The Heard

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Newsome on Texas visit: "I'll be back"

Jones one of state's best in 2016

Four-star WR visits Texas

Baylor DE commit interested in UT

2016 safety patiently waiting on UT

Newsome on Texas visit: "I'll be back"

2015 Aledo wide receiver Ryan Newsome came into the Texas Relays this past weekend with a big goal: clock a 100-meter dash in the 10.4s. And while Newsome set himself up in the finals by running a 10.78 in the prelims (while jogging through the last part to conserve energy), built-up fluid in his knee didn't allow him to make a serious run at the lofty goal. Instead, Newsome, who already has a 10.59 to his credit this year, ran a 10.89 in the final.

"It was a great experience at Texas Relays, as it always is," Newsome said. "This was my second time down there for Relays, and I ran down there for state last year and plan on doing the same this year.

"Making the finals, it was great to run in front of a pretty big crowd," Newsome said. "I was nicked up and not able to give it my all, but that's what they've got state for. I'm anticipating being back in May, and that would be pretty humbling."

Newsome has been told that he has the option to both play football and run track at Texas, and he swung by to watch the team scrimmage on Saturday.

"It was nice. I really wanted to see how they use Daje Johnson, since he's one of those guys that I'm a lot like," Newsome said. "They're still trying to get some kinks out and find their identity, so I didn't hold that against them. The spring is time for them to get things right and figure out who they are in their offense.

"I wanted to see how the coaches acted toward the whole ordeal," Newsome said. "I'm trying to get used to the players, get used to the coaches and at the same time take everything with a grain of salt while they get acclimated to each other."

Newsome said that he was most impressed with Marcus Johnson out of the receivers and thought that Jalen Overstreet was making the most of his move to running back.

"You can see the kind of player that Texas has and gets," Newsome said. "Both of those guys are pretty dynamic."

As is Newsome, who, despite his spot as the No. 1 slot on Texas's board, actually might be a better quarterback at this point. Newsome played quarterback each year before this past one, meaning that he's grown up at one position and only spent one season at his future spot. And he can really wing the ball, giving Texas some trick play options when he gets into the game.

Newsome said he's enjoyed getting to know the Texas staff, and said that Saturday wouldn't be his last trip down to Austin.

"I'll be back," Newsome said. "I'll make sure I come back at least a couple times more." (Flaherty)

Jones one of state's best in 2016

When he wasn't competing, class of 2016 safety Brandon Jones (Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches) wore a camouflage hat in the stands of the Texas Relays.

It was one of the few times he'd simply blend in with his teammates because he stands out in a big way once he's on a football field.

As a sophomore in 2013, Jones racked up 95 tackles and five interceptions earning District Newcomer of the Year and Scout.com Midlands Co-Sophomore of the Year honors.

That has led him to gather one of the most impressive offers lists in the state, which includes Baylor, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Washington State.

Jones (6-foot, 190 pounds) is a quiet guy at heart so the attention has taken some getting used to.

"Just enjoying it," he said. "All the schools are coming in but I'm just trying to keep a small head and not let it bother me. I have people asking me everyday what college I'm going to go to. I'm just trying to not worry about it right now."

While Texas has yet to offer, the Longhorns have let Jones know he is a priority at safety for them.

"I can't remember what coach I talked to but he was trying to get me to go to a junior day, but we had a track meet," he said. "I am coming this summer to visit." Jones admits that he grew up a Longhorns fan and hears about Texas all the time from his friends.

"I grew up a Longhorns fan," he said. "All my friends tell me there is no better school than UT, especially the academics."

Texas obviously has some stiff competition for Jones' commitment, and it's a familiar foe that could be the biggest obstacle to overcome.

"Texas A&M is really trying hard to get me to go there," said Jones, with a Texas A&M necklace hanging around his neck. "I went to their junior day a while back and my mom really wants me to end up going there. But they have a bunch of safeties there, which would make it hard for me to get the playing time I want. So I have to keep looking."

Jones said he knew "for sure" that he'd either go to a Big 12 or SEC school, so Texas does have a chance. It just needs to offer, which UT has yet to do to a safety in 2016.

But Jones is in line to get one if he keeps progressing like he's shown.

"I'd have to say my speed is my best attribute," he said. "I'm good at breaking down and tackling, and my hands are pretty good for interceptions. The only thing I'm lacking right now is with a safety being 12 yards off the ball then putting me in man coverage, I'm not as good at that right now as I'd need to be."

Jones said he is hearing the most from LSU, Florida State, Penn State, Oregon, Notre Dame. (Wilkerson)

Four-star WR visits Texas

The Longhorns got a visit from one of the top wide receivers in the country on Tuesday during their sixth practice this spring.

