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Key relationship has Texas in a good position with elite 2020 S Darius Snow

The Longhorns are in a great early position with the elite Hebron product courtesy of his relationship with safeties coach Craig Naivar.

Joe Hamilton

Only a few months remain before the entire Texas Longhorns coaching staff begins to shift their focus onto next year’s recruiting class.

With most of the staff’s attention directed on completing a 2019 recruiting class that’s currently ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 7 nationally, per the 247Sports Composite, Tom Herman and company have still managed to acquire two 2020 commitments. Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card and Helotes O’Connor offensive guard Logan Parr will be the the forerunners of #CloUT2020. But who will be next in line to join them?

Elite Hebron safety Darius Snow received an offer from the Longhorns early last January when his recruiting process was just beginning to catch fire. Since then, Snow has collected a total of 22 offers from schools like Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Stanford.

The four-star standout doesn’t shy away from contact and plays a very versatile, yet intelligent game. Snow puts those abilities on full display every time he touches the field. His daunting presence towards opponents and nonstop obligations to be great have put him in the position he is in right now.

To this point, Snow couldn’t be more excited about how the recruiting process is treating him.

“I’m just enjoying it right now,” Snow told BON. “After this season, I’ll start to narrow it down slowly, but for right now I’m just enjoying it and having fun with the process. I’m just blessed to be in this situation I’m in.”

The Longhorns have made an early impression on Snow. A large part of that has to do with the way special teams coordinator and safeties coach Craig Naivar has connected with the highly sought after prospect.

When asked how his relationship was with Texas, Snow had this to say: “It’s great! They’re definitely one of the schools that do recruit me harder. Coach Naivar is probably one of the first coaches I developed a great relationship with. Him and Coach McGuire from Baylor. They’re all great people down there.”

Snow and Naivar have built a relationship that goes beyond the game of football. That in itself has stood out the most about their overall bond.

“We don’t necessarily always talk about football, we talk about life,” Snow said. “He’s just great people and I just have great conversations with him. Just a great guy.”

The overall play from the Longhorns have been something that recruits have continued to keep an eye on. Snow is one of those players, and he’s liked what he’s seen thus far.

“They’ve played well,” Snow said. “They’ve had a couple of tough losses, but I mean that happens. You know I felt like they’ve done a great job of bouncing back.”

While Snow and his teammates remain on their quest to win a state championship, he still continues to better his craft to put the doubters to rest. Being the son of former NBA point guard Eric Snow and the nephew of former NFL linebacker Percy Snow has to be a plus for Snow, as far as knowing what it takes to get to that supreme level.

“Biggest thing is, is that I always work on my coverage, and getting faster,” Snow said. “The best thing for me to do what I want to do is to keep moving and stay in shape. So that’s what I’m going to keep doing. I run miles every week. Just keep working out, staying in shape and be the best that I can be.”

There is no timetable for when Snow will like to make his final decision, but we should be expecting a list of his top 10 schools coming sometime soon. The Longhorns are in a good spot with Snow.

At 6’1, 216 pounds, Snow is ranked as the nation’s No. 122 player, the No. 6 safety in the country and the No. 17 player in Texas for the 2020 cycle, per the 247Sports Composite.