Texas Longhorns: Charles Omenihu

Even though almost 10 months remain until the next national singing day, teams across the Big 12 have jumped off to fast starts in putting together their 2015 classes.

To catch you up on all the recruiting storylines that have developed so far, we checked in with ESPN.com senior national recruiting writer Jeremy Crabtree and Big 12 recruiting reporter Damon Sayles for their takes:

Which team has impressed you the most with its 2015 recruiting?

Crabtree: With all of the questions West Virginia faced in the offseason and the product the Mountaineers put on the field in 2013, you would think they would be struggling out of the gate with the 2015 class. But it has been the exact opposite. WVU has 10 commitments, including from one of the best receivers in the country, Jovon Durante. West Virginia is selling kids on an opportunity to play early and make a big difference in getting the program back on track. Plus, it has gone back to its roots and mined the very familiar recruiting territory of Florida for some of its best pledges.

Sayles: As much as I like what Texas Tech and TCU have done so far, I have to tip my hat to what West Virginia has accomplished. The Mountaineers have a pair of ESPN Junior 300 players in safety Kendrell McFadden and Durante. The Mountaineers are recruiting the state of Florida well; five of the 10 pledges are from the Sunshine State. West Virginia is off to a fast start, and with the program fresh off a successful spring game, more big-time commits could be coming soon.

Who has disappointed?


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Dallas NFTC superlatives 

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DESOTO, Texas -- The Dallas area was the seventh stop in the 2014 Nike Football Training Camp tour. As is annually the case, this stop brings out a bevy of talented prospects from the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Despite a chilly day and track meets that kept some talented prospects from attending, the group of talent on hand eclipsed a number of other stops due to sheer numbers of prospects with FBS and BCS offers on hand. Here are some of the event’s most notable performers in the RecruitingNation NFTC awards.


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Texas lands DE Omenihu following visit

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Texas landed its second verbal commitment off =its junior day, this one coming from an under-the-radar standout who was offered on Saturday.

Rowlett (Texas) defensive end Charles Omenihu became the eighth member of the Longhorns’ 2015 recruiting class when he announced his commitment on Monday.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound end made his decision after visiting Texas on Saturday and Oklahoma State on Sunday. He also held offers from Northwestern, Tulsa, SMU and Louisiana Tech.

The reason why he chose Texas was simple: He likes Charlie Strong and the new coaching staff.

"Coach Strong, I love what he is doing and how he is setting the program,” Omenihu told ESPN.com’s Damon Sayles. “And then Coach [Chris] Rumph's personality is amazing. It's the right fit for me."

Following his time in Austin on Saturday, Omenihu said the Longhorns were his clear No. 1 school. He made that official two days later by ending his recruitment.

“I loved everything that I saw here,” Omenihu said after the visit. “I expected for it to be grand and really nice, but when you actually see it in person, it blows you away.”

Omenihu is the second defensive line pledge in Texas’ class, joining longtime commit Bryce English (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto).

As a junior, Omenihu recorded 50 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and four sacks. He received his Texas offer at the end of the junior day visit and considered committing on the spot.

“The whole defensive staff loved my tape,” he said. “They see me as a pass rusher who can get after it, add a little bit more weight on me and get bigger and I’ll play as well as I can.”

Texas also received a commitment on Saturday from offensive tackle Ronnie Major, a Huntsville (Texas) junior who had been committed to Baylor.

After signing only one defensive end in the 2014 class, and none the previous year, don’t be surprised if Texas loads up on ends this year and looks outside the state for help up front.

The Longhorns have long been pursuing ESPN 300 defensive ends James Lockhart (Ennis, Texas/Ennis) and Anthony Wheeler (Dallas/Skyline), and Strong’s staff has sent out offers to several out-of-state ends in recent weeks.

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