What's eating Gilbert?
I talked with one high school coach who had spoken with Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin about the quarterback situation, and specifically, Garrett Gilbert. According to said coach, Harsin said he was excited about Gilbert's potential, and thought that he could make an excellent quarterback in his system. The coach went on to say that Gilbert was just forced to grow up a little too quickly on an offense that struggled at every other position, though he took the lion's share of the blame for it. With better situations at running back, receiver and on the offensive line, he should look better, the coach said.
Case McCoy to transfer?
Last week, a report came out that quarterback Case McCoy would be one of the next few players to transfer. While nothing would necessarily shock me, I would be a bit surprised if McCoy was the one to go. According to sources, he is close to his teammates and appears to be enjoying his experience at Texas. A more likely candidate should a quarterback leave, they said, was Connor Wood.
This week, I also spoke with a coach who had Adrian Phillips in high school. Phillips will probably start at cornerback for Texas, though the coach agreed with me that his most natural position is at safety. The coach said that's where Phillips feels like he'll end up, once some of the younger cornerbacks get some experience under their belts and once players like Blake Gideon, Christian Scott and Kenny Vaccaro left. According to the coach, Phillips was quick to single out Vaccaro for his ability, and said that he expects the safety to have a big season.
This past week marked the first time that coaches could call 2013 prospects, and the Texas staff hit the phones pretty heavily. One of the earliest calls went to Prestonwood Christian star Julius Randle, Scout.com's No. 1 power forward, and arguably the top overall player, in the class.
At 6-foot-8 and 215 pounds, Randle already has offers from Texas, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, Baylor and Missouri. But according to a source close to the recruitment, it might be Duke or bust. That source detailed a close relationship between Randle and former Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel, who is now an assistant for the Blue Devils. The Blue Devils are recruiting Randle, but have yet to offer the talented junior-to-be.
One of the amazing things about Texas's run this year — which ended in the College World Series Monday when North Carolina shut out the Longhorns 3-0 — was how far the Longhorns went despite a rough postseason from the staff ace.
It's a testament to the other pitchers on the Longhorn staff that Texas was able to overcome a rough three-loss streak from Taylor Jungmann, one of college baseball's most dominant pitchers all season. Jungmann entered regional play with a 13-0 record and a sparkling 0.94 ERA. He allowed just 13 earned runs in 15 starts all season.
But once the postseason started, Jungmann struggled to find those kinds of performances. In his three NCAA starts, all losses, Jungmann had a 6.59 ERA. Saturday marked the shortest start of the year for Texas's star pitcher, with Jungmann hurling just 4 1/3 innings while allowing five runs, four earned. In the 122 2/3 innings Jungmann pitched in his previous 15 starts, he allowed 13 earned runs. He pitched just 17 1/3 innings in the NCAAs, allowing 12 earned runs.