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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Former Texas DBs coach Jay Valai hired by Alabama, Nick Saban

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Plus: Sam Cosmi projected to go in NFL Draft’s first round

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Former Texas Longhorns defensive backs coach Jay Valai has officially been hired for the same role with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Valai announced via Twitter earlier this week.

Valai coached under former defensive coordinator Chris Ash in 2020, but took a job with the Houston Cougars towards the end of last year, only to then backpedal and take a different job with the Philadelphia Eagles. He decided against that gig, too.

“We are pleased and happy to be able to add Jay Valai to our staff to coach cornerbacks,” Saban said in a news release following Valai’s official hiring. “Jay is an excellent young coach who possesses outstanding knowledge and enthusiasm for the game. He is a really good teacher and an outstanding recruiter who works tirelessly at his craft. We are excited to welcome Jay and his family to Tuscaloosa.”

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Austin American-Statesman: Q&A: Zach Zubia on UT’s baseball season

Dallas Morning News: Texas DL outlook for 2021: can the unit take the next step after a strong 2020 season?

247Sports: The Insider: Why new Texas DC is ‘an understated assassin’

247Sports: Steve Sarkisian ‘very comfortable’ calling his own plays

ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION

Current and former Texas players step up to feed the hungry

RECRUITING ROUNDUP

Burnt Orange Nation: Elite Texas RB commit Jaydon Blue has some recruiting targets

Burnt Orange Nation: Texas QB commit Maalik Murphy teases another upcoming commitment

Burnt Orange Nation: Top-40 WR Evan Stewart commits to Texas

Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Texas must find depth at safety

247Sports: Tre Wisner speaks on Texas offer, recruiting surge

247Sports: Sarkisian accomplishing important task of keeping dynamic skill players in state

247Sports: The State of Recruiting: Talking 2022 class with new commit Maalik Murphy

247Sports: What Top247 WR Evan Stewart’s commitment means for Texas

Inside Texas: Recruiting Matters: 6 four-stars committed, Texas trending for several others

Inside Texas: Burton: Sark after dark

Inside Texas: Offer scarcity is out the window, prospects now feeling urgent

BIG 12 BREAKDOWN

Dallas Morning News: Who’s the new QB1? A breakdown of how the competition could shake out for these Texas colleges

Frogs O’ War: Already conference champions, TCU soccer releases their spring schedule

The Smoking Musket: Mike Carey named to Naismith Coach of the Year watch list

Bring On The Cats: Kansas State Football: February 2021 recruiting update

Rock Chalk Talk: Texas Tech preview

WHAT WE’RE READING

SB Nation: Jerry Jones is profiting off the misery of Texas

SB Nation: Urban Meyer’s history could mean big things for James Robinson’s future

NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND

  • CBS Sports thinks former Texas offensive lineman Sam Cosmi will be a first round pick in the NFL Draft come April. Amazingly, the dude has a pair of hands on him, too. Check it.