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.
This week’s Recruiting Notebook focuses on defensive back targets for the Longhorns. Starting in Houston, then north on I-45 to Arlington, a quick stop for an underclassman in Austin, then back to Arizona for an elite safety. The Notebook travels well.
The aftermath from the Made In Texas weekend that included a packed Bevo Blvd., a well-attended spring game, and a Ludacris concert is slowly starting to rise up. Priority guys know they are priorities, and you'll begin to see official visitors head to Austin starting on May 3rd for UT's first OV weekend.
After the dust settles from the spring and before the evaluation period where coaches take to the road en masse, I'll more thoroughly reset the landscape. For now I'll offer some quick thoughts. The shorter version is not much has changed since I wrote about the tension between UT-OU-A&M.
I hesitate to say this, but UT is sitting in a good position for a number of top 2021 prospects. This will just make you wonder why they aren't committing yet, "if these players really do like UT," but it's true. It's a very talented class, though not without its holes -- stares at the linebacker room for the fourth cycle in a row.
Clemson won the national championship for myriad reasons: the best program culture in FBS, outstanding team quickness, a phenom freshman QB, terrific coaching that exploited Alabama's systemic weaknesses... but most of all they won the national title because they fielded the best defensive line in college football.