A day after Alabama secured its 10th national championship, Texas football is preparing for an important weekend of recruiting.
There are 19 recruits visiting campus this weekend (see the list below). Many are already committed to Texas, and most are from the Lone Star State. But that doesn’t mean they’re familiar with the Austin area, the exception being Manor standout Erick Fowler.
With some help from the good people at Austin360, here are a few things these recruits can do while touring the Live Music Capitol of the World:
Go for a run
Austin is a runner’s paradise, and prospective recruits like Cibolo Steele defensive end Mark Jackson, currently committed to Texas A&M, may prefer Austin’s boardwalk over, well, any running trail in College Station.
Eat at Franklin Barbecue
New Orleans native Stephon Taylor is 6-foot-4 inches and 292 pounds of defensive tackle talent, and there are a handful of offensive linemen visiting this weekend . We’re guessing they could like some of the best barbecue on Earth. At the very least, someone ought to call ahead and at least bring the brisket to these guys. Just don’t hire someone to stand in line for you.
Eat at any of these places
Here is the 2015 top restaurant guide by Matthew Odam. Parties of 19 should probably call ahead with reservations.
Go to a concert
Austin is the “Live Music Capitol of the World.” There is music everywhere. Not sure what you want to hear? Head to the Austin Music Source blog to find out what’s going on.
Visit the Willie Nelson statue
It’s on the corner of West Second (Willie Nelson Boulevard) and Lavaca streets.
Go to a basketball game
There is a good chance that at least one of these 19 recruits will attend a UT men’s or women’s basketball game this weekend. Texas men play Oklahoma State on Saturday. Texas women play one of the biggest games of the Big 12 so far on Sunday against Baylor.
Who’s visiting this weekend:
Texas recruiting visit for the weekend of Jan. 15
|Name||Position||School||247sports Composite ranking|
|Devwah Whaley||Running back||Beaumont Central||4 star|
|Reggie Hemphill-Mapps||Wide receiver||Manvel||4-star|
|Davion Curtis||Wide receiver||Temple||3-star|
|Lil'Jordan Humphrey||Athlete||Southlake Carroll||3-star|
|Jean Delance||Offensive lineman||North Mesquite||4-star|
|Denzel Okafor||Offensive lineman||Lewisville||3-star|
|Tope Imade||Offensive lineman||Arlington Bowie||3-star|
|Zach Shackelford||Offensive lineman||Belton||3-star|
|Chris Daniels||Defensive tackle||Euless Trinity||4-star|
|Stephon Taylor||Defensive tackle||McDonogh 35 (New Orleans, LA.||4-star|
|Gerald Wilbon||Defensive tackle||Destrehan (Destrehan, La.)||3-star|
|Mark Jackson||Defensive end||Cibolo Steele||4-star|
|Andrew Fitzgerald||Defensive end||Flower Mound Marcus||3-star|
|Malcolm Roach||Defensive end||Madison Prep (Baton Rouge, La.)||3-star|
|Jeffrey McCulloch||Linebacker||Aldine Davis||4-star|
|Obi Eboh||Defensive back||Southlake Carroll||3-star|
|Bradon Jones||Defensive back||Nacogdoches||4-star|
|Deontay Anderson||Defensive back||Manvel||4-star|
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