SAN ANTONIO – If Greg Timmons likes competition, then the Aldine Eisenhower wide receiver came to the right place.
The lone receiver commit in Texas’ 2009 recruiting class, Timmons has been one of the most consistent receivers for the West squad through two days of practice in preparation for Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl game at the Alamodome.
Timmons and the rest of the receivers have had to go through one-on-one drills against one of the most impressive groups of defensive backs (a group that features Longhorn commit Marcus Davis and Texas target Dre Kirkpatrick) that reads like a who’s who of the nation’s top prep defensive backs.
“The competition – I love it. I can’t complain about the competition,” said Timmons. “There are no flukes; everybody out here is the real deal.”
The 6-foot-3, 196-pound Timmons has been one of the bright spots for the West receiving corps thus far in workouts. Displaying effortless movement in gliding through the secondary and hands that have allowed him to catch nearly every catchable ball thrown his way, Timmons has also displayed good route running skills with the ability to make cuts and get in and out of his breaks smoothly.
Timmons says that one of the biggest reasons for his play thus far has been the presence provided by the defenders on the other side of the line of scrimmage.
“Going against them you’ve got to bring your ‘A1’ game,” said Timmons. “Everybody is the real deal – Dre Kirkpatrick, T.J. McDonald, Marcus Davis – they’re the real deal and you have to be at your best for that kind of competition.”
The Army game is particularly special for players who reside from the Lone Star State with the 11 native Texans on the West roster likely to have a lion’s share of the fan support on Saturday. Timmons says in addition to being able to play in front his family and friends, the game is also a stage for the Texas players to showcase their talents and provide a small sample of how much prep football talent there is in the state.
“It’s great to go against guys from teams from Florida and California and all over the nation,” said Timmons. “We’re going to hold it down. We’re going to see what we can to do bring our type of intensity level out here so everyone can see what Texas is all about.”
At one time, it was not entirely clear that Timmons would be participating in the event as a member of Texas’ recruiting class. Timmons started out the recruiting process leaning towards Oklahoma, but after officially being the sixth commit of the 2009 recruiting class for the Horns and after considering visits to Oklahoma and Texas A&M, Timmons ultimately decided to stick with Texas.
“I’ve made a commitment…If you make a commitment to something, you need to follow through with your commitment,” Timmons told Inside Texas back in April. “I’m with Texas.”
Timmons has been with Texas ever since and has shown no signs since of wavering. Timmons reflected on why he chose Texas saying that the family environment and the straight forward approach by the Texas staff is what won him over.
“What really grabbed me to commit to Texas is that everybody down there is one and a family,” said Timmons. “Mack Brown, he doesn’t hold anything back. He’s going to tell you up front what you need to do and what they can do with you.
“They’re just real,” said Timmons. “You can’t complain about them. There’s nothing fake about them.”