BIG IN SO MANY WAYS
What a huge coup by the Longhorns on Sunday, landing commitments from Brenham standouts Tim Cole and Malcom Brown. This one's big for the simple fact that both players are extremely talented prospects, among the best at their position in the state.
What makes the commitments more exciting for Longhorn fans - and painful for Texas A&M fans - is that these were two players who the Aggie coaches were hoping to use as anchors for their 2012 recruiting class.
A&M had been on each player a lot longer than Texas.
The Aggies have commitments from a few of the duo's high school teammates.
Most people close to the A&M program thought the Aggies were in the driver's seat as recently as last week.
Didn't quite work out that way. Cole's been tilting UT's way for a long while, and Brown essentially made up his mind last week that he'd be a Longhorn. In Cole, Texas gains a linebacker who may just be scratching the surface of his talents. In Brown, Texas gets a commitment at a need position, and it secures one of the top defensive tackles to come through the state in the past few years.
Huge, huge pick-ups for Texas, and yet another demoralizing recruiting loss for the Texas A&M staff. Sorry Aggies, it's true.
SOME POST-SPRING THOUGHTS
The Longhorns' spring season has ended, culminating with a somewhat anticlimactic Orange-White game on Sunday.
A few thoughts ...
- Is anyone truly buying that Garrett Gilbert isn't the runaway leader for the team's starting quarterback? The reps on Sunday would certainly seem to indicate that and I keep going back to the words of one source who is extremely close to the team: "Regardless of anything you hear, it's Garrett's job. Coach Harsin is really good about rotating all four quarterbacks but Garrett is the man."
- Mike Davis did exactly what you'd expect him to do. More promising were the efforts of DeSean Hales and Darius White. Heck, throw in a decent showing by John Harris on his one catch. Texas desperately needs receiver depth. If Hales and White can stay focused from play to play and avoid drops/mistakes, it'll go a long way towards helping the quarterbacks.
- Everyone is high on Quandre Diggs' performance, and it's well-deserved recognition. Diggs had great coverage on a throw in the end zone and drilled Ryan Roberson in the flat on one of the day's hardest hits. Great job by the true freshman, but how about a little love for A.J. White, who recorded 6 tackles and broke up one pass? Not a bad showing for the sophomore.
- Fans are a bit nervous with Blaine Irby's return, especially when coaches held him out of the spring game as he continues to work his way back after nearly three years away from football.
Good news ... we've heard this week that Irby's fine and he could have played on Sunday. We're told the coaches kept him out of all the spring scrimmages purely for precautionary reasons. "He's fine and he's the top H-back on the team," one person close to the team said.
A LITTLE DEPTH CHART GUESSTIMATION
The Texas coaches have said they probably will not issue a depth chart until the week before the 2011 season opener. That doesn't mean we can't put the pieces together based on some things we heard throughout the spring season.
Here's a look (this is not a projected 2011 depth chart,
only how the guys stack up coming out of spring) ...
Garrett Gilbert (Jr.); Connor Wood (RS-Fr.)
Fozzy Whittaker(Sr.); Cody Johnson (Sr.)
Ryan Roberson (Jr.); Cody Johnson (Sr.)
Blaine Irby (Sr.); Darius Terrell (RS-Fr.)
Dominique Jones (So.); Barrett Matthews (Jr.)
Mike Davis (So.); DeSean Hales (Jr.)
Darius White (So.); John Harris (RS-Fr.)
Trey Hopkins (So.); Mark Buchanan (Jr.)
Tray Allen (Sr.); Thomas Ashcraft (So.)
David Snow (Sr.); Dominic Espinosa (RS-Fr.)
Mason Walters (So.); Garrett Porter (So.)
Paden Kelley (So.); Mark Buchanan (Jr.)
Note: WR Marquise Goodwin was left off because he spent the spring in track. WR/H-back Malcolm Williams was left off because he missed the first half of spring ball.
Jackson Jeffcoat (So.); Dravannti Johnson (Jr.)
Kheeston Randall (Sr.); Taylor Bible (RS-Fr.)
Ashton Dorsey (So.); Calvin Howell (So.)
Alex Okafor (Jr.); Reggie Wilson (So.)
Emmanuel Acho (Sr.); Patrick Nkwopara (So.)
Keenan Robinson (Sr.); Chet Moss (Fr.)
Demarco Cobbs (So.); Patrick Nkwopara (So.)
Adrian Phillips (So.); A.J. White (So.)
Blake Gideon (Sr.); Nolan Brewster (Jr.)
Kenny Vaccaro (Jr.); Christian Scott (Sr.)
Carrington Byndom (So.); Quandre Diggs (Fr.)
Note: Jordan Hicks was left off because he missed the second half of spring (foot inury).
Justin Tucker (Sr.); William Russ (RS-Fr.)
William Russ (RS-Fr.); Justin Tucker (Sr.)
D.J. Monroe (Jr.); Mike Davis (So.)
Quandre Diggs (Fr.);
Mike Davis (So.)