CHIP DIPS: BEST NEWS FROM TEXAS JR DAY, MORE

In Monday's CHIP DIPS, HD's CHIP BROWN gives you the best news from Texas' Junior Day over the weekend and much more ...

CHIP DIP #1 ... Here's the best news I heard from Texas' Junior Day ...

 

2018 DT Keondre Coburn of Westfield seems high on Texas. He told HD's Taylor Estes, "I really like Texas. I really feel like they are on top right now."

The Houston Lamar kids - CB Anthony Cook, DT Joshua Landry, WR Al'Vonte Woodard and RB Ta'Zhawn Henry - are talking about possibly going to the same place for college. Some package deal.

The state's No. 1 DE for 2018 - Max Wright of Katy Taylor - said after the weekend he's "very high" on Texas.

 

 

 

CHIP DIP #2 ... Reason for concern coming out of Junior Day?

Four-star WR Justin Watkins of Ocala, Fla., a former FSU commit, who has been told he'll play slot receiver at Texas, became Tom Herman's first commitment of 2018. 

But Watkins also told HD he'd likely take more visits. Maybe something. Maybe nothing. Worth keeping an eye on.

 

 

CHIP DIP #3 ... 2018 QB Casey Thompson, the son of former OU QB Charles Thompson and younger brother of former OU QB Kendal Thompson, seemed to gravitate toward Texas QB Shane Buechele during his Junior Day visit.

Thompson noted how Buechele seems like he's the type who'd rather study football than go out partying.

What Thompson didn't say is how despite Buechele's family having strong OU ties (three of Shane's four siblings went to OU) he picked OU's rival Texas.

Thompson told Taylor it'd be "a pretty cool story" if he, too, ended up at Texas despite his family's OU ties.

 

 

CHIP DIP #4 ... Smart move by Tom Herman to have a "video flyover" of what Texas' new locker room is going to look like to show recruits during Texas' Junior Day.

As he said on signing day, "Our constituents are 17-year-olds, and we want to impress them."

 

https://youtu.be/CReRAYYraEQ

 

https://youtu.be/d5-f-X6dqiw

 

https://youtu.be/g6Yp55p-LH0

 

 

 

CHIP DIP #5 ... Sounds like current Texas players did some solid recruiting for their new coaching staff.

That was one thing I was curious about heading into the weekend. And it sounds like the Junior Day attendees got a lot of solid endorsements about the new coaches from current players.

Good - and necessary - sign for the Longhorns. 

CHIP DIP #6 ... Waco Midway 2018 dual-threat QB Tanner Mordecai, a Texas Junior Day invitee, apparently ran a 10.79 100 last weekend.

Mordecai grabbed my attention with his confidence after last summer's Under The Lights camp at Texas.

"I was far and away the best player out there," he told me. 

There's a lot to like about Mordecai's game - live arm, wheels and vocal confidence.

 

 

CHIP DIP #7 ... What did we learn about the Texas baseball team this past weekend?

Morgan Cooper is locked in.

So is Kacy Clemens' bat. (He had 2 HRs in UT's Game 1 win over UConn and now has 3 for the season.)

P Jake McKenzie bounced back after a tough Rice series.

And we learned freshman P Blair Henley, who had 8 strikeouts in his debut start vs Rice, is a freshman after lasting only 2.1 innings in UT's 9-3, Game 3 win over UConn.

CHIP DIP #8 ... The Texas women (21-7, 14-3) have lost three in a row heading into tonight's tricky test at Kansas State (21-8, 11-6 B12) - and it's because they've lost a step on defense.

The UT women have lost three in a row at OU and home vs Baylor  and on Friday night against Iowa State. In all three games, Texas allowed their opponent to get way too comfortable shooting the ball.

OU shot 49.1 percent (to UT's 39.7 percent). Baylor shot 42.6 percent (to UT's 35.2 percent), and Iowa State shot 46.4 percent (to UT's 40 percent).

So, the Texas women, who are No. 2 in the Big 12 in field goal defense, holding opponents to an average of 36.5 percent shooting - are giving up 46 percent shooting the past three games.

The UT women need to ratchet up the defensive intensity and chances are their offense will come back as a result.

CHIP DIP #9 ... It's hard to decide what was worse in the Texas-Kansas basketball game on Saturday - UT's 15 turnovers being turned into 28 KU points or Bill Walton?

Nah, we can't let Shaka Smart's team off the hook that easily.

It was seemingly each and every one of UT's turnovers getting punished by the Jayhawks.

CHIP DIP #10 ... Shaka Smart's team, which is 0-13 this season in games away from Austin, is on the verge of making the wrong kind of history heading into its final, regular-season road game - on Wednesday at Texas Tech.

Never. Never ever, ever, ever ... has Texas gone without winning a single game away from Austin in the regular season.

In 110 years of UT basketball.

Well, actually there was one season in which UT did not win at least ONE game away from home (either road or neutral-site game). That was in 1908-09. But the Longhorns did NOT play a road or neutral-site game that season. All nine games (6-3 record) were played in Austin.

In the 1982-83 season, Texas went 1-12 in road/neutral-site games with the lone win a 60-49 win vs Charlotte in a neutral-site game in Santa Clara. The Horns went 0-12 in true road games that season.

In the 1957-58 season, Texas went 1-11 in road/neutral-site games. The lone win was a neutral-site, 61-59 victory vs Baylor in the SWC Tournament in Houston. The Horns were 0-9 in true road games that season.

Texas needs a win at Texas Tech on Wednesday to match the 1982-83 team and 1957-58 team with at least one win away from home in a season. Or this year's Horns will sit alone as the first in school history to go 0-for-the-road.

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