The Opening: Texas Recruit Analysis

Texas had seven commits, and three other key recruits, in attendance at The Opening this past weekend. Find out how each player did in the combine events, along with an analysis of each combine performance.

Texas Commitments:

* Johnathan Gray 4.53-second 40-yard dash; 4.03-second shuttle; 34.5-foot power ball throw; 35.7-inch vertical leap

* Bryson Echols 4.5 40; 3.93 shuttle; 35 power ball; 33.2 vertical leap

* Peter Jinkens 4.52 40; 4.33 shuttle; 36 power ball; 36.3 vertical leap

* Cayleb Jones 4.69 40; 4.13 shuttle; 35 power ball; 29 vertical leap

* Timothy Cole 5.0 40; 4.3 shuttle; 34 power ball; 31.1 vertical

* Connor Brewer 4.82 40; 4.56 shuttle; 32 power ball; 30.8 vertical leap

* Curtis Riser 5.15 40; 4.74 shuttle; 33 power ball; 20.6 vertical leap


First, I wouldn't worry too much about the lack of vertical leaps from a few prospects. The test was done on one of the mats that tabulates a vertical based on a player's hang time. And some players just don't do as well on that test as when they have something to jump and swing at. I would expect that Jones would put up a higher vertical in that kind of setting, as would Riser.

Second, those are great numbers from Gray, Echols and Jinkens. Jinkens was known to be an athletic freak, and his 4.52 40-yard dash and 36-inch vertical were evidence of that. Gray's time is about right, in that an electronic time is typically one-tenth of a second slower than a hand-held time. So him clocking around a 4.5-second time is the equivalent of a 4.4 hand-held, a good time. His shuttle time displays how he accelerates so quickly. And Echols, who clocked a 4.55 electronic earlier in the camp circuit, put up a 4.5-flat and a 3.93 shuttle. For a player not known for his athleticism, that's pretty darned impressive.

The times for Jones and Cole weren't that surprising. Cole has explosive short-distance quickness, as was evidenced by his 4.3 shuttle. And Jones has never been known for his speed, though his 4.13 shuttle demonstrates his change-of-direction skills that make him such an excellent route runner.

And finally we come to Brewer and Riser. Brewer put up some really respectable times and measurements, especially for a pocket passer. Riser did the same as a lineman, clocking a nice 40-time and an excellent shuttle for a guy of his size. I did find it interesting that Riser had the second-worst power ball throw Texas contingent, as he was the biggest of the group.

Other Recruits of Interest:

* Landon Collins: 4.5-second 40-yard dash, 4.44 shuttle, 42-foot power ball throw, 43.6-inch vertical leap

* Torshiro Davis: 4.56 40; 4.39 shuttle; 35 power ball; 34.2 vertical leap

* Nelson Agholor: 4.59 40; 4.56 shuttle; 31.5 power ball; 29.5 vertical leap


It should be noted that Collins ran even faster in the finals, posting a 4.45-second 40 and a faster shuttle. But it was his vertical leap and his power ball throw that demonstrated his explosiveness. His power ball throw was the best of all the players we've listed here, despite him weighing less than Riser, Cole and Davis, and in the same range as Jinkens. He's an athletic freak, as his near 44-inch vertical leap demonstrates.

Davis's 40 time, for a player of his size, is simply outstanding. The fact that he was able to put up a mid-30s vertical and demonstrate some strength in the power ball throw was also impressive. He's a good-looking kid on the hoof, and his numbers should be exciting for anybody that wondered if he was a 'tweeener without the athleticism to play linebacker.

Agholor timed a bit slower than expected, both in the 40 and in the shuttle. Still, it's not anything worth fretting about. Anything under 4.6 seconds is a very strong time when you're talking about electronics. His film doesn't lie: he's an explosive player with the speed to make things happen.

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