2019 Recruiting Thread

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  1. Bwilk55

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    As 2018 recruiting is slowing down with NSD2 in less than 2 months, I figured it was a good time to get a jump on 2019 recruiting.
     
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    Better f*cking kill it on the DL — as in this DL class needs to look like 2018’s DB class.
     
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    Less than a month actually
     
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    It starts Feb 7th, actually
     
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    Texas Longhorns Recruiting Big Board - Offense

    As I did for the 2018 class, I'll attempt to keep up with Texas offers, interested prospects and commitments by position. This list is composed of all 4/5 stars from Texas, all Texas offers, and guys in which there is a serious interest (i.e. Junior Days, recruiting event invites, etc.). This list will be edited periodically. Please provide updates or information that you come across and I'll add to the list.

    QB
    Spencer Rattler - 5 star (0.9813) - Az - OU Commit
    Grant Gunnel - 4 star (0.9720) - TX - TAMU Commit (No Offer)

    Roschon Johnson - 4 star (0.9292) - TX - TX Commit
    - Roschon is an impressive dual threat QB who has thrived at Port-Neches Groves both throwing and running the ball. He is an effortless runner with very good speed. He also shows a good ability to throw the ball, including a good deep ball.
    - Junior Day Visit 2/18

    Grant Tisdale - 4 star (0.9063) - TX - No Offer
    - A very good dual threat QB out of Allen. There isn't much separating Tisdale and Johnson as both are top 10 QBs in the nation. With Roschon in the fold, it is unlikely that Tisdale factors in here but I'm sure Texas will keep in touch just in case.

    RB
    Trey Sanders - 5 star (0.9961) - Fl (IMG) - Offered
    Quavaris Crouch - 5 star (0.9882) - NC - Offered
    Noah Cain - 5 star (0.9842) - Fl (IMG), originally TX - Offered
    - One of the absolute top RBs in the nation. Currently at IMG but originally from Denton, Tx. Texas has a legitimate shot at Cain but will have to fight off all of the top programs.
    - 1/2018: Texas named as top program at this time
    John Emery Jr - 4 star (0.9687) - La - Offered
    Devyn Ford - 4 star (0.9663) - Va - Offered
    Daniel Carter - 4 star (0.9262) - Fl - Offered
    Isaiah Spiller - 4 star (0.9256) - OU Commit (No Offer)
    Deondrick Glass - 4 star (0.9249) - TX - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Titus Swen - 4 star (0.9215) - TX - No offer
    Deion Hankins - 4 star (0.8967) - TX - No offer
    Darwin Barlow - 3 star (0.8900) - TX - No offer
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Marcus Major - 3 star (0.8700) - Ok - Offered
    Chux Nwabuko - NR - TX - No Offer

    WR
    Theo Wease - 4 star (0.9824) - TX - Offered
    - Texas not in top 7 (1/2018)
    Jordan Whittington - 4 star (0.9813) - TX - Offered
    - Tx visit 2/3/18
    Devonta Lee - 4 star (0.9731) - La - Offered
    Arjei Henderson - 4 star (0.9721) - TX - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Marcus Washington - 4 star (0.9719) - Mo - Offered
    Marquez Beason - 4 star (0.9706) - TX - Offered
    Jalen Curry - 4 star (0.9632) - TX - No Offer
    Garrett Wilson - 4 star (0.9610) - TX - Offered
    - Visited 2/3/18
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Kam Brown - 4 star (0.9511) - TX - TAMU Commit (Offered)
    Trejan Bridges - 4 star (0.9426) - TX - OU Commit (No Offer)

    Jake Smith - 4 star (0.9339) - Az - Offered
    Dylan Wright - 4 star (0.9297) - TX Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Kenyon Jackson - 4 star (0.9035) - GA - Offered
    Elijah Higgins - 4 star (0.8949) - TX - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Tamauzia Brown - 4 star (0.8908) - TX (No Offer)
    - Junior Day 2/18

    Genson Hooper-Price - 3 star (0.8861) - TX (No Offer)
    Jaylen Ellis - 3 star (0.8628) - TX - Baylor Commit (No Offer)
    - Junior Day 2/18

