Texas Football Recruiting: 5 Storylines from the Longhorns' June 9th Minicamp
Over the weekend, the Texas Longhorns held their final minicamp of the summer. With its conclusion, 11 offers were handed out to prospects from both the 2014 and 2015 class while the absence of an offer for one prospect perpetuates a major recruiting battle.
Though it was primarily sophomores and juniors in attendance, this was a major weekend for the Longhorns. Of the 11 offers, they are the favorite for all but one and could have many more out in the coming days.
The only real suspense stems from twin brothers Armanti and D'Onta Foreman, who were both in attendance over the weekend. Armanti has an offer, but he is waiting for his brother to receive one of his own before committing to play for Mack Brown.
Read on for this and the other key storylines that emerged from the Longhorns' annual camp.
Filling the 2014 Wide Receiver Class
The Longhorns are looking to take roughly four receivers in their 2014 class. And they are making it abundantly clear that they are not waiting around for their top target, K.D. Cannon.
Texas already has two receivers in the fold for 2014 in The Opening—invite Lorenzo Joe and speedy Roderick Bernard. Following impressive showings at camp over the weekend, the 'Horns offered two more athletic receivers in Garrett Gray and Emanuel Porter.
Not only are both receivers taller than 6'3" and run their 40-yard dash in under 4.5 seconds, they are both expected to become Longhorns. Gray ended the discussion by committing on Monday according to ESPN, while Porter decommitted from TCU after receiving his Texas offer. Given the quick turnaround, expect the latter to be a Longhorn in no time.
Both receivers are relative unknowns on the recruiting trail. But now that they are being looked at as future Longhorns, expect their size-speed combinations to attract serious attention.
The Foreman Saga Continues
To nobody's surprise, receiver target Armanti Foreman had a strong showing on Sunday. The only question mark was regarding his 2-star twin brother, D'Onta, on whom his recruitment apparently depends.
However, the less-heralded Foreman turned in a convincing performance at running back. The 6'1," 220-pound prospect ran a 4.48 in the 40, making him an easy replacement for decommit Daniel Gresham.
Now Texas fans are left wondering why their team has not just put an end to this and offered D'Onta so it call lock up Armanti. The answer lies in politics. The coaches do not want to offer D'Onta without any certainty that he will commit; otherwise he could use the Longhorns as a springboard for more quality offers.
Though it is great that D'Onta performed much better than anyone expected, this is now a delicate situation with both Foremans. Defer to experience here and trust that the coaching staff will play this correctly.
Getting Aggressive with the Quarterbacks of the Future
Think Mack Brown and his staff have learned from passing on Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel? Their recent aggression with future Longhorn signal-callers says yes.
The Longhorns offered two more quarterbacks on Sunday in Chason Virgil and Jarrett Stidham, both being 2015 prospects. Stidham is a reach, but Virgil is a favorite to land as a Longhorn. Texas also took a long look at 2016 quarterback Tristen Wallace, who is 6'3" and runs a sub-4.5 at 210 pounds.
This all comes a week after giving 2014 prospect Aaron Sharp some attention at their previous camp, despite having Jerrod Heard committed since August. Somewhat surprising considering Heard is already going to have to compete with 2013 recruit Tyrone Swoopes for playing time.
These are all signs that the coaches want competition under center and that they are not going to let somebody slip through the cracks because they already have someone they like. That should, in part, relieve some of the underachievement we have seen in past years.
2015 Class Getting Stacked with Defensive Backs
Of the 10 players Texas offered over the weekend, four of them are defensive back prospects with three being from the 2015 class. Given its lack of commits here in its 2014 class, this is a great sign for the 'Horns.
Safety Johnny Shaw flipped from TCU over the weekend to become Texas' second commit of the weekend. The 'Horns also landed a commit from Keke Coutee, who worked out at receiver but could easily become a defensive back once he gets to college.
Jason Hall and Kris Boyd were the other two players to receive offers in the defensive backfield. Hall is currently committed to Nebraska but seems like to commit, while Boyd is a virtual certainty to commit in the near future.
Do not expect Texas to strike out with the 2014 secondary, especially with Arrion Springs and Jamal Adams still there to be had. Still, the success with the 2015 class shows that Duane Akina has not lost his touch.
2015 Running Back Class Shaping Up to Be a Great One
Texas does not yet have a 2015 running back commit. But the two offers put out this weekend makes five total, and all five sport top-tier talent.
Katy running back Rodney Anderson received an offer without attending camp, but the prospect that made the most noise was Splendora's Jay Bradford. The No. 54 player in the country according to 247Sports, Bradford ran the 40-yard dash in a camp-best 4.32 seconds.
Chris Warren, who already had an offer, also had a strong showing a camp. His 4.5 40 was not as fast as Bradford, but he already has the size at 6'2" and 225 pounds. If he keeps growing, he could be looked as a defensive end or outside linebacker.
Add in that Soso Jamabo, the nation's top back, also has a commitable offer along with Jordan Stevenson and we are talking about an all-time running back group for the Longhorns. Getting all five is never going to happen, but convincing a bruiser like Jamabo or Warren to team with Bradford's speed would be a nice one-two punch.