Lake Travis receiver Garrett Wilson, perhaps the highest-priority target on the Texas recruiting board for 2019, must have enjoyed himself at UT’s spring game last weekend.
“Texas showed me what I was looking for,” Wilson told the American-Statesman on Monday. He’s now going to wait a little bit longer before deciding between Texas and Ohio State.
The Longhorns are taking full advantage of their geographic proximity. Offensive coordinator Tim Beck and receivers coach Drew Mehringer visited Lake Travis’ spring practice on Tuesday, according to Inside Texas. Every little bit helps when chasing the player that 247Sports considers the 29th-best in the nation.
Texas head coach Tom Herman watches over his offense during drills as Texas football spring practice continues Thursday afternoon April 5, 2018 at Frank Denius Field.RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMANSTATESMAN
Texas coaches should be taking it easy after completing spring workouts. But their world has been flipped upside down after new recruiting rules were enacted to allow for official visits during a three-month period in the spring.
“The thing I don’t think that the NCAA or whoever made the rule thought a whole lot about was our student-athletes,” UT coach Tom Herman said on the Big 12 conference call on Tuesday. Herman, like most coaches, has current players host recruits and show them the program and campus. Essentially, it’s more work on their part, too.
“To dump that many more hosting weekends on their lap, I don’t know that that’s fair,” Herman said. “So we tried really hard to narrow it down to have three major weekends.”
Herman said the Longhorns have almost burned through their allotment of 56 official visits for this recruiting cycle. Texas has only 11 remaining, he said. On official visits, the school is allowed to pay for a recruit’s travel and expenses.
No QB decision: Anyone who followed spring football knew that Herman avoided elevating Sam Ehlinger or Shane Buechele. He simply didn’t want to name a starting quarterback. Nothing’s changed since the end of spring practice.
“I appreciate the attempt, but I haven’t given enough thought to if the season started today or tomorrow because it doesn’t,” Herman said. “That’s a question that’s rightfully answered in training camp.”
Herman did praise both quarterbacks. Ehlinger worked on holding the ball higher for protection. “He is making some throws in scrimmage situations that I don’t know he could have made last year, and that is exciting,” Herman said. “It’s really exciting.”
As for Buechele, Herman said he did not want the veteran to be a “passive participant” in the offense. “I told him the other day, you’re not the third-string cello,” Herman said. “You are the conductor of this orchestra. And he’s really taken that challenge and run with it.”
Herman also said freshman Casey Thompson badly wanted to wear a regular jersey in the spring game, not the black one signaling he’s off-limits to defenders. Thompson wanted to showcase his running ability. “His quote was, ‘I want to make some people look silly out there,’” Herman said.
This is Texas Tour begins: Tuesday marked the first stop on the This is Texas Tour as a healthy contingent of Longhorns went to Midland. The event at the Commemorative Air Force Museum was sold out, according to the Texas Exes. Athletic director Chris Del Conte and Herman were scheduled to be in attendance.
The next tour stop is Amarillo on Wednesday. The tour then hits Dallas and Fort Worth on May 8-9. Tickets can be purchased through the Texas Exes website.
Fenves joins CFP board: Texas President Gregory L. Fenves has been named to the College Football Playoff Board of Mangers, the administrative group that oversees the playoffs’ business, property and all other affairs. The 11-person board does not select the teams for the CFP. That is done by the CFP selection committee.
In a statement, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said, “We are pleased that President Fenves will be serving with the group. He is a strong and respected leader in higher education and will be a terrific member of the CFP board.”