Category Archives: Football

Breaking down the Texas 2018 recruiting class

BJ Foster (Joe Cook/IT)

Since I’ve been breaking down every Big 12 class it only makes sense that I would include the Texas Longhorns, with their 2018 class parsed just as I have for their competitors in the conference.

The 2017 class, Tom Herman’s first at Texas, was an underrated success and for being a lower rated class it seems likely to punch above its weight. The 2018 class is a heavyweight group rated third nationally and first in the Big 12 by 247 and including much of the state’s top rated prospects and 19 Texans overall bolstered by seven out of state signees. Here’s how it should fit together into the Herman vision for the program.

Inside the Gameplan: Gary Johnson, 2018 Player Hater of the Year

Gary Johnson (Will Gallgher/IT)

The 2017 season was a very unique one for Todd Orlando and his defense. That’s not terribly shocking since he was inheriting a team he didn’t recruit and facing arguably the most lethal offensive league in college football for the first time of his career. While the AAC is filled with creative and dangerous offenses, there’s no comparison to the Big 12 where every other weekend forces the defense to square off against QB play that would be in the top echelon of most other leagues. Orlando was forced to adapt in a variety of ways in order to give his guys a chance to make plays and prevent scores.

Top Corner Target Marcus Banks Post-Texas Visit

Marcus Banks (Justin Wells/IT)

My suspicions for some time have been that Marcus Banks is the best corner in the state. There are some guys perhaps more athletic for the position — Marquez Beason, maybe — but I don’t think Beason brings the complete accompaniment of traits that Banks does. There isn’t a real weakness to Banks, and two of the baseline musts these days are strengths. Banks combines both length and fluidity.

The NFL Draft & State of Texas Sleepers

Connor Williams. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Every year we see former state of Texas high school athletes that weren’t considered high school blue chips (defined as 4 or 5 star recruits) going high in the NFL draft. The 2018 draft will be no different. Of course, it’s a number game – while 4 or 5 star recruits are far more likely to be drafted high as a percentage (995% more likely to go in the 1st round, in fact) than the unranked, 2, or 3 stars, the sheer absolute numbers of the latter category mean that the bulk of NFL rosters are filled out by those players.

The Inside Scoop – 2/19/18 (Part II)

Deondrick Glass (Joe Cook/IT)

Post-Junior Day Weekend thoughts – maximizing the sell, patience, overcoming the negative pitch, where UT stands with top targets, and touching on no-shows are included in the Scoop Part II. Also looking closer at the defensive backs on campus last weekend and the ones planning to visit + the defensive lineman to watch round out this jam-packed Scoop.

UT Junior Day I – Saturday’s news, notes, and quotes

Roschon Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

Everything is bigger in Texas. Including the Junior Days.

Instead of trying to cram a ton of prospects into one day, the UT staff breaks these events in half. More 1-on-1 with parents and players. Less chance of a kid not getting his attention. More opportunities for parents to ask questions to parents of guys currently on the Texas roster. It’s a strategy that helped Herman corral the Class of 2018. It’ll serve him even better with the 2019 class. 2020 too.

Quick Impressions from Saturday Junior Day

DeMarvin Leal (Justin Wells/IT)

I enjoy talking to the parents at these things more than the kids because life experience lends to having a better bull*** detector. I don’t mean in the lying sense but this is a sales pitch of sorts.

What stood out to me was the near universal responses of how genuine the staff came across. One parent said, “it’s not like other schools and we’ve been a lot of places. They don’t sugarcoat things so you know they mean what they say.”