National Signing Day 2017 is less than two weeks away and Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman and his staff are looking to close strong with the help of a another big recruiting weekend that will once again feature several important targets and a small handful of current pledges.
Houston Westfield running back Daniel Young — There was some thought that Young would be on campus last weekend, but he opted to come in this weekend instead.
Tyler John Tyler wide receiver Damion Miller — The longtime pledge once looked appeared willing to look at schools, but he’s recently been locked in for the Longhorns. As the only wide receiver pledge in the class, Miller is an important commit.
Lake Travis tight end Cade Brewer — The local product flipped his pledge from SMU in December.
Fort Worth All Saints defensive end Max Cummins — An in-home visit and subsequent offer on Tuesday evening from Oscar Giles secured a quick pledge from Cummins.
Nacogdoches cornerback Josh Thompson — One of the most vocal recruiters for the staff over the last few weeks, Thompson could be an asset to the coaching staff in helping with other recruits.
Hooks safety Montrell Estell — A key piece of the class since Estell will likely be the only safety in the group.
Winter Park (Fla.) wide receiver Jordan Pouncey — Whether out of genuine interest or a desire to get retweets from his Longhorns follower (feelings that are not necessarily mutually exclusive), the former Notre Dame commit has been vocal about his upcoming Texas official visit in recent days:
Texas is in Pouncey’s top four with Miami, Notre Dame, and Tennessee, but the home-state Hurricanes are considered the overwhelming favorite right now, so the belief is that Pouncy will have to come away wowed by his visit to end up picking the Longhorns.
Georgia Military College defensive lineman Brandon Henderson — A former Houston target, Henderson was the last addition to the visitor list and doesn’t yet hold an offer. If Texas does extend an offer this weekend, don’t be surprised if he commits on the spot.
Galena Park North Short defensive end/outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson — The new 247Sports five-star prospect is the most important visitor this weekend and in the discussion with junior college linebacker Gary Johnson as the most important target remaining for Texas. However, Chaisson probably gets the nod there because the staff has spent so much time recruiting him dating back to their time in Houston.
The 6’4, 211-pounder was in LSU last weekend and that trip didn’t spark any movement in the 247Sports Crystal Ball projections, which still heavily favor Texas, so the ‘Horns appear to be in strong position to take firm control of this recruitment.
It’s also worth remembering that Chaisson has a great deal of respect for early enrollee quarterback Sam Ehlinger against whom he played in the state title game in 2015, so Ehlinger’s presence on campus this weekend could play an important role in Chaisson’s visit.
Murrietta (Calif.) Vista Murrietta cornerback Javelin Guidry — The former Cedar Park standout and Houston commit is the other prospect on commitment watch this weekend. With one secondary spot remaining, the speedster likely won’t take the chance of missing out on it by committing to Herman and his staff for a second time.