Surprise Visitors on Campus Today
– CJ Vogel
There were plenty of names that popped up on campus this afternoon that may come as a surprise to many.
*** The first comes in the form of 2022 Carrollton Creekview TE Sean Sallis. The 6’5″, 220 lb tight end made the trip south after camping at Minnesota yesterday.
A source tells me, though it was raining, Sallis received a tour of campus and the facilities from members of the recruiting staff. Sallis leaving with an offer would not surprised me.
*** 2023 Dickinson CB Vernon Glover Jr. made it to campus this afternoon as well. He currently holds offers from Miami and Arkansas and is primed to have a big fall season.
*** There is a report from Horns247 that one of the top linebackers in the country for the 2023 class 2023 Kahuku, HI Tausili Akana will be on campus Thursday and Friday. I’ll work to confirm and get an update out as soon as I can.
Big Offer for ’22 DB Commit Bryan Allen
– Charlie S
Earlier this afternoon, Longhorns commit Bryan ‘BJ’ Allen (6’0 185) out of Aledo picked up an offer from Alabama.
Cutting to the chase…I believe this is going to be something to watch.
Allen verbally committed to Texas back in February following his de-commitment from LSU which happened roughly a month prior.
Following his de-commitment from LSU, CJ caught up with him on multiple occasions and after his last visit with Allen, prior to Allen committing to Texas, CJ wrote:
‘On the drive over to Aledo, I was prepared to ask about Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M. Though when I asked Allen who he was in communication with he gave one answer: Texas.
“I’m on Texas right now, that’s about it” Allen said, who added that Texas was the only school was still in constant communication with.’
At the time, Texas, Texas A&M, and OU were thought to be the big players for Allen. However, I had a few previous interactions with Allen prior to CJ getting involved and the ‘Alabama shadow’ loomed large in my interactions with Allen.
I spoke with BJ following his decommitment from LSU and just about 10 days prior to his commitment to Texas.
I wrote the following on the OU side of TFB:
‘I asked Allen if he has any plans set to get back up to Norman or Austin in the near future and he said, “Nothing planned as of now, but both schools are very, very high on my list”.
Allen (6’0″ 180) is one of the top safeties in the class and there is one offer missing that I am keeping an eye on…Alabama.
Right now, I believe OU and Texas would be at the top of his list, if and when that Bama offer comes, I do think they will immediately jump into contention.’
The reason I was so certain that Alabama would be a player if they offered and pushed is because of the way he spoke about the program. It was clear in my conversation with him that he coveted the offer and it was also very clear that he had a strong relationship with former Texas DB coach Jay Valai.
It is also worth noting that Bama has had a good run with Aledo as they have signed a couple of his former teammates to the program in WR JoJo Earle and RB Jase McClellan.
I’m not going to say that a flip is in the works, but I am going to say that this situation is something to keep an eye on going forward.
While Bama only extended the offer today, I cannot imagine that the relationship between Allen and Valai has done anything but get stronger and by all appearances, Valai was able to work an offer from Bama for him.
We will be working on getting more information about where things stand in the coming days, but I did want to make note of the offer as I believe Allen will listen to the full pitch from Alabama.
Bryan Allen | Bama Visit
– Super K
As you know, Texas DB commit, Bryan Allen recently picked up an offer from Alabama.
I was able to confirm that Allen plans on heading to Tuscaloosa this upcoming weekend. He says his younger brother is camping at Alabama, though I have little doubt they will be doing a tour, as well.
When Allen first committed and perhaps earlier we had noted Bama would be a real threat if they decided to enter the picture.
That has not changed, in my opinion. Prior to his commitment, folks around Allen and even Allen himself were pretty clear that Bama was the offer he wanted. Will the fact that it took so long and the relationship that he’s built with coach Gideon and company be enough to hold off Saban and the Tide?
I’d put it at a coin toss but we should know more after the visit.
Jacob Sexton Setting up a Visit
– Super K
Texas is still looking to land their first 2022 offensive line target. Among the targets is 4-star OT, Jacob Sexton (Edmond, OK).
Although Sexton is from Oklahoma, his father is originally from Texas and grew up a Texas fan. So, Sexton has some split loyalties around him.
Texas did make Sexton’s top five which also included Alabama, OU, TAMU and Okie State.
Sexton has his official visit to Alabama set for this upcoming weekend.
He tells me that he is working on setting up his official visit to Texas and will announce that day in the next few days. My guess is he will be at Texas for the big weekend of June 18th-20th. The Sooners have their big weekend on that same weekend but I get the sense that he is more likely to be at Texas that weekend.
Sexton Tweeted out his plans to officially visit the Longhorns on June 11-13.
Weekend Visitor Note | 22 WR Andre Greene
– Charlie S
The Longhorns will host 2022 wide receiver Andre Greene (6’3″ 175) out of Richmond, VA. this weekend for an unofficial visit.
Greene is a talented east-coact receiver who is taking in the sites in the region as he visited OU yesterday and will hit College Station later this week and then Austin on Saturday.
