Breakfast with Bevo: It’s Signing Day
By Richard Tijerina
Austin American Statesman
Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s February the 2nd: 33 days down, 332 to go.
And 390 till National Signing Day —- 2012.
YESTERDAY: The Steelers and the Packers met the media. LaMarcus Aldridge had a career night to lead Portland past the Spurs. Kentucky went down. Kansas beat Tech. And Brenham defensive endBrandon Alexander picked the Aggies over the Longhorns.
TODAY: It’s National Signing Day. ‘Nuff said.
TOMORROW: The PGA Tour tees off at the Phoenix Open, which means Texas ex Jhonattan Vegas has another chance to wow ‘em.
February the 2nd has a history. On this date, Louisiana’s Ryan Perrilloux decomitted from Texas and signed with LSU on signing day —- leaving the Longhorns with only one signed quarterback —- Colt McCoy, from Class 2A Tuscola Jim Ned (2005); the Dallas Mavericks became the NBA’s 23rd franchise (1980); Vince Lombardi signed a five-year contract to coach the Green Bay Packers (1959); Ben Hogan was seriously injured in a career-threatening car accident in Texas (1949); and baseball’s National League was formed with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St. Louis (1876).
Today’s sports birthdays of note: former Spur Sean Elliott (43), and PGA golfer and Texas ex Bob Estes (45). George S. Halas also was born on Feb. 2. If today’s your birthday, you also share it with Shakira (34), Christie Brinkley (57) and Graham Nash (69). Farrah Fawcett also was born on Feb. 2.
So, what’s being written about the Longhorns out there today?
A day after the Longhorn’ Big Monday win at Texas A&M, and a day after Mack Brown finally talked to the media after two months of filling his coaching staff, it was a relatively quiet media presence Tuesday for Texas. That’ll last all of, oh, about one day.
One month after the 2010 season ended, college football again takes center stage. Today is national signing day —- Christmas, if you will, for college programs —- and the Longhorns are expected to sign one of the nation’s top-rated classes.
Our signing day coverage included a Q&A with incoming Longhorn Josh Turner, the Oklahoma City Millwood cornerback who is the No. 1-rated prospect from the state of Oklahoma. Remember when the Dallas-Fort Worth area was considered the happy hunting grounds of Texas and Oklahoma? This year, according to a Dallas Morning News breakdown, it was Oklahoma State and TCU that ruled the Metroplex. The Longhorns rated seventh, the Sooners fifth.
Still hungry? Keep reading, then. Breakfast isn’t over:
SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED: Even with the loss of Arizona prep offensive lineman Christian Westerman, who decommitted from Texas in favor of Auburn, the Longhorns are expected to sign a class that’ll be rated No. 1, 2 or 3 in the country.
Who are the Longhorns getting?
- Davis Ash, Belton QB: He doesn’t have a cannon for an arm, but the 6-3, 210-pounder makes up for it with leadership, toughness, quick feet, underrated athletic ability, a quick release, decisiveness and the knack for fitting the ball into tight spots. He’s a pro style quarterback, and he’s also an early enrollee already on campus who’ll take part in spring workouts. Picked UT over TCU and Oklahoma State.
- Malcolm Brown, Cibolo Steele RB: Will he be the next Ricky Williams or Cedric Benson? Many think yes. He’s a bruising downhill runner who loves running between the tackles. Hookem.com’s Gerry Hamilton compares him to former Ohio State star Beanie Wells. Picked UT over Alabama.
- Joe Bergeron, North Mesquite FB: He may be one of the nation’s top fullback prospects, but he was a featured back in high school, rushing for nearly 1,600 yards this past season. He has impressive feet, great hands out of the backfield and is a second- and third-effort runner. Picked UT over A&M, Tennessee and Iowa.
- Josh Cochran, Hallsville OT: He’s the top pure tackle prospect in UT’s signing class, an All-Stater who really stood out at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. The 6-6, 280-pounder has the desired size, foot quickness, arm length and physicalilty to start for the Longhorns down the road. Picked UT over TCU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Texas Tech and Houston.
- Quandre Diggs, Angleton ATH: Diggs, the younger brother of former Horns standout Quentin Jammer, will get an early look at cornerback for Texas. He’s a four-year, two-way starter who’s rushed for more than 1,000 yards each of the last three seasons and has more than 10 kick and punt return touchdowns. He’s already enrolled at UT.
