Fridays in the Humidor – 6/2/17

DeMarvion Overshown (Justin Wells/IT)

In this edition of the Humidor, we dive into a little bit of state politics and what’s going on at the top of the UT System. We travel through East Texas to learn how Texas picked up two of the best commits the region has to offer in 2018 before finishing up with the lay of the current recruiting land. Happy Friday.

Longhorns ready to battle Bruins again in Long Beach

UFCU Disch-Falk Field (Joe Cook/IT)

As the Texas Longhorns sat in the locker room waiting to hear their NCAA Tournament destination, head coach David Pierce already had an idea of where they were heading. The team, however, was in the dark on their destination, expecting to go to one of Fayetteville, Ark., Houston, or Baton Rouge.

Overshown commits to Texas

Demarvion Overshown. (Justin Wells/IT)

ARP — Another #bEASTtexas boom just landed when Arp’s 4-star DB/LB DeMarvion Overshown committed to Texas.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound All-State defender held offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, and Texas A&M.

The Early 2018 Recruiting Equilibrium

Tom Herman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In years past, we’ve seen classes start off with peculiar imbalances. Maybe commitments are mostly on offense or defense, or position heavy. That’s not entirely unusual, and sometimes there are good reasons for it: more offers at a position; more leverage to gain commitments; a richer tradition on that side of the ball or a position, etc. But when you start off heavy at one position or side of the ball, there could be some not-so good reasons, often centered around an imbalance with recruiters.

Inside the Gameplan: Will the Texas run D show up in 2017?

The linebackers during the Spring scrimmage. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Woody Allen once said that 80% of life is showing up and perhaps nowhere is this more true than when attempting to stop the run against Big 12 offenses. If you’ve ever wondered how it was that Texas could be so poor in run D over the years despite regularly fielding blue chip talent across the defensive line and in the linebacker corps a simple charting exercise of how they defend the as a unit in a given year usually reveals the answer. They didn’t show up in the right gaps at the right times and thus none of their physical attributes made a lick of difference.

Second chances

Reese Leitao. (courtesy of NewsOK)

When you’re nearing death, and you know you’re nearing death, I assume you will want another chance. The hope for second chances will still be in you as you draw your last breath. Good or bad, rich or poor, I’m convinced this will be so.