Author Archives: Eric Nahlin

Checking in on Talent on the Coastal Plains

Andrew McGowan (Eric Nahlin/IT)

Increasingly football has become a year-round sport, and with it having the most scholarships to offer, that only makes sense. Gone are the days when athletes would show up to camps saying they were rusty, or haven’t thrown a football in two months because they were playing baseball.

The Demarcus Ayers Template

Demarcus Ayers (via Ayers' Twitter)

One of my lasting impressions in this job is pulling up to Lancaster’s Spring game in 2012. As I was walking to the field, I heard the instrumental to the timeless classic John by New Orleans musician Lil Wayne playing during the team stretch/hype period. At this point one might want to put the pads on too, at least until they started popping.

Longhorn leans, longshots, and in between

BJ Foster at UT's Junior Day. (Will Gallagher/IT)

We’ll use my rough draft Top 21 (for some reason Fuddy went with 21 — probably his attempt to blue ribbon more players into the Top 10 or 15) as a gauge to see where the state’s best are leaning at this point.

Of note, this is more based on my gut feeling and some rumblings than what players themselves are actually saying publicly.

Thompson high on Texas and vice versa

Casey Thompson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The second Southmoore, Oklahoma, quarterback Casey Thompson was offered by UT it was easy to feel good about the Longhorns’ chances of landing the dual threat, despite his ties to the in-state Sooners. Fortunately for Texas, OU chose a quarterback from across the country, rather than the one who lived in its backyard and spent a lot of time in its film room.

Projecting needs and numbers for 2018 recruiting

Keaontay Ingram. (Joe Cook/IT)

It’s that time of year when we take a good look at the needs and available slots in the current class. Obviously this isn’t the official template, but it’s not like one even truly exists. Numbers are flexible up until the morning of National Signing Day, and needs are open-ended throughout the 2017 season.