Texas offered seven players on Saturday, including six 2015 prospects and one 2016.
In this class, Texas extended offers to Aledo wide receiver Ryan Newsome, Huntsville offensive lineman Ronnie Major, Rowlett defensive end Charles Omenihu, Rockwall-Heath linebacker/safety Deshon Elliott, Houston Lamar cornerback Holton Hill and Fort Bend Ridge Point cornerback Jordan Tolbert.
Additionally, Texas offered 2016 tight end Kaden Smith of Flower Mound Marcus. Smith is already a major national prospect with offers from schools like Alabama, Clemson and Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
'Horns Land Another One
Pretty much immediately upon receiving his offer, Major flipped his commitment from Baylor — to whom he committed all the way back in August — to Texas. At 6-foot-6 and 290 pounds, Major is a massive framed tackle prospect who drew the interest of two of the best offensive line evaluators in the Big 12 in the Baylor staff and now Joe Wickline at Texas.
That Major was offered wasn't a big surprise, and that he accepted wasn't a huge shock either, as he had a sister who played basketball at Texas.
Major has a ways to go in his development — he has to add both strength and polish — but he has the length and feet that Wickline likes for his zone-blocking tackles. He's a good scheme fit.
Staying On Message
Overall, the recruits said that Texas coach Charlie Strong did a nice job of selling the message: that he wants a tough, physical, hard-nosed football team. And some of the more interesting points revolved around the scheme that he, and his staff, were telling the players the Longhorns were going to run.
Defensively, multiple players talked about how Strong, Vance Bedford and Brian Jean-Mary discussed playing a five defensive back base defense, one that was multiple in nature. Townsend told LonghornDigest.com that there would be some specialization, noting that he was told he would be utilized in specialized blitz packages. As for what specifically they'll play, the emphasis was on doing things that the players could do. Tolbert said Strong relayed the point that the staff was focused on finding the ability level of the current players, and would play more zone if the players were comfortable with that, or more man if the players were better there. The point wasn't just versatility, it was that the defense would be adaptable to the ability of the players playing it.
There was a similar message on offense, where Texas didn't sell a spread as much as a "multiple" offense that featured pistol, looks under center and everything in-between. Smith said that he was shown tape of tight ends at Louisville, and added that he didn't know Texas was going to utilize the position as much. And top 2016 running back Kameron Martin came out stating that "Texas is on top" after the staff told him they would move the running backs around and utilize them as receivers as well, a good fit for the speedy Martin's game.
Though Major was the only commitment, the event also served to firm up the resolve of most of the previous Longhorn commits in attendance. Jordan Stevenson called his Texas commitment "strong", while Patrick Vahe, Jalen Campbell and Johnny Shaw also seemed solid. The main exception was Connor Lanfear, who might need to be on decommitment watch. At the same time, there were those who didn't think he'd make it into Austin at all.