- *Taylor Doyle, Lake Travis OT: * A three-year starter who earned All-State honors as a senior, he graded out at 85 percent with 85 knockdowns. Picked UT over Arizona, Texas Tech, Auburn and Baylor.
- Steve Edmond, Daingerfield ILB: Ranked No. 1 on our Fab 55 list of the state’s top recruits, Edmond is one of the nation’s top prospects. Won three straight 2A titles at Daingerfield and is a two-time All-Stater. Picked UT over Florida, OU, A&M and USC.
- Sheroid Evans, Fort Bend Dulles S: He’s physical. And he’s fast —- Evans’ 100 time is 10.45 and his 200 is 20.75. He’ll be tried out at cornerback and safety. Picked UT over A&M and USC.
- Sedrick Flowers, Galena Park North Shore OG: He’s a standout run blocker, which is sorely needed on Texas’ O-line. Picked UT over LSU, Alabama and A&M.
- Garrett Greenlea, Klein Collins OT: He’s a big one —- 6-7, 305 —- who’s a powerful run blocker who also can block in space. Just two years ago, he was a 260-pound tight end. He’s coming off a torn ACL injury his senior year. At Texas, he could play right tackle or guard. Picked UT over Notre Dame, OU, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Arizona.
- Marcus Hutchins, DeSoto OG: He’s a bit under-sized (6-3, 260) but should get up to 290 or so at Texas. Picked UT over USC, A&M, TCU, Arkansas and Arizona.
- Desmond Jackson, Spring Westfield DT: He’s 6-1, 270 and needs to add some mass and muscle, but he plays with ideal leverage and has impressive hip/knee flexibility. He looked really good at the Under Armour All-America Game. Picked UT over Alabama and OU.
- M.J. McFarland, El Paso El Dorado TE: He played receiver in high school, but figures to fit in at tight end at Texas. He had more than 2,500 receiving yards in three seasons, but will have to learn a new position if he’s going to be a tight end. Still, he’s an early enrollee, so he’s already here. Picked UT over Baylor.
- Chet Moss, Cedar Park ILB: He’s a hard hitter with impressive straight-line speed who earned honorable mention All-State honors. Picked UT over SMU and Rice.
- Miles Onyegbule, Arlington WR: He played quarterback as a senior, rushing for 1,500 yards and throwing for 1,200, but he’ll probably be a receiver for the Longhorns. He’s also 6-3, 215 and could be a possibility at tight end down the road. Picked UT over OU and Arkansas.
- Cedric Reed, Cleveland DE: A true power end who surely will grow (he’s 6-5, but only 243). He’s got quick feet, flexibility and the ability to change directions quickly. He had three sacks in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. Picked UT over A&M.
- Quincy Russell, San Antonio Houston DT: He’s 6-3 and 300 pounds, but has a quick first step and was nearly impossible to block on the Class 3A level. Picked UT over Nebraska, Baylor, OU, A&M and Auburn.
- Leroy Scott, South Houston CB: The 5-10, 190-pounder excels at pass coverage, is physical and plays with an aggressive attitude. “If a strong self-belief and a short memory is what it takes to excel at corner, Scott’s mastered that art,” Hamilton says. Picked UT over TCU, Baylor and Houston.
- Jaxon Shipley, Brownwood WR: He’s not only Jordan’s little brother, he may be in better position than Jordan was to make an immediate impact for Texas. His foot quickness, routes, ability to separate, ability to time the ball in the air and his punt return capability makes him a strong candidate to be an instant impact player.
- Kendall Thompson, Carthage OLB: He played both inside and outside ‘backer for Carthage, where he won three straight Class 3A state titles. He had more than 100 tackles in each of the past two seasons. He’ll probably play outside linebacker at Texas. Picked UT over Arkansas, Missouri and LSU.
- Mykkele Thompson, San Antonio Stevens ATH: Rushed for more than 2,800 yards as a quarterback at Stevens, which made it to the Class 5A Division I state semifinals. At Texas, though, he’ll likely play safety, cornerback or receiver. Picked UT over TCU.
- Josh Turner, Oklahoma City Millwood CB: He was the state of Oklahoma’s No. 1 recruit, which means Texas will sign the top prospect out of the Sooners’ own backyard two years in a row (Demarco Cobbs was last year’s No. 1 prospect from Oklahoma). Turner’s physical, quick and has long arms, which will make him ideal to play cornerback or safety. Picked UT over Miami, OU, Nebraska and Alabama.