Linebacker is one of the hardest positions to project from high school to college. The position requires agility, short area quickness, recognition, instincts, physicality and the ability to “play fast” (which is about the head as much as the legs). Those traits are then paired with technical and fundamental requirements that sometimes even gifted athletes can never quite master. Some linebackers are born, some are manufactured, but as offenses and rules change, the position itself is being redefined.
I caught up with my boy Andrew Spivey at Gator Country to get his thoughts on some guys in the Southeast region who hold Texas offers. We haven’t heard much about or discussed some of them, but one never truly knows who the staff is working on behind the scenes.
Also, notes on some of the newest West Coast targets and guys at the top of the board in the state of Texas.
With the exodus of Cameron Rising and Shane Buechele in the NCAA Transfer Portal, there’s all the more impetus on the 2020 class to bring more talent to the quarterback position. For the 2019 and 2020 seasons Texas currently figures to have Sam Ehlinger starting. Then in 2021 there’d presumably be a battle between RS junior Casey Thompson, RS sophomore Roschon Johnson, and RS freshman Hudson Card. Of course with the way things go today perhaps only one or two of those names would still be around to take the torch from Ehlinger.
Just a few tidbits until we open this for the recruiting Q&A.
With the Longhorns looking outside the state borders more and more, Eric Nahlin has brief updates on several Longhorn targets from across the nation.
Recruiting is fun again!
By this time we know who Texas missed on and who it signed. The staff did an absolutely tremendous job of keeping its head above water as the SS Class of 2019 took on a little early water. Turns out there wasn’t a hole in the vessel, just some shoddy plumbing.
Eric Nahlin drops notes on a 2020 ATH and a 2021 offensive lineman.
This might be a useful read for recruitniks if you value the evaluation/reality part of the process more than the star assignments, “perceptual wins”, and visit drama.
One day before the All-American Bowl took place in San Antonio, hundreds of high school football prospects from around the country participated in the All-American Bowl combine. Two talented performers had great days, Shadow Creek’s Xavion Alford and Cy-Ridge’s Vernon Broughton. Both spoke about their performance and about the Longhorns.