Open Post | Monday, January 15th

Joseph Ossai: Last Friday night Texas did a in-home visit with Ossai. I’m told things couldn’t have gone better…

DeMarvin Leal: Last week, I mentioned in my write up that Texas must land Demarvin Leal. Guys with that kind of frame to go with his bend and get off are hard to find and when you do they’re usually in SEC country.

To land Leal a program needs to make him a priority and Texas is clearly doing that.

Leal let me know that coach Washington and coach Orlando are visiting him today…first day after dead period. Leal said  coach Giles and coach Herman will be visiting him soon as well. – (Super K)

Jacoby Simpson: 2018 LB, Jacoby Simpson (Houston, TX) has recently picked up offers from two in-state schools. Texas Tech and TCU offered earlier this month.

It seems he has now caught Texas’ interest. Simpson tells me that coach Orlando and coach Meekins will be by to see him today.

We will likely have more on this later but for now, if you haven’t seen Simpson’s film, it’s definitely worth a look. He’s a bit sawed off but the young man has great feet and can get down hill in a hurry. – (Super K)

EJ Ndoma-Ogar: Texas has offered EJ Ndoma-Ogar, one of the highest rated recruits in the 2019 class and the 6th rated OG in the country. He’s out of Allen High School and is 6’2” 305lbs. Some say he’s the best OL in the state. He’s already a very sought after prospect holding offers from OU, UGA, USC, and Penn State.

EJ is a guy who has one of the best mindsets going into his recruitment and keeping an open mind early on. When he talked about the Texas offer he said “It felt really good to get the offer. The coaches have always welcomed my teammates and I to campus so there’s a family feel. They’ve also shared their vision of the future and their expectations of the athletes they recruit.”

The offer from Texas didn’t come as a complete surprise to EJ, but the timing might’ve just a little bit. He told me “I really enjoyed my conversations with the different coaches I spoke to on the staff. So I felt it was coming, but maybe a little later in the Spring as they could observe me a little more.”

Right now EJ doesn’t have a Texas visit set up just yet. That’ll probably change as he talks to the staff as they set their Junior Day dates. Right now he plans to visit Oklahoma State on 1/20, Oklahoma on 1/21, Oregon on 1/27, TCU on 2/3, Mississippi State on 2/17, and Ole Miss on 2/19. He plans to take some other visits during Spring Break in March.

EJ isn’t rushing anything in terms of his recruitment right now. He told me his next goal is to have his offer list of 33 and counting to 10 by May. Expect Texas to make that cut and be a major player in this recruitment going forward. – (Andrew)

2018 Wide Receivers: Most know Texas is looking to add a WR to their 2018 class to pair with Brennan Eagles and Al’Vonte Woodard. With the dead period ending and today being the first day coaches can visit recruits, priority is shown by who gets visits on the first day. The Texas staff went to see two WR’s today. Episcopal (TX) Jaylen Waddle and Yoakum (TX) Joshua Moore.

Waddle has used all his official visits already and looks to be leaning towards Texas A&M right now, but that hasn’t stopped Texas. Tim Beck and Drew Mehringer also stopped by to visit with Waddle’s trainer, Ro Simon.

Texas commits/signees have been working hard on Waddle recently. We’ll see if they can get him on campus for an unofficial visit between now and signing day.

Joshua Moore is the other guy to watch, and his recruitment has taken a recent turn. After Jimbo Fisher arrived at TAMU, it looked like Joshua was likely to join his twin brother Jordan in College Station. But TAMU currently has 3 WR’s committed and all of those guys project as outside WR’s, and that’s where they see Joshua. So the Aggies have cooled their interest, and it has opened the door up for Texas. Who didn’t really talk to him for months after he committed to Nebraska.

Two other schools that are the leaders for Moore are Oregon and Florida State. The plan was for Moore to visit Texas this weekend, Florida State next, and Oregon the following week. But it looks like those visits have been pushed back. And he’ll be at Texas next weekend. He could end up at any of those three schools, but right now I get the sense that if he wants to stay closer to home, Texas is the choice. And if he wants to get away, I expect him to pick Oregon.

Texas sees Moore as a guy who could play in the slot or outside. – (Andrew)

– I confirmed that Huntsville (TX) 2019 DE T’Vondre Sweat is visiting Texas today. Orangebloods.com was the first to report this.

Sweat is 6’3 250 pounds and projects as a strong-side DE. He holds early offers from Texas, TAMU, Ole Miss, Houston, Baylor, and a few others. Right now this is an early Texas-Texas A&M battle, and there were some members of the Aggies coaching staff at his basketball game last night. – (Andrew)

– Texas extended their first class of 2021 offer today to Richmond Foster (TX) OT Rueben Fatheree. The 6’7 285 pound freshman and HS was named first team All-District this year. He holds early offers from Texas A&M, BYU, and now Texas. He visited Texas today when the offer was extended.

He’s a name to file away for sure, as he’ll likely have 50+ schools to choose from when it’s all said and done. – (Andrew)

– Pulaski Academy (AR) 2019 TE Hudson Henry picked up a Texas offer today.

Henry already holds big offers from Stanford, LSU, Notre Dame, Auburn and others. But it’s clear who the early favorite is for Henry, the hometown Arkansas Razorbacks. He’s the brother of former Razorbacks star TE Hunter Henry. And with the passing offense that new HC Chad Morris will bring to Fayetteville, I’d bet the younger Henry also ends up as a Razorback.

Though it’s never a bad thing to throw your hat in the ring for one of the best players in the nation. And we all know how much Tom Herman says he loves TEs… – (Andrew)