My two minute warning
I was recently watching a Texas high school state playoff game on Saturday. National power house, Katy High School defeated Steele High School. At least 8 division one players had already committed to play college football, with a few more players likely to sign at a later date, played in the game. The final score isn’t what I wanted to share with everyone. After the game, both teams gathered at midfield and prayed for the victims of Newtown.
As many of you know, I work as an assistant principal in Texas. In Texas, football is king. Steele lost an opportunity to play for a state championship when they fell to Katy. Instead of getting on the bus and going home immediately after the game, they came together with the team that had just defeated them and shared a moment for the tiny victims that they didn’t know.
When people criticize the youth of today, these moments reassure me that our future is in good hands.
Speaking of Texas football, the top high school recruit in the state of Texas recently switched his commitment from the University of Texas and committed to the Texas AM Aggies. Do you think having #johnnyfootball win the Heisman has an influence on a recruiting class?
Ricky Seals-Jones, a 6’5 and 230 pound receiver has a picture of Johnny Manziel and himself as his twitter picture.
My son Andrew is a typical boy in Texas. He loves football, basketball, and baseball. He follows most of the same teams as his old man does. If you asked him, he would tell you his favorite college football team is probably the Texas Longhorns. But for Christmas he asked for a Johnny Manziel jersey.
If you don’t understand the rivalry between the Longhorns and Aggies, it would be like Yankee fans Coach Schott, Coach Woods, legendary teacher Mr. P, former college baseball player Aaron Semper or Mel from Charlotte asking for a Manny Ramirez jersey when he was a Red Sox.
With Kliff Kingsbury being named head coach at Texas Tech, the Red Raider Nation is excited about their future. Kingsbury was a former quarterback at Tech and was a coach at Houston and Texas AM. Both teams that Kingsbury coached had prolific offenses. What high school player wouldn’t want to go play in an offense that racks up points?
This doesn’t bode well for the Texas Longhorns.
I turned to Texas Longhorn insider @chrisb00, an Austin native, for his take on the future of the program.
“The biggest mistake Mack Brown made was moving away from the zone read offense. It had won him 75 games, 2 Big 12 titles, and a BCS championship,” said @chrisb00.
“The recruitment of quarterbacks since Colt McCoy left has been terrible. Look at everyone that Texas has missed out on. Texas didn’t recruit #RG3 or #johnnyfootball to play quarterback but defensive backs instead.”
The knock on Mack Brown has always been that he’s an excellent recruiter that couldn’t win.
“The player development has been awful. Just look at the past three drafts.” Said chrisb00.
Chris from Columbus said, “We have a name in Columbus for a guy who’s a great recruiter but can’t coach. His name was John Cooper. So many of his players had solid NFL careers… What could have been?”
Lots has been written that Mack Brown is on the hot seat. I find that hard to believe, but we live in a “what have you done for me lately?” world.
“Will Muschamp was supposed to do at Texas what he is doing at Florida but Mack stayed. A lot of fans are not happy.”
Coach Schott doesn’t follow the Longhorns but wonders if the game has passed Mack Brown by?
@chrisb00 thinks that if Coach Brown doesn’t get it done in 2013, there will be change In Austin.
Derrick Paul (no relation to Chris Paul) asked if the Longhorns were moving to the Big East. A few years ago, the Vince Young led Longhorns defeated Colorado in the Big 12 championship game 70-3 and now nationally, Derrick Paul (no relation to Chris Paul) Thinks they are joining the Big East!
On paper, it appears that next year the team should be very good. The offense returns quarterbacks David Ash and Case McCoy. But according to
@chrisb00, Texas is heavily recruiting quarterbacks in the JuCo ranks.
Running backs Malcolm Brown and Jonathan Gray return to form a dynamic duo. Top receiver Jaxon Shipley is back.
The future looks brighter. Will Coach Brown be around or not? I’m not sure anymore.
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