The Houston Cougars wrapped up their spring workouts last Saturday, holding their annual Red & White Spring Game in front a nice group of fans and a large contingent of recruiting targets inside TDECU Stadium.
The Cougars jumped out to a solid start to their 2018 recruiting class, picking up a commitment from four star Desoto (TX) running back Kelan Walker just days after signing the 2017 recruiting class.
To build on that, head coach Major Applewhite and the Cougars’ staff have been moving forward with evaluations, extending offers and working to build on the solid start to the class.
As is the case with most recruiting classes, landing a quarterback generally has a real hands on approach for the offensive coordinator and head coach. In the Cougars case, their recruitment of Tyler (TX) Lee signal caller Chance Amie luckily includes an overlap in that area from the staff that began recruiting Amie and the one that hopes to finish up that job.
Amie visited Houston as part of the spring game contingent on Saturday and was able to spend time with some of the staff, both new and old.
“I talked to Brian Johnson for a little bit and of course I talked with coach Applewhite for a while,” the 6-foot-3, 191 pound quarterback said. “He was the offensive coordinator before and he recruited me at first for them. This was my third trip down to Houston. I was there last year for a visit and I went to one of their camps last summer.”
Amie’s initial recruitment at Houston began with Applewhite under then head coach Tom Herman. Amie was able to see at least one noticeable difference in the way the staff interacted with the recruits on Saturday, his first trip back to campus since Applewhite took over as head coach late last year.
“The biggest difference I saw from the last time I went to Houston for a visit was all of the coaches were getting around and really communicating with all of the recruits,” he said. “All of the coaches were talking to all of the recruits and digging into everything to get to know the recruits.”
Amie and Tyler Lee will begin their own spring workouts in the next week and the east Texas standout has seen a steady progression in his recruitment which has him expecting to see quite a few schools come through to continue their pursuit of him. In addition to the Cougars, Amie also holds offers from Iowa State, Syracuse, Virginia, Rutgers and several others.
“Baylor, West Virginia and North Carolina are three that I have been talking with the most as of late that might be close to offering,” he said. “Texas Tech has picked back up as well. A lot of other coaches have told me they will be by this spring too.”
As for when and where Amie’s recruitment will end up, he may not know the where just yet but he is getting a sense for the when.
“I do not really have a date or anything set right now for a commitment, but anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months after spring ball,” he said of a timeframe for his commitment to a school.
Amie was a first team All-District selection in district 11-6A as a junior in 2016, throwing for over 1,500 yards and rushing for over 1,200 yards. Cougars 2017 quarterback signee Bryson Smith was the district’s MVP for for rival John Tyler.