AUSTIN, Tx — On the heels of a 10-win season, culminating in a 28-21 Sugar Bowl victory over SEC power Georgia, the vibe throughout the first week of spring practice has been notably upbeat and very energetic. And perhaps no one embodies that positive strut like junior signal-caller Sam Ehlinger.
Since the arrival of Tom Herman in Austin, there have been many changes around the Texas Football program. New, state-of-the-art facilities, renewed emphasis on Strength & Conditioning and hydration, and embodying a culture of accountability and winning. But one spot has seen significant change; quarterback. Meet Hudson Card.
It’s been a cycle since Texas snagged an East Texas prospect. Keaontay Ingram and DeMarvion Overshown both pledged to the Longhorns Class of 2018 within days of each other two summers ago. With the region low on talent in 2019, the UT staff has gone back into the piney woods where a handful of 2020s and a sh*t ton 2021s are beginning to catch colleges attention.
More recruiting, more offers, more Texas love, more everything. More Scoop.
Texas did themselves a solid when they held Elite Day last month, hosting some of the state’s best for 2020. They outdid themselves with another righteous crop of prospects rolling through the first evening of Junior Day Weekend. With Texas-exes BJ Johnson and Priest Holmes stopping by, and adding a Mookie to the class was icing on the cake. Here’s some quick hitters from a busy day on the 40 Acres.
This week’s Notebook starts in DFW with the nation’s top rated safety and four-star linebacker target for the Horns. Then we head to Bastrop to check in on a big defensive lineman, and finish in Lewisville with a safety with athletic genes. The Recruiting Notebook hits all angles.
Catching up with 2020 class leader Hudson Card, rising defensive back Xavion Alford, newest Longhorn and legacy Parker Alford, and the early visitor list for the month of February and early March in the Scoop: PART II, by Justin Wells.
This week’s Recruiting Notebook starts in the golden triangle with a highly-sought offensive lineman, then over to South Houston for another o-lineman with lots of attention, then head up I-45 to DFW and one of the best athletes in the nation, then finish back in H-town for the state’s premier defensive lineman. Let’s Notebook some 2020s.
Just a few tidbits until we open this for the recruiting Q&A.
Texas hosted several of the state’s top 2020 and 2021 prospects over the previous weekend. After utilizing a patient methodology last year recruiting elite juniors and sophomores, Texas made an effort to get a jump on several of those recruitments. Here’s the latest from the weekend.