DEMARVION OVERSHOWN Q&A
Here's what Overshown had to say about his Longhorns' pledge.
Q: Why did he commit to Texas over all of his offers nationwide?
A: "It's always been a dream of mine to play for them."
Q: Which coaches has he developed a good relationship with?
A: "Coach (Todd) Orlando, coach (Tom) Herman, and coach (Derek) Warehime."
Q: Which position do they plan for him to play (been a lot of speculation about that as we've projected him to safety and others think he's a linebacker)?
A: "Boundary safety."
Q: Are there any recruits he's planning to recruit for Texas now that he's committed?
A: "I'm going to try and get more." (Would not specify any particular players)
ADDRESSING THE B.J. FOSTER QUESTIONS
I have seen several members asking if the commitment of four-star safety DeMarvion Overshown will impact the upcoming decision of four-star safety B.J. Foster. I posted this on the message board earlier Wednesday, and am going to reiterate what I am hearing.
From everything I have heard, the commitment of Overshown was somewhat expected, as he had been trending in the Longhorns' direction for a while. I heard as of Wednesday night there should not be cause for concern as it pertains to Foster's upcoming announcement.
Everything I am hearing makes me feel confident in saying Texas is still in a good spot with the Angelton (Texas) safety, as it currently stands. Now with recruiting, things can always change, but as of today, I still believe Texas is in a solid place with Foster's June 5 announcement looming.
OTHER RECRUITS IN GOOD STANDING
I reported this in HD Only last week, and figured it would be a good time to update this list.
Texas is still in a solid position with several nationally ranked 2018 prospects. Two of the prospects I put on this list last week have since committed to Texas (DeMarvion Overshown and Keaontay Ingram), and I am still feeling pretty good about where everything stands with the following guys, listed in order based off Scout.com rank.
5-Star WR Brennan Eagles
4-Star S B.J. Foster
4-Star CB Jalen Green
4-Star TE Mustapha Muhammad
4-Star DT Keondre Coburn
4-Star WR Al'vonte Woodard
4-Star CB D'Shawn Jamison
4-Star TE Malcolm Epps
VERY QUICK RECRUITING NOTE
I'll keep this short and sweet -- don't be surprised if you see more out-of-state guys getting offers over the next several weeks. I don't mean to be cryptic, but that is all I can really say about it as it stands.
RECRUITING MOMENTUM A PART OF HERMAN’S VISION
It cracks me up when the critics of Tom Herman say stuff like, “He hasn’t done anything yet. He had two years of success at a city college (Houston) with a roster full of players he didn’t recruit.”
More impressive to me than Herman’s 6-0 record against the AP Top 25 in two seasons at UH, including victories over Florida State, then-No. 3 OU and then-No. 5 Louisville, was Herman’s recruiting vision.
Anyone remember the #HTownTakeover?
Selling kids from the mega-talent-rich Houston area on winning big at the university in their backyard the same way Howard Schnellenberger built the dominant Miami Hurricanes’ program with Miami kids in the 1980s?
The result? The first 5-star recruit in UH history - freshman All-American DT Ed Oliver.
Now it’s … #RevolUTion18
Selling kids on being the ones to return the No. 2 all-time winningest program in college football history to the top.
You can’t go five tweets on your timeline it seems without seeing that badass looking Longhorn in the No. 18 jersey with that shaded visor (looking like the 18-Wheeler Package has been replaced with a Mercedes 500SL).
It’s not happenstance Texas is ranked No. 6 in Scout’s 2018 recruiting team rankings with the latest development, an attention-grabbing, momentum-building commitment Tuesday from the state’s No. 1 running back - Keaontay Ingram of Carthage (broken by our own Gabe Brooks of Carthage #bEASTexas) - and the commitment of the No. 64 overall 2018 prospect, safety DeMarvion Overshown, just 24-hours after Ingram's pledge.
So the Texas’ 2018 recruiting roll continues.
But why? How?
Texas has commitments from the two QBs who were both offered by OU (and coveted by offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley - Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising as well as arguably the top defensive prospect in the state of Oklahoma - DE Ron Tatum III,
4-star safety Caden Sterns of Cibolo Steele (Scout’s No. 52 overall prospect) and now Ingram.
