After declining to sign with the Kansas Jayhawks during the early signing period, Dallas Bishop Dunne linebacker Brennon Scott announced his decommitment from the Jayhawks on Tuesday afternoon.
The news is relevant to the Texas Longhorns program for two reasons — Scott holds an offer from the Horns and looked like a legitimate target at one point in the process before he committed to the Jayhawks in early August after a June official visit to Lawrence and Scott’s primary recruiter, Emmett Jones, is a potential candidate to become the next wide receivers coach in Austin.
Scott has an official visit set to Arkansas for later this month, so the Razorbacks are probably the favorite right now. However, it’s still unclear whether new defensive coordinator Chris Ash is interested in targeting Scott with two linebackers currently signed in the class and another take at the position a possibility, if not a significant need.
The issue is that Scott didn’t test particularly well at a regional camp for The Opening — he scratched his 40-yard dash, ran a 4.7 shuttle, and had a 27.8-inch vertical leap. So he projects as a pure middle linebacker with limited value as a sideline-to-sideline player or someone capable of running with an opposing running back in man-to-man coverage. Ash might prefer to target a linebacker with more range.
As for Jones, he’s a former high school coach with ties to the Metroplex — he spent stints at Dallas Skyline and South Oak Cliff — who has already been connected to the Texas job. Scott discussing pending changes in the Kansas program as a reason for his decision suggests that Jones might depart Lawrence after one season working with head coach Les Miles.
Known as a high-level recruiter who could make an impact in the key Metroplex region, Jones also has a solid reputation developing wide receivers, something the Longhorns need in the next coach at that position after issues in that area this season and the departures of Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay.