By: Gerry Hamilton and Justin Wells East Texas continues to be talent rich in producing prospects, and over the last decade (2010-2019), they've put out plenty of NFL players, including the league's brightest superstar. Gerry and myself did our best to rank the best 12 in the last 10 years and give some background into their recruitments.
Texas safety Brandon Jones was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He continues a strong legacy of defensive backs to come from the University of Texas, becoming the third Longhorn defensive back in the last five seasons to be selected in the NFL Draft.
After a decorated career at Nacogdoches High School and a well-documented recruitment, Brandon Jones decided to attend Texas on National Signing Day in 2016. In each successive season, Jones was given more and more responsibility. When his body could hold up, Jones delivered.
One of the fascinating dimensions to Big 12 Media Days is seeing everyone in person, you're no longer beholden to roster tables but can see up close which teams have size and even physical confidence. I'll never forget showing up at Media Days for the first time in 2014 and noticing how Kansas State's player reps were thick but short, Iowa State's were similar, and the players that Oklahoma and Baylor brought were truly massive and towered over most everyone.
ARLINGTON -- Even after a 10-win season, a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia, and a quarterback that proclaimed "We're back!" Texas coach Tom Herman remains laser-focused on the bigger picture; a national championship. The biggest jump in his third season on the Forty Acres is going from a coach-led team to a player-led program.
If you heard the theme song to M.A.S.H. during UT's locker room celebration on Saturday night, it wasn't a flashback to the 70s. With the physicality this team plays with, you're going to get banged up. It got to a point in Lubbock where we saw third stringers on the field, like Donovan Duvernay. Here's what we're hearing + recruiting in the Scoop.