– Jordan Whittington: This past weekend Jordan visited UCLA. As many of you know by now, he has family in that area so this wasn’t the first time Whittington has been to UCLA.
However, it was the first time that he was able to sit down with new Bruins’ coach, Chip Kelly. It sounds like Whittington came away impressed, “I did not expect the visit to have that kind of impact. I see his (Kelly’s) vision and what he he wants to do, so vividly”.
Specifically, Whittington talked about Kelly’s vision for the offense and how Jordan will fit into the scheme. Another point of impact during the visit was a discussion about life after football. Jordan says the UCLA staff made a strong case for what the UCLA network can do for him as a young man who has aspirations of getting into the music production world.
How much did the visit affect Whittington’s process moving forward?
Enough that it now appears, Jordan set up a mid-week trip to Texas this week ahead of his scheduled commitment date.
Whittington visited Texas, yesterday. – (Super K)
– Tyler Johnson: As our Alex King first reported, Conroe Oak Ridge (TX) OT Tyler Johnson and his family plan to visit Texas this weekend. Johnson wasn’t able to visit Texas for their Junior Day due to being sick. He visited OU earlier that weekend and the Sooners have made an impression on Johnson and his family.
Texas has been thought of as the favorite for Johnson for awhile now. Getting him back on campus to meet with new Offensive Line coach Herb Hand is big. – (Andrew)
— Alex King (@AKing_TFB) February 23, 2018
– Demani Richardson: Just caught up with the father of 2019 DB, Demani Richarson. As you know, Richardson recently committed to Texas A&M.
I’ll have a full write up on our conversation but wanted to put everyone at ease a bit by letting you know that the Richardson’s said they will absolutely visit Texas. Richardson has yet to visit Texas outside of camp attendances.
Demani’s father said Texas will be the first visit now that basketball season is over.
Texas very much still has a shot here. – (Super K)
– Demariyon Houston: Earlier this week, Texas offered 2019 WR, Demariyon Houston (OKC)
i am blessed to have received my 16th D1 offer from The University Of Texas …. #HookemHorns#FUTure19 🔶🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/du1bEntlLN
— h o l l y w o o d h o u s t o n (@demariyon5) February 27, 2018
Houston is an extremely twitchy wide receiver. We saw him in person, recently, and he’s built like a kid whose muscle fibers are trying to explode out of his frame.
Demariyon holds offers from Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and others. He tells me that he has already set up a visit to Texas for next month, March 24th. And he won’t be coming alone…
Demariyon will visit Texas, I’m told, with his teammate and Texas 2019 RB offer, Marcus Major. Major holds offers from Oklahoma, USC, Michigan and others.
— MDMJ…$5￼ (@Md24jr) February 1, 2018
Major is a well put together running back who could end up being a serious problem at the next level. You’re looking at a powerful and physical back who can get to top speed in an instant, and cut without losing speed. And to add to that, he has home run threat level top speed.
Another note of interest is that this past season was Major’s first year at running back. Really good prospect here.
Major and Houston are friends. Again, they both on visiting Texas on March 24th. More on their interest in possibly playing together, later. – (Super K)
– Earlier this week, I spoke with 2019 OL, Kenyon Green and his father. Green’s father told me that they were targeting this weekend for a unofficial visit to Texas. However, due to another committment they’ve decided to postpone the visit. They are now looking at taking a visit next weekend (March 10th).
Green is close friends and a former teammate of current Texas offensive lineman, Sam Cosmi. – (Super K)
– One of the Top DB’s in the state of Texas, and the #3 Safety in the nation, told me he plans to visit Texas this weekend. It’s not a name most people are familiar with. Trinity Christian (TX) Lewis Cine.
The reason his name is not well known throughout Texas is that Cine just moved from Everett HS in Massachusetts. After talking to Cine, it is apparent that he is a well traveled young man. He was born in Haiti and moved to Florida when he was five. He then moved up to Massachusetts when he was eleven and started playing football. He’s now down in Texas and will get to work with Deion Sanders, who’s an assistant coach at Trinity Christian.
