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Garrett Wilson pushes back commitment date
Texas entered last weekend trailing Ohio State for the commitment of four-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson. The Lake Travis product is the top offensive priority for both programs and pushed his commitment date back following his official visit to the Longhorns for the Orange-White game. Wilson was going to decide this week.
“It’s pretty even now,” Wilson said Monday after Lake Travis’ spring practice. “Texas showed me what I was looking for. I’m not sure if it was on purpose or not, but they threw the ball for like 400 yards. I play wide receiver, so I definitely want to catch passes.”
It’s possible that Wilson could wind up catching passes at the college level from a former Lake Travis teammate; Ohio State signed former Lake Travis quarterback Matthew Baldwin in the 2018 class and Texas recently offered current Cavaliers quarterback Hudson Card after the spring game.
“I would feel good with either of those quarterbacks,” Wilson said. “I could see Hudson winning a Gatorade Player of the Year award before he graduates. He’s so electric at the quarterback position because he can run and pass. He gives us something new.”
Wilson is facing the challenge of learning a new offense. Card taking over the position means more run-pass options. It’s a new playbook and a new language for Wilson to learn. Just like his routes, the No. 7 player on the initial 2019 Fabulous 55 is taking it all in stride.
“Getting used to a new offensive coordinator is different because we’ve been running the same offense at Lake Travis for the last 10 years,” Wilson said. “The calls are different, and the verbiage has changed. It’s actually a lot like what Texas wants to do with the RPO’s.”
Wilson has not set a new commitment date, but it’s likely to be before the end of May.
Collin Sullivan takes in the Orange-White experience
The Round Rock sophomore wide receiver notched offers from Arkansas and Boston College this month. That list is likely to grow with spring practice in full swing for the Dragons. Texas has yet to offer Sullivan, but he’s growing close with UT receivers coach Drew Mehringer and took in the sights at the Orange-White game on a visit with his Juice 7-on-7 teammates.
“I had a great time with my family and spent time talking with coach Mehringer and coach (Tim) Beck,” Sullivan said. “It was good to see how this upcoming team is going to look like, and just to feel the atmosphere with all of the fans coming out. In all, it was a good day and game.”
Texas tends to offer fewer players than most programs. It’s a strategy that works well for Tom Herman. He wants an offer from Texas to be special, and Sullivan is among the programs who understands why the Longhorns operate methodically in the recruiting process.
“There is a long time until my class can sign or even take official visits. Right now, it should be about building relationships more than building an offer list,” Sullivan said. “Texas is up front with how they do recruiting. There isn’t a rush.”
Texas makes cut for out-of-state defensive end
The Longhorns were included in the top 10 for four-star defensive end Nathan Pickering. The Seminary High School (Miss.) product holds 21 offers and is the No. 49-ranked prospect in the entire 2019 class, per 247Sports composite. The list also included programs like Alabama, Florida and LSU. Mississippi State is the hometown favorite.
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— Nathan Pickering (@TheRealNathan22) April 23, 2018
Texas won’t stand a real chance for the 6-5, 270-pound linemen unless he makes his way to Austin for an official visit. Pickering has yet to make an unofficial visit to Austin. The safe bet is on Pickering staying in SEC country.
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