Texas Football Recruiting 2013: Updates, Analysis on Commits, Visits and Offers
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Monday, June 17
Texas has added even more offensive weapons. Wide receiver Emanuel Porter and tight end John Thomas have both committed. Porter is a 3-star recruit who ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash at the Longhorns' camp this past weekend, according to 247Sports. He is also a solid basketball player, as you can see in the video.
Thomas is a JUCO player out of Trinity Valley Community College.
This gives Texas 19 commitments in the 2014 class.
Friday, June 14
Texas has a great academic program and that's the one thing that really set them apart. The way it's set up is good. I feel like I can go to Texas and succeed academically and the academic program is what I liked the most.
Texas now has 16 commitments, with this being the fourth wide receiver.
Tuesday, June 11
That sure didn't take long. Wide receiver Garrett Gray was offered by Texas on June 9 and has now made it official where he will play college ball. According to 247Sports, the 3-star receiver has decided to take the Longhorns up on that offer.
Gray is now the 15th commitment for Texas and the third wide receiver.
Follow Bleacher Report's interactive recruiting map to find out where Texas is recruiting the hardest.
Friday, May 31
Texas received the commitment of the Teuhema brothers, according to Max Olson of ESPNDallas.com. Sione Teuhema is a 3-star defensive end who has become the 14th member of the 2014 recruiting class for the Longhorns. Maea Teuhema is a 5-star offensive lineman in the 2015 class. According to Olson, Robert Taliaferro, their guardian, said the following:
The biggest thing is it feels like home. It really did to me and to them. We loved the defensive ends coach, and we loved the offensive line coach. And at the end of the day, if the NFL doesn't work out, they want to get a job and live in Texas.
Tuesday, May 28
Wide receiver KD Cannon is one of the top players from the state of Texas, and the Longhorns are recruiting him heavily. Then Longhorns fans would be happy to know that he has included them in his top 12, which he released on his Twitter account on Memorial Day.
My Top 12 twitter.com/IAmTheOne_9/st…— OMG KD CANNON (@IAmTheOne_9) May 27, 2013
Cannon is considered a 4-star wide receiver and could help this Texas offense out immediately.
Friday, May 17
Friday, May 17
Texas is one of the latest schools to offer defensive end Davon Godchaux.
A 4-star recruit, he also holds offers from LSU, Florida and Texas A&M, among others.
Wednesday, May 15
With a little bit of uncertainty around the Texas 2014 recruiting class, outside linebacker Cameron Hampton wants everybody to know that he isn't going anywhere. According to Damon Sayles of ESPN, the 3-star defensive player is 100 percent committed.
They [USC] actually have a great program, a great, great program, Hampton said. They had a lot of decommits in the past, too, but it never affected them. I like the life there, but I’m not going anywhere. I’m 100 percent.
Monday, May 13
It wasn't a big surprise when fullback Daniel Gresham announced he was decommitting. With plenty of offers on the table, it looks like the Longhorns could lose him to the Miami Hurricanes, according to Nate Adelson of 247Sports.
"Honestly they’re recruiting me extremely hard, they’re one of my big favorites," Gresham said. "My brother lives down there with his girlfriend and I’m really close with him so that’s a big thing. Then my recruiter, Coach Hurlie Brown, he would be my position coach if I ended up going there. I told him how much I would love to get down for a visit and we talked about some dates."
Gresham also has offers from Alabama, Florida State and Ole Miss, among others.
Thursday, May 9
Texas loses out on running back Auston Anderson, who has committed to Northwestern, according to ESPN (paid link). From the Texas area (Plano), Anderson had an offer from the Longhorns, and was predicted by Bobby Burton of 247Sports to end up in Austin.
This is now the second Texas recruit to pick Northwestern, as Jordan Thomas picked the Wildcats back in December.
Thursday, May 9
According to Max Olson of ESPN (paid link), Texas is the latest school to extend an offer to athlete Dylan Moses. Already with offers from schools such as Alabama and LSU, Moses is only in the eighth grade and isn't eligible until the 2017 recruiting class. According to Olson, this is the youngest recruit Texas has ever offered.
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My Texas commitment is as solid as a rock..ima longhorn and that's not changing..#HookEm!! No matter who come after me!— Terrell Cuney(@TCuney_55) May 8, 2013
Four-star offensive lineman Terrell Cuney appears to be getting a little frustrated with the recruiting process. Already committed to Texas, Cuney took to his Twitter account to reassure everybody that he is a Longhorn for life.
