number of twists and turns that won’t likely end until early January. This is a truly elite athlete at the LB position, which means everyone is all in.

S Jacoby Mathews, Ponchatoula (LA)
6-1.5, 210
The competition: Florida, Arizona State, LSU and Clemson
IT had been hearing the Longhorns were in a solid position, but Arizona State has muddied the waters headed into June OV’s.

S Bryan Allen Jr., Aledo
Commitment: #AllGasNoBrakes
6-0, 190
Favorite IT poster remains @keganr

N/CB/S Bryce Anderson, Beaumont West Brook
5-11.5, 190
The competition: Texas A&M, Alabama, USC, Stanford
James Brown vs. Chip Ambres recruitment … James continues to predict the Longhorns! This is one DB that Texas fans don’t have to worry about Nick Saban sticking it to his former assistants.

N/S/CB Jaylon Guilbeau, Port Arthur Memorial
6-0, 180
Commitment: #AllGasNoBrakes
Golden Triangle toughness with good junior tape. Likely settles at safety or nickel long term.

CB/N/S Terrance Brooks, Plano John Paul II
5-11, 188
The competition: Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Alabama
Will be at Texas A&M spring game this weekend. Terry Joseph remains popular with the family, and the Longhorns get an OV June 18-20. Alabama plays host June 25-27.

CB Denver Harris, North Shore
6-1, 180
The competition: Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU
Texas has a fight on their hands, and the one throwing punches has seven rings and 65 players currently in the NFL with five more first rounders on the way. Harris will watch the Horns up close Saturday.

K Blake Ford, Arlington Lamar
6-0, 190
The competition: Scholarship offers
Chris Sailer No. 1 ranked 2022 kicker

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Good read on the business of NIL, the unknowns, and software. Texas is mentioned as hiring Altius for compliance services. 

https://www.si.com/college/2021/04/22/ncaa-athletes-profit-nil-marketplace-july-1

Inside the Hidden Industry of Name, Image and Likeness and the Changing World for College Athletes

Spoiler

For two years now, Icon Source has provided a marketplace for talent, such as pro athletes and social media influencers, to connect with brand companies for endorsement and commercial opportunities. Like a match-making service that pairs like-minded couples in romantic relationships, Icon links talent with brands in business arrangements.

Last Thursday, the marketplace added a new player.

College athletes became eligible to create profiles on Icon in what is, for the company, the first step in helping NCAA athletes monetize their name, image and likeness (NIL). Eventually, an athlete on Icon will be able to identify companies to partner with for a profitable exchange.

Maybe it’s a star quarterback hooking up with an eatery in Athens, Ga., or a champion gymnast signing with a clothing shop in Oxford, Miss.

Either way, the world of NIL match-making is here—well, almost.

In-depth analysis, unrivaled access. Get SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's best stories every weekday. Sign up now.

It officially arrives in about 70 days, when several state laws governing NIL take effect.

“Athletes are preparing themselves for July 1,” says Drew Butler, a former NCAA and NFL punter who is vice president of Icon’s collegiate division. “We are ready to turn on the green light for them.”

So are dozens of others.

Name, Image and Likeness marketplace logos
Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports

The introduction of NIL to the college scene has created a striking side effect: a cascade of activity in an untapped space. As July 1 nears, companies similar to Icon are bursting onto the scene, offering an array of NIL-centric products and services to schools and athletes alike.

As many as 150 NIL platforms now exist in what has become an oversaturated space exploding with outlets flaunting new-fangled databases and glitzy mobile applications. They are all different and yet, for many of them, very much the same.

Some are specializing in NIL education, marketing and branding. Others are focused on compliance and regulatory issues. Another group is targeting the marketplace, where athletes connect with brands. And some companies are even dabbling in all three.

A few, in fact, are dangerously walking the line, industry experts say, of violating potential legislation by partnering with schools while also offering athletes at those schools a marketplace to strike NIL deals.

In short, this space—empty and quiet just months ago—is now a crowded, muddled and boisterous mess.

“It’s the hidden industry of NIL,” says Blake Lawrence, a former Nebraska linebacker and the co-founder of Opendorse, one of the largest and longest-tenured athlete marketing platforms in the country.

These NIL companies are jockeying to land lucrative school partnerships and are one-upping each other to attract college athletes. For institutions, these platforms serve as both an oversight and regulatory system, educating their athletes on NIL and tracking their NIL endeavors for compliance purposes. For athletes, they represent much of what a sports agent or an agency does: help build a brand (on social media, specifically), market that brand and arrange for NIL events.

