Texas has always done a great job recruiting the state of Texas and that will be the focus for Charlie Strong and his coaching staff. The staff has blanketed the state of Texas in the early stages of the evaluation period and it will continue moving forward.2015 Class:
The Longhorns have three verbal commitments on the defensive side of the ball with safeties DeShon Elliott and Keivon Ramsey. The lone defensive lineman is Charles Omenihu. Running backs Tristian Houston, Jordan Stevenson and Kirk Johnson have made the pledge to Charlie Strong and company. Houston will get a visit from Texas this week. Toby Weathersby, Ronnie Major and Patrick Vahe are on board on the offensive side of the ball.
I would not expect to see Texas take another safety in this class as things stand today but there is plenty of work to be done at the cornerback position. Holton Hill and Roney Elam are two that come to mind. Kris Boyd is 100% wide open and Kendall Sheffield and his father are in constant communication with the coaching staff. I would expect more than a few college coaches to attend the state track meet on May 10th.
The defensive tackle class is out of this world with players such as Daylon Mack, Daron Payne, Darrion Daniels, Sterling Johnson, Du'Vonta Lampkin and Kingsley Keke to name a few. One out of state player I would expect Texas to go see is JUCO defensive end Takkarist McKinley out of San Pablo (CA) Contra Costa.Where are the Linebackers?
This is a big year for Strong and his staff and if things fall their way I would expect to see three linebackers on National Signing Day. Malik Jefferson is at the top of everyone's wish list including Texas. Anthony Wheeler and Cameron Townsend are also taking a hard look at the Longhorns. A committed linebacker had a visit from Texas earlier in the week and they may have a few more cards to play moving forward.Future of the Program?
Coach Shaun Watson and the rest of the offensive coaching staff are looking at numerous signal callers. Zach Gentry, Kai Locksley, Chason Virgil, Quinten Dormady and Nathan Elliott are but a few he will watch throw over the next few weeks. Will the next great Texas quarterback come from this group? I like the familiarity that the Gentry family has with coach Watson and Strong. They had him in camp at their prior stop in Louisville. Gentry has high interest in Texas and has already visited. He has a good chemistry with Strong and Watson and is one to watch moving forward. He is being courted by just about every major program in the country and will not be an easy pull.
More than a few wide receivers are showing interest in Texas but three to watch in particular would be John Burt, Ryan Newsome and DaMarkus Lodge. Could Kemah Siverand or Christian Kirk enter into the mix down the road?OL Ahead of Schedule:
Coach Joe Wickline is one of if not the best college offensive line coach in America. He has three verbal commitments at this time with Ronnie Major, Patrick Vahe and Toby Weathersby. Look for Texas to take two more offensive linemen.
Vahe is a kid with lots of pride and athletic ability. He has great bend, toughness and thick legs. Major is a kid with great size, arm length, bend and flexibility. His future is bright with Texas and is a great addition for Wickline and company. At the other tackle position is Weathersby, who is arguably the state's top offensive line player regardless of position. A kid with great balance and size and more importantly has a nasty streak, which coach Wickline loves to see in his o-line players.
One to watch would be recently offered Madison Akamnonu from Arlington (TX) Bowie high school. He was offered yesterday by coach Wickline and then spoke with Charlie Strong about the offer last night over the phone. Akamnonu could have as much upside as any offensive linemen in Texas. He has numerous qualities you want in your offensive linemen. He is very smart and shows great bend and power through his legs and hips.
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