Four-star Kemah Siverand (Houston/Cy Ridge) made the trip down to Austin on Tuesday afternoon to meet Texas' coaching staff for the first time. And it didn't take him long to realize Texas head coach Charlie Strong was serious about academics.

"The visit went well," Siverand said. "I enjoyed watching practice and I had a chance to visit with an academic advisor pertaining to engineering that helped me get an idea in what I truly want to pursue as a major."

Siverand (6-foot, 180 pounds), the No. 22 WR overall, has an offer from the Longhorns, as well as Arkansas, Louisville, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Wake Forest.

Many have Siverand pegged as a battle between rivals Texas and Texas A&M, but he's open to more schools that the former foes. It's hard for him to say exactly how comfortable he is with UT right now because he is just beginning to build relationships with the new staff.

"I can't say exactly how I feel about Texas because I've only been down once to hang around the new staff," he said. "I still am keeping them in my consideration, no doubt."

Siverand will release a list of favorites after spring ball. (Wilkerson)

Baylor DE commit interested in UT

The Longhorns have offers out to nine defensive ends, including to UT commitment Charles Omenihu (Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett). But there's a shortage of offers out to DEs from the Lone Star State.

Aside from Omenihu, James Lockhart (Ennis, Texas/Ennis), considered to be the top DE in the state, is the only other Texas DE with an offer.

One player that could eventually join that short list is three-star Baylor commitment Louis Brown (Burton, Texas/Burton).

The No. 46 defensive end in the country said he talks with Longhorns wide receivers coach Les Koenning once a week and is growing fond of the new staff.

"I think they are going to offer me but they want to make sure first," he said. "So they will probably evaluate my transcript and watch more film on me. I think they just want to evaluate me more and see me in person before they offer."

Brown (6-foot-6, 207 pounds) was in attendance for Texas' first junior day, which really helped him form a newfound respect for the program. He'd been once before, for a game last season, but didn't have much interaction with anyone after only speaking with one coach.

"When I went for a junior day it changed my whole prospective on what I think about them," he said.

Brown said an offer from the Longhorns would definitely be something to think about, and hopes to find out more about Texas if he's able to visit for Texas' spring game.

Texas is one of three schools that Brown mentioned have picked up their interest in him since he committed to the Bears on March 6. The other two are Nebraska and Vanderbilt.

Despite the interest from others, Brown is solid with the Bears right now.

"They have a good line program, nice coaches, small environment and I really like the football team," he said. "[Baylor head coach] Art Briles is a great coach, very chill. He is real cool and calm."

Asked what it was aside from his size that have these schools interested, Brown responded, "I'm good in class, I have good manners, say ‘yes sir,' and ‘no sir,' and I respect people that respect me," he said. "On the field I'm a team player."

In addition to Baylor, Brown has offers from Lamar, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas Tech, Utah State and Washington.

He said his recruitment really picked up after Texas Tech offered last season.

"After that I really started to hear from a lot of colleges," he said. "It makes you feel good about yourself, like a superstar."

Brown said Ohio State, Clemson, and South Carolina are schools he'd like to hear from that aren't talking with him right now.

Here's some video of Brown:

(Wilkerson)

2016 safety patiently waiting on UT

The Longhorns recently reached out to 2016 wide receiver Reggie Hemphill (Manvel, Texas/Manvel) and offered with hopes of getting the former UT commitment back on board.

His teammate, 2016 four-star safety Deontay Anderson, is hoping for a similar outcome.

Though he's not sweating it if Texas doesn't get in contact with him, it would be nice, said the 6-foot, 170-pound safety.

"It's just the new staff. It's going to come," he said. "I'm not worried. I'm OK with it. They have to do what they have to do, and I'm going to do what I'm going to do. But I know it's going to come."

Anderson was approved for an offer by Mack Brown's staff but was told when Charlie Strong took over that he and his staff wanted to reevaluate the 2016 class before handing out offers.

While UT has yet to come through, Anderson is hearing from several other schools.

"It's still blowing up," he said. "I've been hearing from Maryland, Baylor, and Texas A&M. The two Texas schools tell me they are going to offer me this spring."

Asked what an offer from either the Bears or Aggies would do, Anderson said, "It would keep them at the top. Like I said, I don't have any favorites. I'm focused on helping my team win state. It's hard because you don't want division in the team but you have to focus on recruiting too."

Anderson said he'd like to hear more from LSU and Alabama even though things with the Crimson Tide have "kind of faded off a little bit."

He will be at Oklahoma spring game. (Wilkerson)


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