One of the state's best, one of the most underrated, one of the most intriguing, and one of the quietest recruits all walk into Moncrief. All leave with smiles and good vibes as the Longhorns staff continues to build relationships with the state's, and nation's, best high school football talent. Austin is hopping and everybody is knocking.
The most populated position grouping on the Texas roster is defensive backs. You don't really notice this until you get ready to write about each player, or until you want to run dime and have a legitimate two deep. Texas doesn't just have bodies at the position, it has solid and experienced veterans with talent still yet to surface, solid role players, and an exciting crop of youngsters with the potential to put any question of who the real DBU is to sleep for the next decade. Insert Sterns and Foster joke here.
Practice today was at the Wright Whitaker Sports Complex, or the intramural fields at 51st as most know them. The facilities were updated last year, and Tom Herman utilized the fields last preseason camp as an opportunity for the players to play in a different location and to change things up a bit. Today the Longhorns had helmets and shoulder pads on.
ALVIN, TX -- 2019 Alvin CB Marques Caldwell wanted to stay closer to home. So when he de-committed from Oregon, he knew where he was headed. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound cornerback committed to Texas today. Caldwell held offers from Ole Miss, Colorado, Oregon, TCU, and Missouri among others, but ultimately the UT invitation was the most important.
LOGANVILLE, Ga -- LOGANVILLE, Ga -- Grayson high school is one of the most talent rich programs in the nation. Today, Texas got one of its top talents. 2019 Loganville (GA) Grayson CB Kenyatta Watson II committed to Texas on Tuesday, choosing the Longhorns over his other finalist, Notre Dame.
In the last five years in the Big 12, only 13 units managed to field a defense that ranked in the top 40 of S&P+. Oklahoma and TCU managed to produce three such teams, Texas and West Virginia have each done it twice, and then Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State have each pulled it off once. For their defensive reputation, the Horned Frogs had a fairly long dry spell in 2015 and 2016 before they were able to crack the top 40 again last year (no. 16), and OU’s defensive reputation is up in smoke after finishing at 55th in 2016 and then going over a cliff in 2017.