As we approach the end of February, here’s the latest recruiting notes from the 40 Acres. Catalon, Richardson, Ellison, Dixon, and more on a Wednesday.
I wanted to attend the Dallas Regional Opening before doing any sort of rankings but that event isn’t until late April. Since it’s something I’ve already been thinking quite a bit about I’ll just drop a top 25 now.
Why have athletes run around in their shorts and take a battery of tests to assess their ability to play football in pads? Doesn’t the game itself select for the attributes we want? Watch film. You’ll know who is fast, strong, quick, violent and tough. Then just take the best players.
Coverage from the Opening Regional in Houston, notes/quotes from Texas targets, and 2019 and 2020 prospects on the radar heading into the spring. The Scoop delivers on a Monday.
This week starts in North Houston with one of the state’s best corners, then down to Cuero for 5-star level athlete on both sides of the ball, swing over to ETX for an offensive lineman meaner than a pitbull, then finish in the ATX with the best WR in-state. It’s an all 2019 Recruiting Notebook.
Looking at NFL draft potentials, Chris Del Conte doing work, peach baskets and fall out, usual football recruiting, and the current pulse of the team in this week’s Humidor.
What an incredibly frustrating game.
The 2017 season was a very unique one for Todd Orlando and his defense. That’s not terribly shocking since he was inheriting a team he didn’t recruit and facing arguably the most lethal offensive league in college football for the first time of his career. While the AAC is filled with creative and dangerous offenses, there’s no comparison to the Big 12 where every other weekend forces the defense to square off against QB play that would be in the top echelon of most other leagues. Orlando was forced to adapt in a variety of ways in order to give his guys a chance to make plays and prevent scores.
Wiley is the Temple TE who was offered yesterday. Since we didn’t see him this weekend, I wanted to holler at him.
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.