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Texas extended an offer to Camden Fairview (AR) OT Stacey Wilkins during his Junior Day visit on Saturday. I caught up with him after he got back home to talk about his experience in Austin.
He told me “It was really good to meet the coaches. I felt loved when I first walked in getting greeted by players and coaches. Everybody already knew my name too. I had a great time time touring the facilities and getting to know about the university and the academic side of things. Also the networks and things they have set up to help you if you don’t play at the next level to help you become a better person, father, and husband.”
This visit changed things in Wilkins recruitment after his first visit to Texas. He said “After looking at them, they will change your perspective on a lot of things when you visit and you will have a really great time. Coach Herman is turning things around up there and I’m excited to see what he has in store for the guys.”
Something that Wilkins got to do on the visit that was different than most was that he was able to show off his Polynesian heritage. Texas recruiting assistant Jake Langi is playing a major factor in this recruitment, same as he did for fellow Polynesian OL and Texas signee Junior Angilau.
Wilkins told me that he plans to officially visit Texas. That’s the only school that he plans to officially visit as of right now. Though Arkansas and Oklahoma are two other major players in this recruitment as well.
2019 RB/LB Jaren Mangham from Cass Tech out of Detroit, MI is visited Texas Wednesday (as first reported by InsideTexas and 247).
He holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, A&M and Texas (which he got last week).
Dude is one heck of an athlete being strong, fast, and with a good build. He can truck/run by you at RB or take your head off at LB. He could play either side of the ball at Texas. Would be a Rover at LB.
Texas extended an offer way over in the Hawaiian islands on Thursday to the 2019 5-star DL Faatui Tuitele.
The 5-star is quick on his feet, is strong like a mack truck, and sheds blocks with ease. He could come in on day 1 and contribute.
Tuitele is being recruited by just about everybody in the nation, but will be using one of his 5 official visits to make his way down to Austin, TX this spring. Thank Jake Langi for getting this one going.
Texas Longhorns have been added to the spring visit list. #Hookem ??
— FAATUI TUITELE (@tuitele87) February 21, 2018
Demarvin Leal is one of Texas’ top defensive line targets.
Leal was on campus Saturday for the first jr day. I spoke with Leal’s mother to get a sense of where things are now and where things are headed.
The Leal family has been on campus many times, “We’ve been so many times now I don’t remember. This may have been our fourth time I want to say,” Leal’s mother noted.
Still, Texas made this time feel unique, “We saw it in a different aspect. We got to see it in a different view…we got that family oriented feeling, that feeling of maybe this where Marvin belongs.” Leal’s mother enthusiastically added, “When I tell you we had an awesome visit, it was awesome.”
From what I gather the most recent Texas visit wasn’t so much that they saw something tangibly new but perhaps that there was that type of comfort that players to feel when a school begins to feel right.
The timing for that type of a feeling couldn’t have been better as it sounds like Texas and Texas A&M are the two in-state schools in the mix and the most recently visit may have been the final visits. DeMarvin visited Texas A&M earlier this month (on the 4th), “It was the first time we’d been there since the changes. Mr. Jimbo is a great coach and he can make a difference there. So, it’s gonna be tough [to decide].”
Visits and a Decision Coming…
As I said, the family seems to feel they’ve been to Texas and Texas A&M enough to have a good sense of those schools. They plan to take their out of state visits this spring…
– Leal’s mother said they will definitely visited Alabama on March 20th.
– They also plan to visit Clemson next month.
– After that they are looking at possible visits to Penn State, Georgia and Florida State though Leal’s mother noted that those visits could change.
– Once the spring visits are they plan on committing. In fact Leal’s mother noted, “gotta narrow it down and to decide because we need to get all his course work information. He wants to graduate early.”
There is no exact decision date but it sounds like it’ll happen this spring once they’ve taken all the out of state visits they want to take.
Texas is certainly a major contender here.
Thursday, Texas shot out three offers to recruits in Baton Rouge, LA.
2019 OLB/WR Makiya Tongue – University Lab (Baton Rouge, LA)
Makiya comes from University Lab out of Baton Rouge. He is one of those Louisiana three stars that is often overlooked by LSU and is a helluva player. Makiya has recently blown up again receiving 5 offers this week (including one from A&M). He currently holds offers from A&M, Auburn, and Tennessee.
To be honest, I could not tell you which side of the ball I’d prefer him on. I think he makes pretty astounding plays on both sides of the ball. You’ll just have to watch the film and see.
2019 WR/CB Christian Harris – University Lab (Baton Rouge, LA)
Another ATH out of University Lab that has been overlooked by LSU received an offer today. However, Christian Harris also holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, and A&M.
Harris is a well built 6’1″ 225 with some speed behind it. Makes it pretty easy to just run over defenders in the secondary or completely out-match wide receivers. Another guy you get on campus and figure out what to do with him.
Again, just watch the tape.
2019 RB Tyrion Davis – Southern Lab (Baton Rouge, LA) – LSU
It’s pretty tough to flip a commitment. It’s even tougher when said commitment is to LSU and the recruit lives in Baton Rouge. Well, that’s not going to stop Texas from throwing their hat in with Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma, USC, and Michigan.
At 6’1″ 230, you’d think Davis was a bowling ball type RB. He’s still the guy who get’s you the extra yard for a first down. He’s still your goal line package. However, he has some serious speed behind him when he gets going, so when he gets going, you’re not going to stop him.
Our Alex King reached out to him about the offer to see if he had any plans to visit Austin and one is already in the works it sounds.
“Of course.. I’m gonna make a visit either before or after I leave the opening in Dallas,” Davis said.
The Opening in Dallas is scheduled for April 29 so not too far down the road. Alex is working to get a full update from Davis here soon to see exactly where Texas stands with him.
