Open Post | Monday, January 29th

Lawrence Keys: As most of you know, McDonough 35 (LA) WR Lawrence Keys is visited Texas this weekend.

Right now it is a Texas-Notre Dame battle for Keys. He took his Notre Dame official visit last weekend and a lot of people have the Irish as the favorite heading into the weekend.

I talked to someone and was told about what Texas is selling Keys on, and it doesn’t have to do with anything on the field. “The balance of strong academics and distance to home” compared to Notre Dame is what the Longhorns are selling.

Keys and Joshua Moore are the top targets that are still available for Texas. Obviously Jaylen Waddle is still a priority, that just isn’t very likely to happen with Texas.

It sounds like the Keys visit went very well and Texas is going to be very strong competition for Notre Dame if they push for him to fill their final WR spot in the 2018 class. – (Andrew)

– As many of you may have heard, Lawrence Keys‘ friend and teammate, Devin Winters, tragically passed away on Friday. As you can imagine this has been very difficult on Keys.

Spoke with someone regarding Lawrence Keys visit and was told that the staff did an amazing job of being sensitive to Keys’ needs in this difficult time. The staff even did a tribute to Winters which you can see in the post by Keys where he is wearing Devin Winters number:

 

– A few things on Moro Ojomo:

*Interesting note here, I heard that Ojomo actually made a mid-week trip to Texas A&M. I can’t confirm with anyone close to Ojomo as it seems they are trying to keep it quiet but I trust my source on this.

*Initially I was told that the Texas visit went well but a source close to Ojomo told me, “he’s still pretty torn”. As the weekend went on it sounds like Texas began to take a lead.

*Have been told by multiple sources that Ojomo’s father wants Ojomo close which helps both Texas and Texas A&M

*However, the Sooners are a team with a lot of ties around the Katy program. I think the fact that the Sooners are still in it, despite being farther away, is a testament to how much Ojomo enjoyed his visit.

*While everyone is assuming this one is a Texas vs. OU battle, a source told me not count Texas A&M out. The fact that he wanted his visit to Texas A&M kept quiet is noteworthy.

*I am told that part of the appeal to Texas A&M is the fact that they run a four man front and Ojomo will be able to play a true 3 technique. I’m hearing that he prefers that position over Texas and OU’s nose or 4i.

*Having said all that, I like where Texas is right now. Ojomo still has a couple visits left though. He will visit Miami and Oregon this week (splitting the week). – (Super K)

Christian Jones: Last Friday Texas offered OL/DL, Christian Jones (Cypress, TX). Coach Giles has been in regular communication with Jones for quite some time. In fact, you’ll recall we wrote about Jones earlier in late December. He had been to one of Texas’ bowl practices.

Jones has only been playing football for two years! And, while it’s been Giles who has been recruiting Jones as a defensive lineman, it was Herb Hand who decided to pull the trigger. Texas wants Jones as an offensive lineman.

Hand isn’t going to let what happened to Texas last year, happen under his watch.

Needless to say, Christian is very excited about the offer. I spoke with Jones over the weekend. So, I’ll have more with him later.

I’ve sent Jones’ film over to JY. Here is what he had to say about Jones:

Unbelievably gifted, physically. Great frame to add weight. Extremely athletic. Reminds me of a Lane Johnson type who has all the tools but needs teaching. Tenacious, plays hard. Hasn’t quite figured out how to use his hands. Throws cut blocks with ease which isn’t easy to do as a tall guy. Natural hip flexibility so will just need to be taught to bend knees more and focus on pad level. Is a player I really like and someone who a great teacher can develop.

Andrew Parker: We noted last week that Texas had moved on from some emerging linebacker targets. It looks like they’ve found the target that they’d like to close the class with in 2018 LB, Andrew Parker (New Orleans). Parker is currently committed to Arkansas.

Parker let us know that coach Orlando went by his school on Friday and offered. In terms of making it to Austin before signing day Andrew said, “I likely will take a visit”.

I spoke to Parker over the weekend he said he will make a mid-week visit to Texas followed by a visit to Texas A&M. – (Super K)

Joshua Moore: Have been told that Joshua Moore did not end up taking his planned visit to FSU this past weekend. I have also been told that things are trending in Texas’ direction though nothing is done yet. – (Super K)

– Yesterday, star recruiter Bryan Carrington dropped the shhh again, which means Texas picked up another commitment. I do not expect it to be announced this week.

Reggie Hemphill-Mapps: Also, below is our Friday report on Texas wide receiver, Reggie Hemphill-Mapps that we had posted on the donor board:

I have been told that Texas wide receiver, Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, has requested his transfer release. It’s been noted by a number of outlets that Hemphill-Mapps had been considering a transfer.

A source tells me that he has indeed requested his release and unless he has a sudden change of heart, he is likely headed elsewhere.

The most likely landing spot is the University of Houston.

Just a quick addition, since the time of the report, I have received word that Houston may not end up being an option but that remains to be fully determined. – (Super K)

– It’s too early to tell just how good the early enrollees are going to be. They haven’t started 7v7 yet. But I did hear something encouraging regarding freshman CB, Anthony Cook. Cook is one of the more polished young DBs and has great short area quickness but speed has been questioned. I asked a source about what he’s looked so far, “he’s been impressive. Runs better than expected and you’re not going to outwork him”.

– Source also said, from a physical standpoint, Cam Rising looks exceptional…bigger than Ehlinger. Have heard Rising is throwing the ball around but is still not planting hard on the leg he injured this past season.