Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tales from the Road: Texas
By Max Olson
Every Wednesday, HornsNation will take a look at Texas' week in recruiting in Tales From The Road.
This week’s targets: As the spring evaluation period winds down, Texas coaches are hitting the road -- both in and outside the state -- to follow up with potential targets. No new offers have gone out so far this week, but the greater goal is to get all those targets on campus June 2 and 9 for Texas’ one-day mini camps. Expect several more offers to be handed out to 2014 and 2015 prospects after those camps.
Area of interest: East Texas is particularly loaded with talent for both the 2014 and 2015 classes, and Texas has worked hard to get in the mix for nearly all of the area’s best. Texas already has a pledge from C Terrell Cuney (Jasper, Texas/Jasper), remains one of the top contenders for ESPN 150 WR K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) and is pursuing ESPN 150 ATH Davion Hall (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau), RB Kevin Shorter (Newton, Texas/Newton) and WR Dorian Leonard (Longview, Texas/Longview). Coveted 2015 S Larry Pryor Jr. (Sulphur Springs, Texas/Sulphur Springs) has Texas on top, and the Longhorns are No. 2 behind Texas A&M for 2015 DT Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater).
Prospect performance: Bring on the spring games. Most of the Longhorns’ in-state targets will wrap up their spring practice sessions with games in the next few weeks, and several out-of-state targets have already finished their spring finales. Recently offered ESPN 150 RB Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) put on a show in his spring game with 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns on only seven carries. Texas commits CB Jermaine Roberts and DT Courtney Garnett of New Orleans St. Augustine will play their spring game on Wednesday.
Word on the street: A hot topic on the HornsNation’s forum “The Tower” on Tuesday was the news of elite junior college WR D'haquille Williams decommitting from LSU and what it meant for Texas. Make no mistake, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College wideout is considering Texas, among several other big-time schools. The door is still open for him to wind up back in the Tigers’ class, but the Longhorns staff will up its efforts now that there’s a chance the 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver takes his talents elsewhere.
What to watch: Qualifying tournaments for the 2013 Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament in Leander get rolling this week with four big events on Saturday, but on the recruiting front there’s one name to keep an eye on entering next week: Teuhema. Make that two, actually. Keller (Texas) 2013 DE Sione Teuhema and 2014 OT Maea Teuhema will likely announce their college decisions on May 30, the day of their spring game. Texas appears to be the safe bet to land both brothers, though Alabama and others have made a push this spring.