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Herman’s history with Marqez Bimage earned Texas the linebacker’s pledge

Posted January 11th, 2017

Story highlights
  • Texas offered Bimage quickly after Tom Herman became the Longhorns' coach.
  • Bimage thinks his time playing defensive end will benefit him at linebacker in college.
  • Bimage had been committed to UH for a year; his official UT visit begins Friday.

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.

Brenham linebacker Marqez Bimage committed to Texas on Friday. (Photo by Brian Perroni/247Sports)
Brenham linebacker Marqez Bimage committed to Texas on Friday. (Photo by Brian Perroni/247Sports)

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.”

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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 class

Here'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 MillerWRTyler John Tyler46/25/2015
Sam EhlingerQBWestlake47/28/2015
Kobe BoyceCBLake Dallas34/3/2016
Montrell EstellSHooks35/20/2016
Josh ThompsonCBNacogdoches37/27/2016
Taquon GrahamDLTemple49/5/16
Joshua Rowland*KMiss. Gulf Coast CCN/A12/11/16
Toneil CarterRBLangham Creek412/19/16
Cade BrewerTELake Travis312/23/16
Daniel YoungRBHouston Westfield312/23/16
Derek KerstetterOLSan Antonio Reagan312/26/16
Reese LeitaoTETulsa (Okla.) Jenks312/29/16
Marqez BimageLBBrenham31/6/17
Max CumminsOLFW All Saints31/17/17
Gary JohnsonLBDodge City CC41/20/17
*-indicates signed letter of intent