    Ke'Andre Street - NR - TX - No offer
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Robbie Williams - NR - TX - No offer
    - Junior Day 2/18


    TE
    Hudson Henry - 4 star (0.9777) - Ar - Offered
    - Possible Junior Day Visit
    Keon Zipperer - 4 star (0.9659) - Fl - Offered

    Austin Stogner - 4 star (0.9602) - TX - OU Commit (No Offer)
    Isaiah Foskey - 4 star (0.9459) - Ca - Offered
    Grayson Boomer - 4 star (0.9399) - OK - OKSt. Commit (Offered)
    Blake Hinson - 4 star (0.9147) - Ks - Offered
    Baylor Cupp - 3 star (0.8739) - TX - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Jalen Wydermyer - 3 star (0.8600) - TX - No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18
    David Ugwoegbu - NR - Tx - Offered
    Nolan Matthews - NR - Tx - No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18

    OT
    Kenyon Green - 5 star (0.9922) - TX - Offered
    Tyler Johnson - 4 star (0.9806) - TX - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Evan Neal - 4 star (0.9708) - FL (IMG) - No offer
    - Visited Texas 2/12/18
    Wanya Morris - 4 star (0.9657) - GA - Offered
    Ray Parker - 4 star (0.9452) - LA - Offered
    Darius Thomas - 4 star (0.9387) - Ar - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Javonne Shepard - 4 star (0.9062) - TX - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Jack Buford - 3 star (0.8839) - Mo - Offered
    Stacey Wilkins - 3 star (0.8789) - Ar - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Brannon Brown - 3 star (0.8628) - TX - No Offer
    Jade Ashalintubbi - NR - TX - No Offer

    C/G
    Kardell Thomas - 5 star (0.9868) - La - LSU Commit (Offered)
    EJ Ndoma Ogar - 4 star (0.9374) - TX - Offered
    Branson Bragg - 4 star (0.9069) - TX - Offered
    Vincent Murphy - 3 star (0.8628) - Fl - South Carolina Commit (Offered)
     
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    That is a tall task. This years DB class was truly historic. Probably the best ever DB class signed on any signing day. We signed 6 DBs who ranked 19, 34, 36, 47, 69 and 102 nationally. The 1st, 3rd and 6th safety. The 5th, 6th and 14th CB. There were 7 DBs from the state of Texas (23 total DBs) ranked in the top 102 and we signed 6 of them.

    To compare to 2019 D-line. There are 21 D-linemen in the top 100 nationally, and only two of them are from Texas (Marcus Stripling, NaNa Osafo-Mensah). Even if we sign them both, and add some top OOS talent, it is still a challenge to compete with that DB class.

    I do agree that we need to improve our D-line recruiting next year. Our top targets will be the two mentioned above, as well as guys like DeMarvion Leal. There are 10 total 4 star D-linemen in the state. We need to ink about 3 of them.
     
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    My bad
     
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    Nana-osafo-mensah that's a mouth full.
     
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    I know. I was being a bit hyperbolic to underline the urgency of the situation at DL. Hopefully the staff can work a miracle or two in the next five weeks to make things a little less dire.
     
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    You gotta use the hyperbole font man.

    The state of Texas just doesn't seem to produce the O-line and D-line players like some other states. We should always have a good crop of WRs, DBs, and QBs to choose from but O-line and front 7 are a bit more of a challenge.
     
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    Yeah that's a well documented flaw of this states talent production, but our opponents have the same problem, outside of OU who can go national with their recruiting. We may not be able to kill it in the rankings with Texas talent in the trenches like we can with the skill players, but we damn sure need to see more production on the field with the OL we have. Not having access to a stable of 4 and 5 star guys is no excuse for not being able to push a Tech D-line around.
     
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    actually, i've heard the opposite in that Texas historically produces more linemen. but that may have been years ago when i heard that, to the point of being before the proliferation of things like 7 on 7 and the widespread use of spread offenses.

    secondly, unless we screw it up somehow, branson bragg will be a Longhorn. his daddy is a former high school o-line coach (may still be, idk) and they are a Horns family.
     
