Coogs beef up o-line with 6’6″ 280 lbs. recruit from Cedar Hill, TX

via Scout.com

Coach Herman knows the biggest key to a successful offense is the play of the offensive line. The Coogs have added a two-star, 6’6″ 280 lbs. offensive lineman, Jarrid Williams, from Cedar Hills, Texas outside of Dallas.

Lost in the discussion of Ohio State’s dominance of Oregon is how incredible their line played and was able to contribute to the holes for Cardale Jones and Ezekiel Elliott. The Coogs looked absolutely lost on offense last year until John O’Korn was benched for Greg Ward, Jr. and still never reached their full potential.  A huge reason why their offense was so putrid is due to the amount of turnover on their offensive line. Hopefully the new recruits along the o-line will help the Coogs move the football.

What’s interesting is Williams didn’t seem to have any other D-1 offers which we can only speculate why, but hopefully Coach Herman and staff have found a diamond in the rough.

All hail the Third Ward D!

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In case you missed this awesome article back in October about the UH “Third Ward D”, I’m re-posting it (hey, I didn’t have a blog back then).  Former defensive coordinator David Gibbs did an excellent job building up an excellent defensive unit.  I wish him the best at Texas Tech! He’s laid out some excellent groundwork for incoming defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. Here’s an excellent overview of Coach Orlando’s background.

Major Applewhite on the road recruiting


Major Applewhite, our new offensive coordinator, is a boss:

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s a real Tweet. It’s not weird, it’s not crazy, it’s Cougar football!

I’m from Texas

Up and coming Houston emcee Doughbeezy was on his way last week to visit a friend’s home in Houston’s Heights neighborhood when he stumbled upon a home invasion in-progress.  Due to some quick thinking on Doughbeezy’s part he was able to grab a firearm and shoot one of the suspects and scare off the other one.  It’s crazy out there y’all, stay safe!

In the meantime, enjoy Doughbeezy’s awesome track “I’m from Texas” at the top of the post.

Houston offers qb for ’16 class

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The Coogs have given an offer to Keondre Wudtee, a three star QB who’ll be a senior this fall at Parkway in Bossier City, LA. and eligible to join UH in 2016. Wudtee is a teammate of Kameron Eloph who has committed to attending UH in 2015.  Not a lot of info yet about Wudtee, but he’s listed as a 6’3″ 170 lbs. pro-style QB and also has an offer from Louisville.

UH receives verbal from 3 star athlete

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The Cougars received a verbal commitment from Kameron Eloph who flipped his commitment from Louisiana Tech. Eloph is a 6’3″ 277 lbs. offensive guard from Bossier City, Louisiana who’s being recruited as an athlete (which means he may play a position other than guard, such as on the defensive line).

Eloph is currently ranked a three star recruit.and the #41 ranked at his position in the country according to Rivals.com and chose UH over offers from Georgia Tech, TCU, Louisville, and Cincinnati.

Pat Forde reviews the new college football coaches

Yahoo Sports columnist Pat Forde does an excellent write-up about the coaching changes for this upcoming college football season.  There’s a nice part about UH and The American conference as a whole.

Between Herman at UH, Chad Morris taking the helm at SMU, and Phillip Montgomery moving north to Tulsa, there’s some fun times ahead for fans of the AAC conference!

UH baseball ranked #3 in pre-season poll

via Baseball America

Baseball America has the Houston Cougars baseball team ranked as #3 in the nation in their preseason poll!  Be sure to click that first link; Baseball America has an excellent five page preview on the Coogs including two videos.  According to the UH official website, #3 is our highest preseason ranking in our program’s history.

Baseball America has another excellent piece here about Coach Whitting bringing the Coogs back to national prominence.  Looks like we may need to enjoy some excellent baseball this summer!

UH offers another four star running back

via 247Sports.com

The Coogs have offered another four star running back, this time for Darius Anderson of George Ranch High School in Richmond, Texas.  While Tyreik Gray has already given his verbal commitment to UH, Anderson still hasn’t decided.

Anderson is a 5’10” 180 lbs., four star running back ranked #26 in the country by ESPN with additional offers from UCLA, Colorado, & SMU. Click here for his Rivals page, here for ESPN, and here for 24/7 Sports.

[Edit: Just found out Darius Anderson is in the class of 2016 so he won’t be deciding on college for another year.  Still a good offer for the future!]

New audio interview with Coach Herman

Pat Sullivan / AP

Over on FoxSports.com there’s a new audio interview with Coach Herman by the always excellent Bruce Feldman. From the article:

Among the topics covered in the conversation:

* The best advice he got from Urban Meyer about being a head coach
* How coaching Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller forced him to improve
* How Ezekiel Elliott suddenly became a breakout star
* Why he gave his son an awesome middle name (hint: it’ll help him with girls)