Daily Dose

Welcome to the Daily Dose, a daily collection of random musings surrounding Longhorns athletics and recruiting. Today we'll look at five notes to take away (some good, some bad) from the weekend, which included Texas' first scrimmage in full pads and the Texas Relays.

New starter at safety

As we reported on Saturday, Chevoski Collins worked with the first team at safety during the scrimmage.

While it's way too early to pencil him in as the Day 1 starter, it did show how much the coaching staff thinks of the redshirt freshman as they search for a replacement for Adrian Phillips. Especially considering Josh Turner, a senior who has played in 37 games with five starts, is still on the roster.

Collins paired with Mykkele Thompson on the first team, though, Thompson also played some corner, which is new for him.

Turner and Adrian Colbert also worked some with the first team.

Norman adding depth on DL

Outside of one defensive end position, which we assume is going to go to Shiro Davis, Texas' defensive line starters are set. It certainly appeared that way Saturday with Davis and Cedric Reed starting at DE and Malcom Brown and Desmond Jackson at defensive tackle.

The real story of the day for that group was who filled in behind them, and the star of the group was sophomore DT Alex Norman, who has only recorded one tackle to date.

The former Under Armour All-American has worked hard to keep his weight down since he arrived at Texas, and it appears to be paying off. His presence, along with that of budding star Hassan Ridgeway, should make defensive line coach Chris Rumph sleep a little easier as he tries to establish depth this spring.

Gragg blown away by visit

Four-star tight end Will Gragg (Pine Bluff, Ark./Pine Bluff) spent a couple of days in Austin on a visit and was absolutely blown away by his experience.

Gragg, who grew up rooting for the Longhorns despite being from SEC country, said the visit moved Texas "right up to the top spot," which makes things all the more interesting considering he's already scheduled an official visit for Sept. 6 when Texas takes on BYU.

Gragg spent plenty of one-on-one time with Charlie Strong and tight ends coach Bruce Chambers, and even sat in on a TE meeting with Chambers and Texas' current players.

The No. 7 TE in the country said his visit "trumped" expectations and that he didn't know the facilities were going to be "this nice."

In addition to Texas, Gragg has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Auburn, Cal, Louisville, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, and Arkansas State.

UT has work to do 4-star RB

It took the Longhorns longer than expected to offer four-star running back Ronald Jones (McKinney, Texas/North), and it looks like they might already be falling out of favor with him.

We caught up with Jones on Friday at the Texas Relays and asked him if he'd be visiting while in town. His response said it all as to where Texas stood with him.

"I think I will. But then again, probably not because I don't think they are too interested," he said. "It's little things that they are doing wrong."

Jones went on to say that he is hearing from Baylor, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State the most from the Big 12, and then Arkansas from the SEC.

"Baylor is one of my favorites. I'd put them in my top five regardless," he said. "The only SEC school I like is Arkansas. They really have a great coaching staff. I love them. When I went down there I got to see how much their fans love their school. They love their Razorbacks."

Because Jones is falling out of favor with UT, it could be time for Texas to offer 2015 RB Tristian Houston (Galena Park, Texas/North Shore). Houston, who was also competing at the track meet, did visit the Longhorns and said things are moving in the right direction.

Two of 2016's best still waiting on UT

The first two recruits that we caught up with at the Texas Relays on Friday were 2016 teammates Reggie Hemphill and Deontay Anderson of Manvel, Texas. They both told us that Texas had yet to contact them since Charlie Strong took over.

That's especially surprising in Hemphill's case considering he was committed to the Longhorns under Mack Brown. Per sources, Hemphill is falling out of favor with Texas but the Longhorns are expected to get in contact with him soon to try and curtail the situation.

Different sources tell us that Hemphill is leaning toward Texas A&M right now. In fact, we had one recruit tell us that Hemphill told him he'd commit to the Aggies if they offered.

Anderson, like Hemphill doesn't have any offers right now, but he is one of the best safeties in the state regardless of class.

He isn't holding it against Texas that Strong's staff hasn't contacted him yet. He understands that they are busy doing other things. But he would like the lines of communication to heat up soon.


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