Texas Camp Notes/Random Thoughts

QB Shea Patterson

The Texas staff is working with some of the top high school football players in America for the class of 2015, 2016 and 2017 during camps on the 40 Acres this week. One of the hot topics is the signal callers in the class of 2016, which could go down as a "year of the quarterback" because of the depth of talent to pick from.

Once Charlie Strong and Shawn Watson secured a verbal commitment from 2015 QB Zach Gentry, who camped at Louisville at this time last year, it has become about the 2016 kids.

Multiple top tier 2016 quarterbacks appear to have high interest in the Longhorns - starting with arguably the top QB in the Southeast, Shea Patterson.

We take a look at who performed at a high level.


Patterson checks in at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds from Shreveport (LA) Calvary Baptist. Patterson is very close with Texas top WR target Mykel Jones. Jones is the cousin of 2015 RB Nicholas Brossette.

Patterson and Jones will attend the same college. I would be surprised if Patterson inks with Arizona, his current school of choice.

"It was great," Patterson said of Texas' Elite QB Camp. "It was a great day out here, I got to meet the coaching staff and spend some time with them. It was awesome."

The other player who was very impressive was Brennen Wooten. Wooten is roughly the same size as Patterson at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds. Wooten is from Marble Falls (TX) and like Patterson has high interest in the Longhorns.

Wooten has been to Austin several times. This was the first time he threw for Charlie Strong, and he was impressive.

"I like how they coach quarterbacks," Wooten said. "They coach hard and that's what I like. Coach [Shawn] Watson is a great quarterback coach, and I like his system."

Logan Bonner (6-0, 200), from Rowlett (TX) and teammate of current Texas defensive end verbal commitment Charles Omenihu, was probably next in line as far as performance.

Bonner is one to watch moving forward because of his ties to Texas through Omenihu. Bonner enjoyed his time working out for the coaching staff.

"The best part was the competition," Bonner said. "Coach [Charlie] Strong is an awesome coach and I love his personality. Coach [Shawn] Watson is one of the best QB coaches in the country, and I love the way he coaches."

One player who may have surprised a few was Seth Green (6-3, 200) from Woodbury (MN) East Ridge.

Green, a four-star player with offers from Illinois, Iowa, Louisville and Minnesota to name a few, said he was impressed with Texas.

"The coaches for sure," Green said. "Coach Strong is a great, strong-willed guy. I felt I could have done a lot better to be honest but still good though."

2016 dual-threat QB Messiah deWeaver (6-3, 200) of Trotwood (OH) was a familiar face in Austin this week, because deWeaver was offered a scholarship by Strong and Watson at Louisville.

"The best part was being able to work out at Texas' stadium," deWeaver said. "Coach [Shawn] Watson is very intelligent and knows a lot of football. They are definitely a school I will be looking at."

Dillon Sterling-Cole (6-3, 180) is from West Orange-Stark and has early interest from Texas, Texas A&M and LSU.

"The best part of the Texas trip was being able to be around a lot of knowledgeable coaches who have been around the game for a while," Sterling-Cole said. "Coach [Charlie] Strong is building a great program especially when you have coaches on his staff like coach [Shawn] Watson."

Some feel Channelview 2016 dual-threat QB Jalen Hurts, at 15 years old, might be the top quarterback in the state.

Hurts (6-2, 180) is a very smart quarterback who has only begun to scratch the surface of his potential.

The Texas staff has made a very good impression on the Hurts family.

I think Patterson and Wooten may have raised the bar a bit among the 2016 QBs being considered by Texas. And I think you'll see an offer made in the next few days or possibly sooner.

Expect to see defensive back Roney Elam on the Texas campus Friday. Coach Chris Vaughn will know a lot more about where the Longhorns stand after this visit.

2016 receiver Mykel Jones of Patterson (LA) said he had a VERY good trip to Austin, his second trip on his own dime.

While the attention was on the quarterback play from the 2016 class, there was one from the class of 2017 who fit right in - 6-foot-2, 190-pound, dual-threat Shawn Robinson from Denton (TX) Guyer.

Robinson is raw but has all the tools.
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"The best part was getting around coach [Shawn] Watson and [Charlie] Strong," Robinson said. "I think they are pretty cool, they treated me well. Loved it up there."

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The Texas staff is behind on 2015 in-state recruits because other schools have recruited them for more than 12 months.

As you look at 2016 and even some of the 2017 players, the field is much more level for Texas coaches, because they are all getting to know the kids at the same time.

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Also, as of today, I think it's doubtful defensive linemen Mote Maile ends up in the Texas 2015 class on signing day.

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