1. Going camping: More than 700 players participated in the Nike Football Training Camp in Dallas on Sunday. Of those 700, six Longhorns commits – Jake Oliver, Durham Smythe, Jake Raulerson, Daeshon Hall, A’Shawn Robinson and Jacorey Warrick – took part.
Of course, there were Texas targets among that swarm of young football players. It’s events like these that let the prospects show off a little bit and in Texas’ case, let’s the player come together as a group. And maybe recruit a few kids who have yet to decide.
It might not be a deciding factor, but seeing such a large group of future UT players together and competing can have an impact. It’s certainly an invaluable tool for coaches who can’t recruit at these events.
2. Baseball is getting better: Texas took the weekend series from Kansas State with a 8-5 win on Sunday. The Longhorns are now 5-1 in conference play, and it appears that the bats have awoken. Texas has scored seven or more runs in five of its last seven games.
As they have rounded into some form, the Longhorns will get a visit this weekend from the Cal Bears. Cal has started 1-5 in Pac-12 play, but were a College World Series team last year. This is a good out-of-conference meeting for Texas. The Longhorns will host Cal at the Dell Diamond, the home of the Round Rock Express. It will break up the conference schedule and let Texas see what it has against a team from another conference.
3. Speeding through town: The Texas Relays start this week and a total of 51 Longhorns will participate. The event, which has been held since 1925, welcomes many of the nation’s best track and field athletes from all sizes of colleges and also from Texas high schools.
According to the Austin Visitor’s Bureau, the event has become a social function as well and could bring in around $8 million to local businesses. So, too weeks after SXSW took over and flooded Austin with hipsters and the tech-savvy, the college track world arrives.