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Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:15 pm
 

Darius James makes it a dozen for Texas

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas has now reached a dozen commitments thanks to Harker Heights (Texas) offensive lineman Darius James' pledge on Monday and it is quite the early run on talent by the Longhorns. The latest addition in particular gives the program one of the top in-state linemen and came as a bit of a surprise to some.

"It was more of a gut feeling. I just felt like I needed to do it," James told Orangebloods.com. "I actually decided sometime last week. We set it up this morning. Our coaches were going to come down and watch practice. I just came with them and pulled the trigger."

The 6-foot-5, 325-pound interior player held offers from Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. James, a MaxPreps Top Junior, just felt more comfortable after making a few visits to Austin the past few weeks.

"It's more of a homey feeling. I love everything about Texas. There is no downfall to it. I just love Texas," James said. "It's a big relief. Now I get to focus on my grades more because I don't have people calling me while I'm doing homework and things like that. It should be really good."

Teammate Naashon Hughes is also committed to Texas and James is the second offensive lineman the school is sending to Austin in the past two years after Camrhon Hughes enrolled early as part of the class of 2012.
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:43 pm
 

Oklahoma's first 2013 commit is RB Keith Ford

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma is on the board for the class of 2013.

Cypress (Texas) running back Keith Ford committed to the Sooners on Saturday morning while in Norman for the program's Junior Day, according to SoonerScoop.com.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Ford is one of the top backs in the state and held offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame and Michigan. Oklahoma signed three running backs, one from a junior college, as part of the class of 2012 but none were as highly regarded as Ford is.


Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:54 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 7:16 pm
 

Tuesday Tweetbag: TCU/WVU to the Big 12 and more



Posted by Bryan Fischer

I started a new feature on the blog last week called The Monday Mailbag. I have now changed it to The Tuesday Tweetbag because can and because I like alliteration. I'm here to answer questions tweeted to me so make sure you follow me on Twitter at @BryanDFischer. So without further ado, let the smorgasbord of questions commence.
To be honest, I think both will have no issues transitioning to the Big 12. In 2012, both should have teams that will be very competitive and are likely dark horse picks to win the conference. Had TCU not had their issues, you would have seen plenty of people go out on a limb and put the Horned Frogs atop their preseason ballots. West Virginia returns their starting quarterback, Heisman candidate Geno Smith, and 14 other starters from a team that turned in one of the most impressive bowl performances in history. There are several holes they need to fill but a solid recruiting class should complement who is already on the roster. Both teams fit stylistically into the Big 12 and Dana Holgorsen knows the league well from his days as an assistant.

What really helps the two newcomers is the fact that the Big 12 has never really been this open. The Red River Rivalry might determine the eventual winner but neither Texas or Oklahoma will dominate like they have in the past. Last year Oklahoma State won the whole thing and Baylor - Baylor! - overcame a really bad defense to turn in a historic season. From top to bottom there was more parity than just about every other BCS league. I think TCU stands to benefit more than anybody going forward beyond 2012 as they're now the only BCS-level program in the talent-rich Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex and have upgraded facilities to the point that they come into the conference as equals. It's going to be a little more difficult for Holgorsen but he's proven he can turn unheralded recruits into big time offensive players and win at multiple levels. Of all the programs that have changed conferences, I would put all the money in my wallet on TCU and West Virginia being the most successful.
I've heard several good things about Beckman and think he's done a good job getting things going early on but faces an uphill climb. While Zook was known as a good recruiter (both at Illinois and Florida before that), his teams lacked consistency and, outside of when the Illini went 9-4 in 2007, never could break through into the top half of the conference. He had a few surprising gets on the recruiting trail but there were never enough good players on Zook's teams to make a difference. Anytime you upgrade in the coaching department, it's good for the program. How much Beckman elevates Illinois remains to be seen but it's a solid hire. Little things - ok major things - like not knowing the score, probably won't happen with the new staff. While it should mean the team is better on the field in terms of "the little things," I'm not sure that will translate into a huge number of wins.
I've seen Burfict since high school and there's no question that he is a talented linebacker. In his star-crossed career however, it has always come down to what the heck is going on between his ears. There was a point where most people had him pegged as a possible top 10 pick, now he'll be lucky to go on the first two days of the draft. I think there were plenty of issues with him and Dennis Erickson at Arizona State so I wonder if getting out of that environment and into the NFL will be a positive for Burfict. Perhaps the jolt of teams treating him like an adult rather than a kid that a coach's job is depending on will, in turn, make him a better player.

He is a good football player who will be drafted. How good and how high depends on how hard he wants to work and how serious he is about controlling his emotions and playing the right way. If he's still known for picking up personal fouls in two years, I'd say he's going to be looking for a new line of work much quicker than he first thought. Bruce Feldman has plenty more on Burfict and the draft on his blog.
This is such an interesting draft because the drop off from the first two quarterbacks (Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III) to the number three guy is huge. But because so many teams need a signal-caller, Tannehill has the potential to go as high as the top 10 during the draft. If you look at the CBSSports.com quarterback rankings, he has a first round projection but if I were an NFL GM, he would simply be too much of a risk to draft that high. Unlike most of the other guys, Tannehill doesn't have as many reps at the position because he played wide receiver - and was pretty good at it - for a while when in College Station. I think there is a lot to like about him, starting with his size and mobility, but I just can't see how the upside is worth a first round pick when you consider the caliber of players available.

