Following a weekend in which Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns hosted a handful of premier prospects, headlined by 2018’s No. 9 overall player Gerald Liddell, four-star shooting guard Jarrett Culver unofficially visited the Forty Acres on Monday.
"The visit went really well,” Culver told Burnt Orange Nation. "The coaching staff is great! Texas is a great place! I enjoyed myself a lot!"
The fast-rising Lubbock product has seen a significant uptick in his recruitment following his EYBL debut with Pro Skills after averaging 18.3 points and five rebounds in three games. With programs including Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and TCU joining the mix alongside the hometown Red Raiders, it was Texas’ appreciation that stood out to the 6’5, 170-pound guard.
"They were all really excited and joyful that I was there," Culver said of the Longhorns coaching staff. "It was all smiles and laughs! I really liked that because they showed me they were very appreciative of me."
Whether he knew it or not, Culver’s visit took place on what Smart calls “Appreciation Monday,” with Culver becoming the primary recipient of Smart’s appreciation.
Despite Culver’s visit going “really well,” and having visited Texas Tech multiple times, as well as unofficial visits to Baylor and TCU, the No. 8 player in Texas told BON he’s still weighing all of his options. Once Culver begins taking his official visits, there should be some further clarity as to which teams emerge as the frontrunners, but Culver said he would plan that out following the Peach Jam and Las Vegas Classic.
In the meantime, Culver looks to polish a skillset that’s lifted him to the No. 80 overall ranking, per 247Sports Composite.
“There's always room to grow and I've been working hard to get better everyday," Culver said. "I've really been working on my ball handling and I've been working on my defense a lot. But I try to get better at every aspect of my game."
Culver currently holds 14 offers and that number is expected to rise throughout the summer.