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A year ago, I watched Joe Bergeron play in the International Bowl.
Here was this powerful, productive runner who played second fiddle in a class to the more heralded Malcolm Brown.
But as I watched Bergeron in a replay of that game, I got the distinct feeling that he was good enough to find himself some playing time, somehow some way, during his days on the 40 Acres. Guys that good just find a way to get themselves onto the field.
And I always feel like kids who play well in all-star game settings are the ones who are most likely going to play well in college football. By doing well in all-star settings, it shows that they're already prepared more than their peers to take their game up a notch physically and perhaps more well prepared mentally.
It also means they keep themselves in good physical condition year round and that is usually a sign of a commitment that they will be willing participants in the weight room.
Enough about the all-star games and what they tell you. I'll get back to my point.
Last night, I got the same distinct feeling about Caleb Bluiett that I did Joe Bergeron.
In Bluiett, here was a young man, somewhat lightly regarded by recruiting services and a little bit of an unknown generally. All he did was play his socks off all night long. He played hard from start to finish, he played injured and he played right through it. He's quick, he has some natural strength to him and he has desire.
Here's his unofficial stat line from last night:
3 QB pressures
I still don't know if Bluiett will end up a defensive end or tight end for the Longhorns (I think he could play either), but that's not the point of my post.
The point is, I think the Longhorns got a keeper in Bluiett.
Guys like him are what make recruiting fun for me.
In four years, let's circle back to yesterday and my guess is Caleb Bluiett will finish his Longhorn career (if he stays healthy) as one of the top 10 recruits in this class.
I'm not saying he's bound for superstardom, but he has the goods to be a productive college football player if he keeps developing the skills he showed yesterday.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BobbyBurton 2 years ago
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totally agree with you. i hope he stays at dend, you can never have enough high motor guys on defense.
Right on..... And he comes from area, where football is king. SETx football = ready to play....playmakers . Lets keep him on defense. Deadon in your assessment...love this kid.
What did you think of Anthony Coombs and Will Finch?
Liked them both. I liked Finch a lot.
I was at last year's International Bowl and it was maybe the coldest I've ever been. I left at halftime, because I couldn't feel my extremities.
The comforts of a DVR.
You know, Bobby, several weeks ago I posted that Bluiett was my pick for the best player in this class when we look back after it is all said and done. I have made a point, many times, about how really good Malcom Brown is. For some reason, I just think Bluiett will be the best.
275-0 scoring margin
Dana X Bible's National Championship team
Bobby, can either of our other ends play TE?
Yep. Caleb Bluiett can and has.
This is where I'd like to see him end up, honestly. Harsin likes to use the TE as an offensive weapon and Texas is lacking playmakers at that position. Blu has what it takes to be the next great TE at Texas and has the drive to make it happen.
Guys, is the big kid out of El Paso not a good prospect? Talking the redshirt freshmen . Thought I read where he impressed at bowl practice. Sorry his name escapes me. Senior moment I guess.
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