–Kenyon Green: As you all know by now, Texas hosted highly coveted offensive lineman, Kenyon Green (Humble, TX), this past weekend…
— Super K (@SuperK_TFB) March 11, 2018
I spoke with Kenyon and his father, Henry, about the visit. Going into this visit, the Green’s hadn’t been to Texas in quite some time. They visited twice last year during Kenyon’s sophomore year. So, this was a chance for Texas to make up some ground.
“One word to describe the visit”, Henry raved, “explosive…it was explosive”. He continued, “the facilities were A1, the coaches were great. You know, I always liked Tom Herman when he was at Houston and seeing what he did there. And now you see what he’s building with these recruiting classes. He’s building something at Texas”.
The Green’s were originally set to visit last week but a track meet conflicted. So, despite being on spring break, the staff hosted the Green’s this weekend and made it special, “It was very much different [than previous visits]. When I say they rolled out the red carpet, they rolled out the red carpet”, Henry exclaimed.
Henry said the staff really emphasized that in the last cycle they were able to land a lot of the elite – 5 star type – skill guys. But they’re looking for that elite offensive tackle in this class and believe that Kenyon is that guy.
Kenyon himself added that the visit was a game changer, “Texas made a huge jump this weekend”. Kenyon also said he has a top five and listed those schools. Texas was in the top five.
Henry added, “Texas is very much in the running. Kenyon is going to enjoy his recruitment. We’re fine taking our time with it but ultimately it’s up to him when he’s ready to pull the trigger”
Kenyon’s father is a former football player and has been the man responsible for developing Kenyon. So, as you can imagine, the S&C program at any school is going to be of paramount importance. It very much sounds like coach McKnight and the system he has built for development and safety blew the Green’s away.
Return Visit and Moving Forward
The Green’s said that they will likely return to Texas for the Spring Game in April. They also have a visit scheduled for this Tuesday to LSU.
As I said, Kenyon already has his list narrowed down to five schools. There is no decision timeline. It’s just going to come down to when it feels right for Kenyon and the family. – (Super K)
–NaNa Osafo-Mensah: Last week, I spoke with 2018 OLB/DE, NaNa Osafo-Mensah (Fort Worth, TX). NaNa has been on the recruiting seen for a while and his commitment date is fast approaching.
At 6’4 220+ lbs it’s really not surprising that NaNa is a highly recruited athlete. But unlike a lot of athletes, NaNa and his family didn’t come up through the football ranks assuming he would be a division one athlete, “Me and my parents didn’t realize what I could become. They knew I had potential but having potential and it being a reality is different.”
His first offer came April of his sophomore year, “My high school coach started sending my film out and one day coach told me Texas A&M wanted to FaceTime with me and I was like, ‘no way!’.”
Texas A&M made the offer that day and became NaNa’s first offer. I have to say, it touched me to hear NaNa say that he cried when he received the offer.
Despite TAMU being his first offer, they weren’t his first campus visit. OU was his first campus visit.
He has thus far only taken one visit to Texas which was for a camp. He did note that while at Texas for the camp he did receive a tour. But, let’s just say the red carpet has yet to fully be rolled out.
Last month he released his top ten which included: Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas, LSU, Oregon, Notre Dame, Florida, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Georgia
— NaNa Osafo-Mensah (@NaNaOsafo2) February 6, 2018
NaNa says he does not plan to publicly narrow the list any further. He will simply announce his decision.
NaNa has his decision date set for May 19th which is the day of high school spring game. Between now and then he will be taking multiple visits. Among those visits are:
*Unofficial visit to Texas on March 24th and an official visit to Texas on May 5th
*There is no date set for a return visit to Oklahoma. He recently visited OU for a junior day but says, “I’m looking to go back up to OU and then maybe again for an official visit”.
*Official visit to Notre Dame in April
*I also asked NaNa about a possible visit to Texas A&M and he said he hasn’t yet made a decision on that.
NaNa didn’t tip his hand as to which way he’s leaning but he did talk about what kinds of things he’s looking for as he makes his final decision, “Winning is important but I’m looking for a school that’s complete, where it’s about more than just football”. NaNa’s family seems to feel the same way, “They know my biggest goal is getting to the NFL but they also want to make sure I focus on what a school can provide academically and after football”.
He continued, “I want to be at a place where I know that if football was to end it’s still a place where I would want to be”.
NaNa emphasized his desire to find a spot where he felt “comfortable” with the staff and the other players. So, it can’t hurt to have players he already knows recruiting him. NaNa says that he has ties through friends that are either committed to or have signed, to multiple schools.
Notre Dame 2019 commits, Hunter Spear and Jacob Lacey are two guys that NaNa is close to and both are recruiting him to Notre Dame.
For Texas, Joseph Ossai is a friend of Nana’s who is pushing him towards Texas.
And for Oklahoma, it’s 2018 signee, DaShaun White who is recruiting him for the Sooners. – (Super K)
– The father of 2019 RB, Noah Cain (IMG Academy) tells me that they will be at the Texas Spring Game in April. The Cain’s visited Oklahoma this past weekend and will visit Ohio State later this month.
– Interesting little tidbit here on Texas DB target, Kenyatta Watson. His father told me earlier today that Kenyatta is related to Texas TE, Reese Leitao. Watson Sr said, “my wife’s aunt and Reese’ mom are sisters”.
So, Kenyatta’s mother’s aunt is Reese’ mothers sister. You do the math! – (Super K)