With 11 days left during the spring evaluation period, the Texas Longhorns coaches are staying busy on the recruiting trail, resulting in two Wednesday offers out in Florida, among other tidbits of news.
First Wednesday offer out to 3-star cornerback
Pompano Beach (Fla.) Coconut Creek cornerback Malek Young received an offer from the Longhorns on Wednesday afternoon, which prompted an unusually brief and not exactly enthusiastic tweet:
Texas offer— Humble Child (@MalekYoung) May 20, 2015
Perhaps Young is just a man of few words, but he's also committed to Georgia, so he might not be particularly open to the process at this point. Texas offered his teammate, No. 5 cornerback Trayvon Mullen, last week.
Young is a 5'10, 175-pounder ranked as the No. 484 recruit, No. 45 cornerback, and No. 72 player in Florida, according to the 247Sports Composite. Committed to play in the US Army All-American Bowl next January, Young now holds 29 offers.
No. 6 2017 safety picks up Texas offer
The second offer to go out on Wednesday was to Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons safety Daniel Wright, a 6'2, 175-pounder who fits the mold preferred by Texas head coach Charlie Strong:
Thankful to receive an offer from university of Texas #blessed— Daniel Wright (@_Wright3470) May 20, 2015
Wright is a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 115 recruit, No. 6 safety, and the No. 16 player in Florida. His offer list currently consists of 12 schools, including Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, LSU, Miami, Michigan, and Michigan State. It's a surprisingly brief list given his rankings and in-state schools like Florida and Florida State are noticeably absent, though it's still pretty early in the recruiting process for him.
SB Nation Recruiting's own Bud Elliott has a Crystal Ball prediction in for the Gators already, so head coach Jim McElwain's program should be in strong shape with him if or when that Florida offer comes through.
Wright took a visit to Miami in early March, but otherwise his timeline doesn't include any other visits.
Texas DE offer no longer has a leader
One of the numerous Longhorns offer out last week was to Denham Springs (La.) defensive end Caleb Roddy, who seems to appreciate a Texas edit he recently received from somewhere:
Longhorns fans would probably agree on that account.
However, the more pertinent news for the coaching staff came shortly thereafter:
The Razorbacks currently hold 80% of his Crystal Ball predictions, but as Roddy mentioned, his stock has been taking off during the spring. Schools to extend recent offers other than Texas include Oregon, Auburn, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt, so it's not particularly surprising that he's taking a step back to re-evaluate his options.
Texas continues to show interest in Eric Monroe
The top pure safety in the state is Galena Park North Shore's Eric Monroe. He has Texas in his top three and plans on making a decision in July at The Opening, so there's not much time left before he makes his decision.
In an effort to land his services, the Longhorns coaches are staying in close contact with the nation's No. 2 safety:
UT showing love— GrindtimeE (@IBallLikeMelo_) May 20, 2015
The Lone Star State is home to the top three safeties nationally -- Brandon Jones and Deontay Anderson are the other two -- and all three have decided they want to play at different schools, so Monroe's commitment, whether it's to Baylor, LSU, or Texas, will have a ripple effect on safety recruiting in the state.