When talking about the top in-state running backs in the 2015 class, it doesn't take long to get to Longview's JaMycal Hasty. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound speedster has drawn attention from all the in-state schools, including an offer from the Longhorns at Texas Stampede, Saturday.
That feeling turned out to be correct, with the Longhorn staff telling Hasty that he represented a different kind of back than those currently on roster. Hasty said the Longhorn coaches mentioned their number of 210-220-pound running backs and added that he could add more of a speed element to the backfield.
Their pitch, and the event — where Hasty largely hung out with Daylon Mack and Malik Jefferson — must have gone well because Hasty called Texas "a contender" for his services afterward, not necessarily something he would have said a few weeks ago.
Hasty went on to say that "pretty much everybody," meaning Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and TCU, where pretty close. That stands in contrast to what Mack has repeatedly said about Hasty, that he's no-doubt headed to Texas A&M.
"I don't know why he feels that way," Hasty said. "I have to see how things play out in two more years."
Hasty noted how much situations could change over the course of two years, including program and coaching shifts.
"Anything can change," Hasty said.
As for what stood out the most about Texas, Hasty pointed to the personality of the coaching staff.
"Coach Brown, he's real nice, real cool," Hasty said. "Same way right across the board with everybody on the coaching staff. I got a chance to look at the campus, the campus was really nice. And I loved it."
He also had a chance to talk to former Longhorn running back Earl Campbell, though it wasn't the two's first meeting: Campbell is Hasty's mom's second cousin.