Saturday, February 23, 2013
OLB Otaro Alaka enjoys Texas visit
By Max Olson
Houston Cypress Falls linebacker Otaro Alaka didn’t leave Texas’ junior day on Saturday with the news he was hoping for, but he’s not going home disappointed.
Class of 2014 LB Otaro Alaka did not pick up a Texas offer but feels good about where he stands.
The outside linebacker prospect did not receive an offer from the Longhorns following his day in Austin, but after talking with defensive coordinator Manny Diaz he’s feeling confident about where he stands with the UT coaching staff.
“He just said that they’re very interested in me,” Alaka said. “He said they’re going to be coming after me hard and that I might expect an offer in the next couple weeks.”
A 6-foot-3, 196-pound junior with offers from more than 15 schools, Alaka had said it would be hard to not commit if he did pick up a Texas offer. Still, he was excited by what Diaz had to say about his offer status.
“I wasn’t disappointed,” Alaka said. “They just said they’re taking stuff really slow. Coach Diaz told me he was looking to take three linebackers.”
Texas already has a verbal pledge from Cameron Hampton (Dallas/Carter), an inside linebacker prospect. Following the visit, Alaka senses he’s in good shape for receiving an offer eventually, though he is planning to take an unofficial visit to Texas A&M next weekend.
For Alaka, Saturday’s visit exceeded the lofty expectations he had going in.
“It was really fun,” he said. “I wanted to see the practices, which was the best thing of the day. I was just picturing myself being there and doing what they were doing in all the run fits and everything. We sat in the meetings as well.
“It was really cool, and I really liked the way the coaches coached and the intensity of the coaches and the whole practice.”
If Alaka does receive an offer from Texas in the near future, he said the Longhorns would easily be his No. 1 school, but that he’d like to take one more unofficial visit to Austin with his father before considering a commitment.
“It was a really good experience,” he said. “It gave me a lot of insight."