Recruiting: Spring Game Attendee Brian Orakpo

Houston Lamar DE <B>Brian Orakpo</b> was in Austin this weekend to take a closer look at what the Longhorn program could offer him. IT caught up with the standout defender to get his thoughts.

"It was real exciting," Orakpo said when asked how the unofficial trip to the Forty Acres went. "I met a lot of the players and coaches and just had a great time. And I really liked their facilities."

The coaching staff had several kids and family to entertain so RB coach Mike Haywood actually spent the most time with the 6-4, 220-pound DE.

"Coach Haywood's a great guy," Orakpo said. "He's very nice and real comfortable to be around. Seems like I could talk to him about anything."

According to the ultra-quick pass rusher, a scholarship offer has yet to be officially extended. Haywood, however, gave Orakpo several camp brochures and said they really wanted him to attend one of the summer camp dates.

"I will definitely make a Texas camp," one of the state's top DEs said emphatically. "The visit to Texas made me realize how much I do like them. I'm definitely considering Texas a lot more than I was before."

"Hopefully, they'll come check me out this spring," Orakpo continued. "Coach Haywood said they were going to come through and that they were going to make my spring game as well as some of our spring practices."

The Lamar DE said teammate Andrew Kelson, who recently gave UT a verbal, did in fact make the trip to Austin with Orakpo.

Asked if Kelson had tried to persuade him to go to Texas, Orakpo said, "No, he's still about letting me make the best decision I can make. But he took it upon himself to introduce me to a lot of the players. He was trying to make me feel as comfortable as possible with everybody."

Orakpo said he enjoyed meeting the Texas players and that he feels like UT has a bunch of guys he can get along with.

Given the need Texas has at the DE position and the fact Texas likes to rotate several in the game was not lost on Orakpo.

"I like how Texas plays several defensive ends when some teams just play their starters...that's important to me," Orakpo revealed.

As for whether or not he still had a top five of Texas, A&M, OU, Iowa State and Notre Dame, the bluechip DE told IT, "Yes, they're still the same, but I would say Notre Dame is kind of far away and even though I'm going to keep my options open, I would like to be closer to home if I can find the right program for me."

Sounds like Texas, A&M and OU fit the "close-to-home" better than Iowa State and Notre Dame.

Another Big 12 South three-team battle in the making?

We'll keep you posted.

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