Last year, the first summer camp for the Texas Longhorns produced the offer to and commitment from Cibolo Steele safety Erik Huhn, as well as an offer for Katy Seven Lakes offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch that sparked immediate speculation that the close friend 2013 signee Jake Raulerson could end up in burnt orange.
On Sunday, the camp was open to credentialed media for the first time in recent memory, but as of Monday morning there hadn't been any offers extended despite several prospects in attendance who looked like they would receive them on the day, as well as some new names to know and updates on prospects who have already been on the radar.
Still no offer for Jones. For New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr tight end Anthony Jones, who is now up to over 230 pounds, the trip to Austin that didn't result in his long-awaited offer (according to multiple reports) had to have been a disappointment. Despite already having the opportunity to go play at schools like Auburn, Florida State, and LSU, he's continued to maintain that he's high on Texas, even if the current predictions all have him becoming a Tiger.
As a result, recruiting efforts at the tight end position continue to perplex, as there isn't a single offer out yet in a class that needs to add two bodies at the position, as Texas wants jumbo Manvel athlete Koda Martin as a defensive end at this point.
It's possible that the coaching staff merely needs to sit down and further evaluate the performance of Jones on Sunday before extending an offer, but the fact remains that he's an even better fit for the offense now that the flex tight end position is back and his upside is apparent in his athleticism on film, even though it is limited. Fortunately for the 'Horns, Jones has been patient with the process and it may finally pay off for him in the near future.
2015 quarterback situation continues to develop. Co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite recently took a trip out to California and evaluated a handful of quarterbacks, including Pleasanton (Ca.) Foothill's Kyle Kearns, a 6'3, 185-pound pocket passer who doesn't really fit the mold of recent takes at the position, but does have interest in Texas, as evidenced by his visit for the Sunday mini-camp. He's still looking for his first offer, but he's currently ranked as the no. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country by 247Sports, so he's a prospect to keep an eye on as the quarterback position shakes out.
Another attendee to watch is Stephenville's Jarrett Stidham, a prospect some believe could eventually become the top quarterback in the class. His athleticism was on display by running a 4.65 40 at 6'4 and 190 pounds and he has a reputation as a guy with a big arm even though he played wide receiver last year.
I'll be watching him intently out at state 7-on-7 to gauge his arm talent, but based on reputation and measurables, he's the type of prospect Texas has been targeting and could quickly rise to the top of their board if he continues to impress during the summer as he has been. Alabama and Oklahoma were by Stephenville recently to watch him throw and he already has Baylor and Texas Tech offers, so his stock looks ready to explode in the near future.
Texas targeting Sharp. One of the fastest players in the state happens to be Humble Summer Creek quarterback Aaron Sharp, who won the 4A 400m back in May and added gold medals in the 4x200 and 4x400 as well. At 6'3 and 190 pounds, he can really move. He's got good skills at quarterback and recently saw his recruitment take off after a Baylor offer spurred Arizona State and Kansas State to jump in the mix.
It's not clear exactly whether or not he has a Texas offer, which is hardly shocking given the staff's track record, but the general belief is that he's been offered as an athlete (ESPN says not yet). However, he wants to play quarterback, so that may be a non-starter for the 'Horns, although he does like Texas enough for three prognosticators -- Our Daily Bears' Mark Moore, and 247Sports analysts Blake Munroe and Brian Perroni -- to pick Texas in the 247Sports Crystal Ball. Still, he probably didn't help his cause for an offer, assuming that ESPN has the goods on this one (a safe bet), by working at quarterback instead of wide receiver on Sunday.
Onto the radar: Columbus jumbo athlete Mason Denley. The Longhorns need to find an offensive tackle in this class and there may be one emerging on the radar in Mason Denley of Columbus. The 6'5, 265-pounder is underrecruited at this point, only holding offers from Texas Tech and UCF, so it's a fantastic time to get in on his recruitment. An all-purpose athlete for Columbus who was even used as a running back at times -- think 2013 A&M signee Isaiah Golden while he was at Elysian Fields -- and ran a 4.72 40 while working some at tight end and some at offensive tackle.
He's a project take as an offensive tackle, but he's an excellent athlete who has the feet and overall body quickness to play the position and could contribute as a situational blocking tight end until he reaches his ideal weight, though he'd probably be better served to redshirt.
Players who can legitimately move that well at that size are hard to find and with tackle options diminishing across the state in 2014 in what is already a weak class, offensive line coach Stacey Searels may be more inclined to take a risk on a player like Denley, though he did lose their rep in a tough match-up with defensive tackle commit Trey Lealaimatafao:
Denley's teammate Caldwell runs 4.32. Texas remains in the market for running backs in the 2014 cycle and there are a few more in-state names emerging, including that of 5'7, 165-pound Columbus product Royce Caldwell, who may have run the fastest 40 at the event with a 4.32. He suffered an injury as a junior that has slowed his recruitment and he's very much on the small side, but he's another potential emerging target.
Evans could soon join class. The offer to Dallas Skyline defensive end Victor Evans the weekend of the state track meet was one of the more surprising of the class, but it sounds as if he performed well enough to justify the staff's action this weekend after showing up at 225 chiseled pounds. It's a bit interesting that the staff is still seeking a commitment from him with two weakside defensive ends already committed in Derick Roberson and Sione Teuhema, but the pressure was on a little bit, according to reports from ESPN ($) and 247Sports ($). Evans told both services that he thought about committing on the visit. It could just be a matter of time before it happens.
Moses family impressed by Texas. While the impression of Texas was favorable for 2017 Louisiana prospect Dylan Moses and his father, the trip to Texas A&M was not quite so bueno:
Dylan Moses spent hour at Texas A&M today. Met with Sumlin and got brief tour. His father: "No interest in A&M at all. None. Zero. Zilch."— Max Olson (@max_olson) June 3, 2013
Mr. Moses did later take to Twitter to clarify:
Really? Please don't take that tweet out of context. We have the utmost respect for coach Sumlin and his staff.— Edward Moses Jr (@jrevonte) June 3, 2013
For Texas, the good news is that the early work with Moses, who attended the Sunday camp, has put the 'Horns in good position with the incredibly young but freakish athlete:
After talking with Dylan we decided to move The Texas Longhorns into the favorites with LSU and Alabama#Hook em Horns— Edward Moses Jr (@jrevonte) June 3, 2013
For this still on the fence about Moses and his early offer, consider that he not only looks the part, but has the measurables as well with a 34-inch vertical and 4.46 40:
The 'Horns have absolutely handled his recruitment in the right way and are already reaping the early benefits. And it's not like the staff is in danger of having to take a commitment from Moses any time soon, either. Where's the downside?