Among a handful of visitors in attendance on Saturday for the Texas Longhorns Student Appreciation Day practice was Southlake Carroll inside linebacker Jacob Doddridge.
A three-star prospect from the Dallas area, Doddridge has already visited Kansas State, UCLA, Clemson and Baylor and will soon visit Northwestern, Boston College and Harvard, but aside from a summer camp, Saturday marked his first trip to the Forty Acres.
While on campus, Doddridge spent plenty of time with Longhorns recruiting assistant JM Jones and was able to meet with Tom Herman for the first time.
“He seemed high energy and intense,” Doddridge said of his impression of Herman. “He was also pretty funny.”
Along with describing the overall visit as a “great time,” Doddridge told Burnt Orange Nation he was impressed with what Texas is doing to keep up with college football’s Joneses; namely, the multimillion dollar athletic facilities facelift.
“The new facilities they’re building are amazing,” Doddridge said. “I didn’t know they were doing that until they showed me around. It was also really fun to put on a jersey.”
To date, Doddridge hasn’t yet been presented the opportunity to put on a Texas jersey at the next level and is still awaiting his first offer, despite notable interest, but said if the Longhorns were to offer, Texas would be among his top options.
“I would be very excited to have an offer from Texas,” Doddridge said. “UT is one of my top choices.”
While it remains to be seen if Texas will ultimately make the under-the-radar linebacker a top choice at the position during a critical 2018 class, Doddridge, whom did a little bit of everything for Southlake Carroll, said he’d be willing to do much of the same for whichever program he ultimately signs with.
“I would play any position they asked of me and do anything to help the team,” Doddridge said of what he can bring to a major program. “I’m a team player.”
Last season, along with his duties as a linebacker where he tallied 54 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks, Doddridge saw time at tight end and fullback, along with becoming a special teams standout. Doddridge said Texas isn’t sure which position they want to recruit him at just yet until they can evaluate the 6’2.5, 213-pounder in person.
Along with Texas and the noted schools he’s visited and plans to visit, Doddridge said he’s also hearing from Oklahoma State, Houston, Tulane, Columbia, Princeton and Yale — credit Doddridge’s 1450 SAT score for the bulk Ivy League interest.
Doddridge ranks as the nation’s No. 1,268 player, No. 49 inside linebacker and the No. 188 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.