Most in college sports believe that the vast majority of athletes will gross too little to hire an agency, leaving them instead with a digital marketplace, where athlete subscriptions are often free (the marketplace normally takes a transaction fee, 10%–15%, from the brand company).

There are plenty to choose from.

There are those providing a service, such as companies like Altius, which almost exclusively partners with schools as an educational and compliance component. There are those that provide a product, such as MatchPoint Connection, which offers a match-making marketplace. And there are those providing both a service and a product, such as Opendorse, which features compliance, education and marketing components as well as a separate marketplace called Opendorse Deals.

Sports Illustrated obtained a list of more than 100 NIL platforms of varying specifications. There’s one called InkSports and another called Workhorse. PlayBooked and Athletes Studio. Greenfly and INFLCR.

The more well-known agencies and media rights groups, like CAA, Wasserman and Learfield IMG, count too.

There’s Athliance and Gridline, as well. Momentum and SAIL. GamePlan and Calaxy.

“Last year, it was crickets,” says Ahmad Elhawli, the founder and CEO of Sportsfinda, a somewhat unique platform that offers athletes opportunities to sell their equipment or gear, auction any other valuables and generate dollars through fundraising campaigns. “January hit this year and companies started popping up. We were ready for the big [NCAA NIL] vote in January but that never took up.”

Set to pass NIL at its virtual convention in mid-January, the NCAA delayed the decision, citing a letter from the Department of Justice. However, a more practical reason has emerged. The governing body of college athletics is waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on its antitrust case, NCAA v. Alston, before passing any NIL legislation, multiple sources tell Sports Illustrated. Some contend that approving NIL would damage the NCAA’s argument in Alston, weakening its chances for a victory in a case that, while it centers around antitrust, also could produce a decision that greatly impacts amateurism.

But how long is the NCAA willing to wait? The Alston decision isn’t expected until June, if not later, coming dangerously close to what is becoming a D-Day for college sports: July 1. Eleven states have passed NIL laws, four of which take effect July 1: Mississippi, Florida, New Mexico and Alabama. Two more states have a bill awaiting a governor’s signature to become law and 18 more have introduced a bill this spring, as states hurry to one-up one another for recruiting purposes.

NIL laws by state
“It’s going to be a little chaotic for a time,” says Oliver Luck, a former college administrator and NCAA executive. “The next three or four months, it’s the most uncertain time in the history of college athletics.”

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, part of the NCAA’s NIL working group, says the group has met at least twice a month, spending the last four months continuously tinkering with what they term as an evolving NIL legislative proposal. SI obtained the original proposal last fall.

While the NCAA hopes Congress passes a federal bill to govern NIL, the organization expects at some point to remove its tabled item and pass the long-awaited measure.

“There are those advocating to pass it before July 1,” Bowlsby says. “There are those who say some of the chaos is required and let the state laws go into effect. It puts the institutions in a tough spot. They’re going to either comply with NCAA rules and against the state or comply with state law and against the NCAA.”

Most plan for the latter. And they’re not wasting time.

In fact, in one of the most recent announcements last week, Florida State revealed a new partnership with INFLCR, a multi-faceted NIL platform that will provide the department compliance oversight and will educate athletes as well as build their brands.

The three-year deal will cost FSU $102,000, says Jim Curry, a senior associate athletic director who helped orchestrate the agreement. INFLCR gives FSU athletes the tools to develop their brand and complete NIL deals, but it doesn’t mean they have to use the company. Other vendors are available to which athletes can independently subscribe.

While the INFLCR arrangement should help unburden some of FSU’s compliance staff, the department still plans to hire extra compliance officers to handle NIL tracking and oversight, Curry says. Many schools are planning the same.

The process of choosing INFLCR was made difficult as FSU officials had to “cut through all the clutter” in the marketspace, Curry says. “There are a lot of vendors in the space and new people coming into the space. And then you top that with a complete lack of clarity at the NCAA, state and federal levels.”

The NIL platform companies aren’t waiting around for the NCAA, either.

Altius founding partner and CEO Casey Schwab, an ex–NFL Players Association executive, recently returned from a trip to meet with coaches and administrators at South Carolina, one of his new clients. The Gamecocks joined LSU and Texas in hiring Altius, which works with schools strictly to provide compliance and educational services.

