What it do HornsNation, thank you all for the questions. Big day at ESPN as we have released the ESPN 150. The Longhorns faired well with seven commitments making the cut, including three in the top 19. But there are several surprises that didn't make it and even some that did that might be considered too low. Take a look at the list if you haven't already and let me know your thoughts. You can also join the discussion in the HornsNation forum. Let's get this rolling.
What Texas Longhorns will be selected in the 2012 MLB Draft?
Not as many as last year when six were taken in the first two days of the draft. This is a young team and I think most will return next season.
Its hard to say whether or not Smith really has Bama as his top school over his "dream school" Texas, or if he is just making Texas sweat it out after waiting so long to offer. After this happening what are the chances that Texas offers in state safeties Baltimore and/or Miles in case they miss on both Bell and Harris? Also how serious of a shot does Texas have at Nkemdiche since he wants to visit and knows Searels? Or is this replay of QB Winston from last year?
The Smith situation is hard to read. I think Texas waited a little too long to offer him, but they had their reasons for waiting. The allure of A-Day (Bama's spring game) may linger for a while but I think he will ultimately decide with his "dream school." As for offering Baltimore and/or Miles. Balt's mom wants him to go to Texas. She loved the Longhorns. But there hasn't been much communication between the two sides and I'm not sure how kindly he is going to take to being a "fall back" plan in case the national guys don't commit. Same with Harris. As for Kin-dee-chee, he wants to visit. But I don't think much would come from it.
Will Dj Grant or Mj Mcfarland make the TE relevant again this year?
Not to the degree that Bo, David Thomas and Finley did. But yes they will make an impact on the offense. TE is the heartbeat to most Texas trick plays. So they will have their fair share of opportunities to make an impact. MJ has to get better at blocking though if he wants to see the field in crunch situations.
Will, Got a couple for ya. Bama is leaning on Maurice Smith and he seems to be leaning back, that looking like a goner for us if so that means Akina is going after who? Next this Nkemdiche I read about him and his interest. Is that due to us making contact and showing interest towards him or did he reach out towards us with the comment of wanting to visit and see what we got? In either case since it might end up being mutual likeliness does he get Texas to give him and offer and real him in? Go!
Josh, I got a few answers for ya. To answer your first one, Akina still has Davis to worry about. They are still keeping tabs on Cole Luke, but I'm not so sure how thrilled he is about UT after coming all the way here for the spring game and not receiving an offer. Nkemdiche has expressed his interest with Texas through Twitter. Searels has made contact with him. But they are in the beginning stages right now. Texas would have a lot of ground to make up in a short time if they want a chance at the top player in the country. I think Texas will certainly extend an invite to a game next season.
It would be nice to see Texas play a team like Ohio State again or maybe another Top 25 team in the Non conference part of the schedule any chance we see that happen again?
Texas will begin a home-and-home with Notre Dame in 2015 (@ South Bend) and then again in 2019-20. Texas will also play a home-and-home with USC starting in 2017. First game is at USC.
Shiro Davis, Dalton Santos or J Gray which one do you think will have the most impact?
J Gray is far and away the best high school player I have ever seen. His ability to catch out of the backfield on top of everything else he can do, in my mind, makes him the guy in this question. I do think the other two will have a chance to make names for themselves though.
With quandre and carrington having such high upside do you see Bryson Echols and Orlando Thomas getting early PT for some experience incase they leave early?
No doubt. Duke has had a really good spring and will see his name on the depth chart I'm sure. Coverage issues are there, as you could see from him trying to guard Shipley in the spring game. But you have to remember, he was a QB in high school that played spot time in the secondary. He'll be fine. Bryson is a little shorter than you would like a corner to be but you all saw that size doesn't matter that much (Diggs last season). He'll get a chance if he can come in and grasp the defense this fall. That's one beauty of early enrollment. Duke has the upper hand so far because he's already gone through spring drills.
Do you think Texas votes for a 8 team playoff system, 64 team, Plus 1 or the standard BCS ruling?
I'll go 8-team playoff system.
Todd, easy on the F bomb buddy. I think Texas will wait on Smith.
Are you guys going to do your own Texas state-specific list? I would like to see a list from your guys ranking the recruits from Texas. This would be great to compare/contrast with the way Texas recruits are ranked in the ESPN150.
That is something we can most certainly discuss and try and get out to you guys. Thanks for the thought Steve.
Who is the next to commit. Seems like it has been quiet lately.
It's been real quiet lately. Eerily quiet. I'll say it's going to be a defensive player by the name of...
What is the latest with #1 overall rated DE Nkemdiche wanting to visit Texas and why wouldn't Mack do everything possible to recruit him?
Recruiting isn't cheap and it's very time consuming. Yes, his interest in Texas seems to be there. But is it enough for the Longhorns to expend resources on him when he seems to have a pretty comfortable top few schools, when Texas could be spending that time on players they've already offered? It's a question they'll need to answer soon.
