4-STAR WR CAMRON BUCKLEY UPDATE…
Caught up with 4-star Cedar Hill WR Camron Buckley, to ask him some quick-hitters about how his recruitment is going. This is one that I believe you should keep a close eye on, as it seems like he could announce fairly soon.
Q: Are you planning on going to any camps this summer?
A: “I don’t plan on going to any camps. I plan on working on my craft and visiting colleges.”
Q: Which schools have stuck out to you the most so far in your recruiting process?
A: “Texas, Ole Miss, Houston, Arizona State, and Miami are the ones who have showed the most love to me I believe.”
Q: Do you currently have any visits planned?
A: “Yeah, I will be visiting Miami on the 15th.” (This weekend)
Q: When do you plan to make your final list or make cuts?
A: “I don’t have an official commitment date right now but it could happen very soon.”
Q: What do you think sets you apart from other WRs in this recruiting class?
A: “I believe that my IQ and route running and my ability to attack the ball and keep my opponent guessing is what sets me apart.”
Similar to what Higs has stated a few times already, I also feel good about where Texas sits with Buckley today. To me, he seems like a kid that would like to wrap his recruiting process up earlier rather than later so that he can devote more of his time to becoming a better football player.
As expected, Isaiah Taylor did declare for the NBA Draft over the weekend. Props to Taylor and Chip for being all over it, per usual. Like we said in B&Z last week, Isaiah has not elected to hire an agent yet, meaning he technically could come back if he so chooses. However, his mind appears to have been made up for quite some time now.
Also, just to add a nugget about a transfer candidate that Chip mentioned, Tulane PF Dylan Osetkowski, I asked my source close to the basketball team about his visit that took place over the weekend. “Coaches were raving about him all weekend,” says the source. “They only had good things to say.” He sounds like a really solid player who is able to effectively stretch the floor.
Evaluating the WR Board…
The Wide Receiver class is deep, like Texas has offers out to 5 other kids besides Damion Miller who could probably pick up the phone and commit to Texas today. We’re going to break down each recruits game, their differences, and who we feel is the best of the bunch.
#1 ... Tyrell Shavers is a 6 foot 6 inch, 202 pound monster.
I’m talking an athletic, ball hawk, runs like a deer, finishes blocks, highlight reel monster. When you watch his film, for the first few minutes you might find a consistent “How?” Or “Are you kidding me?” coming from your mouth. In one of the deepest classes in recent memory, I would go out on a limb and say Shavers is the best in this group. We would project him as an outside receiver, which shouldn’t be surprising considering his similarities to John Burt and Collin Johnson. Remember how Chip said that Collin is “special”? I think Shavers has all the makings to work his way into that discussion.
#2 ... Hezekiah Jones is another player that stands out above the rest.
He’s elite and the thought of him at Baylor catching passes from Jarrett Stidham is a very, very scary thought. He’s unbelievably quick and slippery in the open field (exemplified by a play where he is tip-toeing down the sideline while also making three defenders miss). The way he snakes in and out of defenders is a thing of beauty, but what makes him such an unfair match is the strength he possesses while separating from defenders and high-pointing balls.
#3 ... Omar Manning is not far behind Shavers and Jones, but he’s a very different type of player.
He takes the top off the defense with ease, consistently scoring touchdowns by simply out running the man across from him. What really stood out to us is that Manning has nearly a minute and a half of him laying people out and finishing blocks in his highlight film. He’s as mean as he is fast and the term “Charlie Strong player” comes to mind when you see him play. At 6 foot 3, 203 pounds, we project him inside where that speed and blocking ability would be put to use. He will be visiting for the spring game this Saturday.
#4 ... Cameron Buckley and Mannie Netherly are at a tie for fourth.
They both posses a lethal combination of natural speed and route running ability that will make them early contributors wherever they end up (Netherly is currently committed to A&M). Just like their play styles, both similarly project inside. Mannie is 6’2 and Cameron is 6’1 each weighing around 185.
#5 ... Damion Miller is definitely one of the elite wide receivers like Shavers and Jones.
Even though he has been looking around, Texas fans should be praying he stays around.
I think if the right number of guys wanted to commit Strong would take three in this class. At the end of the day, all of these wide receivers will be play-makers at the next level and Texas would love to take a commitment from any of them, but the way things are trending with Shavers, Manning, and Buckley I think we could see this position lock-up a little later in the process. How would you guys rank the wide receivers, and who do you want to see in this class?