Recruiting at the linebacker position continues to be difficult for the Texas Longhorns, as Westlake star Levi Jones revealed on Tuesday that he won’t be taking an official visit to Austin.
Instead, Jones has a visit set to Florida for January 13 and is attempting to decide between Florida State, Texas A&M, USC, and UCLA for his other trips in the coming month.
The news from Orlando at the 2017 Under Armour All-American Game check in confirmed previous beliefs that the ‘Horns were all but officially out of the running for the nation’s No. 12 outside linebacker.
In late November, the termination of Charlie Strong had a big impact on the Jones family:
Well @TheViJones , what do you think? Charlie Strong was Texas only shot & they got rid of him.— ROBERT JONES (@robertjonesLB55) November 27, 2016
Not every retweet is an endorsement on Twitter, but that one from Levi of his father’s tweet? It certainly appears to be the moment that the Longhorns lost any chance of signing the local product.
So the recruiting efforts of Texas quarterback commit Sam Ehlinger weren’t able to pay off, as the ‘Horns may have also had to overcome the poor experience that Levi’s older brother, Cayleb, had with the home-town school that resulted in his transfer to Arizona.
Jones is currently the only uncommitted outside linebacker offered by the Longhorns with National Signing Day just a little more than a month away. Right now, it’s possible, if not likely, that Texas doesn’t sign a single prospect at outside linebacker in the 2017 recruiting class.