Four-star safety Lewis Cine is a Texas target following his move to Cedar Hill Trinity Christian. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Lewis Cine provides the state of Texas another star prospect

Posted April 12th, 2018

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New kid on the block

The state of Texas received an extra elite athlete for the 2019 recruiting class when 4-star safety Lewis Cine moved from Massachusetts to Cedar Hill Trinity Christian for his senior year. Cine made the move in March and was not included in the initial 2019 Fabulous 55, which was released in February. But he’ll be in our top 15 when the new update is released after summer camps.

Cine is a 6-2, 180-pound ballhawk. He’s the No. 37-ranked overall prospect in the country and the No. 3-ranked safety, per the 247Sports composite ratings. Cine will participate in the 2019 Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando before heading to college. He currently holds 33 offers, including Texas.

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Cine visited Austin for a spring practice and left impressed.

“I loved the defensive scheme down there at Texas and how they’d use me,” Cine said Sunday following the Under Armour All-America Camp Series in Cedar Hill. “It’s also a great city and they’d do a lot for me after I graduate. It wasn’t just football talk and that was nice because they wanted to know me as a person.”

Cine is a safety with cornerback skills — a must in modern football and especially in the pass-happy Big 12. Texas plans to use six defensive backs as its base defense, per recruits, and Cine sees himself as the perfect fit at safety because of his ability to cover and roam the secondary like a center fielder.

“I’m at safety but I can do everything. Safeties need to cover like cornerbacks these days,” Cine said. “Coach (Craig) Naivar is an energetic guy with a motor. He’s a player’s coach.”

Penn State and Michigan were considered the favorites before Cine moved to Texas. He indicated those two schools are still in strong positions and will receive official visits in the spring. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Cine is a sure-fire Big 10 recruit.

“The teams in the south are now showing me love and recruiting me,” Cine said. “It gives me a chance to see new things. My mind isn’t made up so there is time for the schools down here. I’ll make my decision based on relationships and the way I feel about the city.”

Texas makes another top schools list

The Longhorns are still in the mix for cornerback MyKael Wright of Valencia (Calif.). The 5-11, 180-pound 4-star recruit also included Alabama, USC, Oregon and others. Texas is not considered a favorite, but that could change if he makes his way to Austin for an official visit before announcing a decision.

Texas offered him on Feb. 25. He holds 16 offers, narrowing his list to eight to cut his interests in half. He’s one of a dozen 2019 cornerbacks to currently hold a UT offer. The top two targets at the position are Marcus Banks and Kenyatta Watson II. Texas signed the best three in-state cornerbacks during the 2018 cycle.

Oklahoma running back commit keeps options open

Oklahoma earned a recruiting victory in Texas when it gained a commitment from 2020 running back Jase McClellan. The future Fab 55 member who won a state championship at Aledo picked the Sooners in July 2017 and says he’s still “strongly” committed to Oklahoma. That doesn’t mean he’s shut the door on other programs.

“I’m still looking at other schools in case something happens with OU,” McClellan said before the Under Armour All-America Camp Series. “Right now, I’m looking Georgia, Alabama, LSU and Texas.”

McClellan plans to take visits and watch spring games. He went to Texas A&M’s junior day and is fond of Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher. He’s also planning to watch Texas’ spring game on April 21. The Longhorns offered on Feb. 19.

“My relationship with Texas is really good. Coach Tom Herman and Texas have come by (Aledo) plenty of times,” he said. “Coach (Herb) Hand is leading my recruitment.”

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