Following the first-ever Sophomore Day last weekend, the Texas Longhorns are hosting a number of 2014 and 2015 prospects for the spring game on Saturday evening, aided by the Texas Relays going on just next door at the track stadium.
While the weekend is a big one for the 2014 class, as the 'Horns will host a number of top targets, including five-star cornerback Tony Brown and top safety target Jamal Adams, the big fireworks are going on with the 2015 class, as those prospects who did not attend the Sophomore Day last weekend are now in town and receiving offers and, in one case, committing.
The weekend really started on Thursday with the visit from five-star Louisiana running back Leonard Fournette, who later said that he enjoyed the visit, calling it "fun" and a "great atmosphere." Then, 2015 DeSoto defensive tackle Bryce English committed on Friday, followed by 2014 Jasper center Terrell Cuney on Saturday, two events that quickly made sure that the weekend was a success.
New 2014 and 2015 offers out
The Longhorns didn't waste any time extending more offers this weekend, including one for a 2014 prospect who hasn't been high on the radar -- Longview wide receiver Dorian Leonard. As there is only one report out there at this time that Leonard has an offer, it may be that the Texas coaches once again did not effectively communicate his offer status to him.
At 6-4 and around 200 pounds, Leonard is a big-bodied receiver like commit Lorenzo Joe. The other prospects currently targeted by Texas -- Kd Cannon, Armanti Foreman, and Speedy Noil -- are all on the shorter side, either slot or flanker prospects, making the potential offer to Leonard rather interesting. It may be a sign that the coaches don't expect Cayleb Jones to be back with the program.
According to Twitter reports, the Longhorns also extended a number of offers to 2015 prospects. Plano West running back Soso Jamabo became the second running back in the class to receive an offer, along with fellow big back Chris Warren. Skyline linebacker Anthony Wheeler picked on up, as did Sulphur Springs safety Larry Pryor.
Earlier in the week, Ennis defensive end James Lockhard picked up his offer from Texas and was told by Mack Brown on Saturday that he could be an award-winning player in college:
Mack Brown: "your going to win this" twitter.com/James_Lockhart…— James. (@James_Lockhart9) March 30, 2013
Tony Brown is fast
Perhaps the best-looking cornerback in the country, the Beaumont Ozen star is also one of the fastest hurdlers in the country. In fact, after his work at Texas Relays on Saturday, Brown is the fastest high school hurdler in the country:
Tony Brown just set a Texas Relays record and ran the fastest 110H time in American this year. 13.38— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) March 30, 2013
Brown then ran a 10.45 100m a short time later.
With friend Edward Paris headed to LSU and his sister headed there to run track as well, the Longhorns would seem to be working from a trailing position in his recruitment, but the Relays afforded a great chance for Texas to make up some ground with him.
Other important visitors
Several prospects are in town who are close to ending their respective recruitments, with the Longhorns sitting in favorable positions for all three -- Cy Falls linebacker Otaro Alaka, Katy Seven Lakes defensive end Jarrett Johnson ($), Houston Lamar safety John Bonney ($), and Abilene defensive end Jake McMillon. It's possible that Texas could receive a commit from one or more of those players in the near future, though it's not clear how high the odds are that any of them could pledge this weekend.
Bonney told ESPN that the 'Horns are his leader, but he seems the least likely of the three to make a decision in the near future.
Another important defensive back target is Brenham's Darrion Johnson, who has also made his way to Austin. At least one Texas player was interested in getting Johnson on campus, as Quandre Diggs took the opportunity to ask Johnson if he was going to make it to the spring game.
Linebacker is a position of need for the 'Horns in the 2014 class and Alaka would go a long way towards securing a strong class with Cameron Hampton already in the fold, but the 'Horns apparently haven't given up on Galena Park North Shore's Zach Whitley, who has looked headed for the SEC for some time, but has been on campus for two days now.
In the 2015 class, the most important visitor may be the top player in the state currently -- Gladewater Defensive tackle Daylon Mack, who has the Aggies out in front, but grew up a Texas fan and is taking his first visit to Austin. He was the first 2015 prospect to receive an offer from the 'Horns, so the staff made sure that they didn't fall too far behind with him just because they didn't offer.