Sources on our OU side tell us Greene and his family seem very open to the idea of Andre leaving the east coast and are looking for the best fit for him no matter where that may be.
Previewing First Weekend of Visits (June 4-6)
– CJ Vogel
The wait is finally over! This weekend, for the first time in 15 months, recruits will be able to visit schools across the country and meet perspective college coaches in person. The NCAA Dead Period wraps up on June 1 and come this weekend, there will be some top level talent making the trip to Austin to see the campus and facilities.
While the big visit weekends come later in the month of June, let’s dive into who will be on campus for this weekend.
2022 OLB Derrick Brown – Texarkana, TX (Official Visit)
Brown is one of the most coveted players in the state still available on the defensive side of the ball. When I spoke last with Brown, I did not get a sense there was not a true leader at the time, however I left with reason to believe Texas was really about to turn up the heat in his recruitment. The Longhorns are getting the first crack at him in the visit game so it’s a great opportunity to make a strong impression.
I believe Oklahoma is going to be a very tough team to beat in this recruitment. Here is what I had on him earlier this spring.
Brown is still very open with his recruitment. I didn’t get the sense there was a true leader for him at the time and expect this recruitment to extend well into the cycle.
It is worth noting that he will virtually visit Colorado on Thursday. I should also include that he has only visited Baylor, which he did in person with Clayton Smith before the shutdown. Brown added that Joey McGuire, Baylor’s Associate Head Coach (OLB Coach) is the coach he said is really coming after him the hardest so far.
2022 RB TreVonte’ Citizen – Lake Charles, LA (Official Visit)
Texas has a RB in the fold already with a commitment from Jaydon Blue, however they are continuing to recruit the position and hope to add a second back. Citizen is in the conversation to be one of the best running backs in the country and has shown strong interest in the Longhorns.
He has a number of schools recruiting him pretty hard and if folks had seen him in person, there’d be even more. But, my sense is Texas and Georgia Tech have built unique bonds with him.
2022 LB Jeremy Patton – Tenaha, TX (Official Visit)
One of the biggest visitors this weekend comes out of Tenaha, TX in the form of linebacker Jeremy Patton. The 6’1″ prospect dropped a top ten on May 14, though it appears things are tighter than the top school list may appear. Texas and LSU both have an inside edge according to what our Super K reported on May 17. A good visit may just be enough to completely turn the tide in this recruitment.
At the time, he had noted the other official visits he’d like to take were Baylor, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Tennessee. Oklahoma State was his first offer and the emotion with which he spoke about what that offer meant to him and his family was palpable.
He did tell me that his family basically grew up split between LSU and Texas fans. He has an uncle he’s close to who is a big Texas fan. I think that could really play in Texas’ favor.
2022 OL Neto Umeozulu – Allen, TX (Official Visit)
I last spoke with Neto early in the spring and at the time it did not sound like there was a true leader or even a true top group. Neto is very good at keeping things close to the vest and might just have the best poker face of any recruit I have meet this cycle. Neto told me Texas, Oklahoma, USC, Ohio State, Baylor and Texas A&M were the schools after him the hardest so far. Being able to lock in the first official visit provides an opportunity to make a strong first impression. I imagine this recruitment goes a long while.
2022 WR Andre Greene Jr. – Richmond, VA (Unofficial Visit)
There is still a lot of time left for 2023 WR Andre Greene Jr. but Texas is getting an early crack at him with his plans to visit this weekend. Greene Jr. recently dropped a Top 15 and followed it up shortly after with his visit plans which included roughly ten or so schools. The OV’s are slated to go to Oregon, North Carolina, Georgia and Notre Dame.
2023 DE David Hicks Jr. – Allen, TX (Unofficial on June 3)
Five star Allen defensive end David Hicks Jr. will be making a stop in Austin on Thursday to check out the new staff and facilities. It will be a busy month of June for the new Allen Eagle who has plans to visit upwards of 10 schools in the month of June alone. With 30 offers already under his belt, Hicks will have the choosing of wherever he wants to go at the next level, and our early read on him says the Longhorns really need to impress him this week if they were to have a chance at landing the elite edge rusher.
2022 LB Niuafe Junior Tuihalamaka – Mission Hills
Tuihalamaka announced his plans to visit Austin this weekend instead of the slated June 18 weekend on Twitter Monday evening. The four star linebacker from the west coast has been in contact with Texas for some time now. From Super K’s initial in-person meeting with him, he got the vibe that the following schools will end up being the biggest contenders for his services.
***In terms of his recruitment, he said he’s going to be dropping a top five this month. If I had to guess, I believe it will be Oregon, USC, Texas, Notre Dame and Stanford.
2022 EDGE David Oke – Houston, TX (Unofficial Visit on June 8)
Texas has yet to extend an offer to Oke, however that could change with a good visit. Currently, Oke holds offers from Houston, Nevada, UNT, New Mexico and Arkansas State. Right now, Oke is a name to store away, but it does show the interest is there on his part with a midweek visit this early in the summer.