TYLER, TX -- You have to get up early to see the John Tyler Lions practice. Sessions start at 6 a.m., but Kitan Crawford, the rising corner for Cujo, has already warmed up. Sporting a burnt orange undershirt, Crawford is in full workout mode even though it's still dark outside.
It's been a cycle since Texas snagged an East Texas prospect. Keaontay Ingram and DeMarvion Overshown both pledged to the Longhorns Class of 2018 within days of each other two summers ago. With the region low on talent in 2019, the UT staff has gone back into the piney woods where a handful of 2020s and a sh*t ton 2021s are beginning to catch colleges attention.
Dorian Leonard returns as one of the few seniors on the roster, and one of the handful in the wide receiver room. Leonard had a breakout year last year, catching 29 balls for 397 yards and tying for the team lead in touchdown receptions with three.
ARP, TX -- Making the rounds through East Texas can be a journey of backroads, old landmarks, plenty of beautiful scenery, and finding the elite athletes that are prevalent in this region. Two such prospects reside in Arp and Carthage. Two potential difference makers that brings the nation's top college football coaches here to persuade them to join those programs. Arp's Demarvion Overshown and Carthage's Keaontay Ingram are two such players. Today, it's Overshown.
The Longhorns love recruiting East Texas. They landed a big one today. Hooks WR Montrell Estell committed to Texas today. The 4-star athlete held offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, and Alabama.