Author Archives: Eric Nahlin

Post spring football then and now: Defensive backs

Deshon Elliott (Will Gallagher/IT)

As promised, I’ll break down the entire roster based on what we know of each player to this point. Remember, a player’s story is never fully written until his eligibility is fully exhausted. How many gave up on guys like John Harris, Mykkele Thompson, and Steve Edmond? The answer, way too many people.

Brooks about to blow up

Marcel Brooks. (courtesy of Brooks)

One of this board’s favorite prospects this cycle seems to be Arp’s DeMarvion Overshown. With his size, ferocity, and play-speed, it’s no wonder. I don’t want to necessarily compare Flower Mound Marcus’ Marcel Brooks (2019) to Overshown, but with his size, ferocity, and play-speed, the comparison makes itself.

Stream of Consci__sness: 4/12/17

Rafiti Ghirmai (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Junior Day was to create momentum and it did. The spring game should compound that momentum, and as you’ve seen in the other thread, Texas has a very nice list of RSVP’s for Saturday’s event. We could see a commit or two go down this weekend, but that’s not for certain.

Program Focus: Houston Heights

Jalen Green and Michael Huff (Courtesy of Green)

One of the more visible high school coaches in the Houston area is Heights’ head coach, Stephen Dixon. I’ve bumped into Coach Dixon at numerous camps and college practices over the years. He’s easy to spot with his stout build, and ever-present smile.

Parsing 2018 QB recruiting for Texas

Casey Thompson at the UA camp at Cedar Hill. (Justin Wells/IT)

A fun thing about recruiting is evaluation and seeing a staff’s big board materialize before you. It’s one of the reasons people geek as hard as Fuddward on the NFL draft. Often times staff’s are forced to give away their intentions through offers but in recent years offers aren’t what they use to be, otherwise Texas would already have its quarterback in the class, imo.

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.

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.”