“It’s the less sexy side,” laughs Schwab.

The company has no plans to dabble in the marketplace of matching athletes with businesses. It’s too risky, he says.

Those familiar with the NCAA’s evolving NIL legislative proposal say schools, or third parties hired by schools, won’t be permitted to secure NIL opportunities for athletes. That includes “pairing a student athlete with a company seeking a student athlete for an advertisement,” according to a question-and-answer document the NCAA distributed to schools in December.

Similar language is used in most state laws, says Jim Cavale, the CEO of INFLCR.

“We believe legislation is clear that you can’t be the marketplace and work with institutions who are paying you,” he says.

To Cavale, there are three cookie jars: the institution, the athlete and the marketplace.

“You’ve got to be careful if you’re trying to put your hand in all three cookie jars,” he says. “You can get in trouble.”

However, there are ways around this and even his own company has found them. Next week, INFLCR is scheduled to announce a new product that allows brands to connect with athletes in a separate portal, similar to Opendorse’s marketplace dubbed Opendorse Deals.

Opendorse is used by more than half of the Power 5 programs, so in order to remain compliant, an athlete must leave Opendorse’s regular educational and brand-building platform to strike deals independently with brands on Opendorse Deals, which schools are not a part of.

While Opendorse’s other functions rely on lucrative school partnerships, Opendorse Deals takes a transaction fee from brands.

“Every school I’ve spoken to is very worried about a marketplace,” says Lyle Adams, the CEO of Spry, which provides NIL regulatory services to schools and does not offer a marketplace. “The NIL legislation says schools cannot offer athletes deal-matching solutions or pay for them. That would be considered institution involvement.”

“I’m not going to say anything negative about anybody else in this space,” says Schwab, of Altius. “Everybody has their own speciality, but when the rules are finalized, everybody from the schools to the athletes are going to figure out who is doing what and what companies are on their side.”

Florida State’s deal with INFLCR comes with options, says FSU AD David Coburn. The university can later incorporate into its deal INFLCR’s newest marketplace product, the one set for an announcement next week, if legislation permits such.

“What we tried to do is pick a platform that allowed us to pay for and use some elements that we’re comfortable we can use now and reserve the option to buy other elements in the future should they become permissible,” he says.

Coburn, who spent decades serving in Florida politics before entering higher education, says the Seminoles will, first and foremost, follow the state’s NIL law, even if it contradicts the NCAA’s own NIL legislation. There is a financial incentive to do so. Institutions that do not follow the Florida law are in jeopardy of losing state funding, according to the law itself.

Florida is set to be one of the first states to enact its NIL law. Whatever advantage the Seminoles are getting in recruiting “might be offset by the threat of NCAA sanctions,” Coburn says. “Am I concerned? Somewhat, yes, but do I know what my obligation is under state law? Yes.”

The uncertainty around legislation is clouding an already murky situation as athletic administrators across the country search for an NIL platform. Some are basing decisions around their own state law. Others are focused on the NCAA’s proposed legislation, the latest version of which has not been revealed to them.

In many cases, the NCAA’s own proposal policy is not as open and athlete-friendly as the state laws.

“Anyone who thinks they’re with a company that has figured it out is full of malarkey,” says one athletic director. “There are too many unresolved questions.”

For the most part, there are three glaring questions that, from a practical business standpoint, will determine just how many opportunities exist under the new framework of NIL rules, Schwab says.

(1) Can the athletes strike NIL deals with corporate partners of the schools? (2) Can the athletes strike NIL deals with competitors of corporate partners of the schools? And (3) can the athlete use the school’s marks and logos during endorsement ventures? No. 3, for now, is strictly prohibited in the NCAA’s proposal, and No. 2 is left up to the school. No. 1 is tricky.

“The rules need to make both business and legal sense. Business, so that there are legitimate opportunities for the student-athletes. And legal, because if those opportunities are overly restricted, there will be lawsuits,” Schwab says. “If there’s one thing we know on this topic, there will be lawyers.”

Meanwhile, of the 150 or so NIL platforms existing in the space, one of them is expected to be chosen as the NCAA’s third-party administrator (TPA), acting as a sort of clearinghouse for NIL. However, like NIL legislation itself, the NCAA has delayed selecting a TPA, despite whittling a list of candidates to four finalists late last fall.

