The Houston Cougars are once again the buzz of the city of Houston and the nation for that matter. Head coach Tom Herman has picked right up where he left off, getting out of the gates in grand fashion in the young 2016 college football season.
The same can be said for Herman’s 2017 recruiting class which currently consists of 17 verbal commitments. Again, like in the 2016 class, the Cougars have made their living close to home with the majority of the current recruiting class. Nine of the verbal commitments are from the greater Houston area and only two come from outside the state of Texas.
One position the Cougars continue to pursue heavily in the 2017 class is safety. The Cougars are still looking for a safety in the class and one of the targets they covet most is Bellaire (TX) 3-star Donovan Stiner.
Stiner as well as teammates Jayden Peevy (verbal commit to Texas A&M) and Alexander Duke, who is part of the Cougars' 17 verbal commitments in the current class, were in attendance when the Cougars beat Oklahoma to open the season in NRG Stadium. Stiner was excited to see one of his final schools competing at such a level.
“It was nice to get to see them out there on such a big stage,” Stiner told Cougar Digest following Bellaire’s first win of the season Friday night. “I wanted to see the atmosphere and see them competing on a high level. Getting to be there in person, I enjoyed it.”
Stiner got to spend a lot of time around the Cougars program during the summer and spring and he wasn’t surprised by the success they had in their opener.
“It wasn’t a surprise that Houston won, at least it wasn’t to me because I have seen the work they have put in behind closed doors,” he said. “It was exciting to get to see but it wasn’t a surprise to me.”
Stiner doesn’t seem to be a fan of a lot of the attention the recruiting process has brought to him. He has not been very public about his process thus far but has quietly narrowed his focus down to a few schools.
“I really didn’t put out a list or anything but pretty much right now it is down to Houston, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and then Texas, who hasn’t offered yet but they are still right there too.”
Stiner feels he is still making progress towards a decision in his recruitment that could be nearing an end.
“I’m still taking it slow right now,” he said. “I don’t have a specific date but I should be making my decision soon. I feel like I am getting closer.”