One of the most talented positions in the state for 2010 is offensive line, but with Texas bringing in one of the best O-line classes in years for 2009, there aren’t many scholarships to go around. So the question is, who gets an offer?
A strong candidate is Cedar Hill offensive guard Adam Shead, who talked with Inside Texas about his offers, Junior Days, his U.S. Army Combine performance and more.
One prospect that has been on Texas’ radar for quite some time and could be in line for a Longhorn offer is offensive guard Adam Shead. The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder has been a starter for Coach Joey McGuire and the Cedar Hill Longhorns for two years and is ranked No. 30 in the Inside Texas 100. Recently, Shead put his skill set up against top competition at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio.
“I was telling my parents when I got back that I felt like I did good against some of the best guys in the country,” said Shead. “I would have to say that it was one of the best experiences in my life and I definitely wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Shead said he enjoyed not only the competition at the combine, but also the camaraderie between himself and the other linemen at the event.
“There were some great guys there,” said Shead. “I got that chance to meet and hang out all weekend with a bunch of good guys that love football.”
As one of the state’s top guard prospects Shead has tremendous strength and is very physical at the point of attack. He moves well for a lineman of his size and does a great job of moving his feet on contact. Despite having some great tools, Shead says that there are a few things he will work on in the offseason in order to make himself ready for the next level.
“My agility, I’m working on my footwork a lot this offseason,” said Shead. “I’m also working on my pass protection. You are never where you want to be and I think what makes you a better player is working hard every day to get better.”
As far as goals during the offseason, Shead says that he is not one to limit himself to achieving simple goals.
“Goal are good to have, but sometimes when you set goals and reach them you might not work as hard after that,” said Shead. “I can always be bigger, stronger and faster. I don’t want to put a limit on myself as far as what I can do. I don’t have any real goals other than to get better every day.”
College coaches from across the country have already taken notice of Shead’s abilities and potential. He picked an offer from Texas Tech last week to go along with offers from Baylor, Colorado and Miami. There is one school however that Shead still has at the top of his list.
“Texas is still at the top of my list, I really do like Texas,” said Shead. “Their recent performance (a 24-21 Fiesta Bowl victory) just boosted them up even more. Texas is one of the places that when I start taking trips they’ll be at the top of my list.”
Shead says that he has not heard yet from the Longhorn staff about a Junior Day invite for the Feb. 8 event, but Shead says that he has been invited to events at Texas A&M and LSU. Shead says however that he will be unable to attend either event.
Shead says that he probably has more invites, but he says that there is so much mail coming his way that he has not opened the majority of the letters the he has received.
We’ll have much more on Shead and his teammates this week when Inside Texas travels to Cedar Hill: The recruiting road trip begins