A planned attendee at Saturday's Junior Day ended up picking up an offer even without making it to Austin, as the Texas Longhorns offered Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Prep defensive end Bryan Jones on Monday:
If the name of that private school sounds familiar, it's because Madison Prep produced Texas defensive end signee Malcolm Roach in the 2016 class, a factor that could play in favor of the Longhorns. As could the deep recruiting ties of defensive line coach Brick Haley to Louisiana, which helped Texas land five prospects from the state in 2016.
The 6'4, 240-pounder is a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 256 recruit nationally, the No. 7 strongside defensive end, and the No. 11 player in Louisiana, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Now closing in on 15 offers, Jones has official invitations to play at Cincinnati, Kansas State, Miami, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M, among others.
Notice that home-state LSU is not currently among those schools. As always in a state so dominated by the Tigers, whether or not head coach Les Miles and position coach Ed Orgeron decide to offer Jones could be a key factor in his recruitment.
For now, the 'Horns appear to be in strong shape with Jones pending his first visit to Austin, as there is already a 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Texas without a visit. Further movement could come in the hours after his offer.