ESPNU 150 came out today for the 2013 class and I am generally happy about the ranking for the UT recruits except for two: Jake Oliver and Naashon Hughes. Oliver was rated as a 3 star recruit on ESPN but he's top 100 on Rivals. Was this simply a mistake? Oliver is 6'4 WR who can run the 40 under 4.6 with apparently above average hands. Just that alone should get him in the top 150.Naashon Hughes, a 6'3 210 OLB, has 0 star and that apparently means that he was not even evaluated by ESPN (according to the rating system explanation). He has offers from schools like LSU, how can he be considered so lowly that he was not even reviewed? What are your takes on those guys?
The thing with Oliver that kept him from getting an initial high ranking is his speed. If you read his evaluation card, our scouts think he has just average top end game speed. I think he will eventually work his way into the 150. Hughes, athletically, is a beast. But when a team like Texas only offers him a grey shirt that probably isn't going to do him any justice as far as this list is concerned.
with all those great high school runnin backs tx have which one is most likely to tranfer they all cant play at the same time
None of them. I don't think they will transfer. All are very team-first driven.
Out of the 2013 basketball recruiting class, who do you see Texas recruiting heavily? And which recruits do you see most likely commiting to Texas?
This is a sticky situation. There is SO MUCH top-end talent in Texas in 2013 it should be illegal. But the Longhorns won't have but a few scholarships available. That being said, you've obviously got the Harrison twins, who everyone in the galaxy wants. Then there is Julius Randle and Keith Frazier to name a few more. It will be interesting to see which ones Texas really applies the full court press to.
How good can this OL be both this year and next? One of the best in the big 12 this year and one of the best in the country next year?
I think it has the potential to be as good as you've said. The issue with any offensive line is establishing depth. Texas would like to get two-deep, or more, at every position up front. It is close to doing that but not quiet there yet. I do like the Hawkins pick up and think there are some all-conference players coming in with the 2012 recruiting class.
why is Jake Oliver rated so low? And will Texas get smith or Davis?
Top-end speed appears to be the issue with Oliver. I think the Longhorns are in good positions with both.
Do you think Texas wouild ever do the muschamp thing with Diaz in making him coach in waiting? If Mack were to quit in the next couple year which of the three coordinators would you want as HC? Do you definitely lose the other two?
They've got two good candidates on campus right now to apply the coach-in-waiting tag too. But that really is such a unique situation. I'm not saying it won't happen but don't know if it would happen anytime soon. Then again, there were rumblings with Diaz and the Arkansas job and that would be a horrible blow to Texas' future success. So you never know.
William I got 3 questions:1. Any word on Prevot's commitment date and is he going to be visiting the 40 soon?2. Last season Horns Nation missed out on 2 games and tons of insight with the absense of the LHN to any real providers. When can we expect to see it go mainstream?3.Saying Ash plays really good next season, how many games do we win with our strong running game and lights out D? That formula reminds me a lot of Alabama championship teams from 2009&2011
1. No word on his commitment date. He recently said he was going to push it back a bit. Spring evaluation period is going on as we speak so Texas coaches will def. try to be lining something up. 2. All I can say is the fine people of LHN are working really hard to make this happen. It is a wonderful production and once you do view it for yourselves you will be really pleased. 3. Texas needs to mold itself into those Bama teams. The makeup is very similar across the board. I have Texas as a 9-3 team right now with a few swing games that could get them to 10 wins.
Please name who you think will be UT's top 3 recievers in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015? I know it's way down the road and a lot of speculation but if you had to guess.
2012: Shipley, Davis, Goodwin, Cayleb Jones, John Harris.2013: Shipley, RSJ, C. Jones, J. Oliver, K. Sanders.2014 and 15: Similar to 2013 with the addition of M. Johnson.
Which WR will contribute the most to the Texas program by the time his career is done? Davis, Shipley, C. Jones, J. Oliver or RSJ?
Tough question. Whew. I'm going to say RSJ if he stays as a WR and doesn't move to TE. If that happens give me Shipley or Cayleb Jones.
is this list old? where is torrodney prevot?
Not old. Came out at 11 a.m. CT today. A lot of people wondering why TP isn't on the list. He'll have several more opportunities to make it, including at The Opening.
how much longer you think Mack will coach and who might replace him
Well he just renewed his contract through 2222 or something like that. So he's going to be at Texas for a while longer. Diaz and Harsin are two names that could be in line to replace him if they are still around.
Will Mike Davis bounce back this year?
You've got to think so. He's put on some muscle, which should help with his problem of going down on too many shoe string tackles. The running game and better WR around him should free him up on some one-on-one match-ups too. I think you'll see an all-conference type year out of him.
Got to share something funny on the main message board here in Arkansas.....Mack will coach the Hogs in 2013 and Petrino will replace him, and this is coming from "sources." That's just plain ridiculous?!
You heard it here first.
Do the Horns have a rushing attack like TCU did last year with 3 guys getting nearly equal carries?
I think that is a good comparison. That three-headed monster of TCU's was dangerous.
Breaking news: Texas sophomore TE Darius Terrell and junior DB Eyron Barnett have elected to transfer.
Alright HornsNation, thank you for the questions. We will do it again next week, same place, same time. Be sure to check out HornsNation.com for the latest in Longhorns news.