Chap offensive lineman Stephan Zabie (74) congratulates Cedar Park after the scrimmage against the Timberwolves on Friday night, August 21, 2015 at Cedar Park. PAUL BRICK FOR AUSTIN COMMUNITY NEWPSPAPERS.


Texas set to host three official visitors in final weekend before signing day

Posted January 26th, 2017

Story highlights
  • Westlake offensive lineman Stephan Zabie began his official visit on Thursday.
  • The Longhorns plan to host two defensive end prospects over the weekend.
  • No more of Texas' commitments are scheduled to visit. Signing day is Wednesday.

It’s the last weekend for universities across the nation to host official visits. Texas did most of its work over the past two weekends, hosting more than 20 top prospects for the 2017 class. There is still work to do and the Longhorns plan on closing this cycle with a few more signatures than the 15 players currently committed.

Texas’ class ranks No. 25 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big 12.

The group of visitors this weekend won’t be large. The 15 current commitments have already taken their official visits.


The Targets

Stephan Zabie, OT, Westlake

Zabie originally planned to visit last weekend before a last-minute official visit to UCLA was scheduled. That doesn’t mean Zabie isn’t keen on the Longhorns. It just means Tom Herman’s staff has a fight on its hands for the four-star’s signature. Zabie missed his sophomore and senior seasons. He’s a raw prospect who likely needs a redshirt year to get stronger. Zabie is an excellent athlete and could become one of the jewels of the 2017 class with the right development. He began his visit Thursday and that should allow the Texas staff more individual time to sell Zabie on Texas. He’s the only uncommitted offensive lineman Texas is currently targeting.

Ryan Johnson, DE, St. Paul’s Episcopal (Ala.)

Texas wants two more defensive ends to finish the 2017 class. Galena Park North Shore’s K’Lavon Chaisson is the biggest piece left, but he’s as likely to play outside linebacker in Texas’ new defensive system. Texas wants another four-technique defensive end who can play with his hand on the ground, take on blocks and still provide pressure on quarterbacks. Johnson checks those boxes as a four-star prospect with size and athleticism. Auburn is considered the leader.

Samuel Cosmi, OT, Humble Atascocita

Cosmi is last-minute addition to the Texas radar. He won’t be a stranger to most of the current Texas staff, however. Cosmi is committed to Houston, but received an offer from Texas on Thursday and immediately made an official visit to Texas. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive tackle will need a year or two to develop into a college-ready player, but it is clear the staff likes him or he wouldn’t have received Houston attention during the staff’s previous stop. Cosmi could be a commitment candidate by the end of the weekend.