Three "Super" stories
It’s Monday morning, which means that we’re all just barely conscious and likely don’t have the RPMs in our minds right now to digest a boatload of news. Luckily, we know all too well about Monday brain-lock (and no, I won’t use the tired phrase from the influential film Office Space).
So, on Monday mornings during the long days of summer leading up to football season, we’ll start you off with three bite-sized chunks of football goodness, three things you absolutely need to know going into the week if you’re going to keep up around the water cooler.
(On a side note: do people still gather around the water cooler?)
We’ll call it your Monday Three-For-All. And don’t worry: we’ll get to all the news throughout the week.
Sometimes there’s a theme; sometimes not. But this week, it’s all about members of our 2011 first team Super Team.
The T.J. Millweard situation
For the first time in the 52-year history of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, we named a private school quarterback – Fort Worth Calvary Christian signal-caller T.J. Millweard – to our first team Super Team. If you ask our resident recruiting guru Randy Rodgers about Millweard, he will rave and rave and rave until he can’t rave no more. At 6-4, 225 pounds, Millweard was a highly sought-after recruit until he pulled his name from consideration by becoming an early – actually, very early (way back in February) – commit to Virginia Tech.
Well…you see…about that…
In a move that has to be described as at least a bit of a surprise, Millweard decommitted from the Hokies and instead switched his pledge to Arizona State. There’s still no word on why Millweard pulled the trigger on this move – could be any number of things – but it’s a huge gain for the Sun Devils and a potentially crippling loss for the Hokies. For what it’s worth: Millweard is the first Texas recruit for ASU in 2012, and should he hold firm in this pledge, he’ll be just the second Lone Star State athlete to go to Tempe in the past three recruiting years, joining The Woodlands WR Randy Knust (2010 pledge).
John Michael McGee to Oklahoma
Not to pull back the curtain too far as far as the Super Team’s construction is concerned, but I’ll say this: nobody’s arguing with us for putting Texarkana Texas High lineman John Michael McGee on the first team. At 6-4 and 260 pounds, he’s a consensus top-three lineman in the state for the class of 2012 mainly because of how well he moves. It’s odd to say, but if you watch highlights of JMM, he’s downright speedy – pulling is never an issue for him. Well, McGee is going to have to switch from the orange of Texas High to the crimson and cream of Oklahoma, as the big man verbally committed to the Sooners late last week.
McGee had been playing tackle at Texas High, but depending on where you look, he’s listed as everything from tackle to guard to just an OL. In any case, the Sooners will certainly find a spot for him, and it’s not the worst thing in the world to have guys capable of playing tackle playing guard for you.
Trey Keenan to Texas Tech
We’re approaching the point where we need a name for Tommy Tuberville’s prowess in landing big name big men. First aboard the Texas Tech OL commitment train was Houston Westbury 300-pounder Christian Okafor. Then, it was the big Haltom lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Then, it was beating out boatloads of suitors for the services of Waco La Vega star Michael Starts. Then, it was landing Rice Consolidated lineman Jared Kaster after he decommitted from Rice. And now, it’s Argyle lineman Trey Keenan, a first-team Super Teamer who pledged to the Raiders late last week.
Keenan is a bit of an under-the-radar pickup for Tech, as he doesn’t have the big-time hype of Michael Starts or Pearland Dawson’s Kennedy Estelle (Texas) or Fort Bend Elkins’ Mike Matthews (A&M). But Keenan is a potential starter from Day One in Lubbock. At 6-6 and 270 pounds, Keenan’s a good fit for Tech for a number of reasons: he plays in a pass-happy spread offense at Argyle, he’s got good enough speed for the big splits Texas Tech employs (4.8 40-yard dash time) and he’s got the football IQ to be dominant. All in all, a very nice pickup for the Raiders.