Weekend Recap: March 19
DCTF's Greg Tepper breaks down the news from across the state from this weekend.
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It's Monday, and if you spent your weekend away from the computer -- you know, actually doing things -- don't worry: we're here to catch you up on everything you need to know about the weekend that was on the Texas football scene!
Without further ado, your TexasFootball.com Offseason Weekend Recap for March 12, 2012.
-We mentioned in last week’s midweek coaching roundup the exceptionally intriguing situation developing at Denison, where a trio of very big coaching names – Mesquite Poteet’s Randy Jackson, Spring Dekaney’s Willie Amendola and Snyder’s Chad Rogers – had been named finalists for the Yellow Jackets’ head coach vacancy. After Jackson pulled his name from consideration, the plot only thickened. But this weekend, the news came down: Chad Rogers will be named the new Denison coach today at a press conference. Rogers is a big name for one reason: he wins. In his 11 seasons at 3A Snyder, he’s never had a losing season with the Tigers, going 96-40 and making two state semifinals (2004, 2007) and a state quarterfinal (2003). He’s the winningest coach in Snyder history, and he’s used to high expectations. That’s what he’ll face at Denison, a strong program that’s fallen on tough times – 15 losses the last two season – in a move that will jump him up from 3A to 4A. His transition at Denison will be certainly interesting to watch, but if it’s anything like his coaching career, he’ll do it well.
-Before we move on to the recruiting news, one quick coaching note that we somehow overlooked last week: Cuero has a new coach. Well, sorta. The Gobblers, a proud 3A program in south Texas, have been without a coach since Rick Owens was reassigned within the district after a disappointing 3-7 season in 2011. That position is now filled by a familiar face: former assistant coach Travis Reeve. Reeve was an assistant for Cuero under his father, Mark Reeve, from 2004 to 2009. When his father resigned to become defensive coordinator at Texas Lutheran, Travis Reeve left as well, heading to San Antonio Churchill to be offensive coordinator. He now returns to Cuero for the top gig, and will have his work cut out for him.
-Only one commitment came down the pike this weekend, but it was a big one (and I do mean a big one): Mansfield offensive lineman Austin Davis gave his verbal commitment to Duke. Davis is one of the better center prospects in the state in 2013, and it is largely based around his measurements: at 6-5 and 295 pounds, he’s got great size for a center. Combine that with pretty good footwork (it could use a bit of refinement, but then again, he’s only a rising senior) and you’ve got a good prospect. And, of course, he’s smart. How do I know that? Well, he’s going to Duke, a school with some of the highest academic requirements in all of FBS. If he signs – and remember: he’ll have to hold this commitment until National Signing Day next February – he’ll become just the third Texas player since 2010 to commit to the Blue Devils, joining Waller DE Jordan Ondijo (2010) and Highland Park OL Tanner Stone (2012). He appears to be a good fit in David Cutcliffe’s offensive system, making this a win-win for all involved.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.
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