Weekend Recap: March 5
DCTF's Greg Tepper gets you caught on all of the recruiting and high school coaching news from across the state with the DCTF Weekend Recap.
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 5, 2012.
HS Coaching News
-The coaching carousel is beginning a bit of a slowdown (or, at least, a small break) as we had just one bit of coaching news come across the wire this weekend. It’s not that there aren’t openings available – by my count, a whopping 42 jobs are still open across the state, from 5A down to six-man – but that the hiring has just hit a little bit of a lull. That wasn’t the case, however, down in the Valley, where one of RGV’s most coveted positions was filled. After Fred Sanchez retired from Mission Sharyland, the school board moved on Friday night to announce Ron Adame as the Rattlers’ new head coach. Adame is a familiar name to the Sharyland faithful, as he is being promoted from his post as offensive coordinator to take over the big gig, beating out 31 other applicants from across the state for the position. Adame, while he has never been a head coach, has been an integral part of the Rattlers’ program, which has become one of the Valley’s top programs. And Adame has had success with the Sharyland offense, leading the Rattlers to the 26th-best offense in 5A in 2011 by averaging 39.3 points per contest.
-Let me be the first to break this news on the Internet (OK, not really, but go with it): the 2013 class of running backs in Texas will not be as strong as the 2012 class of running backs in Texas. But with legitimate superstar talent in Johnathan Gray and Trey Williams (and a number of others), that’s a high bar. There are, however, a handful of outstanding running backs across the Lone Star State, and one of the top ones came off the board this weekend with Cy Ranch RB Keith Ford gave his verbal commitment to Oklahoma. Basically every FBS team in the state has been on Ford, and for good reason: he’s a potential college dynamo. At 5-11 and ranging somewhere between 195 and 210 pounds (reports vary), the one thing that always strikes me about Ford is his exceptional balance; he is very rarely brought down by a flailing arm tackle, and has the strength and center of gravity to break through defenders. It also helps to have jets like he does, as his breakaway speed is exceptional (it helps him on kick return duties for Mustangs). He battled through a few injuries during his junior season, but still almost ran for 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns, and when healthy, he obviously caught the eye of some of the area’s biggest programs. Ford is an outstanding get for the Sooners.
-Speaking of athleticism, Manvel WR Austin Bennett has it in spades. One of the better wideouts in the 2013 class across the state of Texas, Bennett was one of the go-to guys in the Mavericks’ march to the state championship game, catching 41 balls for 772 yards and six touchdowns. I wonder if Bennett just enjoys wearing the color red, as the talented wide receiver offered his verbal commitment to Arkansas this weekend, becoming the Hogs’ second commit for 2013. Bennett has very good speed and great body control, which allows him to run crisp routes (something coach Bobby Petrino has always valued very highly). At 6-0, he’s got good size, but he needs to do a lot of filling out that 175-pound frame if he’s going to be able to take the beating that the SEC defenses will lay on him. Still, you can’t teach speed, and it’s hard to teach good hands, two things that Bennett will bring from day one to Fayetteville.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.