ORLANDO — Under Armour hosts a week of prep events for the elite prospects around the country. It culminates Thursday night with an all-star game featuring the best prospects in the 2020 class on ESPN2. Four future Longhorns are playing, including Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card and Houston Cypress Ridge defensive end Vernon Broughton.
The week has consisted of practices, gear and events. It also includes a camp called the Future 50, which features the best prospects in the 2021 class. One of the Texans invited was Billy Bowman Jr., a UT commit from Denton Ryan. The four-star plays offense and defense for the Class 5A powerhouse. His college position is not yet determined.
“Coach Tom Herman and I have talked about my ability to play both ways. We’ll figure out my main position once I’m on campus,” Bowman said on Tuesday. “I think I can play offense or defense, so it’s up to the coaching staff.”
Texas’ staff is undergoing changes. The Longhorns replaced defensive coordinator Todd Orlando with former Rutgers head coach Chris Ash. Offensive coordinator Tim Beck was replaced by Mike Yurich, formerly of Ohio State and Oklahoma State. Bowman could wind up on either side of the ball as a cornerback or a wide receiver. The new staff reached out to start connections.
“Coach Ash texted me, letting me know he can’t wait to meet me,” Bowman said. “I’m excited to get back to Austin and be around the new coaches. I’ve known Yurich for awhile, and we already have a good relationship.”
Bowman watched Texas beat Utah in the Alamo Bowl along with commitments from the 2020 class and the targets in the 2021 class on hand in Orlando. Bowman said he trusts the direction of Texas under Herman and that he’s still “100%” committed to the Longhorns. Texas holds seven commitments for the 2021 cycle.
“Football is a business,” he said. “Changes happen, which is why it is important to pick a school and not just a coach.”
The 5-10, 175-pound prospect is the No. 8-ranked athlete in the 2021 class and is considered a national top-100 player. Bowman helped Ryan reach the 5A Division I state championship game before it fell to Alvin Shadow Creek in the title game. Bowman recorded 54 receptions for 824 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
“I was impressed with our season even though we came up short in the state title game,” he said. “We’ll be back.”
Former UT commit Quay Davis also was in attendance for the Future 50 Camp. The four-star from Dallas Skyline pledged to the Longhorns back in June before backing away from his commitment in November. The Longhorns are still in the mix for him, with Texas among Davis’ top five that also includes LSU, Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M.
“I’ll forever have love for Texas. I love that place and that’s why they’ll be among my top schools,” Davis said. “I just wanted more time to look around and do my research. It was nothing that Texas did.”
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Davis caught 36 passes for 515 yards and four touchdowns for Skyline as a junior, helping the program reach the playoffs in Class 6A.