Open Post | Monday, July 16th

MANINOA TUFONO DROPS HIS TOP FIVE

Last week, Texas linebacker target, Maninoa Tufono, cut his list to five and Texas made the cut.

This was a big cut to make for Texas, as these are the five schools expected to receive official visits from Tufono.

As of today, I would say Texas is likely on the back end of the top five with Washington and USC likely leading the way. But Tufono did take an unofficial visit to Texas about a month ago, and he told me it really opened his eyes in regards to the program. Texas recruiting assistant Jake Langi has been an x-factor in helping the Longhorns in this recruitment.

Tufono is a top target at LB for Texas. They already hold a commitment from one out of state LB in Westlake (CA) De’Gabriel Floyd. Some of the other main targets at LB are Wekiva (FL) Rian Davis, Cinco Ranch (TX) David Gbenda, Trinity Catholic (MO) Shammond Cooper, and the Longhorn staff is going to keep recruiting Marcus (TX) LSU commit Marcel Brooks. – (Andrew)


2019 WIDE RECEIVER CLASS THOUGHTS

As most saw, earlier this month, Millwood (OK) WR Demariyon Houston announced his commitment to Texas

Houston is the third wide receiver commit in Texas’ 2019 class. He goes along with Cuero (TX) Jordan Whittington and Notre Dame Prep (AZ) Jake Smith. I feel like Texas is likely only going to take four WRs in the 2019 class. So there is a bit of a numbers crunch right now.

Going into Houston’s commitment, some thought he was going to commit to Oklahoma State and that Texas wasn’t going to take him. Mostly because guys like Dylan Wright, Elijah Higgins, and Marcus Washington are still uncommitted. I think Texas made the right move by taking Houston right now. As he could play outside or in the slot at Texas and has legit 10.7 100m speed.

Now, who is going to fill Texas’ final WR spot? The most likely choice, and he also happens to be my #1 choice out of the uncommitted WR’s in Texas is West Mesquite (TX) Dylan Wright. It’s likely going to be a Texas-Texas A&M battle for Wright. And the Longhorns staff has had the stronger relationship with Wright for a longer time. And if the offense looks better in 2018, I think they land him.

Texas is still in it for Elijah Higgins, who seems to be struggling to decide from a list of schools like Florida to Stanford to Ohio State to Texas. So I think he’ll likely push his commitment date back, which would be good news for Texas. Right now he wants to make a decision before the start of the season.

Marcus Washington is another guy who wanted to commit before the season, but he told us at The Opening that he was likely going to push that back. So he could take some other official visits, including one to Texas. If Washington commits before the season, Ohio State will very likely be the pick.

Texas also offered some under the radar WR recruits from Texas back in late May. Round Rock (TX) Baylor commit Jaylen Ellis and Midlothian Heritage (TX) Langston Anderson were the two that were offered. With Texas landing Demariyon Houston and if they only plan to take four WR’s in 2019, Ellis/Anderson are off the table IMO unless something goes wrong and Texas misses on the three guys I mentioned above. – (Andrew)


2019 4-STAR DB NOA POLA-GATES VISITING TEXAS
First published on Texas Donor Site @3:16 PM on 7/13/18

Arizona DB Noa Pola-Gates will be visiting Texas on July 28th. While he wants to play CB in college he projects better at safety. Texas has offered him to play CB.

The thing that Pola-Gates is looking for in a program is one that can bring him a national championship and the ability to produce music… But mostly getting a to hold the trophy is what drives him. Therefore, it seems pretty obvious why Alabama is a leader here. However, it seems he’s starting to broaden his horizons. He realizes he has an opportunity to win big at Penn State, USC, and Texas. If the coaches can convince him they’ll win a national championship it seems Texas could do pretty well here. – (Will)


JULY 27th VISITORS

– There are quite a few people making it into Austin for the 27th of July. Of those there will definitely be quite a few Texas commits like WR Jake Smith, CB Marques Caldwell, LB De’Gabriel Floyd, and likely others.

– Another attendee will be 2020 WR Troy Omeire. I’ve said it here before, but I’ve had college coaches tell me that a sophomore in high school should be that well built yet. He’s an exciting prospect who the coaches are very interested in.

– Cibolo Steele 2020 CB Jaylon Jones will also be visiting Austin that weekend. He’s built like this staff constructed him in a lab. Florida and Ohio State are also threats here.

– As we find out more, we’ll compile a list of people visiting. Should be a big weekend.

– One note, there are reports out there that WR Marcus Washington is expected in Austin that weekend. We’ve been told by two sources on both sides that Washington will not be visiting Texas until the season. – (Will)


STACEY WILKINS MOVES HIS DECISION DATE UP

2019 OT, Stacey Wilkins (Camden, AR) was originally scheduled to announce a decision this fall. He has announced, however, that he will announce sometime this summer.

Stacey Wilkins will be taking his official visit to Arkansas later this month and to Texas for the USC game, but we do not feel very good about Texas’ chances here.

In fact, it’s probably safe to say that if he makes an announcement this summer, it won’t be Texas. – (Will)


DAVID GBENDA COMMITMENT TIMELINE

Yesterday, 2019 4-star LB, David Gbenda dropped his top ten. Not surprisingly Texas made the cut…

Gbenda says he plans to cut the list down to five and then take his official visits.

He tells me the current plan is to commit sometime during the season but no date is set just yet. Gbenda has been to a Texas on multiple occasions and I have little doubt they will be in the top five when that list comes. – (Super K)