HD Mailbag: 2016 QBs, NFL Combine, Barnes...

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Rank the 11 QBs with offers then the odds of signing with Texas


It’s nearly impossible to rank these QBs from 1-to-11, just as it is nearly impossible to rank them based on the odds of them signing to Texas because it is just so early in the process. But I’ll take a chance with the latter part of your question.

Ranking the 11 QBs with offers on their odds of signing with Texas:

1. Shane Buechele

2. Bowman Sells

3. Xavier Gaines

4. Tristen Wallace

5. Dwayne Haskins

6. Woody Barrett

7. Zach Smith

8. Feleipe Franks

9. Seth Green

10. Shea Patterson

11. Malik Henry


Who are the top 5 offensive & defensive recruits (already offered) that Texas will have to put the most work into to land? Or the ones the staff has the most ground to make up?


Offense: Devway Whaley, Kameron Martin, Kaden Smith, Woody Barrett, Tristen Wallace (insert any of the other committed QBs here). Defense: Justin Madubuike, Ed Oliver, Brandon Jones, Eric Monroe, Deontay Anderson.


Any more football attrition coming? If so, what positions are likely effected?


We haven’t heard anything definitive but I would be surprised if there wasn’t anymore attrition before fall camp rolled around. WR and OL are two positions to, at least keep an eye out for.


Combine reviews of the Longhorns that participated?


Malcom Brown solidified himself as a first round pick. Big man ran a 5.05 40-yard dash and did 26 reps on the bench. Jordan Hicks’ combine couldn’t have gone any better. He ran a 4.68 40-yard dash and finished in the top-15 of all the speed and agility workouts for his position. Cedric Reed only participated in bench press (22 reps) since he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Couldn’t have helped his draft status all that much. Malcolm Brown finished in the middle of the pack in virtually all running back drills. He clocked a 4.62 40-yard dash, did 19 bench reps, had a 34.5 vertical. He didn’t hurt his stock with those numbers but I’m not sure he improved his draft position either. Quandre Diggs went 4.57 and 4.56 in the 40 today. NFL front offices will like those times.


Will there be any commitments on Texas junior day?


I think there will be. A little too early to say at what position(s), but I do believe there is a lot of excitement around this program right now and there is bound to be someone that arrives with an offer, or who gets one while in town, that decides to make the call. Some news early this week could help that cause.


Has team speed increased with new recruiting class?


I most definitely think it has when you think about players like Ryan Newsome, Malik Jefferson, DeAndre McNeal, Anthony Wheeler, Cameron Townsend, DeShon Elliott, P.J. Locke, Kris Boyd, Davante Davis and Holton Hill. Not only has team speed increased, but the overall physical nature of the program improved as well.


What’s the timeline for a Barnes replacement?


Tough to say. If Texas and Barnes do part ways after this season, you can expect UT to take its time with a new hire. The Longhorns have to get the right man for the job, and will surely have their fair share of suitors.

Time is definitely running out on Barnes, whose team has lost back-to-back games. But there is still some time left for his program to earn a few marquee victories (home games vs. Baylor and Kansas State being the most likely) before the Big 12 Tournament. Getting to the Big Dance won’t be good enough this time around though. He’s got to find a way to last through the first weekend to have a fighting chance in my estimation.


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