- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
Austin, Texas -- The Longhorns are going to offer safety Adrian Colbert (Mineral Wells, Texas/Mineral Wells), according to the 2012 prospect.
Colbert, who says he is a soft verbal commitment to the Baylor Bears, got the news on a phone call with Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina and head coach Mack Brown Saturday morning.
“I called Coach Akina this morning and he pretty much told me that they are going to offer me,” said Colbert, who stands 6-foot-1 and 193 pounds. “He got me on the phone with Coach Brown. They were pretty good conversations. He told me that he liked my highlights and wanted to get me down there.
“This wasn’t expected at all. It makes me feel pretty special. It makes me feel like I am doing something right. “
With Akina at his game on Friday, Colbert scored three first half touchdowns in a variety of ways.
“I had an 81 yard receiving touchdown, a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 41-yard touchdown run,” Colbert said. “I didn’t get the ball in the second half, but I had 10 tackles. He left after the first half. On the phone, he told me I played above his expectations.”
Colbert said he is going to take an official visit to Texas on Dec. 9.
The Longhorns are hoping that he’ll switch his commitment and help add depth to its secondary, which has two defensive backs committed for 2012 already in Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas/Copperas Cove).
Texas also has an offer extended to safety Landon Collins (Geismar, La./Dutchtown), who has the Longhorns in his top five and wants to make an official visit.
TCU offered Colbert earlier in the week. He still has interest in the Horned Frogs, though, he hasn’t spoken with them since his visited the campus last weekend.
“They are still pretty high up there because they are a private school, and first and foremost I look at academics, and they have a real good graduation percentage,” Colbert said. “I want to be an x-ray technician and get a minor in business. I’ve been going to the hospital with my health-science class. I’m real interested in looking at bones, fractures and everything involved.”
Colbert thinks that his newfound role as an offensive threat has sparked his recruitment, which has picked up in recent months. He was strictly a defensive player before this season, but has flourished as a running back, receiver and tight end.
Entering this week, he had rushed 43 times for 431 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 25 passes for 379 yards and four scores.
That diversity in his game led to Baylor getting involved. He liked the Bears’ all-hands-on-deck approach and committed to them on Oct. 19.
“They came to me straight up,” he said. “They saw my film and immediately came after me. They knew that I could be something special, and I admired that. I got contacted by various coaches, offensive, defensive, special teams. Even the head coach [Art Briles] contacted me, and I liked that.”
He hasn't set an official visit date with the Bears yet, but thinks it will come at the end of November or early December in addition to attending their games against Oklahoma State (Oct. 29) and Missouri (Nov. 5).