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    It's a huge state so we produce all positions at great quantity (DI caliber talent) but just not quality. There are only 6 OL in the top 50 for 2018 class. Granted that was a down year, but even throwing a few more bodies in that range it's still not much for so many programs to live off of.

    2019 I count 7 in top 50. I am guessing that's the norm for past few years and going forward. Versus a typical Texas class yielding 10+ WRs in top 50 and another handful of athletes. There is just an imbalance unless you want to run 5 wide all the time.
     
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    At what point do texas hs fb players start suffering from anti texas bias when ranking players? They are still there but not on paper.
     
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    I guess you could argue they already are if you think there is a bias. I don't think there is an anti Texas bias. I just think the state actually produces a unbalanced crop at the higher end. Like you said the guys are there they just don't show up because of all of the quality receivers/DBs which are easier positions for recruiting services to evaluate.

    It's easier for sites to justify skill position player rankings so there is a little natural bias there.
     
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    It does seem that Tom Herman has no qualms about going out of state to try to land some big fish. I think that approach is necessary and can help us out in years when Texas is thin at a certain position.
     
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    To me on field proformancd will dictate the quality of the 2019 class more so than in 2018. Win 8-9 games I think
    Yeah I’m happy to see that. I think it’s important to get our pick out of Texas, but No reason Texas shouldn’t be a contender for the best players in the country regardless where they come from. That’s one thing I wish Mack had done a bit more of. Felt like it would of made us and even stronger program.
     
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    We could fill our WR, DB and QB classes from the state year in year out. But all other positions will need to be supplemented at times. Even if we start getting the absolute best of the best in state, there often just isn't enough beef to fill elite recruiting classes.
     
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    Agree. I think it would be a solid idea to have a coach or two with like Florida or California recruiting chops on staff.
     
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    Texas Longhorns Recruiting Big Board - Defense

    I'll attempt to keep up with Texas offers, interested prospects and commitments by position. This list is composed of all 4/5 stars from Texas, all Texas offers, and guys in which there is a serious interest (i.e. Junior Days, recruiting event invites, etc.). This list will be edited periodically. Please provide updates or information that you come across and I'll add to the list.

    DT
    Ishmael Sopsher - 5 star (0.9988) - LA - Offered
    DeMarvin Leal - 4 star (0.9586) - TX - Offered
    - 1/2018 Texas listed in top 5 (Bama, TAMU, Clemson, OkSt)
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Josh Ellison - 3 star (0.8889) - TX - TAMU Commit (No Offer)
    Carl Williams - 3 star (0.8739) - Tx - No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18

    DE

    Kayvon Thibodeaux - 5 star (0.9986) - CA - Offered
    Stephen Herron - 4 star (0.9684) - KY - Mich Commit (Offered)
    Nana Osafo-Mensah - 4 star (0.9558) - TX - Offered
    - Tx listed in top 10
    Marcus Stripling - 4 star (0.9527) - TX - Offered
    - Tx listed in top 8
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Nelson Ceasar - 4 star (0.9475) - TX - No Offer
    Braylen Ingraham - 4 star (0.9199) - Fl - Offered
    Hunter Spears - 4 star (0.9185) - TX - No Offer
    Gilbert Ibeneme - 4 star (0.9075) - TX - No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Jamie Ferguson - 4 star (0.9000) - TX - No Offer
    Steven Parker - 4 star (0.9000) - TX - TTech Commit (No Offer)
    Braedon Mowry - 4 star (0.8985) - TX - Offered
    - Tx listed in top 7
    Marcus Hicks - 4 star (0.8937) - KS - Offered
    - Visited Tx 2/3/18
    Breylon Garcia - 3 star (0.8778) - TX - No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18
    T'Vondre Sweat - 3 star (0.8567) - TX - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Peter Mpagi - 3 star (0.8416) - TX - No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Javasia Brunson - 3 star (0.8366) - TX - No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18
    David Neil - NR - TX- No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Jason Gold - NR - TX - No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Trace Ford - NR - OK - No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18