Penn State is thought of as the favorite for Cine right now, but his recruitment is far from over. Texas and Texas A&M have recently offered since his move to Texas. A visit to Texas this weekend could put the Longhorns in the thick of this one.
Cine let us know this morning that due to Saturday conditioning that he cannot miss, he will have to delay his visit to Texas. – (Andrew)
– Makiya Tongue: As we previously reported, 2019 WR/LB, Makiya Tongue (Baton Rouge, LA) visited Texas this past weekend. I spoke with Tongue after his visit.
Austin, Texas 📍🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/8KyqDRvxhK
— MT9 (@makiyatongue) February 26, 2018
Tongue plays both linebacker and wide receiver. He tells me that he would prefer to play wide receiver and if he chooses Texas, “Texas will let me figure it out”. In other words, Texas is open to Makiya playing either side of the ball.
Makiya is the son of former NFL safety, Reggie Tongue. He tells me that his father is really leaving the decisions regarding where to go to school and what position to play, ultimately up to Makiya. But it’s clear that he is getting sound advice and support from his father on what to look for in a program, “I like honesty in coaches”.
It sounds like he felt that authenticity from the Texas coaches, “Definitely felt the honesty from the coaches. They were real. They weren’t trying to tell me things I wanted to hear or things I didn’t want to hear. I like that. And I like that coach Herman is laid back. He’s down to earth, someone you can talk to”.
Makiya’s recruitment has really taken off the past few weeks. In fact, he picked up seven offers last week, alone. He says Texas came by his school a while back. Texas, along with Texas A&M, recently offered, and Makiya and his father made the trip to both College Station and Austin this past weekend, “I love them both, honestly”. Makiya noted that he would prefer to play out of state.
But because the process is really just beginning for Tongue, they’re going to take some time with it, “The recruiting process is kind of just starting so we’re still just evaluating things”.
– 2019 LB, David Gbenda (Cinco Ranch High School) tells me that he will visit Texas this weekend. Gbenda doesn’t hold an offer just yet but after watching some film on him, I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes away with one. Though a bit sawed off, he can wade through trash and can eat what he finds…and he finds plenty. Great linebacker film here…
I spoke with Gbenda last night and I’ll more on him later. In a year when the state is sorely lacking in linebacker talent, Gbenda could be a nice get for Texas. Gbenda did attend the most recent junior day. So, I imagine Texas wanting him to come back so quickly would indicate an offer is likely.
– Another linebacker to keep your eye on is Bryton Constantin (Baton Rouge, LA). Constantin is actually teammates at University Lab with recent Texas visitor, Makiya Tongue.
Constantin is big at a listed 6’2 225 lbs but he’s agile. He plays all over the field which love to see in a linebacker because you want your linebackers to understand, very quickly, what an offense is trying to do. It helps when they play on that side of the ball. Orlando doesn’t bring a lot of guys but he brings a lot of pressure from varied directions. Constantin is either a hell of a blitzer or he reads an offense very fast…or both. Either way, he looks like an Orlando-type guy.
He said he does communicate with Texas, “they (Texas) said I’m on the offer list and I’m just waiting on a phone call”. I asked Constantin if he’d visit when the offer comes and he said, “no doubt”.
Constantin has picked recent offers from Clemson, TCU and Florida. – (Super K)
— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) February 28, 2018
Spring ball is around the corner. A few things I’ve heard from folks around the program about the young guys who have been going through winter workouts and team led 7v7.
*Source said, BJ Foster and Caden Sterns look fantastic. In fact one source said, “If BJ isn’t the starting safety it’s a problem”. Meaning, in this persons opinion Foster looks like a guy who can and should win the spot.
*Was told, “Mikey Grandy is a huge human being. He looks like an NFL guard right now. He needs to be an early contributor”.
*Between the freshmen quarterback, early on I heard Casey’s name but it sounds like Rising is the one standing out, now. I’d imagine it has to do with Rising getting back to 100% and being able to put his weight on his base.
*In terms of “instant impact” guys, a source said, “Caden Sterns no question”. Source also mentioned Reese Leitao as a guy that could have a breakout year. In terms of additional offensive “instant impact” skill guys, was told that it’s too early to tell for guys like Eagles.