Picking the Third
Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted and I apologize for that. After totally engulfing myself in football for the past two years, I needed some time to get away from the game. I’ve barely read a blog or watched some film since National Signing Day, and it’s been good to reset. Sports wise, I’ve watched some basketball, played some basketball, and watched some baseball. Kicked some ass on some tests, worked on getting a job lined up for after graduation, and started playing Far Cry 3. That’s an amazing game that you all should check out. Think Fallout 3 mixed with Red Dead Revolution, set on a large Pacific island. I’ve also watched season one of The Wire. I feel like completing that series should be a collegiate rite of passage. Many will tell you that The Wire will change your life. They’re not BSing you. I honestly see life a little differently and I’m only a season in. Most importantly, I’ve been getting ready for my epic Las Vegas spring break trip. Sure it will be awesome to see my college compete in the City of Sin, but this year I’m more excited about turning up with some of my best friends and celebrating years of hard work. I’ve never really been on a trip like this before and it’s pretty cool to say that I can do things like this on my own at my young age. I need serious advice on where to go to gamble, drink, etc. Y’all know where to find me on the Twitters, so drop me a line.
Back to the topic. Friend of Cooler Chronicles, Dan McCarney, once appeared on an episode of our podcast and introduced me to the Rule of Thirds. The theory goes that your average, solid recruiting class will be split into thirds. The top third will be your studs– immediate starters, multiple year starters, and possibly all-conference types. The second section will decide if your team is successful or not. They’re the kids that need to put in extra work to see the field, the type of guys that give you crucial depth and fulfill roles and needs but probably won’t start too many games (eg. Brian King, Ryan Polite, Seth Grubb). The bottom third of the class seems to disappear. They might not ever pan out due to injury, ineptitude, or laziness. They might have family issues or find trouble with the law. This post is for me to identify the eight guys that I think will make up that top 33%.
Jens Jeters – Jens is my number one guy in this class, both from an immediate impact standpoint as well as in overall talent. I didn’t realize how huge the dude was until he got to campus– it’s hard to believe he’s the same guy you see flying all over the field in his highlight video. Jeters is hard-nosed and loves to kick ass. A charismatic dude that is reportedly already becoming a team leader as a sophomore transfer, look for him to start over Blake Terry at middle linebacker in 2013. He’s going to free things up for Kurfehs who should have his best season yet.
Kevin Adams – Here’s my pick for top sleeper in the class. Adams has all of the tools necessary to be a shut-down Division I cornerback. His hips swing as quick as his feet shift– just watch him return kickoffs. Kevin can play press coverage which is an area that the UTSA defense has sorely struggled with the past two years. The thing that impresses me most about Adams is his physicality. Homeboy loves to hit, but I guess that is expected when you rock a neck tattoo. I see Adams as a mix of Crosby Adam’s physicality and Erik Brown’s coverage skills. Let’s hope Larry hires a great cornerbacks coach to help Adams reach his potential as a starter across from Bennett Okotcha.
Aron Taylor – Your 2015 leading receiver. If it weren’t for Dannon Cavil, Aron would be San Antonio’s best receiver. Taylor has great size (6’2”, 190 lb.) and will probably gain an inch and ten pounds in college following a redshirt season. Aron is one of those type of guys that keeps a program together off the field– he and his family hosted his Warren teammates for team breakfasts every week in high school. Taylor is by all accounts a tremendous person off the field. He’s also a really tough cover. His 4.5 speed is too fast for linebackers and he’s too strong and big for your average cornerback to easily bring down. Taylor is excellent at playing the wide receiver position. He runs perfect routes, has large hands, and reads coverage better than some quarterbacks. Just tremendously excited to watch this kid develop. I see him being UTSA’s Ryan Swope in the slot.
Reed Darragh – Darragh needs a couple years to be Division I ready but once his body catches up to his peers he’ll be a badass. I see him being at 6’4” and a solid 290 lbs by his redshirt sophomore season. Darragh has long arms ideal to play the tackle position and moves his feet fairly nimbly. A smart kid and first-team all state selection, Darragh was the Offensive Lineman MVP in his district. I like that he is a former tight end, he just needs to fill into his frame with lean muscle.
Juan Perez – When UTSA missed out on several, nay, a multitude of offensive line prospects, they were forced to look in some unusual places for Division I-ready hogs. The search brought them to Birdville HS in North Richland Hills. Not the first name that pops into your head when you think of Metroplex powerhouses. Perez played opposite of A&M signee Joas Aguilar so it’s a bit surprising that Perez’s recruiting wasn’t a little bit more active, as teams that missed out on Aguilar may have pursued his teammate. Juan could play on the interior if he adds weight, but I see him and his long arms being a natural fit at right tackle. While most DI teams look for tackles in the 6’5” – 6’6” range, Perez does have the wingspan to match many players with more height.
Tank O’Neal – Everyone that reads this blog feels me on this one. O’Neal is a gargantuan steal for a program like UTSA. Another natural leader with charisma, Tank has a great frame for a linebacker with room to grow and surprising sideline-to-sideline speed. You won’t see this guy miss many tackles either. I love O’Neal’s speed and make up. What more can I say? You all know what this guy is going to bring to this program.
Jarveon Williams – I actually might not be as high on Jarveon as some which says a lot because the dude is a certified playmaker. If Williams had sheer breakaway speed he would probably be an Aggie or Longhorn right now. At least a Bear. Definitely a Horned Frog. What Williams does have is lower-body strength, quick feet, and versatility. Jarveon can do a lot of things well out of the backfield, something that UTSA’s offense demands. His ability to block and catch put him a notch above grey-shirting Jalen Rhodes in my book. Focusing on solely football and the running back position for the first time in his football career should improve his training and vision.
Tevin Broussard – Yep, Tevin makes the cut yet I don’t even think he’ll start six games this season. Cody Berry is really good, y’all. Tevin will, however, provide insane depth at the safety position and be an invaluable asset on special teams. A team like UTSA just is not supposed to have this much talent at one position. My money has Broussard being an all-conference player in 2014.
A UTSA alumnus that has been cast away to Austin, Jared enjoys live music and a craft beer. He thinks four verts is the best play in football but loves a QB sneak on fourth and inches. Twitter