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LSU TE commit Jamal Pettigrew, 4-star CB Kristian Fulton to visit Texas

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Jamal Pettigrew in 2014
Jamal Pettigrew in 2014
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The Texas Longhorns will reportedly host two high-profile visitors from The Boot this summer, as New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine tight end Jamal Pettigrew and Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel cornerback Kristian Fulton plan on tripping to Austin.

Pettigrew is a 6'6, 229-pounder ranked as the No. 6 tight end nationally in the 247Sports Composite rankings, while Fulton is a 6'0, 172-pounder ranked as the No. 4 cornerback nationally.

Texas offered Pettigrew in late February, weeks after the arrivals of new tight ends coach Jeff Traylor and new defensive line coach Brick Haley, who was part of the LSU staff that successfully landed a commitment from Pettigrew back in January. Though offering earlier would have benefited Texas, Pettigrew did take a visit to Auburn in March, indicating that he's still open to the recruiting process.

He wasn't highly productive last season in St. Augustine's offense, catching 17 passes for 345 yards, but he does have excellent upside because of his athleticism. The physical development of Pettigrew increases those favorable projections to college, as he's gained 11 pounds in the last year, while reducing his shuttle time from 4.78 to 4.4. For comparison's sake, that's about what defensive back Mykkele Thompson ran at the Texas Pro Timing Day this year.

So if Pettigrew does make the visit, he would become the most athletic option for Texas at tight end in the 2016 class and perhaps even a possibility to flip from LSU if the trip makes a highly-favorable impression on him.

As for Fulton, he's considered a Tigers lean, but maintains his openness and seems interested in the Longhorns since he began planning the visit to Austin just after receiving his offer this week.

Given the ties both have to LSU growing up in Lousiana, one visit may not be enough to convince either prospect to join the 2016 class, but getting them on campus would be a major positive development, assuming it goes through as planned.