It all started with the commitment of one of the best slot receivers in the 2018 class - Justin Watkins of Florida - back in February.
Then, came April with the commitments of OLB Byron Hobbs and the Sooner heartbreakers - Thompson, Rising and Tatum.
May brought verbals from K Cameron Dicker, Sterns and Ingram, a gifted back and pass catcher whose running style has glimpses of Jamaal Charles’ cut-ability and Eric Dickerson’s upright vision.
June will likely bring B.J. Foster of Angleton, Scout’s top athlete in 2018 who will play safety at the next level.
Speaking of Foster. The Longhorns have the No. 6 recruiting class and haven’t yet tapped into the coveted treasure trove of talent in the Houston area:
5-star CB Anthony Cook, Houston Lamar
5-star WR Brennan Eagles, Houston Taylor
4-star S B.J. Foster, Angleton
4-star CB Jalen Green, Houston Heights
4-star DE Max Wright, Katy Taylor
4-star TE Mustapha Muhammad, Ridge Point (Missouri City)
4-star DT Keondre Coburn, Houston Westfield
4-star WR Al'Vonte Woodard, Houston Lamar
4-star WR Jaylen Waddle, Houston Episcopal
4-star CB D'Shawn Jamison, Houston Lamar
In my opinion, the most important of those Houston area prospects is DT Keondre Coburn of Westfield who Texas is fully zeroed in on (and in a great position with - after all Coburn began at Westfield under then-coach Corby Meekins, UT’s TE coach).
Coburn would be my No. 1 in the 2018 class with Thompson and Rising as co-No. 1A - not just because things didn’t work out with DTs Jordan Elliott and Marcel Southall. Because difference-making DTs can be harder to land than QBs.
And when you land a difference-making DT, not only your entire defense improves, but your whole team’s toughness as well. It’s time for Texas to get back to its DTU roots (Brad Schearer, Doug English, Steve McMichael, James Patten, Marcus Tubbs, Casey Hampton, Shaun Rogers, Roy Miller, etc.).
Coburn fits that description in my book.
I think Texas is in good shape with most of the names listed above with the exception of CB Anthony Cook, who seems enamored with the likes of Ohio State and Clemson at the moment.
THE VISION … THE VISION … THE VISION
What has become increasingly evident is Hurricane Herman is not only a get-stuff-done guy as evidenced by his ability to push for more than $10 million in facility upgrades for a new locker room, renovated weight room, new LED video board and sound system inside DKR (most of which Texas didn’t want to address for roughly three more years when the south end of DKR renovation is likely to occur).
But before you can be a get-stuff-done guy, juggling 10 things at once, you have to be a vision guy. You have to know what it looks like before anyone else and then get everyone to buy in and build that vision.
And Herman is definitely a vision guy. As I wrote in my story about Herman’s path to Texas “From GA To Top Dog,” Herman has never had anything handed to him and has repeatedly bet on himself.
“I think Tom has advanced because he’s constantly striving to add, push and grow,” said TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte, who was AD at Rice when Herman was the offensive coordinator there under David Bailiff.
“He doesn’t think he has all the answers. He listens, adapts. He would always ask for input, take notes and then take what he liked of that input and put it into his own message.”
THE 17-YEAR-OLD’S VANTAGE POINT
Przyzbylo wondered aloud if OU’s recruiting pitch had gotten “a little stale” compared to Herman’s fresh, new onslaught of messaging - everything from UT’s business connections to successful UT alums and video simulations of a new locker room revealed top recruits at Junior Days to tweets featuring the latest Nikes to arrive on campus (y’all catch the custom Nike Air Force Ones with the Longhorn logo this week?).
Think about that for a second.
In 18 completed seasons under Bob Stoops, Oklahoma has won a national title (2000), played for three others (2003, 2004, 2008), made the College Football Playoff two seasons ago, won eight Big 12 titles, including the last two. And last year, OU had two Heisman Trophy finalists. Not one. Two.
