Dominoes falling after recruiting camp

Posted June 10th, 2013


In a week’s stretch, Texas had two of its more important recruiting days of the year – two one-day minicamps where the Longhorn staff was able to get an up close and personal look at hundreds of potential targets.

Most of Texas’ current pledges attended the June 2 camp along with some high-priority 2014 prospects. The June 9 camp attendees were a scattershot of top 2014/’15 targets, to fringe players, to a 2017 quarterback (read: freshman-to-be) that looked as physically imposing as anybody at the camp.

The first camp reportedly went very well with the recruits, but it was the second that produced immediate results for the Longhorns.


Texas offered ten recruits on Sunday and got three 2015 verbal commitments by the evening. Athlete Keke Coutee was first to pledge when he pulled the trigger on an offer he received in March. Buda Hays offensive lineman Connor Lanfear and Center safety Johnny Shaw, a TCU commit entering the weekend, both wasted no time committing after receiving their offers after the camp.

The 2015 ratings aren’t very thorough at this point, but a look at the schools interested in each should tell you they’re legitimate Division 1 prospects.

More dominoes will fall in the coming days and weeks following Sunday’s big day.

2014 wide receiver Emmanuel Porter had a great day working against some elite defensive backs and earned himself a Texas offer. Less than 24 hours later the three-star Dallas Lincoln product decommitted from TCU. All signs point to a flip to the Horns.

There’s also the ongoing flirtation with Armanti Foreman, one of the top receivers in the 2014 class and easily one of the best receivers on Sunday. Foreman would like to play at the same school as his twin brother, D’Onta, but the three-star running back/linebacker hadn’t received a Texas offer before the camp.

It may not be a slam dunk to land Armanti if D’Onta gets offered, but Texas would almost certainly be the team to beat for the Texas City tandem.

D’Onta (6’0, 207 pounds) did well for himself on Sunday while working with the running backs, and if the post-camp rumblings are true he could have finally done enough in the Texas staff’s eye to earn a scholarship.

Ten new offers go out:

– 2014 DB Jason Hall (6’1, 192) – South Grand Prairie

– 2014 WR Garrett Gray (6’4, 206) – Marble Falls

– 2014 WR Emmanuel Porter (6’5, 190) – Dallas Lincoln

– 2015 dual-threat QB Chason Virgil (6’2, 170) – Mequite West Mesquite

– 2015 dual threat QB Jason Stidham (6’3, 190) – Stephenville

– 2015 DB Johnny Shaw (6’2, 188) – Center – Committed to Texas

– 2015 OT Connor Lanfear (6’5, 267) – Buda Hays – Committed to Texas

– 2015 DB Kris Boyd (6’1, 175) – Gilmer

– 2015 OT Trevor Elbert (6’5, 290) – Rockwall-Heath

– 2015 RB Jay Bradford (5’10, 191) – Splendora

Random news and notes:

– Don’t forget the name Tristen Wallace. He’s a monster of a middle school graduate with a good arm. He’ll get quality coaching going through the DeSoto football factory and could very well be a top prospect when it’s time to sign … the 2017 class.

– There were some flat out great competitions when the wide receivers and defensive backs were going one on one. It’s a tough job for the DBs – there’s no pass rush and the receivers have time to make three or four moves – but they still made a lot of big time plays. Gilmer’s Kris Boyd looked great, as did Jason Hall (South Grand Prairie) and new UT pledge Johnny Shaw.

– 2015 running back Chris Warren is a guy Texas obviously likes. He’s big at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds and he moves well. He’s taking things very slow – while Texas is in good position, it will have a long, tough fight with some of the biggest names in college football to win his signature.

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