Mean Green Pick Up a 3-Star Commit...sort of
Three-Star recruit Garrison Johnson committed to North Texas over the weekend. The rising senior from Texas powerhouse Manvel, south of Houston, pledged himself to the Mean Green until something better comes along. “I am verbally committed, but I am still open in case God offers me another situation that I feel better about,” Johnson told Brett Vito of the Denton Record Chronicle. “North Texas is where I feel best now.”
Sounds like my prom date.
Johnson played with current North Texas quarterback Kason Martin who no doubt helped land the pledge. Virginia and Syracuse are both sniffing around Johnson plus several other G5 schools.
Pro-tip Garrison, God, sounds like James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman, any other voice comes along, it's best to ignore it.
Grad Transfers Still in Play
Need someone to transform your program? We have grad transfers for you! Here are few grad transfers with Texas ties who might be in play for the roundup schools. Who's into wild speculation? We are here for that.
Kemah Siverand, WR, Texas A&M - Siverand, from Cy Ridge, announced his intention to transfer via Twitter last month. Siverand moved from receiver to defensive back and back again during his A&M career. No word on his final destination.
Nick Harvey, DB, Texas A&M - The Aggie corner is currently narrowing his decision between Auburn, Arizona, South Carolina, and Tennessee. No in-state options but you never know. He will announce his choice May 11.
Terence Williams, RB, Baylor - Williams, out of Ennis, is a big punishing back who was destined for stardom before the Briles era crashed. In 2016 he was an honorable mention All-Big 12 and averaged 87 yards a game.
Gavin Burford, LB, Abilene Christian - Burford is a grad transfer from FCS Abilene Christian. Burford, from Lewisville, started four games in 2016 for the Wildcats.
Chris James, CB, Illinois - James left West Orange-Stark and went to Illinois, now he's announced he's looking for a new home. James tallied 43 career tackles as a corner for the Illini.
Winston Dimel, FB, Kansas State - Dimel is the son of current UTEP head coach Dana Dimel. He's leaving K-State and could end up in El Paso with his old man.
Raelon Singleton, WR, Utah - Singleton went to Utah from Crosby, and now he wants out. He played in 34 games with the Utes, grading 69 receptions.
Jordan Davis, QB, Louisiana-Lafayette - Davis played high school football at Klein Oak and served as the primary backup for Louisiana-Lafayette the past couple of seasons, though he did win the job coming out of fall camp in 2017. An injury knocked him out of that role two-games in.
Keep an eye out; these decisions should be coming down the pipe soon.
New Recruiting Rules Are Changing the Game
A significant change has taken place in college football as rising high school seniors now can take official visits in the spring. The new rule took effect at the start of April and runs through the Sunday prior to the last Wednesday in June.
Before the change, recruits could visit schools before their senior year, but they had to foot the bill on “unofficial” visits. Official visits could begin in September of a recruit’s senior season in high school. Now schools can pay for those same recruits to come to campus earlier.
So now recruiting really never ends.
Some coaches are skeptical because they'd rather have kids on campus in the fall to absorb the gameday atmosphere, but getting more opportunities to get kids on campus can't hurt either.
Tom Herman preaches caution and a fear of a strain on current players. "When recruits come on official visits, our student-athletes are expected to host them," Herman said. "To dump that many more hosting weekends on their lap, I don't know that that's fair."
With the newly enacted early signing period, the timeline for recruiting accelerated, yet again. These new spring visits give coaches another tool and a potential headache.
TCU Makes Inroads into Ohio
We're used to Ohio State coming down to Texas to snap up top in-state talent like J.T. Barrett and J.K. Dobbins, but now TCU has done gone up north and poached an Ohio kid. Gary Patterson is the hero we need unless we are injured, then he's just gonna make us feel bad.
Back to the commitment, Karter Johnson is the highest rated defensive tackle in Ohio. He's a three-star lineman out Pickerington Central High School. Johnson is athletic for his size, 6-2, 300 pounds, and chose the Frogs over Michigan State among other suitors.