– Badara Traore: The big recruiting news last week was that ASA College (NY) JUCO OT Badara Traore officially visited Texas. He will have two years of eligibility left after he enrolls at a school in January. He’s a guy that doesn’t talk to the media much at all, so it has been interesting in terms of digging up information in this recruitment. He has only taken two official visits, Texas and Auburn. But the one to Auburn was back in July, so I’m not sure how big of a threat the Tigers are in this one.
I haven’t gotten much out of Traore personally, outside of him saying the Texas visit was a good one and was a different experience than he’s used to in a good way. Right now his recruitment is just starting to heat up and he’ll take some more visits.
I spoke to one of his coaches and was told LSU is a school that will definitely visit and they’re a real threat here. We also talked about what kind of player Traore is. He told me “Badara is a hardworking, humble, competitive young man. He has prototypical size and frame and plays with great knee bend at 6’8. He has experience at both tackle positions and excels in pass protection. He has loads of potential, very coachable and wants to be great and is a guy that will definitely be missed when he graduates.”
It’s always interesting to talk with JUCO coaches, because they’re more honest overall when talking about their guys as a whole compared to some HS coaches. – (Andrew)
– Josh Landry: Last night I talked with Hou. Lamar (TX) Baylor DL commit Josh Landry. Texas has been in constant contact with him recently and he told me he is set to officially visit Texas on December 15th. He wanted to unofficially visit Texas for the Oklahoma State game but wasn’t able to because Lamar had a Saturday afternoon game.
Right now Landry says he is still fully committed to Baylor. Though I feel confident in saying Texas could flip him if an offer comes. And I think the Texas staff feels the same way. With Ronnie Perkins committing to Oklahoma, Landry is a guy to watch even more moving forward. – (Andrew)
– Ayodele Adeoye: Earlier this week, I spoke with Texas LB commit, Ayodele Adeoye who says his current plan is to first take a couple of visits and then make his decision. Ayodele will visit Texas on November 11th when Texas hosts Kansas. He also says he plans on visiting LSU. Those are the only two visits he has planned.
Here are the important things to know.
– LSU and Texas have an advantage in that Ayodele’s brother played for or was recruited by both Arranda (LSU DC) and Orlando (Texas DC) so his brother will vouch for both of those coaches. That has always been the draw for him to Texas and LSU. I am told that when word went around that Ayodele was considering a flip, Ayodele’s brother stepped in.
– Texas also has the advantage of Ayodele’s uncle living in Houston. He visits there from time to time.
OU has a few advantages as well though.
– Ayodele wants to be a pilot and OU is the only one of those three schools that has a aviation program. That’s actually a pretty big deal.
– Another draw is that the Sooners have let Ayodele know that they will have an opening at the MLB position. Ayodele is an early enrollee. The Sooners have told Ayodele that current freshman LB, Kenneth Murray will likely get moved to the WILL spot leaving the MIKE open for competition.
– The commitment of Ronnie Perkins obviously works in OU’s favor. The situation went from Ayodele recruiting Perkins to Texas to Perkins recruiting Ayodele to OU. Both guys are alphas though, so I don’t know how much this will really factor in.
Bottom line here is that Texas held off a flip and will get the visit they wanted. That is incredibly significant for Texas. – (Super K)
Team Note | Collin Johnson: As you all know, for the past few weeks he has been repping with the second team. I’m told this week he’s been repping with both the 1s and the 2s.
Adam Plant: A new defensive line name to know is Adam Plant (Bishop Gorman | Las Vegas, NV). Plant says he will officially visit Texas later this season. Plant told me that he’s actually been in touch with coach Giles since last February.
The renewed interest in Plant is connected to the recent commitments of Brown and Perkins. However, do not expect Texas to relent on Perkins or Brown anytime soon. I am told that Landry is still the most likely late offer.
– Cam Rising Injury Update: Spoke with the father of Texas 2018 QB commit, Cameron Rising. In case you missed it, Cameron suffered a knee injury last Friday. It was an initially thought to be a ACL tear. However, the MRI came back negative.
It was a knee injury but the nature of the injury will only require 6-8 weeks of recovery time. As such, Rising will be good to go by the time he makes it UT in January. – (Super K)