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TLN: Updates on recruiting, Byron Nelson football coach search, realignment

By the time we reach National Signing Day (Feb. 3), Carroll’s football program will have four players signing letters of intent with Division I schools: defensive back Obi Eboh, all-around athlete Lil’Jordan Humphrey, wide receiver Zach Farrar and offensive tackle Lucas Tribble.

Eboh has been verbally committed to Texas since around Labor Day. But his recruitment took a very interesting turn when other national powers Stanford and Ohio State offered him. Look at the final 2015 college football rankings and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Stanford finished No. 3 in both the AP and coaches polls. Ohio State finished fourth in both.

Time will tell if this late attention will cause Eboh to reconsider and change his commitment. At this point, Stanford seems to be more of a threat to Texas than Ohio State. Here’s why: Eboh was expected to take an official visit to Palo Alto, Calif., this past weekend.

An Ohio State visit hasn’t been scheduled yet. My experience being around recruiting tells me the Buckeyes probably have a couple of other defensive back prospects they are trying to determine if they want to close or if they feel like they’re really in it. Once that clears, then you’ll know if Eboh is traveling to Columbus, Ohio, for the weekend of Jan. 29.

Eboh’s Texas visit is scheduled for this coming weekend.

It had been widely expected that Farrar was a lean to Texas Tech. However, the recent Mississippi State offer and now visit over this past weekend could mean that the Bulldogs are trying to make their case.

Nothing really different for Humphrey. His official visits haven’t changed from Texas this past weekend and California this coming weekend.

And if you didn’t see our tweet, Tribble received a late offer from Tulsa, a program coached by Philip Montgomery. If you don’t know Montgomery’s background, he was Baylor’s offensive coordinator under Art Briles. He took Tulsa to the Independence Bowl in his first season (2015).

Finally, Colleyville Heritage 2016 defensive back Reid Harrison-Ducros seems to be a lock to stick with Boise St. Head coach Bryan Harsin had an in-home visit and school visit on Jan. 14. But that’s the last card the Broncos can play. Harrison-Ducros already took his official visit to Boise St. in the fall.

There are indications other schools might be closing in and close to offering. So if that happens, that would be an interesting development. Harrison-Ducros is taking a visit to Cornell Jan. 24-26.

Nelson football coach search update

The search for finding Brian Polk’s successor is starting to enter the final stages. The district stopped taking applications this past Friday. Athletic director Joel Johnson should have started going through his finalist interviews this week.

It’s a pretty stressful time for interim head coach Byron Bode. He’s pretty much had a month-long interview. And if you don’t think you can judge a candidate by what isn’t done in December, that’s not true.

In fact, it’s very important for a candidate to show he has a plan to run the offseason. That starts with implementing the weight training and conditioning program. That also includes him going through exit interviews with returning players to make sure they understand the expectations between December and the start of spring football.

As for this ending up being a simple promotion, I really don’t know. Obviously, Bode is trying to win this job. But do other candidates have stronger resumes? That’s the problem Bode faces. It goes back to the adage: How do you get experience without a job? How do you get a job without experience?

A finalist should be taken to the school board for approval on Jan. 28.

Finally

I’m really not into realignment rumors because everybody talks and nobody knows. But for the sake of humoring those who are into this kind of thing, there is one involving the soon-to-be Class 5A schools – Colleyville Heritage, Grapevine, Richland and Birdville – being kept in the same district with Lake Dallas and several Fort Worth ISD schools. Realignment will be disclosed on Feb. 1. At that time, we’ll release all of our area football programs non-district schedules. There are verbal agreements. No contracts can be signed until after the realignment is released.

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