George Ranch defensive end Peter Mpagi picked up a Texas offer on June 14. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Pair of sophomores high on Longhorns, Peter Mpagi awaits offer

Posted April 19th, 2018

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Stay updated on latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com. The Dotted Line will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.


Dwight McGlothern is a clear target in the 2020 class

Texas extended its 15th offer of the 2020 cycle on Tuesday night to Fort Bend Austin wide receiver Troy Omeire. The Longhorns are famously slow to offer scholarships, especially to underclassmen. One 2020 prospect who is undoubtedly a top priority is New Caney defensive back Dwight McGlothern, who is the only in-state sophomore corner to hold a Texas offer.

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“I was down in Austin to watch a scrimmage at the beginning of April and it always feels like home,” McGlothern said at the Under Armour All-America Camp Series. “Coach (Craig) Naivar is a funny dude. He’s always cracking me up. He can turn anything into a joke.”

McGlothern already holds offers from the top programs across the country, including LSU, Texas A&M, Ohio State and Alabama. He recently took in A&M’s spring game and was still deciding between a trip to Baton Rouge or Austin for a spring game this upcoming weekend.

“The defense looked better for A&M and it’ll get even better when all the 2018 defenders show up on campus,” said the four-star cornerback. “I don’t know if I’m going to the LSU or Texas spring game.”

Texas’ advantage is scheme and an old friend.

“Brennan Eagles is always in my ear. He wants me to do what is best for me, but he’d like me to follow him to Texas,” McGlothern said. “All the freshmen defensive backs who enrolled early are playing like veterans. They’re playing a lot of defensive backs. It’s crazy to get six defensive backs on the field at same time.”

Peter Mpagi still waiting on Texas offer

A 2019 prospect who could be approaching an offer from the Longhorns is three-star defensive end Peter Mpagi of Richmond George Ranch. The 6-4, 224-pound prospect recently picked up an offer from Boston College and claims TCU as his current leader. That would change with an offer from Texas.

“An offer from Texas would make them No. 1 on my list,” Mpagi said before the Under Armour All-America Camp Series last weekend at Spring Westfield. “My family connections to Texas have made it a dream school. My sister ran track there before transferring to Rice and my dad went to Texas for business.”

Mpagi recently visited College Station for A&M’s spring game and is planning a trip to Austin this weekend for the Orange-White game under the lights. He’s in weekly communication with UT defensive line coach Oscar Giles and hopes an offer is coming soon from both Texas and Texas A&M.

“I think I’m approaching an offer at Texas A&M and coach Giles insists he wants to see more of me and that I could be in line for an offer,” he said. “Texas would become my top school with TCU still No. 2 in front of A&M.”

Zachary Evans worried about offensive line, not running back competition

It’s always assumed that a player looks at a team’s depth chart before picking a school. Modern-day recruits are smarter about the process and attempt to get on the field quickly to build tape for the NFL. Evans, a five-star running back in the 2020 class, isn’t worried about who else a program has at running back. He’s worried about who will block for him once he’s on campus.

Galena Park North Shore Zachary Evans plans to visit the Orange-White spring game on Saturday. (Mike Craven)

He’s expected to be in Austin for the Orange-White spring game, along with 2019 offensive line targets like Branson Bragg, Javonne Shepherd and EJ Ndoma-Ogar.

“I’m not worried about my position. It’s my job to win that spot and there will be great players at my position wherever I choose,” Evans explained. “I want a team who can block for me, so I look at the offensive line. That will be one of my major deciding factors.”

Evans will have his pick of any school. He’s the first running back from Texas who’s the nation’s No. 1 running back prospect since 2017 and La Grange’s JK Dobbins, and many would argue since Adrian Peterson. Evans is building a strong relationship with UT running backs coach Stan Drayton.

“I feel like Stan Drayton is a valuable coach,” Evans said. “He’s great at breaking down film and making it understandable. Our bond is growing each time I visit campus.”

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