Things could be heating up on the recruiting trail for Texas Longhorns football.
Earlier this week, three-star 2021 tight end Landen King out of Atascocita High School announced he would spend his collegiate career on the Forty Acres. King went for 853 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. He received offers from the the Georgia Bulldogs, the Texas A&M Aggies, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers, among others.
That could be a sign of good things to come.
After the announcement of his commitment, King said, per Sports Illustrated, “Texas was recruiting the hardest out of all the teams. The schools in my top 10 were all great schools and great programs, but I just felt like I was at home at Texas. If I had to compare Texas to everyone else, that meant that Texas was the obvious leader.” Perhaps persistency is key.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Burnt Orange Nation: The Longhorn Republic tries to temper its expectations about basketball
Austin American-Statesman: With Brown signed, sealed and delivered, Texas’ Shaka Smart shifts to hiring an assistant
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Five 2021 recruiting prospects trending toward Texas
Dallas Morning News: Looking to elevate the Longhorns to the next level, Shaka Smart utilizes ‘The Last Dance’ documentary series as teaching tool
247Sports: Mike at Night: More commits coming?
247Sports: The State of Recruiting: Featuring Josh Pate of 247Sports
247Sports: Vic Schaefer off to fast start in 2021 recruiting class
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- No. Just no. Well ... if it means there will be football, sure.
Because of possibility of flu season/coronavirus causing issues in Nov, Dec, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told The Athletic's Seth Davis that "one of the [college football] models we’re looking at is a split season where some games happen in the fall and some happen in"spring— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 27, 2020
- Now that Greg Brown III has turned the NBA G-league’s money and is officially joining head coach Shaka Smart and Texas men’s basketball, will this finally be Smart’s opportunity to make a deep March run in 2021? That’s the question posed by 247Sports. From 247Sports: “Smart feels like Brown III, who went to Vandergrift High School in Austin, is already ahead of where [Jarrett[ Allen, [Mohamed] Bamba and [Jaxson] Hayes were in terms of connecting with Texas teammates. ‘Because Greg went to high school here and has been on our campus a lot, his relationship with the team is already forming,’ Smart said. ‘Our guys are excited about Greg. ... For right now, on April 27, I feel like we’re in a good place with that. That doesn’t mean things won’t change, but right now I feel like the connection between Greg and members of our team is off to a good start.’ The rest will be up to Smart, who is still looking for an assistant coach to replace departed associate head coach Luke Yaklich. After one season at Texas, Yaklich left to become the head coach at Illinois-Chicago.”
- The state of Texas had 33 players chosen during the 2020 NFL Draft, the most nationally, according to 247Sports. From 247Sports: “Texas dominated the 2020 NFL Draft with seven first-round picks on Thursday night. That group included the Detroit Lions taking Jeff Okudah at No. 3 overall. 247Sports’ Gabe Brooks had a fantastic breakdown of Texas’ NFL Draft efforts earlier this week and he points out that 19 Texans were picked within the first three rounds, which is 17.9 percent of the overall pool Day 1 and 2 pool. The second-closest state (Georgia) only had 11. By the way, Texas’ numbers would look even better if we included second-round pick Grant Delpit in our totals. He played Texas High School football for the first three years of his career before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida as a senior. ... None of the state’s first or second-round picks played for Texas or Texas A&M.”