– Vernon Jackson: Boling (TX) Alabama ATH commit Vernon Jackson took his official visit to Texas over the weekend and I caught up with him for a little bit to get the latest on where things stand in this recruitment. I didn’t get anything to crazy put of Jackson regarding his Texas visit but it sounds like he had a really good time.
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He did mention how he loved that Texas has Bryan Carrington on the road recruiting and how he loved talking to him on his visit. He’s being recruited as a LB with the possibility to move into a DE.
It will be busy month for Jackson, as he plans to officially visit Alabama this weekend, TCU next weekend, then Texas A&M the weekend before signing day. I get the sense that Alabama might pressure Jackson to cancel the TCU and TAMU visits this weekend and for him to shut down his recruitment completely. But I’ve heard that he is still considering playing closer to home and Texas and TAMU would be the favorites if that’s the case.
This weekend’s Alabama visit will tell us a lot about how his recruitment shakes out. – (Andrew)
– Caleb Okechukwu: I caught up with 2018 DE, Caleb Okechukwu (Washington D.C.) last night. He tells me that he will take a official visit to Texas this upcoming weekend.
Okechukwu is a 6’3/6’4 250 lb DE. He’s the type of hybrid guy who looks like he will carry 280 and end up a powerful and quick b-gap player.
Caleb says Texas has not yet received an offer from Texas but is hoping to pick up one this weekend. He says he can play 5 tech, OLB and the 4 tech but I suspect Texas is really looking at him as a 4i who can gap exchange. If you ask Caleb though he says, “I can do it all”.
This will be Caleb’s first official visit. He tells me that following the Texas visit he plans to visit Tennessee and Arkansas before making a decision. – (Super K)
– Tommy Bush: Longhorns coaches Tim Beck and Drew Mehringer both stopped by Schertz, TX to see the tall, speedster 4-star WR Tommy Bush.
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When I asked Tommy how his visit went, he told me, “It was pretty cool. I got to sit down with both of them and kinda hash this recruiting thing out. They explained why Texas would be a great fit for my skill set and that I would have an even better opportunity to get into the rotation with the vet WRs, especially with some of them leaving.”
I’ve spoken with a few people who really understand this recruitment, and the consensus is that UGA and Baylor are the leaders in this recruitment as they have built the best relationships with the Bush family. However, it is not over yet.
Texas fell out of contact with the Bush family during the season, and re-established contact around November. Now they have been working the recruitment, “…harder than ever.” Texas has done their best to explain the slight breakdown in connection and that he is still at the top of their list. Now they are trying to establish the level of relationship that Baylor and Georgia have fostered while pushing the idea that next year they will be losing some WRs, giving Tommy his time to shine.
Furthermore, there has been some buzz that the WR Coach for Baylor will be leaving, giving Tommy some pause.
Bush has taken official visits to Nebraska, Michigan State, and Georgia and he has one more OV left after his OV to Ole Miss this weekend. Texas is on the short list of places where they may use it. Bush told me his final official visit will either goto Texas, Arkansas, Florida, or Baylor.
When I asked Bush about a possible Texas visit, he said “It’s definitely on the table, this is home for me so it would kinda give me a last look before my decision but who knows”. He plans to make a decision on NSD, and we will see if Texas can get him back on campus before then with this late push. And if they do, I really like their chances. – (Will)
– Merlin Robertson: Super K recently mentioned that Texas reached out to Junipero Serra (CA) LB Merlin Robertson. I just wanted to post a quick update that Texas DC Todd Orlando was out in California recently to visit Robertson. So it does look like the Longhorns are trying to make a late run here.
This recruitment is interesting because USC and Oklahoma looked like the two favorites for a long time, but now aren’t really in the picture. The team that looks like it has the lead right now is Arizona State, where he officially visited over the weekend.
If Texas can get Robertson and his family on campus, they’ll have a shot to land the Top 25 player from the state of California. – (Andrew)
– Lawrence Keys: Earlier this week Texas coaches Drew Mehringer and Stan Drayton along with star recruiter Bryan Carrington visited McDonough 35 (LA) WR Lawrence Keys III.
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As we previously noted, Keys will visit Notre Dame this weekend and Texas the following weekend. He also currently plans to visit SMU the weekend before signing day. But this one is looking like a Notre Dame-Texas battle. – (Andrew)
– The Plan for Hand: Spoke with a source about Texas’ plan moving forward now that former Auburn OL coach, Herb Hand will be joining the staff. I am told that the current plan is as follows:
Drew Mehringer coaches outside wide receivers.
Corby Meekins coaches inside wide receivers.
Herb Hand takes over tight ends and offensive tackles.
Derek Warehime would then have interior offensive linemen. – (Super K)
– This weekend, Bryan Carrington is being pulled off the road and go back into his original position. He was cleaning it up on the road and has really changed the momentum of a few key recruitments and solidified others.
Replacing him will be new OL coach Herb Hand. Hand has already built relationships with some great out-of-state OLs like Nicholas Petit-Frere, Richard Gouraige, and Dylan Wonnum. The staff feels like if they close out strong they could get one of these guys on campus for an official visit.
Herman obviously has a strategy in place, but A&M, OU, and Arkansas have to be letting out a sigh of relief. – (Will)
– Joshua Moore had planned to visit Texas last weekend but had a change of plans. He did confirm that he will take a official visit to Texas this weekend, instead.
– Calvin Anderson: Texas brought the house to Rice to visit with Calvin Anderson.
Derek Warehime, Tim Beck, and Corby Meekins all were in attendance to visit the coveted grad transfer.
With Herb in Hand, we feel Texas is in a very good position with Anderson, but they will be fighting Michigan, OU, and TCU.
Anderson will visit Texas this weekend. – (Will)
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– Mike Williams: 2018 DE Mike Williams (Baton Rouge, LA) was visited by ace recruiter Jason Washington and was then given an official offer he was expecting.
Mike is the Vernon Jackson of Louisiana and will be looking to take either one (maybe even both).
We feel very confident with Texas’ position with Mike. He is scheduled to take his official in Austin this weekend where we feel Texas will solidify the recruitment. – (Will)