    LB
    Owen Pappoe - 5 star (0.9961) - GA - Offered
    De'Gabriel Floyd - 4 star (0.9776) - Ca - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Mase Funa - 4 star (0.9612) - Ca - Offered
    Donte Starks - 4 star (0.9534) - LA - Offered
    Marcel Brooks - 4 star (0.9526) - TX - Offered
    - Brooks has been all over the map already. Carries some off the field baggage (I don't know details) but we seem to be continuing to recruit him.
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Maninoa Tufono - 4 star (0.9524) - Hi - Offered
    Kevin Harris - 4 star (0.9477) - GA- Offered
    Anthony Solomon - 4 star (0.9445) - Fl - Offered
    Lakia Henry - 4 star JUCO (0.9200) - GA - offered
    Shammond Cooper - 4 star (0.9147) - MO - Offered
    Avery Huff - 4 star (0.9000) - Fl - Offered
    Curley Young - NR - TX - No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18

    CB
    Derek Stingley -
    5 star (0.9876) - LA - Offered
    - Texas in top 10
    Chris Steele - 5 star (0.9838) - CA - Offered
    Erick Young - 4 star (0.9391) - TX - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Devin Bush - 4 star (0.9324) - La - Offered
    Jaden Davis - 4 star (0.9291) - Fl - Offered
    - Tx listed in top 10
    Bobby Wolfe - 4 star (0.9122) - TX - TAMU Commit (Offered)
    Chris Adimora - 4 star (0.9052) - CA- Offered
    Marcus Banks - 4 star (0.8914) - TX - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Marques Caldwell - 3 star (0.8689) - TX - Oregon Commit (no offer)
    - Junior day 2/18

    Marcus Lafrance - NR - Fl - Offered
    Xavier Player - NR - TX - No Offer

    S

    Brian Williams - 5 star (0.9885) - TX - TAMU Commit (Offered)
    Daxton Hill - 5 star (0.9843) - OK - Offered
    Demani Richardson - 4 star (0.9448) - TX - Offered
    Jalen Catalon - 4 star (0.9427) - TX - Offered
    - Visited Tx 2/3/18
    Kenyatta Watson II - 4 star (0.9199) - GA - Offer
    - Visit 2/18

    Jamal Morris - 4 star (0.9193) - TX - Offered
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Anfernee Orji - 4 star (0.8987) - TX - No Offer
    Jalyn Phillips - 4 star (0.8933) - GA - Offered
    Jordan Battle - 3 star (0.8678) - Fl - Offered

    Athletes
    Bru McCoy (WR/OLB) - 5 star (0.9939) - CA - Offered
    Isaiah Williams (QB/WR/CB) - 5 star (0.9843) - MO - Offered
    Jeffery Carter (WR/CB) - 4 star (0.9221) - TX - Offered
    - Tx visit 2/3/18
    Jaren Mangham (RB) - 4 star (0.9090) - Mi - Offered

    Velton Gardner (QB/KR) - 4 star (0.8927) - TX - No Offer
    Dekendrick Bender (WR/CB) - NR - TX - No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18
    Dylan Jantz (WR/S) - NR - TX - No Offer
    - Junior Day 2/18
     
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    A few early observations:
    Texas is very top heavy at the WR position this year. Based on current rankings, 7 of the top 14 players (3 of top 5) in the state are WRs. All 7 of those WRs rank in the top 20 WRs nationally. We should land a very solid WR class, one that could easily rival the CB or S haul of this year.

    Texas is in a good position with 5 star RB Noah Cain at this time. He recently stated that Texas was his top school right now.

    I have no clue where we go for TE in this class. After Austin Stogner there isn't much in the state.

    There just isn't a lot of top quality OL talent in the state. We have a shot at several 5 star OL in tackle Kenyon Green and Kardell Thomas. Green has named a few top schools and left Texas on the outside right now but has said they are definitely in the mix. Thomas is a Baton Rouge kid who is committed to LSU but he has been very vocal about how much he likes Texas and Austin. If things go south at LSU, we could make a move.

