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4-star running back likes Katy connection
The Longhorns want at least one running back for the 2019 class. Tom Herman and his staff have offered seven prospects at the position, but only one is from the state of Texas — 4-star Katy running back Deondrick Glass. He visited Texas on Sunday for one of Texas’ junior days and walked away impressed with the atmosphere.
“I got quality time with coach (Stan) Drayton and coach Herman. They are both great guys. I could tell coach Drayton isn’t fake and will push me to succeed,” Glass said on Sunday. “My goal is to get to the next level and he’ll do what he can to get me to my dreams. Texas is up there because it is close to home.”
Glass would find familiar faces at Texas if he winds up a Longhorn. Former Katy standout Kyle Porter is a candidate for UT’s starting running back position, while the Longhorns just signed defensive tackle Moro Ojomo to the 2018 class. The trio helped Katy win a title in 2015 with Glass and Porter combining in the backfield.
“It helps having guys at Texas or going to Texas I can talk to if I need help or have questions about anything,” Glass said. “Kyle is definitely in my ear about Texas. We’ve talked about being on the same team because the 2015 season was a special year.”
Glass listed Ohio State, Alabama and Georgia as his other top schools. He arrived on the scene as a freshman, backing up Porter during Katy’s state championship run. He rushed for 628 yards and 14 touchdowns that year.
He stopped splitting time in the backfield as a sophomore and his numbers exploded. He rushed for 1,912 yards as a sophomore and 1,690 yards as a junior. Glass has accounted for 70 rushing touchdowns in three seasons of varsity football.
“Texas wants a running back who wants to achieve goals and is self-motivated. My main goal is to make it to the NFL and play there for a while, but I know there is a lot of work to do,” he said. “I’m not in a rush to make a decision. I’m keeping my eyes and my heart open.”
Marcus Stripling still considering options
The early predictions on the eventual destination of 4-star defensive end Marcus Stripling include Texas A&M and Oklahoma. The Katy Mayde Creek product attended Texas’ junior day on Sunday and made it a point to mention his recruitment is open and that no team is closing in on his commitment.
“I’m completely open. I haven’t decided and am taking my time,” Stripling said. “Texas is high. I’m always in Austin and want to get back to Texas soon.”
Stripling is a 6-3, 260-pound defensive end. He’d play the 4i position at Texas currently occupied by Charles Omenihu and Malcolm Roach. Stripling, and the other priority defensive targets for Texas, spent time watching Texas film and learning how defensive coordinator Todd Orlando likes to use players.
“I like the 4-4 defense takes tries to use. The blitz packages and the coverages (are) amazing. They move around, he said. “I can see a national championship coming in a few years.”
IMG Academy tight end impressed with Longhorns
IMG Academy in Florida is becoming a landing spot for some top Texas talent; 2018 signee Joshua Moore spent a semester there as a junior, current running back target Noah Cain moved from Denton Guyer to IMG Academy before his junior season, tight end Logan Compton joined him after his junior season, and current Longhorns linebacker Ayodele Adeoye signed with UT from IMG Academy in the 2018 class.
“IMG Academy has helped me a lot of and off the field,” Compton said. “It’s taught me to mature and handle time-management like a college student. There is a real schedule there like a college player,” he said. “I’ve gained 15 pounds in three months at IMG Academy.”
Compton said he is currently 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. He left Texas’ junior day without an offer but remains hopeful the Longhorns will become a real player in his commitment. Compton pointed to the scheme at Texas and the opportunity for the tight end to play all over the field in Herman’s offense as advantages.
“It’s a great school. I’m from Texas, so of course it’d be an honor to be offered and truly consider Texas at the next level,” he said. “I was blown away by the visit. Texas knows what it is doing and has a clear vision for the future.”
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