Coutee picked up an offer from Texas on Tuesday, the third in his recruitment. That move by the Longhorns didn’t change a thing -- they were already in the lead.
“I just loved Texas and I still love them right now,” Coutee said Tuesday night. “It’s my favorite. Texas was my favorite from the start.”
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound athlete said Texas is recruiting him as a cornerback. Oklahoma and Texas Tech, the other two programs that have offered, have told Coutee he can play on either side of the ball in college.
Coutee grew up a Longhorns fan and visited Texas twice this spring, once for a junior day and then for the program's first sophomore day. Those trips only confirmed what he’d known all along.
“I just love the coaching staff,” he said. “They’re fun and they’ll do anything to help you out at the University of Texas. It’s a great campus. I loved everything about it.”
On Monday, Texas sent defensive tackles coach Bo Davis to Lufkin to check out Coutee, 2014 defensive tackle D.J. Williams and a handful of other prospects. One day later, Coutee got on the phone with receivers coach Darrell Wyatt and learned he had an offer.
“They saw my film and they liked what they saw and they’re offering me,” Coutee said. “It didn’t catch me by surprise. I had a feeling Texas was going to offer me.”
Right now, Coutee said Oklahoma is No. 2 on his list behind UT, with Tech in third place. Texas A&M and TCU have also begun showing interest.
Even if the Texas offer was a bit of a dream come true, Coutee was not looking to commit on the spot. He wants to see what other schools enter the picture first.
“I haven’t really been thinking about a commitment,” Coutee said. “I’ll probably commit at the beginning of this season or after my junior season. I didn’t think about committing today, but I was pretty excited because I’ve always wanted to go to Texas. I have the opportunity to, now that I have a scholarship offer.”
As a sophomore receiver in 2012, Coutee caught 64 passes for 864 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Texas already has one pledge from a cornerback, Corpus Christi (Texas) Flour Bluff’s Jalen Campbell, in its three-man 2015 recruiting class.