Monday Thoughts 6/6

This Monday Thoughts focuses on the Kennedy Estelle commitment, a new 2012 offer and emerging talents in-state.

Estelle commitment huge

Estelle's a big boy, standing about 6-foot-7 and weighing 305 pounds. But his commitment might have been even bigger than he was, giving Texas the top two in-state tackles in the class and helping to soften the blow of potential offensive guard Michael Starts going to Texas Tech to play defensive tackle. Now, the Longhorns are basically looking at luxuries for their last few spots. Ideally, Texas would grab another offensive lineman, a defensive end and a cornerback, and the Longhorns have offers out to players like Javonte Magee — a defensive tackle in Texas's scheme, though he's a natural 3-4 end — and wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham as well.

Starting well for 2013

Jake Raulerson earned rave reviews for his ability to compete with older players at Sunday's camp. The Celina product holds just 240 pounds on his 6-5 frame, but he's also just finishing his sophomore year of high school. Raulerson projects as a bigger defensive end or an offensive tackle at the next level, with his great feet and ability to move people out of his way in the running game.

New offer goes out

To Daniel Brooks, a burner from Rockdale. Brooks showed off his speed by running a blazing 10.61 100-meter dash at the state track meet, speed that he figured to take to Norman as an Oklahoma commitment. But Texas rarely offers a committed player where there doesn't appear to be an in, and at 5-10 170, Brooks would appear to fit the build, and speed, requirements for a cornerback. Brooks might be better on offense, either as an undersized scat back or more likely a slot receiver.



Somebody please recruit Markel Steward-Gillespie

Steward-Gillespie was the most impressive player in a packed field at the Lake Travis 7-on-7 over the weekend. He's between 6-4 and 6-5, weighs 190 pounds and legitimately runs sub 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash. In fact, the Klein Forest wideout spent the day running past players with much lower recorded 40 times, and he was nearly unguardable on jump balls. Tall receivers with his kind of body control and athleticism don't grow on trees. He willingly admitted that grades were an issue, though most around him seemed to think he'd end up qualifying.



Still no word

On DeAndre Daniels. Several in the know have said that it's not actually Daniels holding up the decision, but his father. Our source indicates that he is receiving some negative opinions on both Kansas and Texas from former players or their parents, which could be leading to the delay. Additionally, Oklahoma State feels like they have a shot at the talented wing, though the Cowboys are likely in that second tier of schools below the Longhorns and Jayhawks.


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