Water balloons and weight rooms. Welcome to recruiting in 2017. The Stars at Night camp Friday hosted by Tom Herman’s Texas program began with a sneak peek at the renovated facilities and ended with a water balloon fight. Both left impressions on the dozens of recruits in attendance.
“The new locker rooms are unbelievable,” said offensive lineman Reese Moore, who has committed to the Longhorns. “I was telling coach (Derek) Warehime that the words ‘awesome’ and ‘unbelievable’ don’t do it justice. I’d have to say these are the best facilities I’ve seen as a recruit, and I’ve visited Oklahoma.”
Moore and a handful of pledges were in attendance, including four-star safety Caden Sterns. The Longhorns are building the best defensive back class in the country with Sterns, B.J. Foster and DeMarvion Overshown at safety.
Texas added a cornerback Friday night when Houston Heights four-star recruit Jalen Green announced he’ll also be a Longhorn.
Jalen “is top-notch. He’s the best cornerback in the country, in my opinion. He’s so versatile with his length, and his technique as a defensive back is something I can learn from every day once we’re on campus,” Sterns said. “We’re building the best secondary in the country, and he’s a big part of our future.”
The committed players on hand played recruiter to the uncommitted prospects. The bulk of the camp’s talent was from the 2019 class, but there were a few uncommitted 2018 prospects. Guys like Moore and Sterns tried to stay in their ear.
“We’re always going to stay on the 2018 guys we want whenever we can. We’re building something special here, and a few of the guys at the camp could help us even more,” Sterns said. “But we’ve all been in the same position and wanted to make the right decision for us.
“I try to let them know my experience with Texas and why I chose it, but I don’t want to be annoying. It’s their decision.”
And there was plenty of talent to recruit. Nearly half of the Next 25 were expected to attend, and the Longhorns made an impression on a few of the top players in the 2019 class, including five-star wide receiver Arjei Henderson of Fort Bend Travis.
“It was a good experience for my first time being down here. The locker rooms are amazing,” said Henderson, the No. 2 player on the Next 25. “Texas is in my top four, so they’re right up there with anybody recruiting me, but it is still too early to make those types of decisions.”
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Henderson spent time talking to Herman at the camp, with the Texas head coach telling him to expect constant contact. The 6-foot-1, 179-pound Henderson caught 100 passes as a sophomore and said Texas sees him playing inside or outside receiver.
“The water balloon fight was great. It was a surprise to all of us,” Henderson said. “That was different, and that type of stuff lets you know this program wants to win and knows how to enjoy everything.”
The big news out of the camp was the commitment of 2019 quarterback Roschon Johnson. Another 2019 quarterback at the camp was Allen’s Grant Tisdale, a fellow Next 25 member. Tisdale has yet to receive a Texas offer but insists the Longhorns are still in position to recruit him if they decide to chase multiple quarterbacks in 2019.
“I’ll have to compete for a starting spot no matter what college I pick,” he said. “Not many great quarterbacks are scared to compete for a job. Texas would still be towards the top of my list if an offer arrived.”