Midlands Recruits: Second Opinion

Verbal commitments are non-binding until National Signing Day the following February during a player's senior year. With that said, sometimes when a verbal is given early, players may want to check out the landscape to make sure they made the right decision. Here are a few players to check out as spring football gets underway in the Midlands region.

DE Deon Hollins – Missouri City (TX) Marshall
A month ago today, Hollins was on the phone with UCLA coach Jim Mora telling him he wanted to be a Bruin. In a Fox Sports Next feature with National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins, the 6-foot-2, 222-pound Hollins said that he wanted to still keep some options open. Programs like Washington, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Boise State and Oregon were some of the schools mentioned that he would likely take visits to.

Hollins, who had more than 30 offers, recorded 70 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior. The family will head west for a visit on April 28

DB Tavares Garner – Manvel (TX)
Garner was one of the early commitments for Texas Tech. And sometimes when a commitment comes that early, there is still a feeling inside of the athletes that tells them that it is okay to look around at a few more programs. And that is what the 6-foot, 175-pound Garner is doing. This weekend, he is at Arkansas, and so far he has stated that he "loves it" down there. He said that he and the Red Raider coaches talk daily and that they know how strong he feels about the program. The week prior to now, he was in Oklahoma and the plan is to make it to Ole Miss sometime this off season. 

OL Caleb Benenoch – Katy (TX) Seven Lakes
Early on in the process, Benenoch said that he preferred to take his talents out of state. Some time has passed and perhaps he is a little more open to other opportunities. Since the 6-foot-6, 317-pound Benenoch made his commitment to Michigan State, plenty has happened in terms of offers and interest. Kansas and Arizona State is just a couple of out-of-state offers, with some love coming from Arkansas also. But it is the in-state programs that have also caught his attention with Houston and Texas A&M, a program he recently visited, enjoyed and was ultimately offered. 

In addition to all of this, Stanford is another program he wants to hear more from, but for now it seems like Benenoch will remain committed, but will entertain other programs that reach out to him. 

RB Jamel James – Katy (TX) Cinco Ranch
He has been a Razorback commit since before the start of his junior season, but since all of the news with the head coach being fired, James has pulled back. He has close to 10 offers with LSU, Texas Tech and Houston being on that list. 

Austin Bennett – Manvel (TX)
Bennett, much like James, pulled out when the firing hit the national airwaves. But even though that took place, the 6-foot, 175-pound Bennett still has a strong liking to the program he committed to last month. He is in Fayetteville this weekend and wants to get more clarity on the current situation. He is likely to also follow up and check in with TCU and West Virginia.

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined Scout.com in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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