    We are in a good position with tackle Tyler Johnson and number 1 overall center Branson Bragg.
     
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    Observations on the defensive side.

    Very thin year at DT. We better keep Coburn in the 2018 class because finding a 2019 will be tough as well. DeMarvin Leal will be a highly sought after target.

    Things are better at DE with plenty of 4 star options. Stripling is a beast.

    No 4 star LBs in the state outside of Marcel Brooks and as I mentioned there are some character concerns there. Not sure if he is a guy we will continue to pursue.

    After a crazy good CB class in 2018, the state is thin in 2018. Fortunately, this won't be a position of need after our 2018 haul.

    Safety is once again stacked and is probably the 2nd best position group (behind WR). Brian Williams likes us a lot and would be a huge get. We should be able to bring in 2-3 4/5 star safeties in this class.
     
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    Just offered him. Better start working on the pronunciation now clob.
     
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    I was not clear where Texas would look for TEs in this class. Austin Stogner was the only highly ranked TE in state and he is already committed to OU.

    Well today Texas offered to OOS 4 star TEs. Isaiah Foskey out of California and Hudson Henry out of Arkansas. We certainly aren't favored for either of these two at this point but I'm sure our staff will do there best to get these guys on campus.
     
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    Texas also offered top interior linemen EJ Ndoma Ogar today. Seemed like a no-brainer offer. OU is in a good position with him but this recruitment is very early.
     
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    The 3* just became a 0*. That takes some serious brain power.
     
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    Really impressed with Herman’s willingness to go out of state. Was always something i thought Mack could of done more of when he was here. It’s important to get the best players out of Texas every year, but no reason Texas shouldn’t compete for the best players nationally regardless where they are.

    Imo though the 2019 class will depend a lot on the results of the season. If it’s an 8-10 win season I think we land a top 5 class. If it’s a struggle next year 4-6 wins might face some head wins on the trail.
     
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    I'm not sure where they got their info regarding recruitment and offers. He had not popped up on 247 as receiving a Texas offer (prior to this news) and his rivals profile right now does not show any offers, only about 15 "interested" schools.
     
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    I agree. Herman should and it seems like he will continue to focus on Texas but Texas doesn't always produce a solid group at each position. LB and TE are very weak in state for 2019, time to hit the road and pull some players from OOS.
     
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    Tweet!

    Texas gets in the mix for top Texas CB Erick Young. After an incredible CB class in the state of Texas last year, the 2019 class is very thin at CB. Young is the only 4 star in the state. Texas will be after him and 3 star CB Marcus Banks out of Texas while also going OOS already for 4 stars Derek Stingley (La) and Chris Steele (Ca).

    I would not be surprised with a smaller CB class this year, 1-2 given our previous haul and the lack of depth at the position this year.
     
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    Jordan Whittington (5 star WR) and T'Vondre Sweat (3 star DE) were both on campus yesterday making unofficial visits.

    It seems that we are in a really strong position with Whittington. His visit also caused a lot of commotion on aggy boards as some reported he would visit College Station yesterday but he told ag reporters he didn't have a ride.

    Sweat is the lone 3 star among a long list of 4 star DEs. I of course do not know how our staff is prioritizing him, but to me it seems he would be a backup option if we don't land some of the higher ranked players.
     
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    Tweet!

    Offer out to athlete Jeffrey Carter. He plays WR and CB, not sure which position we like him at. Already committed to OU.
     
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    We offered 4-star Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas CB Jaden Davis
     
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    Per Eric Nahlin @ IT:

    ARJEI HENDERSON

    2019 wide receiver rankings won't be decided until for a year, but one player who will be in the mix for top honors in the end has been there since the beginning. Along with Allen's Theo Wease, Fort Bend Travis' Arjei Henderson has been a well known name since his sophomore year when he was picking up big offers.

    Also along with Wease, Henderson committed to Oklahoma for a short time before opening things back up. He's also been committed to Oregon. There is still a year to go.

