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Saturday, March 23, 2013
First offer 'huge' for 2015 LB Townsend

By Max Olson

Few recruits came away more impressed with Texas’ inaugural Sophomore Day on Saturday than Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point linebacker Cameron Townsend.

“The day was a huge success for them,” he said, “and for me.”

Townsend had high hopes but low expectations when he arrived on campus, at least when it came to landing a scholarship offer. As a 6-foot, 195-pound linebacker, he knows some coaches might be hesitant about his size.

But Mack Brown was not, and he pulled Townsend into his office late in the day to give Townsend his first offer.

“He said he likes that I’m fast and I can fly,” Townsend said. “One thing I do pride myself on is being a good coverage and speed guy. With speed, you can hang with everybody. Power is going to come, but speed is what they really like.”

Getting the call into Brown’s office was exciting for Townsend, but he still felt uneasy when he sat down with the head coach.

“The whole process was fun and suspenseful,” Townsend said. “I was sitting in his office waiting for him to give me the word.

“I was sitting there with buzzsaws in my stomach. But it was flattering to know I can come play at a powerhouse.”

Not many have been knocking down Townsend’s door yet.

He’s been getting mail from Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Utah and Oregon State, but Townsend admits he hasn’t heard much from any of the coaches at those schools.

He knows this Texas offer will likely change that, and he’s ready.

“Let’s hope so. Hopefully some other Texas schools find out about me,” Townsend said. “I’m really excited about the Texas offer, and coach Brown was saying that once you get this first one, a whole bunch more start coming in.”

The sophomore led Ridge Point in sacks with four and racked up 48 tackles to earn first-time all-district honors in 2012.

He enjoyed getting to mingle with other 2015 prospects and sizing up his fellow linebackers. Townsend was the second linebacker to land a Texas offer, joining Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet).

"He’s a big dude," Townsend said of Jefferson. "It’s cool to know I’m in competition with guys in his caliber. I know he’s ahead of me in the rankings and stuff, but I’m going to catch up to him."

Townsend was also impressed by the intensity of defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Manny Diaz on Saturday, and particularly that he wears cleats on the practice field. He could see himself playing for Diaz someday.

But Townsend knows he still has two seasons of high school football left. There's no need to hurry up and make a decision just yet.

“It’s my first offer and it’s easy to want to commit because you’ve been waiting so long,” Townsend said. “I’m trying to enjoy the process and choose the university that’s great for me.”