When the new Texas coaching staff was finally put in place roughly a year ago, one of the major tasks that faced the new arrivals to Austin was completing several month's worth of evaluations for the 2012 class in a matter of weeks.
If there was one player that fell through the cracks created by the transition, it was Van linebacker Dalton Santos, a middle linebacker prospect who committed to Oklahoma State during the fall of his junior season, then switched his pledge to Tennessee, and is now considering other options after turnover on the Volunteer staff.
Months after defensive coordinator Manny Diaz apologized to Santos for missing on the initial evaluation, Texas appears to be atoning for that mistake, offering Santos on Sunday, with an in-home visit scheduled this week and an official visit next weekend.
A lifelong Longhorn fan, Santos had this to say about the interest from Texas ($):
This is great, no doubt about it. Texas is Texas. It gives me something to think about, for sure, because I grew up a Texas fan and I live in Texas.
The belief at this time is that Santos is likely to switch his commitment to Texas and become the fourth linebacker in the 2012 class. With the Longhorns falling out of several recruitments late in the process, Chet Moss possibly moving to fullback full-time, and a weak middle linebacker class in 2013, it appears that the coaching made the late decision that the Longhorns need a long-term back-up to Steve Edmond, slated to take over in the middle next season for the departing Keenan Robinson.
Dalton Santos Highlights (via 247SportsStudio)
The Under Armour All-American built relationships with some of the other Texas commits during the week in Orlando even though he wasn't on the radar at the time and holds offers from a number of national programs.
While Santos doesn't have the top-end speed to play outside linebacker, he plays fast in pads and is a prototypical downhill linebacker with a nasty disposition. A physical tackler willing to take on and beat blockers, Santos can diagnose plays quickly whether filling against the run or dropping into pass coverage.
Only a three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN has Santos rated as the 92nd-best prospect in the country, good for a four-star rating.