Texas Football: Recruits React to Under the Lights Camp Visit

Damon Sayles@@DamonSaylesNational Recruiting AnalystJuly 20, 2015

Texas held its annual Under the Lights Camp on Saturday. The Longhorns are hoping to boost its recruiting numbers in both the 2016 and 2017 classes.
Texas held its annual Under the Lights Camp on Saturday. The Longhorns are hoping to boost its recruiting numbers in both the 2016 and 2017 classes.Michael Thomas/Associated Press

The Texas Longhorns held their second annual Under The Lights Camp (UTL) on Saturday night. It gave head coach Charlie Strong and his staff a chance to see a lot of athletes, reintroduce themselves to others and further build already-established relationships with others in both the 2016 and 2017 classes.

Here are a few takeaways from Saturday's event.

4-star 2017 WR Buckley gets offer

Offer No. 3 for 4-star wide receiver Camron Buckley came from the Longhorns, and it was something he said he had hoped for.

In fact, following UTL, he said there was anticipation the next day.

"I'm blessed and thankful to have receive the offer," he said. "I'd been waiting all day on the call, so I guess I was nervous on whether I was going to get it or not."

Texas now joins TCU and Houston in offering Buckley, a 6'1", 178-pound receiver.

Local 2017 from QB factory offered

Westlake High School in Austin has produced both Drew Brees and Nick Foles at the quarterback position. 2017 signal-caller Sam Ehlinger hopes to follow that trend.

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A 3-star, dual-threat quarterback, Ehlinger earned his third offer when Texas extended a scholarship on Sunday. He camped on Saturday and then returned to campus on Sunday to meet with the coaching staff.

"[Quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson] talked a lot about how great I've been at camps lately when he offered me," Ehlinger told Horns247. "I'm just relieved to have the offer under my belt now."

"There's a good group of quarterbacks in our class that were in the mix, so I knew I had to be patient. I wasn't really surprised though after how much Coach Watson and I spoke this week."

Ehlinger is the nation's No. 10 dual-threat quarterback. As a sophomore, the 6'1", 207-pound signal-caller threw for 2,300 yards, rushed for 722 yards and accounted for 33 touchdowns.

LSU or Texas? Decisions for WR Anderson

Attire shouldn't mean much. But in recruiting, it can go a long way.

Long story short, LSU commit Dee Anderson was at UTL wearing a Texas shirt.

"I had to rep it while I was there," Anderson said.

Anderson told Bleacher Report that while the shirt may draw red flags to the LSU faithful, he's still "a solid commitment" to the Tigers. He also told Scout.com immediately following UTL that while he's still committed to LSU, it's becoming more difficult to not look at the Longhorns as a college home.

He told Bleacher Report on Sunday that LSU fans shouldn't worry.

"There's no place like Death Valley, and Death Valley is only a place where the strong survive," Anderson said. "I'm one of the ones who's going to survive."

In addition to the camp, Anderson had a chance to spend quality time with his cousin, freshman DeAndre McNeal, over the weekend. Anderson said McNeal is one of his biggest fans and wants him to make the right decision.

But, Anderson said McNeal definitely wants to one day call him a teammate. Whether or not that happens is still to be determined.

"He's telling me they treat them right at the program academically and football wise," Anderson said. "He says how I would come and play early and be the next big thing to come through Texas."

Shark talk: McCulloch enjoys visit

Malik Jefferson was a huge get at outside linebacker for Texas in 2015. The Longhorns are hoping to strike gold again at the position with 4-star Jeffrey McCulloch.

The nation's No. 10 outside linebacker, McCulloch said he enjoyed the return trip to Austin and liked the overall vibe of the event. McCulloch has Texas high on his list, as well as Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Stanford, USC and a few other programs.

"I had a great time just hanging out with the players and my classmates," McCulloch said. "The coaches are determined to return Texas to excellence."

Landing a player like McCulloch would be huge for Strong, as the Longhorns are looking to add depth to their defensive unit. McCulloch showed his versatility at The Opening and finished as a finalist in the Nike Football Rating Championships.

During his stay in Oregon, he ran a 4.0-second 20-yard shuttle, threw the power ball 42.5 feet and recorded a 38-inch vertical jump.

No. 1 2017 DT: Charlie Strong an 'amazing man'

As the nation's top-ranked defensive tackle in the 2017 class, Marvin Wilson is a wanted man. Perhaps even more so for a Texas squad looking for defensive linemen to bulk up its recruiting.

Wilson was at UTL and said he enjoyed his trip. The 6'4", 316-pound athlete, ranked No. 7 nationally among all 2017 players, has Texas high on his list, as well as schools like LSU, USC and Texas A&M.

What attracts Wilson to Texas, in addition to the overall feel of the program, is the genuine nature and the aura he gets from the coaching staff.

"It was great. Coach Strong is an amazing man," Wilson said. "His coaching staff reflects that, also. They seem to have my best interest at hand."

A message to Texas recruits, targets

Texas freshman receiver Ryan Newsome was in the same spot as the 2016 athletes this time last season. He was uncommitted, and he was trying to finalize his college plans.

Following the UTL, the 4-star 2015 signee delivered a message to recruits via social media. It was a message that defined the confidence, passion and no-nonsense approach that Newsome is known for.

Newsome now will sit back and watch from afar how the 2016 and 2017 classes shape up. He'll do this while preparing for the 2015 season with the Longhorns.

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst with Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles