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West Mesquite duo a package deal?

2/27/2012

After leaving Austin without offers on Saturday, West Mesquite safety Kameron Miles and receiver Eldridge Massington are starting to figure out their plans going forward.

They can agree on this much: Massington would not commit to the Longhorns unless his friend and teammate can too.

“Me and Kam, we’re making our decision off the same things,” Massington said Sunday. “So I was talking to him about this: If they offer me, they would have to offer him for me to go there.”

Both are hoping Texas coaches will continue to pursue them, and on Saturday they were told they likely won’t receive offers until Texas sends coaches to a West Mesquite practice later this spring to further evaluate them.

Massington knows the spot he hopes to secure in Texas’ class is a tough one to get. Receivers coach Darrell Wyatt told him UT will take four wide receivers for its 2013 class. Three of those spots already belong to Jake Oliver (Dallas/Jesuit), Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy) and new commit Jacorey Warrick (Houston/Cypress Falls).

With an offer already out to Dallas Skyline’s Ra’Shaad Samples, Massington understands why his is on hold for now. That doesn’t make him want it any less.

“I feel like there’s going to be a little more competition for an offer, but I’ll rise up to the challenge,” he said. “I want this offer. I want it bad. That’s real, real big.”

Miles’ future with the Longhorns is just as uncertain. Texas has yet to pick up a commitment from a defensive back for its 2013 class, but he’s confident he would fit into UT’s scheme if he got an opportunity.

“I got to watch the practice, and when I was I was thinking about competing with the players and playing in that defensive scheme,” Miles said. “Coach [Duane] Akina told me they play a lot of man defense. That’s my thing. I love playing man.”

Miles and Massington both picked up offers from SMU on Sunday, and Massington got one from Washington State. He takes that offer seriously, because Massington liked watching coach Mike Leach’s receivers thrive in his spread attacks at Texas Tech.

The duo will take one more trip together later this spring to LSU. After that, both will spend time weighing their options. They hope Texas will be one of them.

“But if they don’t offer, I ain’t going to trip on it,” Massington said. “I’ll just have to move on if they don’t.”

Still, when they watched the current Longhorns run through drills on Saturday, Miles and Massington couldn’t help but think they’d have fun being on that field together.

“I felt really good about having him with me,” Massington said. “I got excited when I was watching one-on-ones. I was like, ‘Oh man, let’s go get our cleats.’”