Where most summer camps for the Texas Longhorns have featured members of the upcoming class going head-to-head in an effort to earn an offer, the focus for head coach Charlie Strong and company was on the 2016 and 2017 groups.
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In part, that was because three important targets in the 2015 class had already visited town and left by the time that the Sunday camp began. Other than that fact, it's hard to tell why the visitor list didn't feature any players competing for an offer.
There were, however, some key 2016 recruits in town, including Killeen Shoemaker defensive tackle Kendell Jones, Marietta (Ga.) Walton quarterback Josh White, Hyattsville (Mary.) DeMatha Catholic offensive tackle JP Urquidez, Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab cornerback Malik Antoine, and Alief Elsik linebacker Dontavious Jackson. In the 2017 class, the headliner was Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab athlete Dylan Moses, the freakish LSU pledge.
The Horns are thought to be in strong position with Jones, a 6'4, 300-pounder who looks physically ready to play in the NFL already:
"Texas is great. Coach Rumph pushes us hard." - Kendell Jones, 2016 5-star DT from Killeen Shoemaker #HookEm pic.twitter.com/WbQcmpJSU3— Justin Wells (@justinwells2424) June 1, 2014
Jones holds offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M, but Texas is the only school with any predictions at this time in the 247Sports Crystal Ball. A consensus five-star prospect in the early 247Sports Composite rankings, he's a near top-20 player nationally at this time.
The pro-style quarterback from Georgia is a name that many Texas fans may not know, but White has already been on campus twice now and is looking to add his second offer after picking one up from Mississippi State. At 6'5 and 225 pounds, he fits the mold of other quarterbacks that play caller Shawn Watson has already offered.
He was clearly looking forward to the camp and was apparently one of the the first to check in:
Looking forward to seeing Coach Strong again this Sunday at Camp at Texas! #Hookem pic.twitter.com/Y6VSgKRvOT— Josh White (@JoshWhiteQB) May 29, 2014
The staff hasn't yet extended an offer at quarterback in the 2016 class, not even to Washington five-star prospect Jacob Eason on his visit back in early May, so evaluations are clearly ongoing there.
A potential offensive line target in the class is Urquidez, a 6'7, 300-pounder who recently moved from the state of Texas and already has 10 offers and a four-star ranking to his name. In one drill captured by his mother, his body quickness and punch looked solid:
Another name that may not be entirely familiar to Texas fans is that of Jackson, a consensus four-star prospect rated as one of the top outside linebackers in the country at 6'2 and 237 pounds. He reported a 4.2 shuttle time from that camp that is extremely impressive for his size.
Leaving Austin . Had a great time at UT pic.twitter.com/LP5bYLTLOR— Dontavious Jackson5⃣ (@DCinco__5) June 1, 2014
He currently holds offers from Oklahoma State and Louisville and should see his recruitment take off in the near future. In fact, considering his rankings, it's a bit surprising that the spring evaluation period hasn't brought more offers for him.
The best news of the weekend may have come from Moses, who ran a 4.51 40 at the Texas camp at 6'2 and 220 chiseled pounds.
Committed to LSU since last September, Moses has nonetheless kept his options open and has been in Austin several times now. He said he enjoyed the experience on Sunday:
"I love Texas. I'm keeping my options open. I'll be at Texas-OU in the fall." Dylan Moses, 2017 5-star ATH and LSU commit #HookEm— Justin Wells (@justinwells2424) June 1, 2014
His father clarified the positioning of schools on his son's list:
1. LSU 2. Bama, Texas (share second)— Edward Moses Jr (@mlfllc) June 2, 2014
The fact that the Horns are still in the mix is extremely positive news with a prospect who is still expected to be ranked among the top players in the country when the 2017 rankings finally start emerging next spring.
Overall, there wasn't a great deal of star power at the camp, but if Texas can eventually land players likes Jones and Moses, it would have to be considered a success, even though there aren't any known offers that went out on the day.