Things on the recruiting trail continue to heat up for the Texas Longhorns, as more visits have been scheduled and more offers have gone out in the last several days.
Here's all the latest:
Top-10 linebacker sets visit. The West Virginia game next weekend is setting up as a big visit weekend for the Horns, as Lakeland (Fla.) Victory Christian linebacker Cecil Cherry will take an official visit to Austin, according to his 247Sports profile. The 6'0, 230-pounder is a consensus high three-star prospect rated at 90 by 247Sports. Currently committed to Tennessee, where he pledged in June, Cherry doesn't have ideal height, but he's a strong tackler with excellent instincts.
So far, his 247Sports profile doesn't report any other official visits this fall, so it appears that there may be a chance to flip his pledge, but there isn't any other serious competition at this time to do so.
Texas now has two linebackers committed in the 2015 class with five-star Malik Jefferson still left on the board, but the coaches clearly want to add one or two more prospects at the position since there are number of senior linebackers on the team -- Jordan Hicks, Steve Edmond, Demarco Cobbs, and Tevin Jackson. The 2014 class also only included one player at the position after Otaro Alaka flipped to Texas A&M late in the process and early enrollee Andrew Beck is now at tight end.
Another tight end will come to campus. With the Crystal Ball sitting at 100% to Miami for Miami (Fla.) Washington tight end Devonaire Clarington and no set visit plans to Texas, there hadn't been much hope for the Longhorns with the nation's No. 4 tight end.
However, that's changing with the news that Clarington is planning a visit to Austin soon. He's taken two visits to Miami this fall and has also tripped up to Gainesville to see Florida.
The staff has been sending out edits to prospects and Clarington is one of the recruits who has tweeted his out:
The Longhorns have also been sending him a lot of mail in recent weeks:
McNeal official coming up. Another key target who will be in for the West Virginia game is Mesquite Poteet athlete DeAndre McNeal, who has been turning in a big senior season. He also has pending visits to UCLA, Alabama, and Miami before he makes his announcement on December, the same day that Jefferson will also pledge.
2016 Florida offer out. The staff has extended yet another offer in Florida, this time to a wide receiver prospect in the 2016 class -- Melbourne Viera's Tre Nixon, a 6'0, 160-pounder rated as a consensus three-star prospect. Nixon currently has an offer sheet that is more impressive than his rankings, as Duke, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, and West Virginia are among his offers.
And a 2015 defensive back offer was extended. The newest in a large group of defensive backs now on the recruiting radar is Cornelius (N.C.) Hough cornerback Mark Fields, a consensus four-star prospect committed to South Carolina:
Received an offer from the Texas Longhorns tonight ❗️ #HookEm— Mark Fields II (@2spoons_m2) October 30, 2014
Fields has been committed to South Carolina since March and it does not seem like he has taken any other visits since then, according to his 247Sports profile.
Big-time defensive tackle could visit. With the recent struggles in College Station, it appears that the recruitment of Gladewater's Daylon Mack is starting to open up again. He now has TCU in his top three after visiting Fort Worth last week and is considering visits to LSU and Texas. The Horns were his childhood favorite, but the recent struggles on the field helped lead him to commit to the Aggies just more than a year ago.
So, as with a number of other top prospects, most of them still uncommitted, if Texas A&M can't right the ship and ends up firing defensive coordinator, the strength of Mack's commitment could continue to waver and Texas could receive a visit as a result.