D’haquille Williams is considered the top JUCO wide receiver by 247Sports. Although he has offers from every school imaginable, Mississippi Gulf Coast assistant coach Pete Bennett told 247Sports that Texas is very much in the running to land him (subscription required):
I want to say it was about three or four weeks ago when they officially offered. I can’t remember when exactly it was, but it was that time frame. They’ve recruited him well recently and have sent a lot of letters. Probably just as much mail as any other program you can imagine. You can see they’ve made a big impression on him in such a short time, especially with him listing Texas in those three schools mentioned.
Other schools Bennett mentioned that appear to be high on the list are Auburn, USC and LSU if it extends an offer. Williams has made two unofficial visits to Auburn, but if one of his coaches is correct, Texas will have its say at some point.
Offensive lineman Blake Blackmar will take an unofficial visit with the Texas Longhorns on May 10, according to Jason Suchomel of Rivals (paid link). Texas is certainly in the family, as his grandfather and father, Bruce, both played for the Longhorns:
Growing up, I was a huge UT fan. I've got the UT shirts, all that stuff because my dad went there. I thought they were the greatest thing on earth. Now that I'm getting into the recruiting process and I've got offers, I've been to other schools and seen things I like. If Texas offered, I wouldn't commit right away. I'd probably stick with my plan and kind of wait, go through spring ball and get into summer and make my decision sometime in the summer.
He currently holds offers from Baylor, Texas Tech and Missouri, among others, but Texas has yet to extend an invite. This could all change once a visit is made later this week.
Texas has extended an offer to running back Adam Choice, according to William Wilkerson of ESPN (subscription required). Choice is the first cousin of NFL running back Tashard Choice and has other offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech and Georgia.
According to the report, Texas was Choice's favorite team growing up.
Offensive lineman Robert Castaneda is currently committed to Kansas State, but it appears Texas is making a strong push for the 315-pound guard. According to Max Olson of ESPN (subscription required), Major Applewhite recently stopped by Round Rock High School in Texas and expects to be back soon to check out Castaneda.
He currently has offers from Purdue and Texas Tech.
Terrell Cuney committed to the Longhorns on March 30 and has been loyal ever since. Schools haven't stopped blowing up his phone, according to Blake Munroe of 247Sports (subscription required), but the offensive lineman says there is really no point.
“I’m hearing from a lot of different coaches,” said Cuney. “Really all of them I guess you could say and they’re coming harder actually and recruiting me harder. There’s no point though. I’m a Longhorn.”
Cuney also has offers from TCU and Texas Tech, but it doesn't look like he is leaving any time soon.
Texas will have a chance to snag offensive guard Joseph Paul, who is currently committed to Florida. According to William Wilkerson of ESPN (subscription required), Paul will check out Texas and Texas A&M later this summer, as the lineman wants to make sure he is making the right decision.
“At this point I am all Florida,” Paul said. “But wherever I am going for the next four to five years of my life I want to make sure it’s the place I want to go so I am going to take as many visits as I can.”
Paul attended junior day on February 23, according to his 247Sports timeline.
Quarterback Jerrod Heard is widely considered the top recruit of the 2014 class for Texas, but that hasn’t stopped other schools from making their case to take him away. According to Max Olson of ESPN (subscription required), many schools have called but the young man hasn’t shown much interest, says his high school coach, John Walsh:
He wasn’t too fond of the courting process or the recruiting. Texas was his school. When they offered, I figured it was going to be a shut-door deal, and that’s how he’s handled it. He’s not interested in any of that recruiting stuff.
Olson is also reporting that Heard has no plans of finishing high school in December and enrolling to Texas early. Well, at least it appears this commitment is solid.
Andrew Williams is a quality defensive end from the state of Georgia and is still trying to put together a top-10 list. According to William Wilkerson of ESPN (subscription required), the defensive player is high on Texas:
Oh absolutely, Coach [Stacy] Searels came by on [April 25]. We couldn’t talk very much but it was great seeing him and Coach [Oscar] Giles. They told me, which really surprised me, that I was their No. 1 DE. It didn’t register with me. Texas has a lot of great athletes. Our relationship has grown a lot this year so that was great.
According to the report, Williams mentioned that LSU, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Clemson and Florida State are the schools recruiting him the hardest at the moment.
Texas is now one of four schools to extend an offer to 2016 recruit Ben Cleveland. Although he is only 14 years old, he stands in at 6’7” and weighs more than 300 pounds.
He told ESPN's Radi Nabulsi that he is the youngest kid in his high school (Stephens County High School in Toccoa, Ga.) and is the only freshman to receive a scholarship offer:
It really hasn't set in yet how big a deal this is. It has been more of a shock to me than anything else. It is a big honor for me too, knowing there has never been a freshman from our school to get a scholarship, especially form a D-I school.
Other schools to offer Cleveland include Clemson, Florida and South Carolina.
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