    For UT's purposes, hitting the number at wide receiver (3-4) should be easy. There's no need to press early on for Henderson. You just want to be in the final pack down the home stretch. Things will likely work out from there.

    Early standouts:
    “Oklahoma, Alabama, A&M. Those three are really huge and UT.”
    Henderson also mentions TCU and Clemson.

    Texas QB commit Roschon Johnson's recruiting efforts:
    “He’s definitely been putting in his effort in recruiting. Him and other commits have been taking their shots at me.”

    Texas:
    “Just Texas tradition. Being from Texas, there’s no feeling like it. Austin, the culture there, the city, Lake Travis, everything there, it’s a wonderful place.”

    “I’d definitely love to see them air it out a little bit more. Of course, they can do both, but I’d definitely love to see them use their receivers a little bit more, put them into action.”

    A&M:
    “A&M, the tradition there at Aggieland, I’ve never seen anything like it. That was probably my first visit and still probably my favorite one. The coaching staff, the tradition there, it’s not football, football. They’re preaching life after football and being successful in life as a man. That’s something that opened my eyes.”

    Visits he'd like to make:
    “I definitely want to get down to UT, definitely spend a lot of time there. The same with Alabama. I don’t get to see that, be on campus, hang around those guys much, so I try to do that as much as I can.”

    Oklahoma:
    “I just love being up there in Norman, I love the feeling.”

    LSU:
    “I heard from LSU not too long ago. Coach D, the linebacker coach, the receiver coach and the offensive coordinator. Those three reached out to me. They love my versatility, how I can play inside and out. They’d love to get me up for a visit soon.”

    “I’ve never been there, but growing up, it was a childhood favorite. I saw them playing on TV, Les Miles. I can’t wait to get up there on my official and see what I haven’t seen before.”

    Factors:
    “Just a place I can call home and further my education, future and career in football.”

    Family:
    “I’m from UT, I was born and raised in Austin. That’s my dream school, that’s where I grew up. Of course, that plays a big part in my decision, but I’m going to wait it out and take my time with it.”

    Decision timeline:
    “I’m not sure yet. I plan on waiting until February, but I can’t speak on it now.

    From: Justin Wells

    BACK ON THE ROAD

    Once the dead period ended, Texas hit H-town hard on Friday, checking in on signees like Malcolm Epps, commits like Keondre Coburn, top targets like Joseph Ossai, and future prospects like Javonne Shepherd. With the Houston area full of 4- and 5-star athletes from the 2018 class, UT has its priorities in order.

    They (Stan Drayton) also swung through East Texas to see A&M commit Tyree Wilson (West Rusk) and current pledge Keaontay Ingram (Carthage).

    Now the shift goes to Dallas-Fort Worth. This week the Horns staff will visit major targets like Brian Williams (Bishop Dunne), Demani Richardson (Waxahachie), Jalen Catalon (Mansfield Legacy), and Johnathan McGill (Coppell).

    We look to have a few updates throughout the next few days on what the top 2019 prospects are thinking about the Longhorns. They currently look great for Williams and McGill, good for Richardson, and on the outside for Catalon.

    We'll have more later this week.

    ISAIAH FOSKEY

    Texas has been somewhat judicious with its 2019 offers. There's many reason for that, mainly because they want to fully evaluate any prospect before extending an invitation to the 40 Acres. But just like last Spring, you'll see a smattering of offers to the most elite in the country. So, when Stanford and Michigan recruit a tight end, you offer first and ask questions later. That's Isaiah Foskey.

    "I don’t know that much about Texas at this point since it is so early and I still have to visit the school to know the coaches a little more," said Foskey after receiving his Texas offer on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound high 4-star prospect holds over 20 offers including Alabama, USC, UCLA, and Michigan. He's also a big fan of the Cardinal.

    "Right now, the ones recruiting me he the hardest are probably UCLA and Cal," Foskey said. "I really want to visit Stanford. That would be a visit I would really enjoy. Alabama and Washington is also recruiting in a aggressive way. They want me to visit too."

