The Texas program prides itself on producing some of the best defensive backs to play the game at a high level. Maintaining the “DBU” tradition calls for landing the top high school prospects that thrive in the secondary. Tom Herman and company proved that they have what it takes to recruit top-notch talent on the backend of the defense last recruiting cycle when they snagged three of the nation’s top six safeties (No. 1 Caden Sterns, No. 3 B.J. Foster, and No. 6 DeMarvion Overshown).
Could the Longhorns be in the running for one of the top safeties in the country this go around?
Cedar Hill Trinity Christian prospect Lewis Cine seems to fit the mold of the type of caliber player the Longhorns are looking for. He has the quintessential size for the safety position, scans the field extremely well, and will come downhill and punish opposing ball-carriers like a heat seeking missile.
The four-star recruit has nearly every Power 5 program pursuing him, as he’s earned himself a total of 36 offers. Schools like Georgia, Michigan, and Penn State seem to have Cine’s direct attention as of right now, but his recent visit to Texas could possibly position the Longhorns within striking distance.
When asked what his thoughts were on UT’s victory against TCU, Cine told BON, “I thought that was a live and exciting game. Great win and statement from UT.”
Cine would love to be a guy that comes in and makes an immediate impact for a program, and he’s fully capable of doing that. He loved that the freshmen were able to do that for the Longhorns.
“What stands out is how the young players were making plays,” Cine said.
The Longhorns are gradually becoming a school that stands out to Cine.
“UT stands very high on my list,” Cine said. “No specific number!”
Texas safeties coach Craig Naivar has made it a mission to stay in contact with Cine. Cine speaks with Naivar on a regular basis and says he’s recruiting him hard.
“I talk to coach Naivar! He just told me if I want to ball, then come to UT,” Cine said. “They’ll coach me like no other.”
Cine has the potential to be a real daunting presence at the next level as he models his game after the late, great Sean Taylor.
Cine says he’s seen everything he’s wanted to see from the Longhorns up to this point. He will be taking an official visit to Georgia this weekend. He took his official visit to the Forty Acres in mid-June and the Texas staff hopes to have him back before he makes a decision.
Cine is ranked as the nation’s No. 59 prospect, and as the No. 8 player in the state, per the 247Sports Composite.