The finalists include Opendorse, Salesforce, CLC and INFLCR, sources told SI. The NCAA Division I Council discussed a TPA during its latest meeting last week but did not take a vote. It’s unclear when that will happen, but some are growing frustrated as July 1 nears. With each passing day, the TPA has less and less time to prepare to service the entire NCAA once the organization passes NIL.

It’s one of the many unresolved issues in what’s become a convoluted space.

“There are still a lot of unknowns,” says Henry Hays, the founder of MatchPoint Connection, a Baton Rouge–based NIL marketplace that is about three weeks old. “But if you’re a state and you don’t have a [state NIL law], you’re dead in the water. How do you recruit?”

For now, those in four states can soon begin striking deals with businesses on July 1. By the time that date arrives, that number could reach double digits, as several states are hurriedly pushing through bills, two of which need only a governor’s signature to become law.

The day of NIL match-making, at least for some, will soon arrive. The hard part now: picking your match-making company.

“There are a lot of hustlers out there,” says one associate athletic director. “Everybody is doing what they think is best to cash in on the student-athletes. These are businesses cashing in on the student athletes. I don’t blame them. They sit in front of you and tell you what’s best for the student athletes. But nobody knows what this marketplace is going to look like.”

 

  • Hook 'Em 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

19 hours ago, Enchubben said:

One day when Texas gets it shit together, I hope we go and start taking the top 2-3 players from Ohio every year, just to say fuck you OSU,  you jort wearing rust belt wife beaters.

When said day arrives, hopefully we won’t need/want any players from Ohio.

  • Hook 'Em 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

(Mike Roach) Breakfast Bites: Out of state visitor on campus 

Spoiler

The Texas spring game is this weekend and should welcome a few visitors back to the 40 Acres, but one out-of-state target already made it. 247Sports has learned that Phoenix (Az.) Brophy College Prep defensive lineman Zac Swanson is on campus for a visit.

Swanson was offered by Texas earlier this spring, and the Longhorns quickly jumped out to the top of the pack in his recruitment. A four-star prospect on the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings, Swanson has multiple Crystal Balls in favor of Texas.

Pete Kwiatkowski's recruitment of Swanson has been fast and effective as the Longhorns are being picked to overcome Kentucky, USC, Oregon and several other programs for his services. When Swanson cut his list down in March, he told Brandon Huffman of 247Sports that Texas seemed to check all of the boxes.

"Texas was one of my more recent offers," he said. "The new coaching staff up there is unbelievable and I have already been able to make a great relationship with them. Everyone I have talked to says how good the new defensive coordinator, Pete Kwiatkowski, is and how well he is going to do up there and I think I fit in tho the scheme perfectly after talking about it with him. Not only do they run a great defense, I was told they want me to come in and play right away which really interests me."


Sources near Swanson expect him to make a decision in the coming months, and it's possible his trip to Austin this weekend could seal the deal for Texas. Swanson arrived on campus yesterday and will leave after taking in the spring game on Saturday.


At 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, Swanson is ranked as the No. 24 strong-side defensive end in the nation and No. 6 overall prospect in Arizona, according to 247Sports Composite.

 

  • Hook 'Em 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Biggins' post in this 31 page thread that turned into aggies and horns arguing about Maalik Murphy 

"My quick thoughts on Maalik Murphy since I see he's a hot issue here. I've said it before but he's probably the toughest kid to evaluate out West. Still has very good tools in terms of his size, arm, mobility, accuracy, touch and  ability to throw outside the pocket and from different arm angles. He's still raw in terms of his decision making and ability to process the game quickly. He had some really good games this season and some poor ones as well and isn't helped by the fact he's playing in a pretty poor offensive scheme without a single Power 5 WR or OL. He still needs to play better and show more consistency but the hope is this short 5-game spring season will at least help his maturity and growth as a QB moving forward. Despite his physical tools, if he doesn't play considerably better as a senior, his days as a top 200 recruit won't last much longer."

 

https://247sports.com/board/30/Contents/updated-top247-for-2022-busy-offseason-schedule-fuels-midspring-moves-164410859/?page=7

Link to comment
Share on other sites

IT

Spoiler

RECRUITING

OL Devon Campbell, Arlington Bowie: He’s throwing the shot put at regionals today, then back to Austin on Saturday, where he just visited a few weeks ago. Texas remains the team to beat.

