The weekend after traveling to Austin for an official visit with the Texas Longhorns, Jenks (Okla.) tight end Reese Leitao decommitted from the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday evening:
The 6’4, 234-pounder pledged to Nebraska in late August after including Oklahoma State, Penn State, and Maryland in his top four. New Longhorns head coach Tom Herman previously offered Leitao when he was with the Cougars.
The commitment to the Huskers hasn’t been completely solid, however, as Leitao visited Arkansas in October for the game against Alabama and TCU last weekend.
In the several days prior to Leitao’s decommitment from the Huskers, the ‘Horns started to receive a flurry of 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. As of Monday afternoon, in fact, all 11 were in favor of Texas:
A consensus three-star prospect, Leitao is the No. 727 player nationally, the No. 34 tight end, and the No. 11 player in the state of Oklahoma, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
The son of DePaul basketball coach Dave Leitao is relatively new to football — Leitao began focusing on football over basketball as a sophomore. Leitao is also a good student who isn’t necessarily tied to any part of the country geographically since he moved around so much with his father growing up.
At the Dallas The Opening Regional camp last March, Leitao ran a 4.47 shuttle and posted a 33.5-inch vertical leap.
Texas does not currently have a tight end committed in the 2017 class after losing Bullard’s Major Tennison over the summer and only has two scholarship players at the position. After missing on Scottsdale CC product Salvatore Cannella last weekend, Leitao and other prospects like local standout Cade Brewer, an SMU commit, became all the more important to the class.
Now it appears that one visit to Austin and previous recruiting efforts by Tom Herman, Derek Warehime, and Corby Meekins at Houston could pay off for Texas at a need position.