Friday marks a big day for Texas Longhorns recruiting, as the big official visit weekend officially starts.
And the visit weekend actually got started off early when Plano West running back Soso Jamabo arrived in Austin on Thursday evening.
It seems that Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson is ready to help the staff:
It's a great weekend to be in Austin Texas, where in about.... 3 hours I'm going to change some people's minds. #HookEm— Malik Jefferson 4⃣6⃣ (@Official_MalikJ) January 23, 2015
Here's the breakdown of all the visitors, a prospect who could make it in, and a planned visitor who committed elsewhere.
Gladewater defensive tackle Daylon Mack -- Rumors swirled for several days that the five-star prospect was in Austin with Kyler Murray and DaMarkus Lodge on Wednesday, but it turned out that he was waiting for the weekendto trip to Austin for the first time in nearly two years.
Texas had seemingly been out of it when Mack switched his visit plans for this weekend to Auburn, then never showed up on the plains.
Get ready for a few more twists in this one.
Plano West running back Soso Jamabo -- News broke on Wednesday that the nation's No. 1 running back will take an official visit to Texas. It's a trip that had been discussed when Jamabo surfaced on the radar again back in late November, but had seemingly fallen by the wayside. Now it's scheduled, likely thanks in no small part to the presence of Merrick in the recruiting class, though UCLA remains the perceived runaway leader in Jamabo's recruitment.
Miami (Fla.) Northwestern cornerback Deandre Baker -- Pledged to Georgia since last summer, Baker seems like something of a back-up plan since he's smaller (listed at 5'10) and not rated as highly as most of the other cornerback targets still on the board.
Baltimore (Mary.) Gilmore athlete Kai Locksley -- The Longhorns were legitimately a contender until Locksley pledged to the Seminoles late last summer, but a more appealing depth chart could help Texas pull off the late flip. It won't be the first time that Locksley has been on campus, as he visited for the Under the Lights camp last summer, but it will be the first time that he'll have a chance to get the full tour.
Landing Locksley could become crucial if commit Zach Gentry flips to Michigan on his official visit this weekend and Texas A&M quarterback pledge Kyler Murray doesn't end up being serious about the Horns.
Coffeyville CC wide receiver Dominique Reed -- One of the top junior college wide receivers will be on campus thanks to new wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. Despite being an Arkansas native, Reed has maintained that he's open in the process and players from those ranks tend to be willing to commit to schools after short recruitments.
Galena Park North Shore running back Tristian Houston -- As a handful of other committed prospects have done, Houston talked at times about taking other visits, but has not done so.
On Thursday he confirmed his intentions of making it to Austin this weekend:
ATX tomorrow!!!!! pic.twitter.com/pavQoTlmee— Tristian Houston (@HoustonTristian) January 23, 2015
Houston Cypress Falls defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin -- The former Oklahoma commit took an official visit to see the Sooners back in early December, but a subsequent trip to Austin reduced the momentum and he confirmed his official visit date.
Since then, Lampkin traveled to College Station to hang out with some of his friends and afterwards denying the visit's importance since he didn't visit the facilities and went went for social purposes.
Though Lampkin is a consensus three-star prospect, he's a hugely important piece of the class because he's the only defensive tackle committed. As a result, Texas needs to get him to ink as rumors continue to swirl about a possible decommitment.
Irving Cistercian quarterback Matthew Merrick -- The consensus three-star prospect will almost certainly grayshirt, so he won't be counted against the numbers in the 2015 class, but he is important because of his connections to Jamabo. And because he could end up being the only quarterback Texas takes in the cycle if a worst-case scenario comes to pass.
Westlake linebacker Breckyn Hager -- There's been some speculation that Hager could find himself without an offer because of all the other linebackers in the class and the fact that he's the lowest-rated commit in the class, but that would send a bad message to Texas high school coaches and to the Hager family, so it's hard to believe that Charlie Strong would risk the fallout from such a move.
In any case, Hager was one of the last prospects to confirm his visit date.
Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wheeler -- The Under Armour All-America game pledge confirmed his intentions to take his official visit on Friday afternoon:
Jan. 23 Official Visit On My Way Texas #HookEm— Tru Story ★ (@SOS_Wheeler40) January 23, 2015
South Oak Cliff safety Jamile Johnson -- A Semper Fi All-American, Johnson will also make his way down to Austin from the Metroplex:
Just Finished packing For ATX tommorow #HookEm 512— Badger Jr. #⃣3⃣ (@MilJohnson) January 23, 2015
Rowlett defensive end Charles Omenihu -- The outspoken recruiter for the Horns looks locked in now after taking an official visit to Arizona State and briefly considering an offer from Michigan:
ATX tomorrow we meet again— Charles #⃣7⃣ (@charless_94) January 22, 2015
Dallas Skyline wide receiver Carlos Strickland -- The former Texas Tech commit has discussed the possibility of taking an official visit to Austin. A firm date has never been set, however, and he's still on the "possible" list as the weekend approaches.
Cornelius (N.C.) Hough cornerback Mark Fields -- The Longhorns weren't able to land a visit from Fields -- he tripped to Clemson last weekend and committed to the Tigers shortly thereafter.