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Chat wrap: Quieting Thomas Johnson rumors

1/4/2012

You asked, we answered. Carter Strickland answered questions in our weekly HornsNation chat.

Read the full chat wrap here.

Here are some of the highlights:

Ryan McFarland (St. Louis)

Carter, I know the Texas O-line wasn't bad this year, but how do you expect them to perform next year?

Carter Strickland

They are adding a big-time recruit in Donald Hawkins. He is a natural tackle so there is going to be some shifting there. Cochran and Espinosa will be much improved. Hopkins is a better guard than tackle. Plus watch out for Sedrick Flowers. He has the best feet of all the players. Could challenge for a starting guard spot.

chris (austin)

Is Thomas Johnson going to decommit from Texas?

Carter Strickland

I really don’t think so. He is in Orlando with all those other UT recruits. He has had several good practices with Brewer. I think he and Cayleb really enjoy each other. I see him sticking with Texas. There is playing time to be had at Texas and he knows this.

Zeke (Austin TX)

Happy New Year Carter! Heard rumors of Arik Armstead wearing Longhorn gear at AA Bowl. Do you think he'll be taking an OV? What are our chances with him? Also, any updates on Cameron Ridley? Do you consider him still a Strong Verbal Commit? Thanks

Carter Strickland

It does not surprise me that Armstead has UT gear on. There are 10 UT recruits out there and no doubt they are working on him. But I still think it is a stretch for Texas. I just have to believe he stays closer to home.

Carter Strickland

I think Johnson stays. Too much opportunity to start as a freshman at Texas, especially at wide receiver.

Todd (Austin Tx)

What's the word on Thomas Johnson and all these rumors of him decomitting and visiting Oregon and any new word on Dorial Green-Beckham rumors going around he narrowed his list down to Arkansas and Texas?

Carter Strickland

Johnson is around his Texas pals at the UA game. I think that is enough to keep him in the fold. As for DGB, I think Texas has an outside shot but have always liked Arkansas as the best fit for him because of its location to his home.

Todd (Austin Tx)

Is it true Mack Brown will be making a in home visit with Dorial Green-Beckham in mid-January?

Carter Strickland

Mack has this class wrapped up except for those national guys so he is clearing his time and trying to go after the few that remain like DGB. Texas had an in-home scheduled with him a while back as well. They have a good relationship with DGB.

Mike (Ohio)

With all the top rated recruiting classes, why the struggles in Austin? No QB, awful OL, no WR other than Davis. Are these kids overrated or badly coached?

Carter Strickland

The latter. Complacency on the part of past coaching staffs allowed the kids to do what they wanted. There was no accountability in the weight program and on the field. Bennie Whylie and the new staff have changed the attitude. And 18 true freshmen played this year so i think the recruiting rankings were pretty solid. I see at least seven guys getting time from the 2012 class.

Ben (Dallas)

As I was doing my daily check for news on DGB and Edwards, I stumbled across an article that said that Edwards had it down to Texas, LSU, and FSU and DGB will most likely not take any more OVs. Do you think that the rapport our recruits can build with Edwards will sway him, and do you think that DGB has already made up his mind on us (he also cited academics and atmosphere as being a big consideration, and let's be honest, that's something that OU, MU, Arkansas or Bama isn't even close to us in)?

Carter Strickland

When DGB took his official to Texas he was not exactly wowed by the game. Texas played KSU and it was hard to watch. He had his head in his phone most of the day. Compare that to the high-flying attack at Arkansas and if you were a wide receiver where would you go? Now Edwards is a very real possibility. It is between Texas and OU. There are a ton of Texas recruits in his ear at all times. So that could help.

Mitchell Hackett (iowa)

I have been watching the incoming freshman for the Horns and I was wondering how this quarterback lines up with ash next year. From watching his clips he looks like a much better passer and he looks like he can move on his feet. Also how does Incoming running back grey stack up for Texas?

Carter Strickland

Gray is smaller and quicker. He might be the perfect guy to catch some screen passes, run the wild formation and really give Texas the change of pace it needs. As for Brewer, he looks good on film but he is throwing against high school guys. Have to wait and see what he can do when the D-line is in his face.