The spring evaluation period is still in full swing and the Texas Longhorns coaches are out on the road and have been extending some new offers.
The state track meet represented an important visit weekend, too, and included five-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield and four-star cornerback Roney Elam. More on both of those prospects Tuesday when the interviews are transcribed.
Here's the latest Texas fans need to know:
Alabama commit will take visits. Or not? When longtime Crimson Tide commit Deionte Thompson was earning his invitation to The Opening at the Houston NFTC back in early April, he was still maintaining the solidity of his commitment to Alabama and said that he wasn't going to take other visits.
All that changed over the weekend, as Thompson informed Orangebloods that he would take some visits, including one to Texas.
Then, it an apparent reversal, the West Orange-Stark product tweeted out his intentions of enrolling early in Tuscaloosa:
Thank you all! pic.twitter.com/ucGZhlUH7A— Deionte Thompson〽️6⃣ (@playmaker_11) May 11, 2014
With that being said, will he still take those visits? The Horns have been on him for a long time now and appear to be making some progress, but Thompson told Rivals that he'll go to a Baylor camp ($) with teammates, but won't be going to any other schools.
Top in-state defensive end receives visit. Rowlett defensive end commit Charles Omenihu is working hard trying to catch Ennis defensive end James Lockhart in the rankings, a quest that will take some serious on-field improvement as a pass rusher.
So, for now, Lockhart remains the top defensive end in the state and therefore a critical defensive end target for the Horns.
On Monday, the 6'3, 247-pounder received a visit from the coaching staff:
Got 3 offers today and Texas was here to watch practice. Today as been amazing #Blessed— James Lockhart IV (@James_Lockhart9) May 12, 2014
Still considered a strong Baylor lean, the next step for Texas is to get Lockhart back on campus, something that hasn't happened in some time -- his 247Sports timeline doesn't report any visits to Austin in the last 10 months, since he named the Horns his leader back in August, a moment that seems like ages ago in Lockhart's recruitment. A moment that was ages ago in his recruitment.
2016 safety picks up offer. The Horns have made a move on one of the top safeties and overall players in the 2016 class, extending an offer on Saturday to Manvel's Deontay Anderson while the 6'1, 192-pounder visited Austin for the state track meet.
Ranked as a five-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings, Anderson is the No. 23 player nationally, the No. 2 safety, and the No. 5 player in the state of Texas, though the debut LSR has him slightly lower at No. 16.
He's currently considered an Aggie lean and holds offers from Colorado, Houston, Illinois, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, TCU, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and Washington State, making him one of the more highly-recruited prospects in the 2016 class so far.
The defensive back MVP at the Houston NFTC, Anderson managed to achieve that feat despite the fact that the aforementioned Thompson was also in attendance and earned an invitation to The Opening. Other notable defensive backs present were Gilmer's Kris Boyd and Nacogdoches teammates Jaylon Lane and Brandon Jones.
It's still early, but Anderson can really play and it's a good thing the Horns aren't waiting any longer to enter a recruitment in which the Aggies loom as a major player.
Another defensive tackle offer out. The defensive tackle position continues to be a point of emphasis in recruiting and Texas made the list of Virginia star Tim Settle, but aren't in a particularly strong position with any of the other prospects offered other than Houston-area prospect Kingsley Keke, who is still expected to end up a Longhorn when he does eventually commit.
On Monday a new offer went out to a highly-rated prospect:
That's Concord (Calif.) De La Salle's Kahlil McKenzie, a 6'4, 316-pounder ranked as a consensus four-star prospect and top-10 defensive tackle nationally, as well as the No. 47 player overall by the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Now closing in on about 25 offers, McKenzie is the type of national recruit that his rankings would indicate and is currently thought to be high on Tennessee, the overwhelming choice in his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, suggesting that he's willing to look national for his college choice and isn't tied to any schools in California.
Keep in mind that Monday quarterback pledge Zach Gentry was also thought to be a heavy Tennessee lean as well, but he did have a more longstanding relationship with the staff.
As always, the name of the game is to get McKenzie on campus at some point this summer and then land an official visit in the fall.