The Texas Longhorns are currently set to add three members of the 2016 recruiting class this month as early enrollees, but could have a fourth this weekend following an official visit from Kansas State Wildcats offensive line pledge Zach Shackelford.
The consensus three-star prospect confirmed his plans this week:
I will be taking an official visit to UT this next weekend, the 15th— SHACK (@shackattack1997) January 10, 2016
Committed to Kansas State since July, the 6'3, 290-pounder picked up his big offer from Texas after a lengthy evaluation process by the staff that finally culminated in early November. The offer prompted two unofficial visits from Shackelford during November prior to his official visit to Manhattan just before the dead period began.
Now Shackelford will have a difficult decision to make -- remain loyal to the program that does an impressive job in instilling those feelings in committed prospects or stay closer to home and play for a school that was more skeptical about his ability for a much longer period of time.
Since he is enrolling early, he's set to make a final decision on Sunday so he can get to the campus of his choice in time for the start of the spring semester, according to the teaser on the front page of Orangebloods.
Shackelford is ranked as the No. 1205 player nationally, the No. 61 offensive guard, and the No. 139 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. During his recruitment, he picked up more than 16 offers, including invitations to play at Arizona State, Cincinnati, Colorado, Houston, Illinois, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, and Tulsa.
The latter offer was an important one since it was the former stop of new offensive line coach/running game coordinator Matt Mattox, who has continued Shackelford's recruitment since arriving in Austin roughly one month ago.
Now he'll have a last chance to secure the commitment from Shackelford that he was unable land originally, with the help of the state's flagship university behind him.