The first Houston offer went to the young and talented Anthony Hines, a class of 2017 linebacker who is an early commitment to Mississippi State. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder, who has also gotten some looks at running back, holds more than a dozen offers, including high-major programs such as Arkansas, Clemson, and Ole Miss. Hines is already a nationally-recruited prospect who will be one of Texas' top players in the 2016 class.
The trio of 2015 prospects received their offers Thursday.
The first went to Dallas Prime Prep Academy receiver James Proche. Arlington Bowie offensive tackle Madison Akamnonu was the third DFW prospect this week to pick up a Houston offer, while the Cougars stayed closer to home to extend an offer to George Ranch defensive lineman Kingsley Keke.
Houston is the fifth offer for Proche, a 6-foot, 180-pounder rated by Scout.com as the No. 46 receiver in the country's 2015 class. Proche is a quick, agile player who is tough to tackle in the open field. Proche holds offers from Houston, TCU, Colorado State, SMU, and Tulsa, while drawing interest from Big 12 programs such as Texas.
The big-bodied Keke has been recruited at defensive end and defensive tackle, but given that he's already 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, he projects as a tackle. Keke's offer list in the double-digits and includes Baylor, Florida, Oklahoma State, TCU, and Texas Tech. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 25 defensive tackle in the 2015 class.
Akamnonu has been one of the state's fastest-rising offensive line prospects in recent weeks as his offer list has grown to eight schools, including Kansas State and Texas Tech. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound tackle has also drawn interest from programs such as Oklahoma and Texas and should continue to see his offer list grow. He possesses a high ceiling given his frame and length, and Bowie head coach Danny DeArman recently told me that Akamnonu, rated by Scout.com as the nation's No. 60 offensive tackle, is a weight-room monster. Don't be surprised if he eventually climbs the rankings.
Check back with Scout.com to see if the Cougars offer any other prospects before the week ends.