Texas Football: Latest Summer News and Recruiting Updates
After two sub-par seasons, the Texas Longhorns can't wait to get back on to the field and begin competing for a Big 12 title and a chance to reach a BCS bowl for the first time since 2009. This year's team will look very similar to last year's, as a majority of the starters are returning, which makes for a lot of optimism heading into the regular season.
But while we are still a couple months away from September arriving, there is still news going on in the college football world.
Here are some of the latest updates that involve your 2012 Texas Longhorns.
Torrodney Prevot Likes Texas
Torrodney Prevot is considered by many top recruiting sites to be one of the better defensive ends in this year's class. He is a very athletic player, one of the fastest players to get off the ball and is a force at making plays on the quarterback and getting into the backfield. He has tons of offers on the table, but really likes the idea of playing for the Texas Longhorns.
"Honestly I had to work and I couldn’t take off," Prevot said. "Texas is still very high on my list. We didn’t make the camp this past weekend, but my uncle and I are setting something up for us and my mom to go down there." (Via ESPN)
Other schools that have caught Prevot's interest are Cal, USC, Oregon and LSU, among others. He is expected to make a decision by the end of the summer, so stay tuned for any further updates on where this 4-star player ends up.
Marquise Goodwin Is Going to London
Senior wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will represent the Texas Longhorns in London, as he has qualified for the Olympics in the long jump. He became the first collegian to win long jump titles during the NCAA Championships and U.S. Olympic Trials in the same year since 1960.
Participating during Olympics will also not affect his season with Texas at all, as he will be finished about the same time when the Longhorns open up fall camp.
"He’s been a guy that’s handled both sports very well, and that’s a difficult thing to do," Texas coach Mack Brown said earlier this month. "Unlike last year, he can get back pretty soon and still have some preseason work before we open up the first ballgame." (Via ESPN)
In three seasons at the wide receiver position, Goodwin has racked up 94 receptions for 1,024 yards and four touchdowns. He also plays a part in the running game and kickoff returns, returning a kick 95 yards for a touchdown during his freshman season.
Ricky Seals-Jones Still Likes Texas
There aren't many players that are as talented as 5-star wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones is in this 2013 class. So when he decommitted from Texas earlier this month, Longhorn fans everywhere began to hit the panic button. While a decommitt is never good for a team, he just wanted to make sure he was picking the right school, considering he will also like to play basketball. He says that Texas is still the school to beat.
"Good day at Texas. I just talked to the coaches and took a tour of the basketball campus," he said. "It felt good to be there again. Texas is still No. 1 in my heart." (Via ESPN)
While the wide receiver position is a serious question mark for the Longhorns, landing a player such as Seals-Jones would be huge. He has the tremendous size at 6'5", 215 pounds, great hands and makes plays after the catch as well.
He is also considering schools such as LSU, Notre Dame and Texas Tech, among others, and is expected to make a decision before his senior season of high school begins.
Geoff Swaim Committs
So far, Texas has received 15 early commitments for the 2013 class, the most recent one comes from JUCO tight end Geoff Swaim. He is 6'5", 250 pounds and isn't necessarily known for his receiving abilities, but is an excellent blocker who should fit in nicely next to some of the other tight ends the Longhorns have picked up.
"When he [offered], I was taken aback a little bit because it was Coach Brown and he is a football legend," Swaim said. "For me, it was pretty overwhelming. ... It was a big shock. It hasn't sunk in yet." (Via ESPN)
Swain played at Butte Community College, a school that is a run-first team, so his receiving abilities is very limited, but says his blocking was the other things that attracted the coaching staff.
"The one thing that stood out to them in watching my film from other tight ends is that my film was primarily all blocking," he said. "They said they wanted a guy that could help them get back to running power football. I can come in January and make an impact. I am that physical, hard-nosed guy that can block the end."