S BJ Allen, Aledo (TEXAS): The former LSU pledge is happy with his decision to pick Texas.

QB Maalik Murphy, Junipero Serra (CA) (TEXAS): Murphy makes a return trip after visiting in late February.

LB Trevell Johnson, Arlington Martin (TEXAS): One of the Arlington Martin dudes that loves UT.

DL Zac Swanson, Brophy Prep (Phoenix, AZ): Swanson will also take an official visit this summer. We feel UT wins out if they’re all in.

DL David Oke, Alief Hastings (Houston, TX): The 6-foot-3, 235 pound defensive line prospect is more or of a contingency at this point but you never know what a senior year will bring.

CB Denver Harris, North Shore: Sark vs Saban. Joseph vs Valai. Getting Harris to Austin is big news with Alabama in full pursuit.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 4/20/2021 at 10:20 PM, Getafix said:

2023 DeSoto WR Johntay Cook is a maybe for the game. He'd like to make it but he has a track meet that might interfere with the ability to visit. The same can be said for Rueben Owens. The lone commit in the 2023 class has a track meet that will interfere with his visit as well.

Did Roach fail junior high English?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

(Mike Roach) Quick notes on two five-star targets

Spoiler

I’m at the region 1 track meet in Arlington. Devon Campbell is set to throw the shot in 40 minutes. He told me that his trip to Austin two weeks ago for a self guided visit went great and he hung with several players he knew. He’s excited to be coming back this week for the spring game (if his track event isn’t rained out today and pushed to tomorrow). Things are going very well with Texas and it sounds like Kyle Flood is making a big impression on him and his uncle who is a Texas high school coach. Campbell hadn’t scheduled an OV to Texas yet and he’s leaning toward the fall for that trip. It would possibly be the last visit.

Frisco Liberty WR Evan Stewart is competing in multiple events today and tomorrow. His goal is to win the Gatorade track athlete of the year and hold 10 medals in the next two meets. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but it sounds like there has been a change to his visit schedule. Stewart told me he know plans to only take two summer visits (Florida and USC). The Trojans are new to the list but Stewart feels it’s a good fit for his game and brand. His other three visits will likely push to the fall. Georgia, Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M add in the running for those three trips. From what it sounds like, Texas A&M could be the odd man out. Stewart talked to Andre Coleman this morning before his meet and Is keeping in regular contact with the Longhorns

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Roach on Mathews

Spoiler

Just announced he’s committing at 4PM. I don’t have anything yet but that isn’t great for Texas. Notably, LSU just made a big off field hire in Mason Smith from Mississippi State who has a close relationship with Mathews.

 

Edited by Machinator
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 minutes ago, Machinator said:

Roach on Mathews

  Hide contents

Just announced he’s committing at 4PM. I don’t have anything yet but that isn’t great for Texas. Notably, LSU just made a big off field hire in Mason Smith from Mississippi State who has a close relationship with Mathews.

 

Arizona St was coming on too right?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

14 minutes ago, Machinator said:

(Mike Roach) Quick notes on two five-star targets

  Hide contents

I’m at the region 1 track meet in Arlington. Devon Campbell is set to throw the shot in 40 minutes. He told me that his trip to Austin two weeks ago for a self guided visit went great and he hung with several players he knew. He’s excited to be coming back this week for the spring game (if his track event isn’t rained out today and pushed to tomorrow). Things are going very well with Texas and it sounds like Kyle Flood is making a big impression on him and his uncle who is a Texas high school coach. Campbell hadn’t scheduled an OV to Texas yet and he’s leaning toward the fall for that trip. It would possibly be the last visit.

Frisco Liberty WR Evan Stewart is competing in multiple events today and tomorrow. His goal is to win the Gatorade track athlete of the year and hold 10 medals in the next two meets. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but it sounds like there has been a change to his visit schedule. Stewart told me he know plans to only take two summer visits (Florida and USC). The Trojans are new to the list but Stewart feels it’s a good fit for his game and brand. His other three visits will likely push to the fall. Georgia, Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M add in the running for those three trips. From what it sounds like, Texas A&M could be the odd man out. Stewart talked to Andre Coleman this morning before his meet and Is keeping in regular contact with the Longhorns

 

Need that Arlington weather to hold up today

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • closetojumping changed the title to Texas Recruiting Notes 2022 - Idiotic Slapfights Unrelated To 2022 Recruiting

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...