Recruits Reaction to Mack Brown
Andrew Beck
Andrew Beck

Posted Dec 14, 2013


While many of the Class of 2014 Texas commitments are on campus, Scout.com has some initial reaction to the news that Mack Brown was no longer the head coach at Texas...

On Saturday, news became public that Mack Brown had announced his intention to resign as head coach of the Texas Longhorns, following an Alamo Bowl match-up with Oregon.

Brown, one victory shy of the topping the university wins list, will be leaving the program stocked.

The Longhorns have inked a top five class three of the past five years and currently sit at seventh nationally in 2014 with 23 commitments.

Many of the Class of 2014 commitments like Trey Lealaimatafao, Jason Hall, Otaro Alaka, Terrell Cuney, Sione Teuheuma, Garrett Gray and Lorenzo Joe amongst others are all on campus in Austin taking their official visits.

The initial reaction from recruits not on campus seems to be relatively positive.

Andrew Beck, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from Tampa (Fla.) Plant is set to become a Horn in January as an early enrollee.

He seems pretty set on following through with his commitment. He has already discussed it with his future teammate, who seems solid as well.

"I'm pretty confident about sticking with Texas," Beck said.

"I talked with one of the other linebacker commits, Cameron (Hampton) and he and I were just chatting for a while and he said that he was going to Texas either way, even before that.

"I like the people associated with the program and the university, and I like being around the guys that I'm going there with. This won't affect my decision at all."

Heading in to the visit Texas City (Texas) High wide receiver Armanti Foreman had an inkling that Mack Brown may not be his coach.

It did not seem like possible coach Brown news would faze him.

“Right now it’s really not that big of a deal to me. Because I understand the business that it is in college football,” Foreman said.

“I mean I know that you have to win and be consistent with what you do. I mean, coach Mack Brown, he has done his part, but a lot of things did not go as planned."

Foreman's brother, D'Onta Foreman, is also currently a solid commitment to the Longhorns.

Houston (Texas) Lamar safety John Bonney seemed caught off guard by the news. he also talked with Scout.com hours before heading to Austin for his official visit.

"Because coach Brown is a great coach and if he’s not there, I will just have to play it by ear and see who they may hire," Bonney answered when asked what his thoughts would be on a Mack Brownless Texas.

“I think coach (Mack) Brown is a great coach and that was a big factor in me choosing the University of Texas. I want to see what happens."

"I’m just kind of waiting right now.”

Roderick Bernard, a 5-foot-10, 170-pounder from Sharpstown (Texas) High is rated as a Scout.com four-star prospect, the No. 43 wide receiver nationally.

Bernard says that the possible news of Brown would have "no affect" on his commitment status, he will also be heading to Austin in January as an early enrollee.

Scout.com four-star defensive end Derick Roberson, with four sacks just helped his San Antonio (Texas) Brennan team to a state championship game with a win over Houston (Texas) Stratford.

When we spoke with him he did not yet know that Brown had stepped down. Still it's likely Roberson will not dive in to recruiting too much until after next week's title match-up at AT&T Stadium.

“Texas is where I will be next year," Roberson stated. "Right now, I’m speechless because the only thing I’m thinking about is winning state.”

Update: Roberson's parents, through a statement, said that nothing has changed for the San Antonio Brennan defensive end, whose immediate focus will be on Brennan's state title game this week.

It all can not be great news in these types of situations.

It seems that Texas has fell off of the list for Scout.com five-star safety Jamal Adams from (Lewisville (Texas) Hebron.

Adams informed Scout.com that Texas was no longer on his list. That would make his top four a final three of Florida, Ole Miss and LSU.

Sunday Updates - Texas was considered to be amongst the top two for Class of 2015 super recruit Malik Jefferson from Mesquite (Texas) Poteet.

Jefferson is rated as the top in-state junior.

"It was sad hearing the news," Jefferson informed before adding the Horns were still a school he was seriously looking at. "I'll just wait to see what happens"

"I knew it was going to be sooner or later when I first heard about it."

James Lockhart and his teammates at Ennis (Texas) High were knocked out of the playoffs by Aledo (Texas) High on Saturday.

The top defensive end weighed in with his thoughts, as the news weighed heavily on his mind. UT was one of his favorites.

"(It) kind of threw me for a loop," Lockhart admitted of the development.

"Texas was very high on my list schools to attend … now, I'm waiting on who's going to be the next coach.

I don't know where I'm going to go, I was starting to make my mind up, and this threw me for a loop. Right now, I'm just waiting on who's going to be the next head coach."

Lockhart said that Texas "was pretty high" and that the Longhorns had a great chance to land his commitment before Brown's announcement. He said he was down to Texas and Baylor.

"I don't want to go out of state," Lockhart said. "I want to stay close to family."

Jalen Campbell, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound cornerback from Corpus Christi (Texas- Flour Bluff announced received an early offer to UT, but was then sidelined throughout his junior season with an injury.

Campbell, who was able to showcase his skills at a summer camp in Austin before going down with the injury, maintains that his verbal to the Horns is a "solid" one despite the coaching transition.

Talented 2015 running back Chris Warren from Rockwall (Texas) High said he was surprised, but that Texas could continue to improve.

"He's been the coach at Texas for a long time and I respect him a lot," Warren said. "Some steps had to be taken… steps toward the program getting better."

Warren said he talked to Texas running backs coach Larry Porter earlier this week about the possibility, and that Porter said he expected to be retained.

Warren reported he would continue to look at Texas as a top school on his list.


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Stay with Scout.com for more reports and recruit reactions following the news of Mack Brown's resignation.

Greg Powers, Ahmard Vital, Kevin Flaherty, Erin Hartigan, Annabel Stephan all contributed to this report.


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