Texas hosts its second of three important official visits starting Friday, a group that’s expected to include 10 players, five of which are already committed to the Longhorns. Texas didn’t add commitments after last week’s official visits, but Tom Herman’s program is in good shape with multiple targets planning to visit this weekend.
Texas sits at 14 commitments in the class, ranking 30th overall and second in the Big 12, per 247Sports’ composite ratings.
Who’ll be in town this weekend?
Max Cummins, DE, Fort Worth All Saints
Cummins committed Tuesday, the same day he was offered a scholarship during an in-home visit with Longhorns assistant Oscar Giles. Cummins grew up in the Austin area, attending Lake Travis and St. Andrew’s High School before relocating to Fort Worth All Saints for his senior season. He chose the Longhorns over interest from Nebraska, Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor.
Cummins is a big defensive end with the potential to play defensive tackle. At nearly 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds, the three-star product is a versatile lineman, which is important in Todd Orlando’s defense. He’s firmly committed to Texas.
Daniel Young, RB, Spring Westfield
The three-star running back noted he’s excited for his visit to Texas because so far, his only experience around campus has involved track meets. This weekend will represent his first time to tour the campus and the facilities. Unlike most other members of the class, Young wasn’t recruited by Texas until Herman was hired.
Texas assistant coach Corby Meekins coached Young at Westfield until 2015, and Houston was the first program to recruit Young. That familiarity made Texas the obvious choice for Young once Herman’s staff extended an offer. He’s an unheralded member of the 2017 class.
Josh Thompson, CB, Nacogdoches
The three-star cornerback committed to Texas under Charlie Strong, and he’s never wavered. At 6-0, 182, he fits the mold of most Strong-era cornerbacks. He’s a big, strong cornerback with length and aggression. Thompson also is plenty fast.
— Josh Thompson (@given__talent) January 18, 2017
His skills will translate to the type of defense Herman and Orlando want to implement. If Texas’ defense is in the mold of Houston’s, the Longhorns will blitz. This requires cornerbacks with the ability to play man defense and that’s where Thompson excels.
Montrell Estell, ATH, Hooks
Estell is talented enough to play offense or defense in college. Many schools see him as a wide receiver, but he was targeted by Texas to play defense under the previous staff and nothing appears to have changed with the new regime. Estell was an all-state safety and has the size and speed to be a talented safety at the next level.
Estelle, at 6-2, 182, is big enough to cover tight ends and help in run support. His experience at wide receiver suggests he’ll possess the athletic ability to cover wide receivers in space.
Damion Miller, WR, Tyler John Tyler
Another holdover from the class Strong was building before his exit, Miller is an important recruit for Herman. He’s the lone receiver committed to Texas. The four-star prospect stayed solid with Texas through the coaching change and isn’t considering other programs. Miller (6-1, 193) is a playmaker with enough height to give cornerbacks issues. He’s ranked No. 24 on the Austin American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 list of the state’s top recruits.
K’Lavon Chaisson, DE, Galena Park North Shore
The four-star defensive end is the top player remaining on Texas’ recruiting board. Chaisson is a pass-rushing specialist and could play defensive end or linebacker. He visited LSU last weekend and came away impressed, and it’s felt that the Tigers made a strong push to secure his signature. It’s up to Herman’s staff to leave the last impression. Chaisson’s pledge would give the new staff an early triumph with a blue-chip prospect. He’s No. 6 on the Fab 55.
Stephan Zabie, OT, Westlake
The local product kept a low profile during his senior year after he was ruled ineligible before the season. The Longhorns hosted Denton’s Grant Polley last weekend, but failed to sway him away from his commitment to Colorado. The staff decided to offer Zabie, who also has received interest from Oklahoma. With an offer in hand and a visit set up, all signs point to the Longhorns gaining the commitment of the four-star offensive tackle. He’s No. 38 on the Fab 55.
Jav Guidry, CB, Vista Murrieta (Calif.)
Locals won’t be unfamiliar with Guidry. He was a starting cornerback on Cedar Park’s 2015 Class 5A Division II state championship team. Guidry capped his junior season by winning the Class 5A 100-meter dash gold medal before moving with his family to California. Once a Houston pledge, Guidry is familiar with this staff and is a smart bet to sign with the Longhorns.
Jordan Pouncey, WR, Winter Park (Fla.)
— Jordan Pouncey (@_pouncey) January 18, 2017
It’s clear Texas wants to sign at least one more wide receiver in the 2017 class. The Longhorns recently missed out on Omar Manning and Charleston Rambo, so their focus must shift. Pouncey isn’t the only receiver Texas is after, but he might be the most talented. He’s a three-star talent with plenty of upside due to his speed and 6-2 frame. Pouncey is expected to stay in-state; Herman’s staff isn’t going down without a fight.
Brandon Henderson, DE, Georgia Military College (Ga.)
The Longhorns continue a search for JUCO defensive line help by hosting Henderson. An unknown prospect in a lot of ways, Henderson is ranked as a two-star at 247Sports. He’s 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, much like Larrell Murchison, a JUCO prospect who visited Austin last weekend. Texas wants reinforcements at defensive end and JUCO prospects like Henderson are more physically ready to contribute in their first year on campus.
Kary Vincent, CB, Port Arthur Memorial
A four-star LSU commit, Vincent made a surprise visit to Texas, as first reported by 247Sports. The Longhorns made their need for another cornerback in the 2017 class known by chasing prospects like Chevin Calloway and Jav Guidry. Now, Vincent gives Texas hope of flipping one of the best cornerback prospects in the state. The smart money is still on the Tigers, but an official visit means Vincent will at least hear Texas’ sales pitch.