Junior day breakdown

Casey Thompson. (courtesy of NewsOK)

The most anticipated recruiting event in Austin in years is finally here and the list of invitees certainly lives up to the hype. Not only is Saturday loaded, but Jaylen Waddle is headed to Austin as we speak, Casey Thompson will be in later today/tonight, and Sunday is a good day of visits in its own right. We’ll take a look at each confirmed name and offer our thoughts. These thoughts are equal parts inside info and intuitiveness.

Fridays in the Humidor – 2/24/17

Shaka Smart. (Will Gallagher/IT)

You don’t go through a 10-18 season like the Longhorns Basketball program is currently mired in without showing some bruises along the way.

Shaka Smart, brought to Texas because of his ability to relate to the young men under his tutelage, was considered a slam dunk hire when he came to Austin. And a slam dunk hire he still may be.

Recruiting Notebook – 2/24/17

Justin Watkins. (courtesy of Nike)

This week’s Notebook profiles some out-of-state Texas targets and breaks down how they fit and affect UT’s Class of 2018 with notes/evals from college coaches talking off the record. We start in Oklahoma, slide over to Da Boot, make a stop in Florida for a playmaker, then swing back through San Antonio for pass-catching gazelle. It’s Notebook time.

Inside the Gameplan: The Collin Johnson hour

Collin Johnson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Amidst Texas’ receivers in 2016, Collin Johnson was just one of many players that got some targets and produced in Sterlin Gilbert’s Veer and Shoot offense.

If there’s a criticism to be made of Gilbert’s efforts in 2016 it’s that Texas didn’t necessarily feature Johnson or any other WR in a prominent role within the offense, but then who would Texas have even featured?