– Craig Williams: Texas extended a recent offer to Crosby (TX) Baylor RB commit Craig Williams. After talking to Williams and a source close to him, I’ve gotten a better feel of this recruitment.
This one won’t be a slam dunk for Texas. Some schools like Williams at RB, and some at slot WR. Williams told me he’d rather play RB in college as that’s what he’s played during his whole HS career. But doesn’t mind playing slot. I was told Texas isn’t telling him that they want him at either RB or slot, it’s more of a “however they can get him the ball type of approach”.
Right now Williams has taken 3 official visits. One to Baylor, and also Missouri, and Minnesota. Williams was actually up at Minnesota this past weekend when Texas offered him. I spoke to a source close to him and they told me that Utah will get an official visit from Williams, as they’ve been recruiting him for a very long time. Texas will have a shot to get the final official visit, and I expect them to get it if they heavily pursue Williams.
Like I said after Texas offered, I think this is a really smart offer by the Longhorns. He has elite speed and that’s what Texas needs on the offensive side of the ball at the skill positions. If they can get him on campus for an official visit and really push for him, a flip is definitely possible here. – (Andrew)
– Nik Bonitto: After last week’s in-home visit with OU and Texas, I spoke with 2018 OLB, Nik Bonitto (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Texas and OU are pushing hard for the athletic linebacker. Bonitto is an intriguing prospect in that he can possibly play any one of the various linebacker spots in multiple schemes. How athletic is he? He’s the son of a division 1 basketball player and holds multiple division one basketball offers himself.
I asked Bonitto what Orlando’s message has been to him, “He get’s to the point. Telling me as soon I come to Texas it’s not all fun and games. He’s more to the point. He doesn’t sugar coat it”. I asked Bonitto how he feels about Orlando’s approach, “I like it. I need that. To have a coach who is going to tell you what it is and what it isn’t. That’s how you get better”.
Thus far Bonitto has taken visits to Texas and Louisville. He also noted that “Florida just got into the mix” but it’s not clear just how serious talks are right now. What does seem clear is that Texas and Oklahoma are two key players in this recruitment.
Bonitto will take a official visit to Oklahoma this upcoming weekend. In terms of a commitment timeline, “I want to commit at the Under Armour game but I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to sign on the 20th or sign in February”. – (Super K)
– Jake Smith: This week, Texas hosted Notre Dame Prep (AZ) 2019 WR Jake Smith. He was offered by the Longhorns this morning but recently made the news public.
— Jake Smith (@jakesmith27) December 15, 2017
Smith is a guy most didn’t know about going into the week, but will be a name to remember going forward. The best WR to come out of the state of Arizona recently was Texas A&M star Christian Kirk. And Smith has been putting up numbers similar to Kirk, as he rushed for over 1,000 yards and also had over 1,000 receiving yards as a junior.
He already holds offers from Alabama, Penn State, UCLA, Arizona State, and more. He told me the visit was “Great! And the locker room blew us away”. We’ll speak with him in detail. – (Andrew)
– Mikey Grandy: Texas recently offered JUCO OL, Mike Grandy (College of San Mateo). As we noted earlier this week, Texas will host Mikey Grandy on a official visit beginning today.
Grandy is flying in from Arizona where he was on a official visit to Arizona State.
Prior to that he had visited UCLA.
So, it would appear that his decision will come down to UCLA, ASU and Texas. The Longhorns staff should know their fate in short order as Grandy is a early enrollee. We’ll check with him over the weekend. – (Super K)
– Anthony Cook: I mentioned last week that LSU has still be in the market for defensive backs. In fact they offered 2018 CB, Mario Goodrich (Lee’s Summit) last weekend. However, I’ve got mixed feelings here. A source inside the building at LSU tells me they feel confident. Source close to Cook believes it will be LSU. Another source close to Cook said Cook is still undecided. Either way, this one is still unclear to me and appears, at least to me, to be closer than I expected. – (Super K)
– Badara Traore: Some on our donor board asked if the departure of LSU’s offensive line coach will help Texas with Badara. I checked with a source who said, “I’d put Texas chances at around 20%. The problem is there isn’t a ton of time to do another in-home with the visitors coming in. Do you risk not giving guys on campus full attention for a guy who isn’t likely to come? Badara didn’t commit to LSU for a position coach. He’s there for LSU.”
I’m not saying it’s out of the question, but I don’t think the Traore flip is likely. – (Super K)
– Noah Banks: Earlier this week Texas offered Arkansas JUCO OT, Noah Banks (Iowa Western). Banks arrived in Texas for his official visit on Wednesday.
– Jaylen Waddle: As many of you may know by now, TX WR, Jaylen Waddle has announced he will not sign on the 20th. Instead he will wait till February to sign.
But where are things with Texas and Waddle?
Last weekend, Waddle used his final official visit on a trip to Texas A&M. But here’s a note of interest. Last Wednesday, Texas’ HC Tom Herman did a in-home visit with Waddle. Apparently Waddle told Texas that he would officially visit UT that weekend. And at the last minute let them know that he had changed his mind.
I’m told that Waddle continues to be unhappy with the way the slot WR recruiting was handled when Waddle was a silent commit to Texas.
It would appear this one is going to go TAMU’s way. However, I still can’t shake the fact that Waddle always wanted to go to Texas. If TAMU was a sure thing, why not sign in December? Everything seems to make sense. TAMU is close to home. Fisher was a coach who recruited him early on. I’m even told that his close friend, Marvin Wilson, is encouraging him to go to TAMU. So again, why not sign in December?
Texas will continue to work on this through January in hopes of getting him back on campus one more time. – (Super K)
– Courtre Alexander: Oscar Giles was in Oklahoma recently to visit 6’4 260 lb athletic DE/DT, Courtre Alexander (Owasso, OK). It appeared an offer would be coming however Texas is awaiting the results of Courtre’s test scores (he took the ACT earlier this month).
Alexander tells me that he will take a official visit to Texas this weekend. He’s set to head down to Austin today.
This is an incredibly high upside player that would be a steal for Texas. Alexander hasn’t even scratched the surface of what he can become. This is a well known fact in the state of Oklahoma. – (Super K)