Fridays in the Humidor – 3/24/17

Charles Omenihu during Spring practice. (Will Gallagher/IT)

It’s Round Up weekend in Austin and a handful of UT’s top targets will be there visiting and watching the Horns’ first Spring scrimmage. We’ve got practice notes, recruiting info, and a look at each prospect in this week’s Humidor.

Inside the Gameplan: How Orlando will feature Malik

Malik Jefferson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last May we discussed how Texas could “build around the Predator” and feature Malik as a main component to the defense. That all came crashing down when Texas didn’t get effective run defense out of the hybrid middle linebacker (or any other LB on campus) and the area where Malik eventually brought value to the team was not one we foresaw.

Honoring Dan Jenkins

Dan Jenkins and Joe Cook

Right before I was able to walk on over from DKR to the bubble, I was able to witness the Texas Program in Sports and Media honor one of the greatest sportswriters of all time in Dan Jenkins.

UT’s clear recruiting runway

Al'Vonte Woodard. (courtesy of UA camp)

Pretty much every single important internal and external aspect of recruiting is going UT’s way currently, save overall in-state talent level, which is beyond the staff’s control. While these aspects haven’t led to any in-state commitments (that’s not a bad thing, they simply aren’t reaching) thus far, it’s led to quite a buzz with the in-state elites.

First padded practice opens Herman’s eyes to team issues

Shane Buechele. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Tom Herman could not name a single Power Five program that, since the dawn of scholarship limits, has gone through an entire season with just two QBs. But all he had to do was glance at his roster, following Matthew Merrick’s decision Monday to give up football, to concede Texas is so thin behind center that the courtship of former LSU QB Brandon Harris is in play.

Some opinions/notes from the program

Chris Nelson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Herman has said you can’t tell anything from watching players practice in underwear and it reminds me of something Cody Johnson told me years ago, “once we put the pads on it separates the men from boys. All the players at Texas look good until then.”