Tom Herman took the Texas job in late November, giving him only about two months to finalize the Longhorns’ 2017 recruiting class.
One of his first moves was to instruct his staff to contact Marqez Bimage, the Brenham linebacker whom Herman, while still at Houston, offered in November 2015. Bimage had committed to UH by mid-December.
Nothing changed for nearly 12 months. Herman kept winning football games and Bimage remained committed to his rising UH program. The 6-3, 228-pound prospect watched with excitement as Houston knocked off powerhouse after powerhouse. The Cougars had arrived. And Bimage was ready to help with the evolution.
Then Herman was the one to receive an offer — from Texas. Bimage’s offer from the Longhorns shortly followed.
It’s a tough truth about recruiting, and college football in general. Conditions rarely remain unchanged. Bimage knew that.
“It is part of the process. It happens all the time,” said Bimage of his reaction to the news Herman was leaving UH for Texas. “I didn’t de-commit (from Houston) right away. I had grown to know Houston for over a year. I finally talked to my parents and we eventually decided to make the announcement to open up my recruitment.”
Bimage became an attractive target. The three-star prospect spent most of his varsity snaps at defensive end. He’ll transition to linebacker in college, a position he played as a sophomore and would do drills at during summer camps. His time playing out of position paid dividends, he said.
“I learned how to use my hands. Bad things happen when an offensive lineman can get his hands into your chest. I learned how to keep those guys off me and that will help me at linebacker,” Bimage said. “I’ll be able to see more of the field and make plays at linebacker. Coach (Todd) Orlando wants explosiveness. We’ll blitz a lot. I’m used to going after the quarterback.”
The young linebacker sees something special in Herman. He has now committed to Herman twice in just over 12 months. Bimage chose Texas over Baylor on Jan. 6.
“Coach Herman is very energetic. He’s different than most other coaches. His energy level is different. It’s tough to explain,” Bimage said. “The relationship I’ve built with him and his staff was tough to ignore. They might be new coaches at Texas, but I had built a relationship with them since the end of my junior year. That time is important and it was a big reason I chose Texas.”
Bimage begins his official visit Friday.
2017 Texas Longhorns recruiting classHere's a look at the recruits who have committed to Texas coach Tom Herman for the 2017 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from Horns247. Oral commitments are non-binding. National signing day is Feb. 1, 2017.
|Damion Miller||WR||Tyler John Tyler||4||6/25/2015|
|Kobe Boyce||CB||Lake Dallas||3||4/3/2016|
|Joshua Rowland*||K||Miss. Gulf Coast CC||N/A||12/11/16|
|Toneil Carter||RB||Langham Creek||4||12/19/16|
|Cade Brewer||TE||Lake Travis||3||12/23/16|
|Daniel Young||RB||Houston Westfield||3||12/23/16|
|Derek Kerstetter||OL||San Antonio Reagan||3||12/26/16|
|Reese Leitao||TE||Tulsa (Okla.) Jenks||3||12/29/16|
|Max Cummins||OL||FW All Saints||3||1/17/17|
|Gary Johnson||LB||Dodge City CC||4||1/20/17|
|*-indicates signed letter of intent|