People wait in line for 4 to 5 hours to taste the food from Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Matthew Odam's Top 10 barbecue restaurants in Austin. 05.06 2014 LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 052314 xl cover

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Texas recruiting trail: Things to do in Austin this weekend

Posted January 12th, 2016

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A day after Alabama secured its 10th national championship, Texas football is preparing for an important weekend of recruiting.

There are 19 recruits visiting campus this weekend (see the list below). Many are already committed to Texas, and most are from the Lone Star State. But that doesn’t mean they’re  familiar with the Austin area, the exception being Manor standout Erick Fowler.

With some help from the good people at Austin360, here are a few things these recruits can do while touring the Live Music Capitol of the World:

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Go for a run

The Austin boardwalk.
The Austin boardwalk.

Austin is a runner’s paradise, and prospective recruits like Cibolo Steele defensive end Mark Jackson, currently committed to Texas A&M, may prefer Austin’s boardwalk over, well, any running trail in College Station.

Eat at Franklin Barbecue

Please use 6 col on D6 President Barack Obama made an unscheduled stop at Franklins BBQ after his speech downtown and proceeded to cut in line but did buy some patrons their food while shaking hands with people on his way out of town. He shares a hearty laugh with worker Daniel Webb as he processes his order of over $400 in barbeque. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
President Barack Obama made an unscheduled stop at Franklin Barbecue in 2014 after his speech downtown and proceeded to cut in line but did buy some patrons their food while shaking hands with people on his way out of town. He shares a hearty laugh with worker Daniel Webb as he processes his order of over $400 in barbecue.
(Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman)

New Orleans native Stephon Taylor  is 6-foot-4  inches and 292 pounds of defensive tackle talent, and there are a handful of offensive linemen visiting this weekend . We’re guessing they could like some of the best barbecue on Earth. At the very least, someone ought to call ahead and at least bring the brisket to these guys.  Just don’t hire someone to stand in line for you.

Eat at any of these places

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 - Olamaie restaurant, serving o'Boy fish sandwich, salad of late summer tomatoes, and wagyu beef with carolina gold rice in Austin, Tx., on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Olamaie’s chefs, Grae Nonas, 28, and Michael Fojtasek, 35, right, pose for a portrait out side of the restaurant. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Olamaie restaurant serves a Po’Boy fish sandwich. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Here is the 2015 top restaurant guide by Matthew Odam. Parties of 19 should probably call ahead with reservations.

Go to a concert

Alejandro Escovedo Experience: The Leonard Cohen Influence at ACL Live on January 9, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman
Alejandro Escovedo Experience: The Leonard Cohen Influence at ACL Live on January 9, 2016. (Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman)

Austin is the “Live Music Capitol of the World.” There is music everywhere. Not sure what you want to hear? Head to the Austin Music Source blog to find out what’s going on.

Visit the Willie Nelson statue

Willie Nelson waves to the audience at the unveiling of the Willie Nelson statue at the corner of West 2nd Street (Willie Nelson Boulevard) and Lavaca Street in downtown Austin, Texas, on Friday April 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)
Willie Nelson waves to the audience at the unveiling of the Willie Nelson statue at the corner of West Second  (Willie Nelson Boulevard) and Lavaca streets in Downtown Austin on Friday, April 20, 2012. (Jay Janner/American-Statesman)

There may be a good chance many of these prospects only know Willie Nelson for other things. But he’s an Austin music legend and has a statue not far from campus.

It’s on the corner of West Second (Willie Nelson Boulevard) and Lavaca streets.

Go to a basketball game

Texas guard Isaiah Taylor, center, exhausted from action against Kansas State stands with teammates Connor Lamert (21), Demarcus Holland (2) and Joe Schwartz (25) after the Longhorns defeated Kansas Sstate during NCAA basketball held at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2015. Texas defeated Kansas State 60-57. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas guard Isaiah Taylor, center, exhausted from action against Kansas State, stands with teammates Connor Lammert (21), Demarcus Holland (2) and Joe Schwartz (25) after the Longhorns defeated Kansas Sstate at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2015. Texas defeated Kansas State 60-57. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman)

There is a good chance that at least one of these 19 recruits will attend  a UT men’s or women’s basketball game this weekend. Texas men play Oklahoma State on Saturday. Texas women play one of the biggest games of the Big 12 so far on Sunday against Baylor.

Who’s visiting this weekend:

Texas recruiting visit for the weekend of Jan. 15

Name PositionSchool247sports Composite ranking
Devwah WhaleyRunning back Beaumont Central 4 star
Reggie Hemphill-MappsWide receiver Manvel4-star
Davion Curtis Wide receiverTemple3-star
Lil'Jordan HumphreyAthleteSouthlake Carroll3-star
Jean DelanceOffensive linemanNorth Mesquite4-star
Denzel OkaforOffensive linemanLewisville3-star
Tope Imade Offensive linemanArlington Bowie3-star
Zach ShackelfordOffensive linemanBelton3-star
Chris DanielsDefensive tackleEuless Trinity4-star
Stephon Taylor Defensive tackleMcDonogh 35 (New Orleans, LA. 4-star
Gerald WilbonDefensive tackle Destrehan (Destrehan, La.)3-star
Mark JacksonDefensive endCibolo Steele4-star
Andrew Fitzgerald Defensive endFlower Mound Marcus3-star
Malcolm RoachDefensive endMadison Prep (Baton Rouge, La.)3-star
Erick FowlerLinebacker Manor4-star
Jeffrey McCullochLinebackerAldine Davis4-star
Obi EbohDefensive backSouthlake Carroll3-star
Bradon JonesDefensive back Nacogdoches4-star
Deontay AndersonDefensive back Manvel4-star
These prospects are visiting the 40 acres this weekend.

 

 

 

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