Out One St. Augustinian
The photo on my offensive visitors story was that of St. Augustin (La.)'s Leonard Fournette, arguably the top running back in the country for 2014, and a player who has drawn some comparisons to former Lone Star State back Adrian Peterson. But alas, it wasn't to be as Fournette wasn't able to make it in for Texas's Junior Day.
It's also worth noting that Mount Pleasant wideout Kd Cannon who entered this week as a "maybe" did in fact make it onto the 40 Acres, a nice coup for wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt. Wyatt also was able to get Oklahoma commitment Armanti Foreman, a smooth slot receiver from Texas City, to make the trip in.
But In Comes Another
While Fournette canceling was a bit of a bummer, Texas did get somewhat of a surprise visitor in Fournette's St. Augustine teammate, cornerback Jermaine Roberts. Roberts was rewarded for making the trip with a Texas offer.
The biggest surprise might have been a visit from a player already committed to play for the Longhorns. Both Daniel Gresham and Demetrius Knox had said they would likely be in Austin for JD2, but circumstances changed when they couldn't get a ride down to Austin. Never fear, for Gresham actually bought a plane ticket to make it down for the second Junior Day, joining fellow commitment Lorenzo Joe.
Roberts was hardly the only player to get an offer on Saturday. Foreman also left Austin with an offer. So did one-time Clemson commitment and top defensive back Dylan Sumner-Gardner. The West Mesquite product took to Twitter quickly after the visit to ask for "more Texas followers."
There was some question as to whether top center prospect Terrell Cuney had an offer heading into JD2. But whether he did or not is now moot, as Texas has confirmed that Cuney has an offer to join the 2014 class. Cuney is considered a heavy Texas lean, so he'll be one worth watching.
Jake McMillon, a defensive end from Abilene also pulled in an offer. That offer was somewhat of a surprise, as McMillon previously had offers from just SMU and Texas State. But Texas had McMillon in camp two summers ago, and he attended the Longhorns' spring game last year. He's a prospect the staff is very familiar with.
For the most part the offers went the way people expected them to. Perhaps the only surprise was Texas not extending one to Cy Falls linebacker Otaro Alaka.
But No Commitments
After a JD1 event that brought just one immediate commitment — linebacker Cameron Hampton — it wasn't a shocker that the Longhorns didn't pull in any immediate guys with their JD2 offers.
But don't be shocked if Texas lands multiple players from the JD2 offer pool. As I said above, Cuney is somebody to keep an eye on in the coming weeks. And McMillon is another one to watch.
It's unclear at this point how many of those prospects are ready to settle down and get their recruitment over with at this point. Guys like Roberts and Sumner-Gardner certainly have plenty of options to sift through. Foreman seems to still favor Oklahoma, but there's a long way to go.
As far as firepower goes, JD2 always plays second-fiddle to JD1. More prospects attend the second Junior Day, with as many of the elites shoe-horned into the first Junior Day as possible.
But if you look back, a number of JD2 invites have blown up into stars. 2012 saw future Texas signees like Jacorey Warrick, Deoundrei Davis, Chevoski Collins, Antwuan Davis and Erik Huhn in attendance (so was Kent Perkins, but only because he couldn't make JD1), while several other prospects like Maurice Smith, Mike Mitchell, Daeshon Hall, Torrodney Prevot and Kameron Miles wound up being among the top players at their positions in the state. Almost none of them were considered as such heading into JD2.
So the point here is to be patient.