- Jeremy Willis
1. Mystery revealed?: Texas’ plan for recruiting defensive backs has been mysterious and certainly different. No in-state defensives backs have received offers, while Texas has focused on a handful of out-of-state and nationally recruited targets. This is a right turn from the Longhorns’ normal procedure of own the Lone Star State. Well, some of the plan might be coming to a head at the spring game.
ESPNU 150 Watch List DB Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) as is Arizona prospect Cole Luke. Also attending will be Maurice Smith (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles) and Antwuan Davis (Bastrop, Texas/Bastrop). They’re regarded as two of the top defensive backs in Texas. So one philosophy will meet the other on Sunday. Mack Brown has stated that he wants recruits who want to be at Texas. Smith and Davis certainly fit the bill, yet neither has an offer. What is defensive backs’ coach Duane Akina’ end game for these recruits? We’ll see.
2. Baseball tops UTPA: Texas baseball picked up another win by downing UT-Pan American 9-5 Wednesday. The Longhorns jumped out to a 4-0 lead before UTPA rallied back to grab a 5-4 lead in the top of the third. However, the Broncos would not score again and Hoby Milner would take over in relief and pitch six scoreless innings. Jonathan Walsh led the way at the plate with a 3-for-4 night that included a 3-run home run and a 2-run double. Jordan Etier and Alex Silver each went 2-for-4.
3. Murphy's career day: Texas junior Isaac Murphy set or tied five personal records on the opening day of the Texas Relays. . Murphy tallied 4,192 total points with over 900 in three different events.
“It is as good as it can get,” said Murphy. “I love competing and everything was lining up for me, which made for a great day. It felt really good.”
He started the day by tying his personal best in the 100-meter dash with a 10.47 for first place. He took the early lead with his 982 points. He followed that up with second place in the long jump as he recorded a personal best jump of 24-8.50 (7.53m) on his final attempt. In the shot put, he notched a personal best with a throw of 42-10.75 (13.07m). In the high jump, he tied his decathlon best with a mark of 6-1.50 (1.87m).