There's something in the water in Manvel. So much so that a pair of 6-foot skill position players from 2016 have already emerged among the collective recruiting consciousness.
This far out? After they've played just their freshman seasons? Relax. Not only are both guys outstanding players — it's WAY early, but I think Hemphill could be the top in-state player for 2016 — but the Longhorns had an extensive scouting opportunity with both players coming to camp this summer. Hemphill repeatedly torched the older defensive backs in attendance, while Anderson showed fluidity and speed for a guy with a 6-1 frame.
"It was special because it was my first offer," Hemphill said.
Hemphill is no stranger to Texas. A good friend, Jacorey Warrick, is a current freshman on the team. Still, he said he was impressed with what he saw at Texas Stampede.
"It went really good," Hemphill said. "It was big. I like the tradition [and the] coaches."
The tradition also stood out to Anderson, who isn't just an excellent defensive back prospect, but who is also Hemphill's best friend.
"I really liked it," Anderson said. "I like the tradition here. I like that it feels like a family environment, that's what you need.
"I love their family tradition," Anderson said. "It's not far from home. I love it. I could see myself playing here."
It's too early to make definitive statements about either player's recruitment —Anderson said he could also see himself playing at Texas A&M or Alabama as well, and Hemphill said he just wants to make sure that both he and Anderson get the chance to play at the next level before they go about narrowing down schools.
Anderson camped at Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama, Baylor and Texas Tech, while Hemphill should also be pursued by many of the best teams in the country. But it says quite a bit that the Longhorns were so willing to extend the early interest.
For their parts, both Hemphill and Anderson are more focused on leading Manvel to state this next year, and those worrying about either getting too big a head can probably calm down a bit. Anderson listed his main goal as "staying focused."
"Don't believe all the hype," Anderson said. "Stay humble."
For these two, the hype is likely just beginning.