There isn’t a lot going on in the recruiting game with the Longhorns preparing for the Texas Bowl tomorrow. We still have a few notes though:
– First off team notes on today’s bowl game can be found here (Will Baizer)
– Not hearing good news for Texas on the Nik Bonitto front. He will announce at the UA game but again, not confident in Texas’ chances here. (Super K)
– Texas is on the hunt for a game changing slot wide receiver, as position Herman and co. like to feature in their offense. Herman mentioned in last week’s presser that they have a number of guys they’ve already evaluated and are ready to target.
Bless to say that I have received an offer from the University of Texas🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/JWG3Sp0W5k
— Lawrence Keys III 🔑 (@Double_doo1) December 21, 2017
They made a wide receiver offer recently to Lawrence Keys (New Orleans, LA). Keys has been a guy on the Texas’ board but with Rondale Moore in the fold there wasn’t any urgency to make the offer
Keys is a guy I’m familiar with as he was a guy I spoke with last spring when Oklahoma offered. The schools to watch for him are Notre Dame and LSU. I spoke to a source with knowledge of Keys recruitment who said, “I would not rule Texas out at all. The feeling I get is the best option will be chosen (irrespective of location). Notre Dame has pushed very hard for him”.
I checked with a source close to the LSU staff who tells me that as of right now it doesn’t appear he is a guy they are pursuing. I don’t know if that means they simply aren’t pushing for him at the moment because they have guys ahead of him or if they actually no longer have a spot for him. But if LSU is out of the picture it makes things a lot easier for Texas as their primary competition will become Notre Dame. (Super K)
– I am told that, in addition to a JUCO OL, don’t be surprised to see Texas go after another high school OL if it’s the right guy. A player to keep an eye on is Memphis commit, Nigel Brannon (OKC) who recently picked up a offer from LSU. Texas has quite a bit of room to add line depth and take some chances. (Super K)
– Texas has extended an offer to 4-Star DB Demani Richardson out of Waxahachie HS. I got to see Demani play in Prime 21 earlier this year.
— Demani Richardson (@therealdemani) December 25, 2017
He’s a big 6’1” 185lbs Safety who plays very physically and has super closing speed/acceleration. He’s also not bad in coverage.
Big fan of this offer and so is Demani who has offers from Georgia, Mizzou, and Baylor. After talking with those around him, I’d say this Texas offer stands out the most to him now and Texas is the definite favorite. Way to be ahead of the game. (Will Baizer)
– Jordan Whittington: Jordan Whittington (Cuero, TX) is one of the top 2018 ATH in Texas and perhaps the country. He’s being recruited to play on both sides of the ball. Whittington nearly made a commitment this past fall but pulled back in order to reevaluate. He released a new list of tops schools. I recently spoke to him about each of those schools.
— Jordan Whittington (@J_Whitt3) December 10, 2017
Still need to revisit a few schools before I make the decision…
Florida: The Gators have a new staff but Whittington has familiarity with the new staff and has been to Gainseville on numerous occasion, “I loved the receivers coach and had visited campus three times. I like the way they use their offensive weapons. I’ve been talking to Dan Mullen and I think their staff is going to do a good job. I also have family ties to Florida.”
Ohio State: “I love their offense. I see a lot of great receivers coming out of there. They might get Grant Tisdale and that would be big. And I know JK Dobbins and he recruits me to there”. Whittington has yet to visit Ohio State but says he plans to before making a decision.
UCLA: Of all the schools that are outside this region (TX/OK/LA), UCLA sounds like the biggest threat, “My mom’s side of the family is from California. My sister just moved back to California. They’ve got a good quarterback and I saw what coach Kelly did at Oregon. It’s the best campus I’ve been to.”
My read is that the three regional schools will have the best shot.
TAMU: “My brother went there so my mom likes Texas A&M. That was my favorite school for a time. I’ve been to like fifteen visits there. I’ve been through the tour five times. I know that place inside and out. And that’s the only school my mom knows a lot about. I’ve already met Fisher. He’s a cool dude.”
Texas: Had Whittington made his announcement when he originally planned, Texas would’ve been hard to beat. While Texas A&M may have been a favorite of Whittington’s for a time, Texas was his childhood dream school. But Whittington needs to more from Texas’ offense, “They’re still one of my top schools but I’m still looking at what’s going to happen with the offense. I love the tradition and the campus. I like Tom Herman. Just waiting for the offense to have this spark.”
Whittington says he will likely make it to Texas’ jr day.
OU: Oklahoma wasn’t even on Whittington’s original list of top schools. But a visit during the season changed that. “t first I wasn’t a fan at all of Oklahoma but it turned out to be the total opposite of what I expected. The campus was live. The fans were live. The game was live. I thought the campus would be old and the fans would all be old people. The vibe was definitely one of the best I’ve been to. I love Riley. Probably the best OC I’ve ever watched. And of course they’ve got Spencer Rattler coming in for my class so that’s a selling point for me”.
Whittington tells me he also plans to attend the OU jr day.
Decision Timeline: In terms of a decision timeline Whittington said, “Would like to make a decision by February but I’m not going to rush it if I don’t feel certain”.