Open Post | Thanksgiving Weekend

Jaylen Waddle: Highly coveted 2018 wide receiver, Jaylen Waddle (Houston, TX) announced his commitment date is approaching and reaffirmed his top group of schools:

As the emojis indicate, Waddle is considering TCU, Texas, TAMU, Bama, Oregon and FSU. Here are some thoughts on each based on information from sources close to Waddle.

TCU – He’s very close to TCU commits, Taye Barber and Ta’Zhawn Henry. TCU is a player in Waddle’s recruitment but a source says, “he wants to be on a big stage and he wants to play in the big games”. TCU going to this year’s Big 12 championship could help their cause. They also throw the ball around.

FSU – First big school that heavily recruited Jaylen however I’m told this is a unlikely destination in the end.

TAMU – If Fisher goes to TAMU, I’m told it would help their chances with Waddle. He has a good relationship with Fisher and Tim Brewster.

Oregon – At one point Waddle seemed to be heavily favoring Oregon. He’s been on multiple trips up there. I’m told that if it weren’t for the distance Oregon would be his likely destination.

Alabama – From what I gather this is the current favorite but it’ll be interesting to see if distance plays a factor here.

Texas – He grew up a Texas fan and was at one time a silent commit to Texas but there was a bit of a falling out. If he makes it back to Texas for a visit then there’s a chance. I still buy Texas has a chance just because it’s in-state and he grew up a fan. – (Super K)

Waddle will take his final official visit, I am told, to either Texas or TAMU. Whoever gets this young man will have a weapon and whoever faces him will have a problem. – (Super K)

Big Recruiting Weekend Date Change:ย Andrew previously noted that Texas was set to hold a big recruiting event on the December 15th/16th weekend.

I am told that the date for the recruiting weekend has been moved forward to December 8th/9th. – (Super K)

Ayodele Adeoye:ย I am told that Texas LB commit, Ayodele Adeoye (IMG Academy) is expected to visit Texas for the big recruiting weekend that is now scheduled for the December 8th/9th weekend.

After his recent visit to Oklahoma, there was a sense that Ayodele was very close to flipping to the Sooners.

Per our sources, this no longer appears to be the case. In fact we believe Texas is back in the drivers seat on this one. As I’ve previously noted, Ayodele’s older brother is firmly in Texas’ corner in this recruitment. He believes in Todd Orlando and the kind of role he will have for Ayodele in his defense. – (Super K)

Marcel Brooks:ย Top TX 2019 OLB, Marcel Brooks (Flower Mound, TX) announced his visit Texas this weekend.

Brooks originally released a list of top schools that did not include Texas. However, since then he has stated that he no longer has a list of favorites and hit a, sort of, reset button on his recruitment.

Based on conversations with folks close to Brooks, his current leaders are Oklahoma and TCU. I’ve also been told he isn’t likely to go far from home so it’s probably safe to say his recruitment will come down to Texas, OU, TCU and TAMU.

This visit is important for Texas to insert themselves into the recruitment. As I said, Oklahoma and TCU are currently out in front. – (Super K)

Damone Clark:ย 2018 LSU linebacker commit, Damone Clark (Baton Rouge, LA) tells me that he will take a official visit to Texas this weekend. Clark has visited Texas before. – (Super K)

Marcus Banks:ย Texas will host some recruits this weekend including two official visitors in OL Junior Angilau and LB Damone Clark. Another guy that will be on campus is Dekaney (TX) 2019 CB Marcus Banks.

Right now this is an early Texas-Texas A&M battle. Banks could end up being the best CB in TX in 2019 in what looks like a down year compared to 2018. He holds some big offers including LSU, and he’s added Oklahoma and Michigan this week. He’s teammates with Texas TE a Commit Malcolm Epps, so the Longhorns have that going for them.

Its always good to keep building strong relationships with some of the best in 2019. And that’s what Tom Herman and his staff are doing here. – (Andrew)

– Trumane Bell:ย This is the season that some under the radar recruits start to really blow up. And one guy that wouldn’t surprise me to see that happen to is Lake Highlands (TX) 2018 DE/LB Trumane Bell. He’s currently committed to UTSA but has some bigger schools showing more interest in him.

He let me know recently that he plans to visit Texas this weekend. At 6’2.5 232 pounds, Bell is coming off of a huge senior season.ย  He finished with 60 tackles, 15 sacks, 20 TFL, 1 FF, 2 FR, and 1 INT. The Texas staff like Bell at the Rover position which is pretty much an edge rushing LB. I’m not sure a Texas offer will ever come for Bell but he’s a really solid player that they’re monitoring.

Baylor and Illinois are two other schools that could offer Bell. He has an official visit set to Illinois on December 17th and he unofficially visited Baylor over the weekend. – (Andrew)

Kaitori Leveston:ย The Texas defense has been stout. But for Texas to take that next step they have to fix the offensive problems and that starts up front.

I know many of you have been curious as to what direction coach Warehime would go in order to add to the current commitment list.

It looks like the direction is Kansas State 2018 OT commit, Kaitori Leveston (Waco, TX). Last time Texas flipped a Kansas State offensive line commit it worked out pretty well!

David Smoak first reported the offer a couple days ago. I was able to confirm directly with Kaitori that he was indeed offered by Texas.

I am told that Leveston will visit Texas this upcoming weekend.

I know Leveston is very much a under-the-radar type prospect so I wanted to get JY’s thoughts on Leveston’s film. As many of you know JY is our resident offensive line expert. He played OT himself in college but beyond that is just a really sharp fella with a good eye for ball. JY texted me a few of his thoughts on Leveston…

Strikes me as a bit more of an interior player. Has good feet but needs to take better angles. Doesn’t feel the game as well as some others when locating linebackers and getting on defenders in the screen game. I do like his tenacity. Has a little nasty to him. Could be taught and turned into something special.

I should not that JY’s sense was correct in terms of where he projects for Texas. I checked with a source on the Texas side and am told the staff is looking at him as a guard. – (Super K & Andrew & JY)