This week’s version of Hey Judes analyzes the recent commitments for the Florida State Seminoles and Texas Longhorns while previewing a big recruiting weekend for the Michigan Wolverines.
So, this week’s version of Hey Judes starts off with an exciting note. Remember that canceled trip to Boston I was supposed to take for a mini vacation? Well, it’s now been turned into a spontaneous trip to Seattle thanks to my oldest friend in the world, Dustin Fleming, a supervisor of coffee and roasting at Barnie’s Coffee & Tea.
Dustin, whom I played baseball with growing up, invited me to attend a coffee expo in the Emerald City for a weekend. So, I plan on sampling more than 1,000 different kinds of coffee while crossing off the many tasks my co-worker Matt Stanford (a Seattle native) has given me to do while I’m there — one of which includes getting a Seattle Dog (a hot dog with cream cheese and onions).
But while I’ll only be gone a few days, that doesn’t mean I’m taking my ear off the ground on the recruiting trail.
With that, let’s dive right in.
Florida State’s Secondary
Well, well, well … look what we have here. On Thursday, the Seminoles beat out Miami for the commitment of 4-star cornerback Asante Samuel Jr, and it was a huge get for Jimbo Fisher’s staff. Aside from the fact that FSU landed another highly touted defensive back to go along with Levonta Taylor, Carlos Becker, Stanford Samuels III, Hamsah Nasirildeen and Cyrus Fagan, it was the timing of Samuel’s commitment that was so intriguing.
Yes, he attends St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale. And, yes, the Hurricanes are technically the hometown team. But Miami has also been on a tear of its own and currently holds the No. 1 spot in the 2018 recruiting class rankings. It was a strong play by the Seminoles to close the deal and get Samuel on board, and it might pay off even more so if 4-star cornerback Isaiah Bolden decides to flip his commitment to Oregon.
FSU’s secondary is going to be scary for years to come.
Throwing Up The Hook ‘Em Horns
Thursday did more than supply Florida State with another blue-chip cornerback. It also brought Tom Herman’s Longhorns a gift in the form of the No. 13 quarterback in the entire country. Casey Thompson committed to Texas over Arizona State, Miami, North Carolina and Tennessee, who were among his final schools.
Most pointedly, though, he picked the Longhorns over the Sooners.
The fact that Thompson is from Oklahoma already makes the addition a big one for Texas. Then factor in that his father and brother both played for the Sooners, it’s an even bigger deal. With Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger on the depth chart, it will be awhile before we see Thompson taking snaps as QB-1 for Herman’s team, but, man, did the Longhorns get a solid quarterback. He makes smart decisions with the football, is mobile and is out there to orchestrate the offense instead of to pad his own stats.
Texas forever, Casey.
Michigan’s Spring Game Visitors
It’s not unheard of for a team to invite a laundry list of prospects to its spring game. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the recruits to get a first-hand look at the environment they’d be playing in should they choose that program. And Michigan certainly has some ballers headed to Ann Arbor this weekend.
Bishop Gorman prospects Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Brevin Jordan will both be there, and the Wolverines need to do more than hit home runs with the both of them. Harbaugh’s staff needs to hit mammoth, Mickey Mantle-esque moonshots with the Las Vegas products.
With Jedd Fisch at UCLA, it appears imminent that Thompson-Robinson will end up serving as the heir apparent to Josh Rosen. And Miami appears to be the leader for Jordan at the moment. However, maybe Pep Hamilton can convince the two to bring their aerial assault connection to Ann Arbor and help Michigan chase a national championship. It’s not likely, but it’s possible and pretty much the Wolverines’ only shot.