(Alex & Baizer)
– I know many of you have been asking about the status of in-state LB, Marcel Brooks. Brooks recently visited Texas. Shortly thereafter he reiterated that he is down to two schools, LSU & Alabama.
I spoke to a source close to Brooks and was told that Texas did a good job of making up some ground on the trip. As I’ve said before, folks I speak to say Brooks is still figuring out the recruiting process.
Just let this one play out for a while. Texas will have a chance to make their move down the road.
– Marquez Beason is set to announce next week. Many of you probably know by now that Texas will not be the choice. It may be of some consolation that Texas A&M won’t either.
– I spoke with Jordan Whittington this past weekend. He says he will visit UCLA this upcoming weekend. Next weekend he plans to visit Texas A&M. He will then announce his decision on March 9th.
I’m still putting my BBs on Texas but obviously these visits could change things.
– Wednesday night, Bryan Carrington dropped the shhh…
— Bʀʏᴀɴ Cᴀʀʀɪɴɢᴛᴏɴ? (@BCarringtonUT) February 22, 2018
This one will be public next month.
– I spoke with the father of 2019 DB target, Demani Richardson (Waxahachie, TX). Richardson was expected to be in Austin this past weekend for the Texas jr day. He did not make it. Richardson’s father said they had a basketball conflict but said they will absolutely reschedule the visit.
Richardson will take a return visit to Texas A&M this weekend.
Don’t panic just yet…
Texas A&M is definitely a threat right now. They’ve had Richardson on campus once already this month and Jimbo Fisher has been in communication with Demani’s father and they’re building a good relationship. But if Richardson holds off on a commitment and makes it down to Texas, I think that’s where Texas will be able to make up the ground. Richardson grew up a Texas fan.
Going into this past weekend, TAMU had an advantage over Texas with Dylan Wright. After the visit, Wright said they were close but that the Texas was still a bit better.
Richardson has yet to receive the red carpet treatment from Texas. He’s only been on campus twice and both were for camps where he left without an offer. If Texas can get him on campus in March…I suspect this thing shifts back in their favor.
The high 4-star DB out of New England, Lewis Cine, has received an offer from the Longhorns
As it was first reported by Rivals, Cine will be moving to Texas and will enroll at Trinity Christian. This bodes well for Texas.
I’m still gathering information on this particular prospect but one of the top JUCO inside linebackers in the country, Lakia Henry (Dodge City Community College) will be visiting Texas next weekend.
Henry holds offers from a number of schools including Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M (he will visit TAMU this weekend) and others.
You’ll recall, current Texas LB, Gary Johnson also hails from Dodge City Community College. Johnson is a vocal recruiter for Texas. So, don’t be surprised to see him really help Texas recruit Henry.
A quick glance at his film and you can see he’s a true, wade through the trash and sideline to sideline ILB. Again, hope to have more on Henry later.
– Tyler Johnson: I was able to speak with 2019 Conroe, TX Oak Ridge OT Tyler Johnson’s Mom to get to know a little bit of their families background and about their recruitment. Tyler’s mom was very kind and easy to talk to.
The Johnson family currently resides in Conroe, TX but their family is actually originally from Illinois. Shortly after Tyler was born the family moved to Georgia. They followed that by a move to Maryland, then back to Illinois and ended up back in Georgia, where they lived until Tyler was in the 8th grade which is when they moved to Conroe.
Tyler’s size runs in the family. Tyler’s mother said Tyler gets his height from his father and grandfather who are both very tall.
One of the things we love to see in an athlete is someone who is well rounded, someone who plays multiple sports and is taking care of their classwork. Success on the field is often tied to success off the field. Tyler is currently in Track & Field where he throws the Shot Put. But he’s also is in AP Classes and taking college courses to help get him ready for the next level. He’s the type of young man his teachers really enjoy teaching and being around and he’s the type of player coaches want to coach.
Looking at Johnson’s build you see an impressive frame with very little, if any, bad weight. He’s listed around 315 lbs but can be 325-330 lbs in no time once he hits a college weight room.
The first clip gives you an understanding of the type of prospect you are dealing with as he shows his athleticism getting to the second level. But once he arrives he gets low making initial contact with leverage (even though hands are outside the shoulder pads), brings those hips and it’s all she wrote.
He’s a powerful young man when he gets leverage and those hips follow.
Flashes quick feet at times on a couple of clips even though his film is heavy run based. The pass pro set at 1:12 shows initial quick feet out of his pass pro and fires his hands inside to control the DE who tries to set him up with an outside stutter -inside move. Getting his hands on him like he did with his length allowed him to stone the inside move but you see his feet stop before he recovers and extends to control the rusher. Once he gets coached up and keeps those feet moving in situations like that kid will be a wall.
Don’t see him falling off blocks or letting kids off the hook as he finishes defenders to the ground. Technique wise he is definitely raw but that just makes his potential that much higher to me as on film you are seeing what he can do with just his raw athleticism and power. Again, scary potential once he gets coached up at the next level.
Johnson holds offers from top programs all over the country. Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas is just a small sample of his offer list. Johnson has already visited Texas before and was supposed to be at the Jr Day this past Sunday but he and his mother fell ill so they weren’t able to make it. However, they are planning to be in Austin here really soon.
“We are actually planning to take a visit to Texas on March 3,” Mrs. Johnson said.
When I asked her who was recruiting Tyler the hardest the Longhorns were mentioned in the list.
“Oklahoma, Texas, LSU, Georgia & Alabama (Saban was by to see him recently),” she said.
With a return visit already set up and the Longhorns working hard recruiting Johnson, Herman and Co. will definitely be a strong player here.