This is a big week for the Longhorns in terms of 2015 prospects, with many of the state's top juniors-to-be slated to attend Sunday's Texas camp. But on Thursday, the Longhorns hosted one of the state's top defensive backs in Whitehouse safety Justin Dunning.
Dunning, who is 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, has emerged as one of the top few safeties in the in-state crop, along with Sulphur Springs's Larry Pryor and West Orange-Stark's Deionte Thompson. He ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the ETSN Combine, an athletic number that pairs up nicely with his high level of production. After a 62-tackle, five-interception sophomore season that saw him force three fumbles and recover three more, Dunning was named to the All-State team.
That athleticism earned him a Texas offer two weeks ago, and Dunning made his way to Austin on Thursday to meet with the coaching staff and visit the campus.
"It was great," Dunning said of the visit. "I was just really comfortable around the coaches."
The Longhorns rolled out the red carpet for Dunning, who met with head coach Mack Brown, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, area recruiter Stacy Searels and potential future position coach Duane Akina. After finishing up, Dunning took to Twitter to praise the visit.
"Just had one of the best visits EVER to the University of Texas!! Great talking with Coach Akina and Brown #LonghornNation #hookem #DBU," Dunning tweeted.
Even though it's early in the process, Dunning said he has a great relationship with Akina..
"He's really cool and we have a great relationship," Dunning told LonghornDigest.com. "We actually watched film together today."