Saturday, March 22, 2014
Texas gets big pledge from OT Weathersby
By Max Olson
Texas got stronger on Saturday with a commitment from an Under Armour All-American offensive lineman.
Houston Westfield offensive tackle Toby Weathersby became commit No. 9 for the Longhorns in the 2015 class when he gave his pledge after attending a spring practice.
Offensive lineman Toby Weathersby picked the Longhorns over Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
"It's close to home, it feels like home and I get to get coached by one of the best," Weathersby said. "It's a weight lifted off my shoulders."
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound tackle chose Texas over Oklahoma and Texas A&M and also held offers from Florida, Texas Tech and Wake Forest.
Most assumed Weathersby was leaning toward the Sooners, but Texas made a big impression on him during a junior day visit last month and sealed the deal this weekend. A big reason why? He felt comfortable with coach Charlie Strong and his new staff.
"They've just been themselves around me," Weathersby said.
Weathersby joins a Texas class that already featured two of the state's top offensive linemen in ESPN Junior 300 prospect Patrick Vahe of Euless Trinity and Ronnie Major of Huntsville.
Another factor that swayed Weathersby toward picking Texas was the relationship he has developed with new offensive line coach Joe Wickline, who worked hard to catch up after Texas fell behind for Weathersby during its staff transition.
"He's amazing," Weathersby said. "I believe he can get me to being one of the best."
Beating out a rival for a big-time tackle is one thing, but the Weathersby pledge also helps address a real need. Texas had seen two longtime offensive line commitments -- Connor Lanfear, who chose Texas A&M, and Aaron Garza -- decommit following Mack Brown's departure. Now both have been replaced.