With the spring evaluation period in full swing, Texas Longhorns tight ends coach Jeff Traylor was out on the road Wednesday making his rounds in his recruiting territory in East Texas, visiting Bullard to see tight end commit Major Tennison and Tyler John Tyler to see wide receiver commit Damion Miller:
Both were key stops for Traylor, not only because he was extremely instrumental in landing both players last year, but because both are keeping their options open and taking visits to other schools -- it's important for the Longhorns tight ends coach to continue recruiting Tennison and Miller like they aren't currently committed.
The good news is that Miller didn't follow through on tentative plans to attend the Texas A&M spring game early this month and also failed to make a planned trip to Ole Miss. Miller was, however, in Austin for the Orange and White game. While the Aggies remain a serious contender for the 6'1, 193-pounder, it does seem that his commitment is more firm now than it was a month or two ago. Visits like the one from Traylor on Wednesday can only help.
As the only wide receiver currently committed in the class, Miller increased his value at the Dallas The Opening regional camp in March by running a 4.49 40-yard dash, a 4.26 shuttle, and posting a 36.9-inch vertical leap, all highly impressive results that helped solidify his status as a top-25 wide receiver nationally.
Tennison may not be quite as firm as Miller at the moment -- he's taken visits to Alabama, Arkansas, and Michigan since he was in Austin for the late February Junior Day, but also took a visit to see a Texas spring practice and was back for the Orange and White game.
While Miller is exploring his options and seeing other schools, Tennison is a bit more focused on seeing what the offense looks like this fall -- he wants to ensure that new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert uses his tight ends effectively this fall. Whether or not that happens could be the biggest deciding factor in whether Tennison signs with the 'Horns next February.
It's been a busy week for Traylor, who has made stops at Corsicana, Athens, Hawkins, Gilmer, Big Sandy, Brownsboro, Linden-Kildare, Atlanta, Liberty-Eylau, Texas High, Pleasant Grove, and Hooks since Monday. Targets at those schools include Liberty-Eylau defensive end pledge Lagaryonn Carson and Hooks athlete Montrell Estell.