HD Mailbag: QBs, Schollies, & More!

In this week's HD Mailbag I answer questions about Texas' QBs, scholarship numbers and more.

QUESTION FROM HD SUBSCRIBER Bwebb60:

Erick Fowler camp update?

ANSWER:

We’re told he was not able to make it in.

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QUESTION FROM HD SUBSCRIBER achitturi:

What's the word on C.J. Hinojosa? Draft lock, or is there still a chance he stays? How about Hollingsworth?

ANSWER:

I don’t think he’s a lock. This is a shortstop heavy draft, which could hurt C.J. a little bit. Had Hollingsworth not gotten injured I might lean toward him leaving. But I expect him back as of right now.

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QUESTION FROM HD SUBSCRIBER SMTX65:

What is Will, Chip and Jason's predictions for the 2015 football season?

ANSWER:

Can’t speak for the other guys but I have Texas at eight wins, which is probably a bit high compared to most.

But when I give the schedule a quick run-through I see them beating Rice, Cal, Oklahoma State (in Austin), Oklahoma, KSU (at home), Iowa State, Kansas and Texas Tech.

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QUESTION FROM HD SUBSCRIBER SMTX65:

Do we know how Strong and Co feel about this season's team as compared to 2014? Are they optimistic that we'll have a better season?

ANSWER:

They definitely are optimistic. They feel the offense is better suited for this roster, and plays to the strengths of their QBs, especially Jerrod Heard.

The offensive line is healthy and has a huge chip on its shoulder after the beating it took last season. They are pissed off.

Johnathan Gray is healthy and doesn’t have to share carries with Malcom Brown. The young stable of RBs is impressive.

There are a good mix of veteran and young WRs, and the TEs are improving.

The real question will come on the defensive side of the ball to me. These freshmen LBs and DBs are really going to have to step up. Vance Bedford hates playing true freshmen. Hates it. But he doesn’t have a choice this season. They are playing. Let’s see what they’ve got.

So, yes, there is optimism there for sure. It’s tempered a bit, but there nevertheless.

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QUESTION FROM HD SUBSCRIBER SMTX65:

Will there be an UTL Camp this July?

ANSWER:

Sure will be. It will happen mid July. Going to be huge.

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QUESTION FROM HD SUBSCRIBER bigh1959:

Did Steve Edmonds sign a free agent contract. Wasn't he the top MLB out of high school?

ANSWER:

Edmond was invited to the Saints Rookie Mini-Camp a few weeks ago. That’s a camp where rookies battle for a shot at making training camp.

It takes a while for players to figure out if they’ve made the cut.

And, yes, he was one of the top ILBs in the country coming out of Daingerfield, where he was also a running back.

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QUESTION FROM HD SUBSCRIBER paulydreamer:

Alot of people believe that the QB that we have been waiting for (since colt left) will be in the 2017 class. Do you believe that? Or is that QB already on campus or already committed to play here (Shane B.)

ANSWER:

I’m guessing the quarterback you are referring to in 2017 is Shawn Robinson. If so, then, yes, I’d agree with you. He’s the quarterback the whole country has been waiting on for quite some time.

However, I do believe that Texas has several QBs – both on campus & committed – that UT fans should be excited about.

Shane Buechele isn’t just some plug-in, run-of-the-mill QB. He’s the top-rated QB in the state on Scout.com. He’s legit and proved as much at the Elite 11 over the weekend.

Kai Locksley will have a say in this before it’s all over as will Jerrod Heard, the more comfortable he gets in this offense, and, yes, even Tyrone Swoopes. He’s had to be on top of his game with how well Heard played throughout spring practice.

Robinson is a special talent. He could be one of the top players to come out of this state in a long, long time (I think he’s that elite). And Texas is in great shape, but by no means is it a done deal. Not even close.

We’ll have to wait to see how this one plays out, but you should be excited about the direction of this position, especially in this offense.

Shawn Watson is finally getting the competition at that position he so desperately wants.

And I didn’t even mention Matthew Merrick.

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QUESTION FROM HD SUBSCRIBER PossumLevine:

What are the odds Clarington actually gains admission and joins the team this fall?

ANSWER:

Jeff Traylor told me and several other reporters today that he thought he’d make it in. I’ve heard it is going to be really, really tough and something the Longhorns shouldn’t hold their breath over.

We’ll have to play this one out, but odds aren’t looking great from what I hear.

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QUESTION FROM HD SUBSCRIBER AaronGalvan:

With Du'Vonta Lampkin and possibly Gilbert Johnson not enrolling by the fall, do they automatically forfeit their scholarship? If they do forfeit their scholarship, does the Coach Strong have access to them instantly for the 2016 class? How much different does two scholarships make when it comes to recruiting? How many more offers go out because of them?

ANSWER:

Correct, the scholarships are made available.

However, Texas won't be able to do much with them now and will have to wait until 2016.

It's hard to say how many offers this will open up but it will definitely open up some & give the coaching staff a chance to perhaps take a chance on some recruits they would have otherwise not offered.

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QUESTION FROM HD SUBSCRIBER HD4evr:

Given the circumstances surrounding Lampkin and his enrollment, does Strong increase the number of DT,s that he would like to bring aboard?

ANSWER:

It would make sense for sure, and it’s something I expect to happen.

Mike Williams is as big a must-get as there is in this class for the Longhorns in my opinion. I’d focus in on him, Marcel Southall and even stay in ear of Jordan Elliott.

I’d also offer Bravvion Roy and take a long look at Ken McLaurin and Douglas Tucker.

And you’ve got to scour the JUCO ranks really hard this recruiting cycle.

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