– Last week, Trinity Catholic (MO) Linebacker, Shammond Cooper cut his list to 10 schools.
— Shammond Cooper ⁷ (@Shammond07) March 15, 2018
Texas is a school that Cooper hasn’t been able to visit. That doesn’t mean he isn’t very interested in the Longhorns though. Cooper told me he “for sure” plans to officially visit Texas. He added that Oklahoma, Clemson, and Florida are three other schools he plans to officially visit as of right now. He told me he’ll likely take his official visits in the Spring, so those visits could be set up in the near future.
Missouri native, and now Texas LB, Ayodele Adeoye signing with the Longhorns is a big reason Cooper is excited to visit. Right now I think Oklahoma leads in this one. Things could change after he visits Texas, and we’ll have a better feel on where things stand. – (Andrew)
– Jalen Catalon: As we reported last week, there would be a surprise visitor this weekend. Jalen Catalon, the 4-star safety out of Mansfield Legacy, was that surprise visitor.
Jalen is a big baseball player on top of being one of the top safeties in the state, so he visited the Longhorns baseball game and later headed over to Moncrief to meet with Coach Naivar and Coach Herman.
Texas is one of the schools that is very much in the picture for Jalen Catalon, and he and Demani Richardson are Texas’ top targets in the state. – (Will)
– Kenyon Green: Atascocita (TX) 5-star OT Kenyon Green cut his 20+ offers down to just 10.
Top 10 ( no order) 💰💯 pic.twitter.com/NHzJ2YJUGb
— BIG KEN🃏™ (@K_Green_01) March 17, 2018
Texas A&M has looked like the leader in this recruitment for awhile now. Though Green and his family visited Texas last weekend, and the Longhorns made a major move with the 5-star. Alabama, Oklahoma, and LSU are the other schools to watch in this one. But right now it’s a Texas-Texas A&M battle, and Green is in no rush to make a decision.
– As most of you know, 2019 DT Faatui Tuitele, Honolulu, HI, made his way to Austin this past weekend. While on campus, the coveted Defensive Tackle received an offer from Tom Herman and his staff.
— FAATUI TUITELE (@tuitele87) March 17, 2018
Texas was the last stop for the Tuitele’s on a tour of schools which included stops at LSU and Oklahoma. I have not had the chance to connect directly with Faatui and his family to this point, but sources around the program tell us that the visit went really well.
While on campus, Tuitele and his family were able to spend some time with Jeff Langi (Pictured in tweet above). Langi, a Longhorn staffer, plays a vital role in recruiting polynesian players by making a connection, and being able to relate to their families, particualry when they arrive on campus.
As we gather additional information, we will be sure to keep you posted. – (Charlie)
– Team Notes: Spoke with a couple sources this week. A few quick notes here…
*Told Brennan is working behind Collin Johnson. Source said he’s big, fast and a smooth route runner.
*Have heard more high praise for Caden Sterns. It sounds like he’s competing with Brandon Jones and it’s a competition.
*PJ Locke is still working out at safety which is where he played in the bowl game. Josh Thompson appears to the favorite to take that nickel spot. Though one source mentioned Bonney could be a guy to watch at that position as well.
*Heard from additional sources that between the two freshmen, Cam Rising is standing out. One source said he throws a prettier ball than both Casey and Sam. I asked a source if Cam could legitimately take the spot from Sam and was told it’s simply too early to tell.
*Sounds like Pouncey is working at the slot. Expect him to fight for some playing time during Spring ball – (Super K)