- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
Eldridge Massington received an apology this week, one he’d been looking forward to hearing.
Ever since the four-star receiver from West Mesquite attended Texas’ second junior day in February, he has felt Texas coaches have been ignoring him. That changed on Wednesday night.
Texas co-recruiting coordinators Bruce Chambers and Darrell Wyatt called West Mesquite’s coaching staff on Wednesday night to express their renewed interest in Massington and asked that Massington give them a call.
“Coach Wyatt, he was trying to tell me that he was basically wrong and that he sees something in me, and coach Chambers was trying to see if I was still interested,” Massington said. “I told them I was still interested.”
It was a phone call he never saw coming, considering how long he’s felt overlooked by the Longhorns.
“I didn’t even know what to think,” he said. “I really didn’t know what to think all. I was really surprised.
“It felt kind of good to hear that, but at the same time it was like, why now?”
That is a good question. The sudden interest could be a reflection of Texas’ feelings about receiver Ra’Shaad Samples (Dallas/Skyline), who has an offer from Texas as well as offers from all over the country but continues to recover from a fractured left ankle.
More likely, though, it’s recognition of the impressive spring Massington has had away from the football field.
Massington won the 100-meter dash at his district track meet with a time of 10.66 seconds two weeks ago. Then, last weekend, he ran a 10.57 at a regional qualifier meet.
Not bad for a 6-foot-3, 205-pound wideout who’s tired of being labeled as a possession receiver.
“A lot of people were saying that, and I don’t feel like I’m a possession receiver,” he said. “I feel like they’re talking bad about me, like that’s not a compliment. I feel I can do more than that.”
Massington said he felt “disrespected” by not receiving an offer at Texas’ second junior day. He expected one, and he’s long since moved on to other schools.
He considers USC, Notre Dame, LSU, Miami and Michigan his top five schools right now. Each has shown serious interest this spring, and Notre Dame and Michigan have already offered. Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Nebraska all recently joined his growing list of offers.
How would he feel if Texas joined that list?
“I wouldn’t know until I got it,” Massington said. “I know I’d probably be happy.”
Back in February, Massington felt he wouldn’t want to go to Texas unless four-star teammate Kameron Miles joined him in Austin. He still feels that way.
“We haven’t really talked about that lately, because Kam hasn’t heard from them either,” he said.
The Longhorns aren’t too late to enter the race for Massington, the No. 20 ranked receiver, but they have a lot of catching up to do. Massington admits he will need to repair the relationship he has with Texas coaches first.
They’re expected to visit Massington and watch West Mesquite practice on Monday or Tuesday.
From there, the junior isn’t sure what will happen next. But Wednesday’s phone call was a good start.
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