BEAVERTON, Ore. — A few takeaways from Friday evening’s media availability at The Opening.
- DeSoto offensive lineman Xavier Newman is reconsidering his commitment to Texas after Oklahoma came through with an offer the other day. Where does Newman stand with Texas? “About a seven or eight.” And how about with Oklahoma? “About a nine.” This one could very well slip away from Texas, yet Newman says the Horns can stay in it by “getting closer as coaches and player and build a strong relationship.” At 6-2, 272 pounds, Newman is one of the smaller linemen at The Opening.
- Kennedale LB Baron Browning, the No. 2 player in the state per the Fab 55, has scheduled official visits to Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC. Who might get Browning’s fifth and final visit? It’s up for grabs, but he hasn’t ruled out Texas. In fact, Browning said he’ll be in Austin for the Under the Lights camp on July 23, and “me and Coach Strong have a lot of catching up to do.” At 6-4, 232 pounds, Browning has the frame of a defensive end but quickness to play outside linebacker. On Saturday, Browning will play for Team Flyrush in the 7-on-7 tournament. Coaching the team is none other than Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson, who is regarded for his recruiting prowess.
- The other day, Plano East linebacker Anthony Hines announced his top 10 schools with Texas making the cut. Somewhere, it was reported Hines had received 90 offers, but he’s quick to dismiss that as myth. “I’m pretty sure it’s 89.” Hines showed incredible length chasing down running backs in Friday’s Cat-Mouse drill, but he says his speed is his best attribute. Hines (6-2, 222 pounds) was actually disappointed with his 40-yard time from the morning, which was a blazing 4.51 seconds. He’s a fun one to watch.
- Quick note on Bellaire Epsicopal teammates Marvin Wilson and Walker Little. Wilson, the No. 1 player on the Fab 55, says he won’t announce his college decision until signing day so that he can fully vet all of his contenders. On Texas, the mammoth defensive tackle said a win total isn’t significant but “show me they’re heading in the right direction.” Little, a 6-8 offensive tackle, says he’d like to release a top five by the end of the summer and contenders to make the cut include Texas, Ole Miss, Stanford, Alabama, Michigan and Florida State.
- Texas would love to land La Grange running back J.K. Dobbins, but for now, that doesn’t look like it’ll happen. Dobbins, who committed to Ohio State in March, said he is not planning to visit any other schools and that he’s firmly committed to the Buckeyes because of the program’s record of player development. “Not now,” he said about other visits. Dobbins declined an invitation to Texas’ Under the Lights camp, but may not have totally ruled out the Longhorns, acknowleding “Coach Strong always comes hard at the end.” It’s easy to see why Texas is so high on Dobbins. In the morning, he reigned above the 166-player field to win the Nike Football Testing championship. Dobbins ran a 4.45 40-yard dash, but he said he was most pleased with the 43.1 inches he posted in the vertical jump. Dobbins continued to excel in the evening session, bouncing around linebackers in the Cat-Mouse drill.
La Grange RB J.K. Dobbins shakes LB Josh Ross in cat-mouse drill. pic.twitter.com/CEcMmePocV
— Ryan Autullo (@AutulloAAS) July 9, 2016Advertisement