It was short, sweet and to the point.
Yes, Houston (Tex.) Cy Falls defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin put an end to his recruitment Monday afternoon, on July 28.
In early June 2014, said that Texas, Oklahoma and LSU are his Top 3 schools. And at his commitment announcement, those were the hats that were represented. In the end, this statement became the main idea of what he was trying to convey.
“I’m going to keep my talents in Texas,” Lampkin said with over 50 supports present.
Location and coach connection seemed to be the common denominator for the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Lampkin.
“It just basically it came down to staying closer to home. I know plenty of people there,” Lampkin said of family in the Central Texas area. “This (decision) is a huge weight off of my shoulders. I’m close to all of my family.”
Lampkin has lots of family in the Central Texas area, whom he is close with. As the decision was made (publically), it was an emotional moment as it appeared that the weight of the world was off of his shoulders.
The coaches played a major factor here as well. It is well documented that many are looking at new Texas coach Charlie Strong as he looks to build a football team and program going forward. Finding guys who fit what he is trying to do on defense is essential.
It is also key to build relationship which could pay dividends as well. It seems as though the staff is doing that.
“The way (assistant) coach (Chris) Rumph and coach Strong treated me was great. They treated me like I was one of their players right now,” Lampkin said. “I can’t even explain how I feel right now, I just like Texas.”
Several key elements went into the decision as Lampkin has now put this chapter behind him. What is key now is that there are things that will now dominate his attention.
It can be summed up in a single word: focus.
“I can focus more on my team and getting wins for my team. I can focus more on my education and my family,” Lampkin said. “I can just focus on everything that I need to focus on (and not on recruiting).”
Well, that recruiting thing can be debated some. That is mainly because as Lampkin is done with the process, others are still weighing their options. Prior to his commitment, Westfield offensive lineman Toby Weathersby was in contact with Lampkin as the two have become friends. Before the announcement, Lampkin did not inform Weathersby of the decision to go with the Longhorns, but that thought his new and future teammate would be excited.
Now, it’s on to getting guys to join him in Austin. He already has a couple players in mind.
“My buddy Ross (Donnelly), I hope he gets an offer so that he can come with me. I want get Malik Jefferson, hopefully too,” Lampkin said. “Right now, that’s all I can think of.”