Tons of insight and quotes from Saturday’s FAST 7v7 tournament in Houston, a future Horn goes gold, and the state’s top RB stops by the 40 Acres for another visit. All in the Scoop.
We all have our hobbies. Some of you fish. Some of you cook, or at least over salt and burn. Some watch movies to the point they know what noir and Das Boot means. Impressive.
I always liked recruiting, at least since I started reading Dave Campbell’s upon moving to Texas. A nerdy recruitnik – not unlike W.W. McClyde and his vicissitudes – I was hobbying like an SOB on Saturday.
The final installment of this undertaking underscores my lede: perhaps no position in sports is more underappreciated than offensive line.
While the 2018 class is coming together quite nicely, let’s take an early look at the 2019 Texas targets and the relationships being built. While there are roughly 12-14 spots left in 2018, the 2019 class could and should be Herman’s biggest class in Austin to this point.
Here’s who they love, like, and will further evaluate. Also, some potentially huge hoops recruiting news. It’s a two-Scoop kind of week.
Our Justin Wells and Ian Boyd break down each commit from UT’s Class of 2018 with backstories on how Texas managed to build a Top 10 class in May.
What makes this position group so interesting is Texas has missed on a number of top-end talents the last few cycles, yet wide receiver is still probably the deepest position, if not the most talented — that would be the secondary.
This is in complement to Eric’s excellent post evaluating the DL post Spring.
I went back and re-watched the Spring game and specifically concentrated only on DL snaps. Beyond the zero sum game caveats, I can evaluate get-off, mobility, effort, technique, low pads and explosiveness.
A lot of names, but only one likely headliner, the Texas defensive line has a nice mix of complementary parts, veterans, and talented youth.
When Texas either strongly targets or signs a quarterback, I like to deep dive into his high school film. There’s obviously only so much you can tell from watching highlights, after all. You can see movement skill and some of where a player is at in terms of fitting into a scheme and team concept but it’s a very partial picture. With other positions I don’t worry about that as much, but quarterback is such a cerebral position that I want as close a look as I can get.
This week’s Notebook starts around H-town for a top line tight end and elite defensive end. Then swing down to Louisiana for a high-potential offensive tackle, then hit the west coast for a 4-star quarterback in Cali. The Recruiting Notebook is here.