The camp cycle began with a commitment from Florida LB Marcus Tillman Jr. The high three star is a classic raw Florida kid with upside. Apparently, he’s been on the staff’s radar for a while, but they kept it on the down low. Nice pull.
The Longhorns landed a big commitment from OT Javonne Shepherd. Shepherd has the requisite physical attributes (6-6, 320) but he’ll sink or swim on the mental.
Those two commitments moved the Longhorns to a 15 man 2019 class and to being ranked 10th in the nation according to 24-7, up from 14th.
Still ten men to go in what should be a full class.
Our first surprise camp offer of 2019 when Texas offered 2019 Plano East safety Tyler Owens. Owens is a 6-1, 200 pound prospect who won the Camp Fastest Man Competition and has clocked a 10.34 100 meters, 22.58 200 meters and a 22.5 foot long jump in track. His film doesn’t show that game speed and he’s a little passive, but clearly the measurables are there. Oddly, his track times got worse as the spring season progressed, so perhaps he was working through a tweak.
Texas also offered 2019 DL/OL Rodas Johnson. The big man from Columbus, OH is a four star recruit. I think I prefer him on the OL, but I’m interested to see his senior season. No Ohio State offer, which bears noting, but it’s also worth mentioning that Urban Meyer isn’t much of a fan of homegrown Ohio recruits. He’s recruiting 75% of his classes out of state. The Buckeyes are now an Ohio school about as much as Notre Dame is an Indiana school.
2020 RB Ty Jordan picked up an offer. The pinballing junior-to-be is a dynamic runner and pass catcher who projects as an APB or to the slot. Apparently, he had a terrific camp. More amazing is that his full name appears to be Ty-Coreous Jordan. Probably a take on that alone.
2020 CB Jaylon Jones from Cibolo Steele visited again. He’s building a great relationship with the staff and the huge cornerback won the Camp Dunk Competition by leaping over three men. Things look good for Texas and Jones is on a great developmental path.
2020 QB recruit Malik Hornsby made it to Austin. So far, the exciting dual threat prospect doesn’t seem bothered at the possibility of being in a prospective two man QB class with Lake Travis Cavalier Hudson Card. This recruitment won’t lack for twists and turns.
Texas has been hitting out of state hard in 2019 (7 of 15 recruits are OOS) and that won’t stop in 2020. Take a look at 6-6 TE Seth Figgins from Westlake, California. The two way player shows toughness as an edge defender which speaks well to his future physicality and he’s comfortable split wide or in-line as a pass catcher and blocker. He’ll be a big-time prospect. Texas is really working to upgrade their TE room.
Finally, take a look at the film of JUCO DL Soni Fonua. The former HS OLB/WR added 50 pounds without losing a step in junior college and is blowing up as a DL prospect. The Tongan - a product of SLC East High like current Longhorn Junior Angilau - looks to be a potential Hager replacement in 2019. No offer yet, but it’s coming if he’s a qualifier.
We’re only about 30 days away from football. Be the smartest person in the room, at the tailgate, at a cafe on the Champs-Elysees.