This statement of fact goes beyond literal 4th of July celebrations and bends toward metaphorical as the hard work put forth by the staff on the recruiting trail intersects with some critical decision timelines.
I was able to catch up with the mother of elite defensive end prospect Vernon Broughton (Cy Ridge) after the family made its official visit to Austin this past weekend. Per the usual Yolanda Wells-Broughton offered some insightful answers, but perhaps her most telling reply is one she mostly declined.
Here’s how the conversation went.
At first glance, it’s difficult not to notice the 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore on the practice field at Texas High. He’s long, athletic, and seems to find the ball on most plays. Three plays into his scrimmage, and he had two PBUs and a sack from OLB and DE. But there’s something else to see. That would be Texas High OLB Clayton Smith.
In 1990, Arizona boasted a population of 3.6 million, making it the 24th largest state in the union.
Since then, like Texas and the rest of the Sunbelt, it has exploded:
Huge official visit weekend means notes, quotes, and everything in between. Lindberg, Thompson, Garth, Parr, Broughton, Princely, and Pleasant Grove’s treasure chest in this week’s Scoop.
Despite beginning the calendar with a win over vaunted Georgia, the early positive momentum, the success of the last two recruiting classes, and being in excellent standing with a handful of priority prospects, there is a sense of uneasiness with the lack of early 2020’s committed this cycle for UT. Well, within parts of the fan base at least. The staff… they’re perfectly fine with where they sit.
But before he goes, I wanted his thoughts on all things Texas recruiting.
We wish EJ luck in his new endeavor and look forward to crossing paths with him whenever Texas and Notre Dame compete for recruits.
April showers bring May flowers?
Probably not too many. June and July will likely provide more excitement, at least in the way of commitments.
TYLER, TX — You have to get up early to see the John Tyler Lions practice.
Sessions start at 6 a.m., but Kitan Crawford, the rising corner for Cujo, has already warmed up. Sporting a burnt orange undershirt, Crawford is in full workout mode even though it’s still dark outside.
Notes on a potential grad transfer, decision timelines, Texas’ coast-to-coast recruiting efforts, and checking in on Texas commits and targets from a local high school powerhouse.