Saturday, March 2, 2013
2014 QB checks out Longhorns practice
By Max Olson
Texas got an unexpected visit for its spring practice on Saturday from a 2014 quarterback.
Devlin Isadore, who recently transferred to Houston Eisenhower, showed up to take in the Longhorns’ afternoon practice with his father.
“I liked it. I liked the up-tempo, I liked the speed of the game,” he said. “I liked the quarterbacks’ footwork, their command of the field and their size. They’re huge. I liked the whole deal.”
2014 QB prospect Devlin Isadore (right) met Longhorns signee Tyrone Swoopes (left) at Texas practice Saturday.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound pocket passer said Texas has not begun recruiting him, but he hopes the visit will start up those conversations.
Isadore said he got a tour of the Texas facilities during his time in Austin and got a chance to meet most of the members of its coaching staff, including Mack Brown.
“I shook his hand and talked to him, and he told me to talk to their quarterback coach,” Isadore said. “They told me to come back March 30 for the spring game. I’ll be there.”
Texas already has a verbal commitment for its 2014 class from ESPN Watch List quarterback Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer), but that didn’t stop Isadore from making the trip and trying to get some face time with the staff.
“I haven’t been talking to them yet, but UT is really where I want to go,” he said. “UT is my favorite school.”
He was one of four recruits who visited for the Longhorns' practice on Saturday, along with defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell), safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) and 2013 offensive line signee Rami Hammad (Irving, Texas/Irving).
Isadore came to Eisenhower three weeks ago from New Porter Caney. As a junior, he threw for 1,437 yards and eight touchdowns with 11 interceptions and one rushing score. Porter went 0-10 on the year.
Now he’s playing with future Texas running back Donald Catalon and will compete with Trey Roberts -- an athlete Texas has had its eye on lately -- for the starting job.
“I got to know Donald Catalon when I first got there,” Isadore said. “I like him. He’s pretty good. We can do big things next year. That’s going to be pretty exciting.”
Isadore has been getting mail from Clemson, Oregon State, Houston and Arizona, among others, though that hasn’t led to much serious interest from schools so far.
How would he feel if the Longhorns did start taking an interest in him?
“I would be happy. Real happy,” Isadore said. “That would be the best day of my life.”