Recruiting Roundup 1/23

News and notes from a busy day on the recruiting trail.

* What is old shall become new again. Demetrius Knox, once an early Texas commitment in the 2014 class, will take an official visit to Austin this weekend.

Knox reopened his recruitment from the Longhorns and eventually committed to Ohio State, where he is still currently committed. But the coaching change, and Knox's relationship with new offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline appears to have rekindled Knox's interest, at least to a point.

Knox is the consensus top lineman in the 2014 in-state class, a guard who would seem to fit Wickline's system to a T. And getting an official visit is certainly a big step for the Longhorns. How big? That remains to be seen.

Knox is a four-star guard, per, and the No. 7 guard in the country.

* At even more of a need position, the Longhorns received other good news. Hilton Head (S.C.) defensive tackle Poona Ford canceled his visit to South Carolina, likely eliminating his home-state school. For now, Ford is still scheduled to visit Missouri next week.

Texas is in need of defensive tackles in the worst way after the triple decommitment of Zaycoven Henderson, Trey Lealaimatafao and Courtney Garnett, and if the Longhorns could land Ford and Florida product Chris Nelson, who is visiting this weekend, it would go a long way toward helping to erase that problem.

Ford is rated as's No. 24 defensive tackle and a four-star prospect. Nelson is No. 39 and a three-star prospect.

Both players were committed to Texas coach Charlie Strong when he was at Louisville.

* Texas soft commitment Otaro Alaka also canceled a visit, calling an end to a trip to LSU. That means the versatile Cy Falls linebacker will decide between in-state rivals Texas and Texas A&M.

Strong and A&M boss Kevin Sumlin will both have in-home visits with Alaka today, with a decision to come soon after.

Alaka committed to the Longhorns early on, only to open things back up after the staff changes. He visited Texas A&M this past weekend.

Alaka is a good-looking prospect with length and athleticism. He's rated as's No. 15 outside linebacker and a four-star prospect.

* Texas is stepping back a bit from 2016 commitment Reggie Hemphill, through no fault of Hemphill's own. The staff told Hemphill's Manvel coaches that they wanted to re-evaluate players in the 2016 class for their own.

Hemphill committed to the previous Longhorn staff.

It will be interesting to see how quickly this gets resolved. Hemphill is a no-brainer take at the position, a receiver with size, speed, ball skills and route-running savvy, and he's among the top wideouts in the state regardless of class. The longer Texas takes to make a decision on Hemphill could certainly have a negative effect on whether he decides to come back into the fold if offered.

Hemphill earned his original scholarship offer through a dominant performance at Texas camp, much of which he spent against 2014 Texas commitment Jermaine Roberts.

* Texas wide receiver commitments Lorenzo Joe and Garrett Gray have both met with the staff now, and are said to be contemplating whether or not they'll take other visits.

Joe canceled his visit to Southern Cal, but as of Wednesday night, still had a trip planned to TCU for Jan. 31. Gray is contemplating a potential trip to see Cal.

Both players should probably be careful … Texas took a big receiver class in 2014, and despite the loss of Emanuel Porter, guys like Roderick Bernard, Armanti Foreman and Dorian Leonard appear to be all-in. With Texas having bigger needs at other positions, if one of the two players were to take a visit, and the other not, it wouldn't be surprising to see the receiver taking visits get cut loose.

Joe is a four-star prospect at the No. 25 receiver in the country, the second-rated receiver in the Texas class behind Foreman. Gray is rated as a three-star tight end prospect by Scout, a result of his big, 6-foot-5 frame that looks like he could continue to add good weight.

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