In addition to holding the first practice of fall camp on Saturday, the Texas Longhorns also hosted several visitors, including Texas A&M Aggies outside linebacker commit Devodrick Johnson, who apparently enjoyed his time in Austin:
The 6’1, 210-pounder plays quarterback for Dallas Kimball, but will make the move to defense in college as a hybrid linebacker/safety capable of dropping into coverage and covering a lot of ground. As a result of that unique skill set, the Texas coaches have been trying to get Johnson on campus for some time, and finally succeeded.
Johnson committed to Texas A&M in the middle of July on a visit to College Station, but it appears that he hasn’t quite completely closed down his recruitment, as few prospects do who commit at this stage.
An offer from the ‘Horns hasn’t happened yet for the Aggies commit and it may take some movement with other players before Texas would make a move, as there are plenty of linebackers on campus and plenty of big targets at the position, including Dylan Moses, Baron Browning, and Anthony Hines.
The recruitment to watch as it concerns Johnson is that of Fort Bend Elkins product Kenneth Murray, who is similar in size to Johnson, likely to play a similar role in college, and set to decide on August 10.
If Murray commits elsewhere, say, to Oklahoma, which may be the current leader, there’s a chance that Texas could offer Johnson.
Johnson and the True Buzz Athletics group out of the Dallas area also brought along 2018 West Mesquite cornerback Dayven Coleman, a 6’1, 186-pounder who has the height and length preferred by head coach Charlie Strong and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford.
That’s Coleman on the left and Johnson on the right.
Coleman is still looking for his first offer and the early rankings for him aren’t spectacular — he’s a low three-star prospect ranked No. 54 nationally at his position, but there’s not exactly a lot of consensus out there right now with only one service having yet released rankings for that class.
So file the name away for later with Coleman, as the ‘Horns are still pretty early in the evaluation stages for that class.
Another visitor on campus was 2018 San Antonio Marshall wide receiver Stanley Lambert, who burst onto the scene and earned an offer from the ‘Horns at the Under the Lights camp back in July:
UT practice was really great on the first day, full speed every play, honestly cant ask for a better Saturday. #HookEm— S. lambert (@stanleypearson6) August 6, 2016
Texas likely isn’t pushing for a decision from Lambert any time soon, as per the usual tactics by the staff, but the early offer and multiple visits seem to have the Longhorns in a good initial position with Lambert.