AUSTIN — When head coach Tom Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck arrived at Texas, the quarterback room was nothing like the one both had a hand in coaching at Ohio State, or even the one Herman and Major Applewhite had at Houston.
My suspicions for some time have been that Marcus Banks is the best corner in the state. There are some guys perhaps more athletic for the position — Marquez Beason, maybe — but I don’t think Beason brings the complete accompaniment of traits that Banks does. There isn’t a real weakness to Banks, and two of the baseline musts these days are strengths. Banks combines both length and fluidity.
Every year we see former state of Texas high school athletes that weren’t considered high school blue chips (defined as 4 or 5 star recruits) going high in the NFL draft. The 2018 draft will be no different. Of course, it’s a number game – while 4 or 5 star recruits are far more likely to be drafted high as a percentage (995% more likely to go in the 1st round, in fact) than the unranked, 2, or 3 stars, the sheer absolute numbers of the latter category mean that the bulk of NFL rosters are filled out by those players.
Post-Junior Day Weekend thoughts – maximizing the sell, patience, overcoming the negative pitch, where UT stands with top targets, and touching on no-shows are included in the Scoop Part II. Also looking closer at the defensive backs on campus last weekend and the ones planning to visit + the defensive lineman to watch round out this jam-packed Scoop.
The talent around Austin continues to improve year after year. Several of the area’s top talent, as well as two from outside Central Texas, made their way to the Forty Acres for Texas’ Junior Days.
Everything is bigger in Texas. Including the Junior Days.
Instead of trying to cram a ton of prospects into one day, the UT staff breaks these events in half. More 1-on-1 with parents and players. Less chance of a kid not getting his attention. More opportunities for parents to ask questions to parents of guys currently on the Texas roster. It’s a strategy that helped Herman corral the Class of 2018. It’ll serve him even better with the 2019 class. 2020 too.
I enjoy talking to the parents at these things more than the kids because life experience lends to having a better bull*** detector. I don’t mean in the lying sense but this is a sales pitch of sorts.
What stood out to me was the near universal responses of how genuine the staff came across. One parent said, “it’s not like other schools and we’ve been a lot of places. They don’t sugarcoat things so you know they mean what they say.”
In years past Texas has had either one or two junior days, and then a spring game that serves as a hosting event. Under Tom Herman we’re learning he likes to make a weekend of his junior day; effectively two junior days in consecutive days.
Junior Day weekend is one of my favorite of the year and with Texas bringing in a massive group this should be a good kind of chaos. We’ll have you covered both Saturday and Sunday, as well as in Part II, but for now we’ll hit some high points on the program
We’ve broad-brushed the recruiting landscape to set the table for this cycle. In short, it won’t be encapsulated by Bob Ross and filled with happy trees and playful clouds, but rather more so Jude Law’s creepy turn as a morbid photographer in the very underrated Road to Perdition.