Add in OU’s just completed, state-of-the-art $120 million renovation of its football facilities …
How is it possible OU’s recruiting pitch is coming off “a little stale” compared to Herman’s prospect blitz philosophy of “everything we do is from a 17-year-old’s vantage point?”
And did anyone notice that OU was tweeting out job opportunities in graphic design for football recently?
CONVICTION AND PASSION DRIVE VISION
The most important aspect of vision is conviction.
You can have vision, but if you can’t sell it, you might as well be finger painting with toddlers in the mud.
“Coach Herman was a blueprint for instilling his culture that works,” said safeties coach Craig Naivar, who has known Herman since they worked together at Sam Houston State (2002-06) and fought for David Bailiff to hire Herman at Texas State.
Barry Switzer famously said after Boone Pickens sunk $365 million into improving Oklahoma State’s facilities, “Kids love what’s shiny and new.”
But shiny and new may not be enough.
Right now, Stoops and OU have what’s shiny and new with their state-of-the-art facilities AND a track record of success - recent success - to sell.
But when Herman said everything we do is from the vantage point of a 17-year-old, he wasn’t kidding. Whether it’s putting out the play list of hip-hop songs planned for a spring practice, getting a grill after Houston went 13-1 or breaking Chris Plonsky’s suffocating, iron-clad grasp on advertising inside DKR on game day - Herman exudes passion.
Whether it’s in the form of a four-letter tirade at players in practice or tweeting his UT business card as a Texas grad assistant next to his card as head coach - Herman exudes passion.
Recruits (and everyone around him) feel it.
The UT football staff, which seems to grow daily, all help carry out the vision.
Thanks to the incredible graphics and social media work of Tommy Lakes and Matt Lange, UT prospects have so many things to look at and think about it’s almost as if UT’s last three seasons - 6-7, 5-7 and 5-7 - belong to another program.
TEXAS’ ‘ACADEMICS’ PRESENTATION
HD's Taylor Estes and I were both scratching our heads at Junior Day in February when several recruits told us they were blown away by Texas’ “academics” presentation.
Turns out, that presentation was a video presentation of some of UT’s most successful alums, who also happen to be big-time followers of Texas football.
People like Michael Dell, who started Dell Computers in a dorm room at Texas; Robert Rowling, who owns Omni Hotels and Gold’s Gym; Jeff Hildebrand of Houston who gave his energy company employees - all 1,500 of them - a $100,000 bonus two years ago. Bill Duval, who heads Lincoln Properties, one of the largest real estate companies in the world.
The gist of the presentation, according to recruits, was: if you handle your business in the classroom and on the field, these big wigs will know who you are and might be interested in hiring you.
But only if you handle business in the classroom.
It seems so obvious, but putting the success stories of prominent alums in presentations and then inviting them to speak to your team (Michael Dell) works wonders on the minds of young people walking the same halls walked by the bazillionaires talking to them at the moment.
While Herman and his staff are on the cutting edge when it comes to the use of social media and delivering messages appealing to 17-year-olds, Herman also demands his staff still send hand-written letters through the mail.
No matter how many texts or Twitter DMs have been exchanged.
And recruits love it.
The vision is fresh and new - from the new facilities to the dream of one day working for a UT millionaire to winning big on the field.
Sometimes, however, it needs to be delivered old school - with a stamp.
ONE TO WATCH: 2019 TIGHT END THOMAS GORDON
Gordon, who's a member of the Fast Houston 7v7 team, has had several conversations with Meekins, who continues to tell him he is one the staff is keeping their eyes on.
Gordon will camp at Texas June 6, which will provide him the opportunity to show the coaching staff all he has to offer.
"I talked again with Coach Meekins, and we're building a really good relationship," Gordon said. "He said they will begin offering 2019 tight ends this summer. I need to have a good camp in front of Coach Herman and Coach Beck."
Gordon told me Texas is one of his "top choices" as it currently stands, though he is receiving interest from Stanford, Texas A&M, Northwestern and Duke -- all schools he will camp with during the month of June.
Gordon is a guy I have heard has a legitimate chance of nabbing a Texas offer, and a solid camp performance on June 6 will only increase those chances.