Texas Longhorns recruiting notes: Visit updates and a big new offer for a commit

Toby Weathersby - Wescott Eberts (SB Nation)

The latest in Longhorns recruiting.

Horns_bullet_mediumVisits for Weathersby? One of the most important commits in the 2015 class for the Horns is Houston Westfield offensive tackle Toby Weathersby, for a variety of reasons -- Texas won a head-to-head battle with Texas A&M for the athletic prospect and he plays a position of absolute need.

So it's not exactly the best news in the world to hear that the 6'5, 290-pounder told Rivals that he is considering taking other visits despite his pledge to the Horns.

Weathersby says there isn't anything to worry about, as other programs aren't likely to change his mind:

"I don't think there's too much they can do," Weathersby said. "That's really all I want to do, go see some places and enjoy it."

The rationale is fairly typical for a subset of committed prospects who want to take visits -- it's all about being able to go out and experience different places for free before being locked into a school for the next four or five years.

On the surface, it's not entirely threatening, but it's also a rationale that many recruits use to cover up their true intentions.

Only time will tell which side of the equation Weathersby falls on and if one of those trips happen to be to Texas A&M or Oklahoma, that would be serious cause for concern. Expect offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline to get on the phone with Weathersby and re-recruit him in a serious way.

Weathersby did say that he won't take any visits if the Texas coaches ask him to refrain.

Horns_bullet_mediumNo Arkansas official for Will Gragg. Hmm, what to make of this? The Pine Bluff product let 247Sports know on Monday evening that he won't be using an official visit on the Razorbacks this fall. Given how often he's been on the campus there, it's hardly terrible news for Arkansas.

That isn't the take from the Razorback side, though, as the folks over at Arkansas Fight are a bit concerned:

Even if Gragg had visited campus a zillion times, you'd think he'd still want to take the official if he was seriously considering Arkansas. Wouldn't you want to spend a free weekend hanging out on a major college campus with the players and coaches you're considering committing the next few years of your life to? Regardless, do highly recruited players even really learn much on official visits if they've already been to places for unofficials?

For what it's worth, Gragg did take to Twitter to say that he doesn't have any top schools.

For those inclined to optimism, it could be a sign of how open Gragg truly is with his recruitment. He loved his visit to Texas and plans on taking several more, the Horns look to be in solid shape with him.

He's consistently maintained that he's open to leaving the state of Arkansas even though he grew up there and his older brother launched his NFL career in a Razorbacks uniform.

Horns_bullet_mediumNew offer for Charles Omenihu. One of the best recruiters in the 2015 class has been Rowlett defensive end Charles Omenihu, who is also still a bit steamed that he hasn't earned an invitation to The Opening despite a strong showing in one-on-ones at the Dallas NFTC.

He picked up a big offer on Wednesday:

The 6'5, 225-pounder has been the most solid of solid commits for the Horns so far, but is now up to 13 offers, including Notre Dame, Florida, Miami, Nebraska, and Oregon, something the staff should probably keep an eye on.

The bigger takeaway is that he's starting to become even more of a hot commodity even though the services still consider him a mid-three star prospect in the Composite. However, most of those offers have come this spring and 247Sports has him rated at 88, pretty close to being a four-star prospect.

A strong senior season, especially in the pass-rushing department, could help him earn a fourth star. The bottom line remains that Omenihu is a player with four-star upside because of his strength against the run, frame, and overall upside, so the Texas staff did a good job of evaluating him and securing a commitment early.

Horns_bullet_mediumVisit for Kahlil McKenzie? Corona (Calif.) De La Salle defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie put on an absolutely dominant performance at the Oakland NFTC over the weekend, perhaps the most dominant performance that I've seen in two years at The Opening and four Nike Football Training Camps this spring, right up there with former Texas commit A'Shawn Robinson two years ago at The Opening.

At 6'4 and 330 pounds, McKenzie looks like he weighs 300 and has a massively powerful lower body that allows him to consistently create major displacement against whatever offensive lineman was put in front of him. In short, he looked like a five-star prospect.

He recently picked up a Texas offer, but said that it was his brother he grew up a Texas fan, while he cheered for Oklahoma, the school that his father, current Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, would have attended had the wishes of his own father kept him at home in Tennessee.

So there are multiple forces at work against the Horns here -- the deep ties to the Volunteers, the childhood affinity for the Sooners coming from his father, and the fact that he may not have much time to take visits this summer.

McKenzie also seemed more interested in Alabama than Texas, but a summer visit does remain a possibility and he did say that his father has a lot of respect for Charlie Strong.

Check out the entire interview here.

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