If I had a need at quarterback, I think I would wait things out if I couldn't grab Luck or RG3. There are options on the free agent market (including, likely, some guy named Manning) and several guys who I think could be solid NFL guys in the 2nd round like Kirk Cousins or Brandon Weeden. Don't forget, there should be another strong group of QBs coming out next year like Matt Barkley and Tyler Wilson.

Our draft guys also tackled the Tannehill debtate and went into detail on what they saw from the tape.


Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:57 am
 

Texas gets No. 11 via grayshirt offer

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas has been moving quickly to secure to their class of 2013 and added another commitment on Tuesday but it was a depature from standard recruiting procedure for the Longhorns. Harker Heights (Texas) linebacker Naashon Hughes joins the orange and white's class of 2013 as the 11th commitment but will do so as a grayshirt at the moment.

"He did commit. He just talked to coach (Mack) Brown. Right now, he's considered to be offered a grayshirt," Harker Heights head coach Mike Mullins told Orangebloods.com. "From that standpoint, if something happens between now and then, he'll be right there (for an offer towards the 2013 class). Right now, he'll go through and graduate with his class. Then he'll be six month on his own of taking classes, then be first commitment next January for (the recruiting class of) 2014."

The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder held full scholarship offers from Baylor, LSU and South Carolina which makes the move an unsual one all things considered. Still, Hughes is a big Texas fan and appeared to be set on going to Austin even if it was via the road less traveled. His brother, Camrhon, was an early enrollee as part of the class of 2012 along the offensive line.

Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:41 pm
 

Big OL Kent Perkins commits to Texas

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas has been on a roll as of late and kept it going by reaching a double-digit number of commitments on Monday as Dallas (Texas) offensive lineman Kent Perkins pledged to the Horns to give the program their biggest recruit - literally and figuratively - in their young class.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Perkins was named a MaxPreps Top Junior and is one of the best at the tackle position in the state and the Southwest. He held early offers from Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M but is set to go to Austin to play college football after picking up one from Texas over the weekend at Junior Day.

Perkins is the 10th commitment for the Longhorns' class of 2013 and second offensive lineman, joining Celina (Texas) athlete Jake Raulerson.


Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:58 pm
 

Texas adds a third commitment on Sunday

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas' second big Junior Day appears to be much more successful than the first, resulting in a third of the Longhorns' 2013 commitments on Sunday. The last of the trio to flash a 'Hook'em' sign and pledge to the program was Lancaster (Texas) defensive end Daeshon Hall.

"I thought I could fit in with coach (Oscar) Giles and coach (Mack) Brown," Hall told Orangebloods.com. "My mom was excited. I called my dad and my uncles and we talked about it. The tradition and the coaching staff makes it a win-win. Plus, I think I can help them win another national championship."

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound end held offers from Baylor, Texas A&M, TCU and others. He nearly missed Texas' Junior Day but arrived late and was able to take in everything he needed to know in order to make the decision to commit.

"I had practice early after a playoff win," Hall said. "I just decided that I can't miss this Junior Day, I have to go. I told my mom and we called coach (Bruce) Chambers and he said it was cool that we came late. I had a good time."

Texas is now up to nine commitments for the class of 2013. Hall racked up 60 tackles and 11 sacks last season as a junior.

Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:08 pm
 

Oklahoma State grabs first 2013 pledge

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma State is hoping the most successful year in school history will result in better recruiting and is off to a good start in 2013 after picking up the first commitment of the class from Tyler (Texas) wide receiver Fred Ross on Saturday.

"Oklahoma State was always my favorite, and since I came back for the Junior Day I just needed to talk to my momma about it," Ross told Scout. "I did and I was ready to commit and be a Cowboy."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver also held offers from Baylor, Missouri and West Virginia among others. Ross follows in the footsteps of his teammate Eric Davis, who signed as part of Oklahoma State's 2012 class.

"That helps because I know those guys, and I know that guys from my school have done well at OSU," Ross said.

Last season as a junior, the talented receiver hauled in 99 catches for 1,335 yards and 21 total touchdowns.

Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:39 pm
 

Texas adds another in Jacorey Warrick

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas has picked up the bulk of their class of 2013 in the past few weeks and added yet another pledge Sunday afternoon as Cypress (Texas) athlete Jacorey Warrick made his pledge to the program public.

“We kind of thought about it after the offer came in. My parents felt good about it, the Texas coaches felt good about it, so I decided that this is the best place for me,” Warrick told Scout. “I like the school and the fact that I can get the chance to play early too.”

The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder held offers from schools such as Baylor, Clemson, LSU and others. Warrick had 850 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns last season as a junior and becomes the second skill position athlete to join Texas' class of 2013 but will likely wind up in Austin as a wide receiver.

The Longhorns now have eight commitments in the upcoming class, having added two on Sunday from the Houston area in Warrick and Cypress (Texas) linebacker Deoundrei Davis.

 
 
 
 
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