    Foskey and Texas might be a long shot. A west coast kid (De La Salle HS, CA) with all those options would be tough to pluck out-of-state, but at least UT threw its hat in the ring. The high end TE is approaching it open-minded however, so if you could get him to Austin, the Horns may have a shot.

    "Every college environment is different," said Foskey. "I'm looking for the perfect fit wherever that may be."

    T'VONDRE SWEAT

    We know without a doubt the two positions Texas must focus on in 2019's class - offensive and defensive lines. So when they hosted Huntsville 3-star DL and UT offer T'Vondre Sweat this weekend, it was another chance for the Horns to make an impression on a priority position for its next class. You could say it went well.

    “Man, it was great,” said Sweat. “I love it there. (Texas) keeps it real." When UT offered back in early October, they started building a relationship with the under-ranked junior defensive lineman. Offers from Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Baylor came through, followed by contact from Michigan and Penn State.

    But by jumping on board early, Herman's staff established itself as a major player in this recruitment.

    "Man, I love it down there in Austin,” Sweat reminded me. “It’s so beautiful down there and it’s real chill over there on the campus. It’s got everything.”

    Texas will take 3-4 interior defenders in 2019 and Sweat might be one of them. Making an unofficial to the ATX from Huntsville this weekend shows the Horns look good here. Maybe real good.

    I want to see him on the camp scene. I want to see him compete this spring and summer. And I think he'll attend UT's Junior day (date not yet set).

    From: Joe Cook

    The receiver crop in the class of 2019 could be one of the best in recent years. Several 2019 WRs, including Theo Wease, Garrett Wilson, and Dylan Wright have interest in Texas. Another one, Cuero's Jordan Whittington, took an unofficial visit to Austin last weekend.

    Texas and Whittington are no strangers, as Jordan has made the trip up US-183 to Austin several times in recent months. Whittington had a commitment scheduled for this past October, but he has pushed that back to a date before the beginning of his senior season.

    Whittington's versatility is what makes his game special. He plays safety at a high level, but at receiver, he has quick breaks and a gamer mentality. Whittington made the trip to Texas this past weekend joining several of Texas' top remaining 2018 targets.

    "It was great," Whittington said. "I got to meet more players."

    Since the NCAA enacted the early signing period, it made sense for them to also allow for spring official visits. More and more players who plan to commit and sign early want to complete the process before their senior season begins. Whittington told Inside Texas he plans to take official visits in the spring before committing prior to the season.

    Currently, Texas is battling Texas A&M, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida, and UCLA for Whittington's commitment. OSU was one of the first to offer Whittington, and Oklahoma recently made their way back into the mix.

    IT asked Whittington about several of the new coaching hires at three schools in his top group, and he said that all the schools, Florida, A&M, and UCLA, hired coaches that he liked.

    Despite his affinity for those new coaches, Whittington said he enjoyed his time with Texas WRs coach Drew Mehringer this past weekend. "I like how he cares about your life more than football," he said.

    Texas is recruiting Whittington to be a slot receiver. I checked in with Gator Country out in Florida, and they said the Gators are telling him that he can play all three receiver positions in their offense.

    A&M will remain a threat in this recruitment, but he has yet to meet A&M WRs coach Dameyune Craig face-to-face. That should change in the coming weeks.

    Whittington should make it back to Austin again in the spring, whether for a junior day, a visit, or for Texas Relays. Cuero and Whittington participated in the Texas Relays last year, and with his speed (along with other solid Gobbler athletes) they should be back in Mike A. Meyers Stadium this spring.
     
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    The Jaden Davis offer continues a trend of Texas looking OOS for CBs in the 2019 class. There just isn't much at the position in Texas this year.

    Texas also offered 4 of Jaden Davis's younger teammates with offers out to 2020 recruits Jovan Ferguson (Ath), Marcus Rosemy (WR), Derek Wingo (TE, OLB, Ath) and Xavier Restrepo (Ath). Texas seems determined to take recruiting nationwide and particularly is interested in St. Thomas Aquinas HS in Florida.
     
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