The spring game is one of the biggest recruiting events of the year for the Texas Longhorns, as evidenced by the Friday commit of 2015 defensive tackle Bryce English and the Saturday pledge of 2014 Jasper (Texas) center Terrell Cuney, who announced his commitment via his Twitter page:
I'm officially a Texas Longhorn!! #Thank God— Terrell Cuney(@TCuney_55) March 30, 2013
Cuney had been extremely high on the Longhorns prior to his visit for the second Texas Junior Day, declaring them the leaders days before and looking like a strong possibility to commit on that trip to Austin. Despite taking pictures with Vince Young and Jaxon Shipley and apparently enjoying himself highly, Cuney opted to extend his recruitment before ending it on his trip for the spring game.
A consensus four-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings, Cuney is also considered the top center in the country both in those rankings and by 247Sports. The 6-4, 260-pounder also held offers from TCU and Texas Tech and was sure to draw more attention during the spring evaluation period, especially from out-of-state schools that had showed him some interest but wanted to evaluate him further in person.
A highly mobile player -- as expected for an offensive lineman of his size -- Cuney will bring a great deal of athleticism to the center position for the Longhorns and will eventually battle Jake Raulerson for playing time while both work to add the weight necessary to hold their ground against the type of strong, squatty defensive tackles who will line up over them in college.
Cuney is the second offensive lineman to join the 2014 Texas class, along with Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints product Demetrius Knox. Additionally, the Jasper product is the ninth commitment in the class for Texas and the first since the pledge of Dallas Carter linebacker Cameron Hampton back in February, a rather long stretch for the 'Horns at this time of year.
Still, as disappointing as that stretch was for Texas, they still rank second in the country in the 247Sports Composite team rankings and just got better along the always-important offensive line.