Dallas Colleges: Otis Mounds

Aggies gain late commit, Tech loses one

February, 2, 2011
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Marcus Roberson, the nation's No. 9 safety and No. 112 overall prospect, commited to Texas Tech in January, but admitted he was only "50-50" committed to the Red Raiders.

This week, Tech fell on the wrong side of the coin flip after Roberson switched his commitment to Auburn, the reigning national champions. Roberson would have been the Red Raiders' highest-rated recruit.

Texas Tech hired Roberson's uncle this month, former defensive graduate assistant Otis Mounds, to coach cornerbacks.

Texas Tech's class is just outside ESPN's top 25, and Roberson's decommitment leaves the Red Raiders with 16 commits ready to sign today.


Texas A&M, meanwhile, beat out rival Texas for the commitment of Brandon Alexander, a 6-foot-5, 239-pound defensive end out of Brenham, Texas.

Alexander visited Texas in late January after making visits to TCU and A&M, and made later visits to Arkansas and Baylor, but elected to sign with Mike Sherman and the Aggies.

ESPN ranks Alexander as the nation's No. 32 defensive end, and his commitment gives Texas A&M 20 commitments for its 2011 class.

Recruiting needs: Big 12 South

January, 27, 2011
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Signing day is exactly a week from Wednesday, and it's time to take a look at who needs what in its 2011 class.

Some schools have addressed these needs with their current class. Some haven't. Others are still trying.

Here's our look at the South, after running down the Big 12 North earlier this morning.

BAYLOR

Defensive tackle: The Bears are loaded on offense and have a ton coming back, but anyone who watched Baylor in 2010 knows the big problems are on defense, starting with the front four. Phil Taylor is headed to the NFL and Nicolas Jean-Baptiste will be a senior next year. Reserve Chris Buford is gone, too. The Bears need to fill out some depth up front to avoid a repeat of their Texas Bowl debacle defending the run against Illinois.

Punter: Derek Epperson was rock solid as a four-year starter for the Bears, averaging near 44 yards a punt for his past three seasons. He's gone now, and the Bears will need a replacement. The good news is Baylor's offense with Robert Griffin III doesn't make the position nearly as important as it used to be.

OKLAHOMA

Receiver: Ryan Broyles, a senior, and Kenny Stills look ready for big years in 2011, but senior Cameron Kenney is gone. Trey Franks, Dejuan Miller and Joe Powell could contribute in 2011, but beyond that, another big-time threat across from Stills would certainly help. One of the Sooners' top 2011 commits, Trey Metoyer, could become that player.

Safety: Both starters, Quinton Carter and Jonathan Nelson, have graduated, and the Sooners will try to replace them with Sam Proctor, who has started plenty of games, and Javon Harris. The Sooners are pretty well-stocked about everywhere, but more depth in the secondary is always welcome.

OKLAHOMA STATE

Defensive line: Three of the Cowboys' four starters are gone, and it's always necessary to fill in some depth behind them. Shane Jarka, Chris Donaldson and Ugo Chinasa all had good years in 2010.

Offensive line: Oklahoma State brings back all five starters for 2011, but four will be seniors. That means replacing them in 2012, which will be a lot easier if those replacements don't end up being true freshmen. Oklahoma State kept offensive line coach Joe Wickline, a candidate for the same job at Texas, and his development of the line last year with four new starters was a big reason for the Cowboys' success. He'll need to do it again in 2012.

TEXAS

Running back: Fozzy Whittaker and Cody Johnson will both be seniors in 2011, and Tre Newton's career is over because of issues with concussions. Texas would be well-served if its top 2011 commit, Malcolm Brown, can come in and be effective immediately as a true freshman.

Cornerback: Aaron Williams left early. Curtis and Chykie Brown graduated. Texas needs help at corner and will have big problems in the near future if they don't get it.

Linebacker: Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson will be seniors in 2011, and Dustin Earnest and Jared Norton already graduated. New talent behind them will help prevent a drop-off in 2012 after Acho and Robinson split.

TEXAS A&M

Kicker: Randy Bullock will be a senior in 2011, but Texas A&M is already hoping his spot is filled by incoming freshman Taylor Bertolet, the nation's No. 2 kicker who won the Under Armour All-American game with a last-second field goal earlier this month.

Linebacker: Michael Hodges and Von Miller have graduated, and Garrick Williams will follow them in 2011. The Wrecking Crew was pretty stout for most of 2010, but filling those holes in a four-linebacker front will be key in ensuring things stay that way.

TEXAS TECH

Secondary: LaRon Moore and Franklin Mitchem are gone, so Texas Tech will be breaking in some new blood in the secondary for new coordinator Chad Glasgow and cornerbacks coach Otis Mounds. Freshmen cornerbacks Jarvis Phillips and Tre Porter made plays in 2010, but they also allowed offenses to make a few of their own. Stopping that will be a big step in Texas Tech getting things rolling under Tommy Tuberville.

Receiver: Texas Tech already needs to replace Detron Lewis and Lyle Leong, and Tramain Swindall and Jacoby Franks will follow suit after 2011. Alex Torres was hampered by a back injury all year, but the Red Raiders will need some depth around him at receiver to keep the offense humming.

Tech officially announces Chad Glasgow as DC

January, 21, 2011
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Texas Tech officially announced Friday its hiring of TCU safeties coach Chad Glasgow as its new defensive coordinator.

Glasgow, 38, was a member of Gary Patterson's original staff. Tech also promoted Otis Mounds, 39, from graduate assistant to assistant coach in charge of cornerbacks.

"It’s my goal to bring our defense to a championship level and Chad Glasgow is the right person for the job," Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said in a statement released by the school. "With his experience and knowledge of the game and recruiting, he will be a great addition to our staff."

Glasgow replaces James Willis, who was at Tech for one season.

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