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Omenihu talks defense, offense and UCLA

Newsome wants to see improved Texas

Pennamon talks BYU beat down

Omenihu talks defense, offense and UCLA

If you like Quandre Diggs’ “realness” then you’re going to love Charles Omenihu. ??The three star defensive end from Rowlett (TX) isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

When I asked him what he saw out of Texas against BYU, his answer was quite blunt.

“I thought the offense really stunk it up,” Omenihu said. “It was what 3-0 after the first quarter? 6-0 at halftime? You’re right into it. I know the defense and [BYU] scored but you were right in it. It’s only 13-0 but the offense didn’t move the ball, turnovers, and the defense being on the field too long. I can tell you by experience, when you get off that third down, you don’t want to go back in in the next five minutes.”

Omenihu went on to say that momentum played a huge factor into last week’s game. He also said that he didn’t like what he saw.

“I just don’t like losing,” Omenihu said. “I feel like where not going to be a losing. Give Coach Strong a year and get the players we need in this 2015 class and things will change down in Austin. But winning will get these certain players to come to the University of Texas.”

He also said that the recruits he’s talked to have shared the same feelings he has about Texas’ loss to the Cougars.

Despite being disappointed about last week’s game, he said he’s looking forward to his experience watching Texas at AT&T Stadium.

“I want to see these players up close,” Omenihu said. “Watching [a game] on T.V. is different than seeing it up close and personal. I want to see how they play and how they react to certain situations. I want to see how the coaches coach them guys down on the sideline. [I want to] see Texas above of UCLA when there’s zero, zero left.”

Newsome wants to see improved Texas

Four star wide receiver Ryan Newsome will be a key recruit attending this weekend’s game in Arlington. The Aledo native is highly coveted recruit as he’s got offers from just about every top program in the nation. But the Longhorns have made it quite clear that they want Newsome.

“[I talk to the coaches] all the time,” Newsome said. “They told me that they love me there and they need me there at UT.”

But Texas’ loss to BYU and the potential for another loss against UCLA has many concerned about the Longhorns chance to land Newsome, but he said that it didn’t make a big impact.

“They’re still trying to figure out what they have,” Newsome said. “They’ll get it right, I won’t judge how they do this game only because they don’t have all their guys.”

But Newsome does want to see an improved Texas in Arlington.

“[I want to see] a good game in all honesty,” he said. “Just wanna see them put a good game plan in place and execute it.”

After a poor performance against BYU, Texas has an opportunity to make an impact on recruits like Newsome. As the coaches have been telling him, the Longhorns’ offense needs Newsome.

Pennamon talks BYU beat down

2016 running back D’Vaughn Pennamon from Manvel (TX) was supposed to make the trip to Austin last weekend to watch Texas attempt to get revenge on BYU but he wasn’t able to make it.

But he was able to watch the game. Like all of us, he didn’t expect the outcome.

“It started out very good,” Pennamon said. “But then it just started going downhill.”

Like other recruits, he wasn’t thrilled with the outcome of the game. Although he didn’t like final score, Pennamon realizes that Strong and his team are still a work in progress.

“Yeah, it shows what has to be worked in in practice,” Pennamon said.

Despite the concern that the team’s current standing will hurt recruiting, Pennamon feelings about Texas remain the same.

“No, [it didn’t change my opinion on Texas] because you can’t win them all.”

After discussing the BYU game, Pennamon said that the coaches haven’t been in contact with him. But in a previous conversation, he said that the coaching staff is planning to talk to him soon.

Pennamon didn’t mention if he’d be in Arlington when the Longhorns take on UCLA.

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