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CHIP DIPS: FB RECRUIT(S) ON COMMITMENT WATCH

In his latest CHIP DIPS, HD's CHIP BROWN looks at a top recruit(s) on commitment watch ... 2017 TE Cade Brewer ... half of Texas baseball's "Killer Cs" (Kacy Clemens) ... UT women get back to down and dirty on D ... Isaiah Taylor with the Rockets ... and walking the red carpet ...

CHIP DIP #1 ... I'm hearing S B.J. Foster of Angleton, Scout's No. 1 ATH nationally for 2018, is really feelin' the Horns.

Like - really feelin' em.

Like - commitment watch feelin' em.

CHIP DIP #2 ... I'm hearing 2018 QB Casey Thompson and Texas increased their mutual affection over the weekend.

Thompson plans to be an early enrollee and has said he plans to make a decision between now and October. It could be much sooner than that, I'm hearing.

Thompson found a bond during Junior Day with Shane Buechele, who, like Thompson, has family ties to Oklahoma but relished the opportunity to be a Longhorn.

Keep an eye on this one.

CHIP DIP #3 ... I think Texas made all the right impressions on Keondre Coburn, the state's No. 1 DT for 2018.

This guy would be such an important get for Texas, because you have to have premier DTs to win big in college football. 

Period.

Former Houston Westfield coach Corby Meekins is all over Coburn, a Westfield product, and I think Coburn felt at home over the weekend.

CHIP DIP #4 ... Tom Herman and his staff definitely let it be known to those attending this weekend's Junior Day that they want to get commitments as soon as possible from those who want to be part of the REVOLUTION18.

Seemed like the Texas staff got some of these kids thinking more along the coaching staff's timeline.

We'll see.

Coincidence that WR Brennan Eagles told Taylor Estes on Saturday he'd drop a Top 10 over the summer, and then left Texas' Junior Day and dropped that Top 10 (UT was included) Sunday night - saying his recruitment was over for any schools not in that Top 10? 

CHIP DIP #5 ... Lake Travis coach Hank Carter told me TE Cade Brewer has already put on nearly 15 pounds since the end of Lake Travis' season - to 220 pounds.

If Texas wants him to be a traditional, in-line blocker at TE, Brewer probably needs to get to 240. But Brewer is such a good pass catcher, there's a very good chance coaches would find a way to get him on the field whether he gets to 240 or not.

 

CHIP DIP #6 ... The Texas women got back to their defensive principles on Monday night in a 69-61 win at Kansas State that snapped a three-game losing streak for he Longhorns, who now head to Oklahoma City as the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Women's Tournament.

On a night when leading scorer and heart-and-soul-of-the-team Brooke McCarty was struggling offensively (1-10 FG), the Longhorns held K-State to 29 percent shooting.

That comes after Texas allowed Oklahoma, Baylor and Iowa State to average 46 percent shooting during UT's three-game losing streak.

CHIP DIP #7 ... Texas baseball has entered the rankings at No. 21 and takes on Lamar at the Disch tonight at 6:30 pm (LHN).

The starter for Texas will be RHP Connor Mayes (0-1, 4.50) against Lamar RHP Brett Brown (0-0, 2.08).

Mayes had it going against Rice last weekend through five innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 run before struggling with control issues to start the sixth with the game tied, 1-1.

Mayes gave up a walk and a single to start the sixth, and it turned into a 5-run inning for Rice as Jake McKenzie and lefty Nick Kennedy came in and struggled from the mound for Texas as well.

I was at the Lamar game last year when Texas rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game 2-2 and then gave up 2 runs in the top of the ninth and lost, 4-2.

Connor Mayes ended up getting the loss in that game as the sixth pitcher to make an appearance in the contest which saw Lamar rack up 13 hits against the Horns.

Let's see if Mayes, the junior from Lake Travis, can have a different outcome as the starter tonight.

I'm interested to see how coach David Pierce, who calls all the pitches for UT, manages Mayes tonight, considering Mayes had really good stuff for five full innings in his first start (vs Rice) before starting to struggle.

Pierce is still getting to know his pitchers and their tells for when it's time to go to the bullpen. 

CHIP DIP #8 ... Give it up to Kacy Clemens, half of my "Killer Cs" for the Longhorns' baseball team - along with P Morgan Cooper.

Clemens used to be a liability at the plate in his first two years at Texas, when he batted .212 in 2014 and .204 in 2015. Used more as a pitcher in 2015, Clemens' plate appearances all but disappeared as he went from 208 at-bats in 2014 to 49 in 2015.

But he returned to first base in 2016 and stepped it up at the plate, batting .303 with 5 HRs and 31 RBIs. 

Through eight games this season, Clemens is batting .417 with 3 HRs and 7 RBIs along with 7 walks. The senior has been - far and away - the best bat in the lineup. It's a great story unfolding.

  

CHIP DIP #9 ... How bout a round of applause for former Longhorn PG Isaiah Taylor, who was just added to the Houston Rockets.

We'll see how long he stays up with the Rockets, who have PG Patrick Beverley (9.4 ppg, 30.4 mpg), who is 28, as well as 32-year-old PG Bobby Brown and 33-year-old PG Marcelo Huertas on the roster currently - in addition to Isaiah Taylor.

Taylor didn't get any action in his first game up with the Rockets last night - a home loss to the Pacers. 

CHIP DIP #10 ... Winners get to walk the red carpet ...

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