Shaka Smart and his staff remain active on the recruiting trail, with the latest example of those efforts coming in the form of Nederland shooting guard Hayden Hefner, who announced an offer from the Texas Longhorns on Monday morning.
Currently considered a three-star talent ranked within the top 250 nationally, per the 247Sports Composite, Hefner’s Texas offer is now his fifth, with the remaining handful featuring Oklahoma, Houston, Rice, and Texas A&M. Other programs such as Texas Tech, Clemson, Iowa State, and Notre Dame have been in contact, as well, courtesy of a strong AAU circuit with the Houston Defenders.
“When I’m going, I’m going to attack and I got everything going,” Hefner told 247Sports Evan Daniels. “I’m going to push the ball a lot and get my teammates involved.”
To this point, of the teams actively involved in his recruitment, the industry considers Oklahoma to be the early favorite. Hefner has already utilized an official visit on a trip to Norman, and the Sooners now own each of his two Crystal Ball projections.
Elsewhere, Hefner has unofficially visited Texas A&M and Houston, per Daniels’ report.
Texas is yet to host Hefner, but the offer speaks to the interest Smart and his staff have in his ability, as he becomes just the third 2020 shooting guard to add a Texas offer, Alongside five-star Norcross (Ga.) star Brandon Boston Jr. and Montverde Academy (Fla.) standout Moses Moody.
A 6’5 prospect, Hefner is ranked as the No. 66 shooting guard in his class and as the No. 14 player in Texas.