The Longhorns hosted their first recruiting mini-camp over the weekend, and though it wasn’t necessarily a star-studded affair, there were a few prospects on campus Charlie Strong and the Longhorns have high on their recruiting board.
2017 running back Dylan Moses, who gained some national fame after receiving an offer from LSU the summer before he started eighth grade, was the most notable recruit in Austin over the weekend, and though the Baton Rouge, La. native is already verbally committed to the Tigers, the Longhorns aren’t completely out of the race.
Moses pledged to LSU last September, but he’s been open about visiting other schools, especially Texas and another perennial SEC power.
“Right now I’m just weighing my options,” Moses said. “I still love LSU, but at the same time I like Texas and I like Alabama, so it is what it is.”
Though recruiting services have yet to rank the 2017 class, Moses is believed to be the top prospect in the country.
A two-way player at running back and linebacker, Moses, who is a chiseled 6-2, 220 pounds and will only be a sophomore this fall, has developed a strong relationship with the Longhorns coaching staff and plans to be in Dallas for the Texas-Oklahoma game in October.
In the end, it’s going to take a lot of work for Charlie Strong to get Moses out of LSU’s backyard, but as long as the unbelievably talented prospect entertains UT’s efforts, the Longhorns have at least a shot at landing 2017’s prized recruit.
“It’s just the people here,” Moses said. “I love Texas – the environment and all the people here. It’s just really great.”
CENTRAL TEXAN ON THE RADAR
Not only does Killeen Shoemaker have one of the top prospects in Texas in the 2016 class, its star junior-to-be, defensive tackle Kendell Jones, may finish his recruiting cycle among the best in the country.
The massive 6-4, 295-pound lineman is currently rated as the 21st overall player in the country and the fourth player in the state by 247Sports composite rankings, and he made the short trip down I-35 to Austin over the weekend for Sunday’s mini-camp.
Jones said Texas was his leader when he visited in early March, but as his recruitment has picked up it’s more difficult to gauge where the Longhorns stand. He wouldn’t budge on when he will commit or if Texas is sticking out above the others, but he did say the Longhorns are in a good position with their new staff in place.
”I won’t know until I look into it more,” Jones said following Sunday’s mini-camp. “I still have a lot more to learn about each school.”
With still 20 months to go until the 2016 class signs binding letters of intent, Jones holds offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas A&M and others, with many more showing interest.
TOP DE NOT INTERESTED?
Late Monday afternoon, the top 2015 defensive end in the state, James Lockhart, released a top six through his Twitter account. The list, which he said was in no particular order, read, “1. Alabama 2. Baylor 3. Florida St 4. Ohio St 5. Texas A&M 6. Texas Tech.”
The four-star end out of Ennis did say, “still opened to other schools and visits,” in his tweet, but the list is quite damning for Texas given Lockhart has taken multiple visits to Austin.
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