Summer Catch Up
Hey friends, sorry for the hiatus. I’ll explain later but I promise I’ll be back around these parts more frequently soon. A lot has happened in my life since my last post so I just haven’t had much time to run through commitment posts and frivolous summer podcasts (though Matty and I will be changing that soon). The day after my last post I crossed the stage at the Alamodome and joined the growing ranks of UTSA alumni. A few weeks later I moved to Austin. Shortly after that I started my career as a software test engineer. Besides all of the hustle of moving to a new city and starting a new job, my new apartment suffered a massive internet failure and I was without internet connection in my new home for a grueling month. I actually had to do disgusting things like “go outside'” and “talk to people”. Unfortunately, I’m still waiting on a part to fix my desktop so I can get back to interneting frequently. I will let you know that acoustics in my new apartment are quite symphonic so whenever the podcast comes back it should be better than ever.
In related news, Adam and I are working on consolidating all of the CC podcasts into a consolidated home alongside the other podcasts that Adam hosts, giving you a cozy home for hours of great content. I never understood why people loved to listen to podcasts until I sat for eight hours in my cubicle for the first time.
I am also pleased to announce that I will be covering UTSA for the upcoming Underdog Dynasty blog of the SB Nation network. As many of you know, I’ve campaigned for some UTSA representation on SB Nation for years so I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to expose this program to a large audience. After taking a peek through the roster of terrific, skilled writers we have lined up to contribute to the site I know it will be a roaring success. If you’re reading this and want to know more about the site or to contribute in some fashion drop me a line and get in touch. Anyways, let me brief you on UTSA recruiting starting with the young man most likely to make an immediate and substantial impact on the program.
Anyone who follows San Antonio high school football should be pretty familiar with the name Austin Jupe. The young athlete out of East Central HS played both cornerback and safety in high school where he was a two time all-area selection and consensus three star athlete. After amassing an impressive offer sheet, Jupe would sign with Baylor where he would redshirt his 2013 season. Austin will have to sit out in 2014 but will be a huge piece for UTSA to fill the gap in coverage that Triston Wade will leave after his graduation next year. It’s unlikely that the 2015 starter at free safety will have any college experience but Jupe’s maturity should give him a leg up over Nate Gaines who will also compete for the spot.
Austin Jupe highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/124578/austin-jupe
2015 Commitment #10: Clayton Woods – C
Solid pick up here for UTSA as the Highland Park athlete’s services were sought by UCONN, New Mexico, UNT, Southern Miss, and Texas State. At 6’3″ and 275 pounds, Woods will most likely be UTSA’s largest center ever once Clayton grows into his frame with some help from the Pat Clynes’ weight room and gallons of Met-Rx. Growing into his frame will help Woods’ game greatly. He moves very well for an interior guy but he needs some work on finishing his blocks. If there’s one position where that weakness can be minimized it is definitely center. Most blocking schemes will call for the center to either lean to the side on a double team or for the center to simply seal off a linebacker at the next level, neither being blocks that require Herculean strength to execute to perfection. I won’t be surprised if Woods surpasses Juan Perez at the center position once Clayton gets to campus.
Clayton Woods highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/828487/highlights/90976382
2015 Commitment #11: Jaylon Henderson – QB
Hell yes. I made it no secret that I felt Henderson was a wildly underrated playmaker that UTSA should take a chance on. Jaylon has family members that recently graduated from UTSA and the 6’2″ QB jumped on an opportunity to become a Roadrunner shortly after an offer was extended. A bit undersized and weak in the arm, Henderson will never be an elite passer but hey, neither was that Soza guy you might have heard about. Best case scenario: Jaylon redshirts in 2015 then comes out victorious in a fierce QB position battle in the spring. Becomes the next Chuckie Keeton. Worst case scenario: Jaylon fails to match Manny Harris’ development and is moved to slot receiver. Produces similar to another UTSA QB conversion project in Josiah Monroe.
Jaylon Henderson highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2096838/highlights/124952375
2015 Commitment #12: Andy Martel – SS
Martel is a big hitting strong safety that loves to scrape down field. A coach’s son, Martel spurned Big XII offers to stay in state. With his nose for the ball and college-ready size and speed, I think Andy can make an early impact on special teams before he begins to really compete for a starting spot. Martel looks like a natural on the field and his 2013 stats seem to indicate that he’s one of those athletes that manages to be in the right places at the right times (72 tackles, 10 TFL, 1 INT, 3 PBU).
Andy Martel Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3292952/andy-martel
UTSA Class of 2015 Commitments
1.) Furquan Shorts WR – Atascocita HS (6’2”, 190, 4.47)
2.) D’Anthony Hopkins RB/ATH – Cuero HS (6’2”, 220)
3.) Treveon Hamilton WR – Atascocita HS (6’4”, 197)
4.) Matt Guidry RB – Clear Springs HS (5’9”, 160, 4.63)
5.) Alex Snow OL – Clear Lake HS (6’3”, 280)
6.) Jess Anders RB – Aledo HS (5’9”, 174, 4.5)
7.) Manny Harris QB – Copperas Cove HS (6’0”, 225, 4.7)
8.) Peyton Hall WR – Brandeis HS (6’0”, 179, 4.48)
9.) Derrick Dick WR – A&M Consolidated HS (5’9”, 173, 4.5)
10.) Clayton Woods C – Highland Park HS (6’3”, 274, 5.2)
11.) Jaylon Henderson QB – Kingwood Park HS (6’2”, 197, 4.81)
12.) Andy Martel SS – Richmond Foster HS (6’1”, 195, 4.51)
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