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.
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.
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.
Two juniors, a sophomore, and a freshman walk into a locker room. Talking to the Allen OL, Dickinson TE, New Caney DB, and a Katy Taylor OL.
The typical play for top defensive programs is to stockpile as many athletes as possible and then rely on the culture and process to round them into shape as a cohesive and fast playing unit. That’s been the name of the game for some time now but things are getting tougher these days with the game becoming increasingly about skill and recognition on the field. Orlando figured out how to (finally) leverage Texas’ superior athleticism in 2017 but he did it while leaning on some skilled veterans that knew how to set the table for the younger guys on the field.