Longhorns get four-star OT

The Longhorns have just picked up a commitment from a four-star offensive tackle viewed as one of the staff's top priorities.

Several of Texas' top targets for the class of 2015 and 2016 traveled to Austin today to get a first-hand look at the Longhorns on the practice field.

One could call it the most important weekend of Charlie Strong's young career as Texas' head coach.

It was certainly a successful one after four-star tackle Toby Weathersby (Houston/Westfield) decided to announce his commitment to the Longhorns via Twitter after he left practice.

"Proud to say I'm a Longhorn," his tweet read.

Weathersby (6-foot-5, 280 pounds) is the No. 4 offensive tackle in the nation and the top tackle in Texas.

He told LonghornDigest that he actually knew he was going to commit before he got to Austin.

"I already knew what I wanted before I came down today so I went ahead and made the call," he said. "I feel like [offensive line/offensive coordinator] Joe Wickline is one of the best coaches out there. The way the way he coaches and the guys he coaches really appealed to me."

Weathersby broke the news to Strong and Wickline on the practice field after practice. Their reactions, Weathersby said, were understandably elated.

"They were fired up," he said. "When I told Strong he asked me to repeat myself because he wasn't sure that's what came out of my mouth. He was elated. He said "that's what we needed right there."

Weathersby was so confident that he was going to commit to Texas today that he didn't even need to see practice to make his decision.

"I've known what I wanted for a while," he said. "I didn't need to see Texas today. I knew."

This is a huge pickup for the Longhorns and their second commitment from a player with a Texas A&M offer this week. Four-star safety DeShon Elliott (Rockwall, Texas/Heath) committed on Tuesday.

Popular opinion had Weathersby as a Texas A&M lean, but that was news to him when asked about it Saturday.

"No, not really," Weathersby said when asked if the Aggies were a contender for him.

Who was?


Strong and Joe Wickline and the rest of the coaching staff really made up ground over the last few weeks. Weathersby first met the new coaching staff at Texas' junior day on Feb. 22.

It was then that the massive tackle really saw how much Strong is selling the importance of academics to recruits. That appealed to Weathersby, who wants to study petroleum engineering at UT.

"It's just something I really wanted to do," he said. "I am a country dude so you want to do your own work, put your own oilrigs up and stuff like that. That's how I got into it."

Weathersby is the ninth commitment for Texas in 2015 and the fourth since Strong arrived.

In addition to Texas, he also had offers from Florida, Maryland, Michigan State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Wake Forest.

Now that he's committed to Texas, Weathersby says he is going to turn his attention to trying to surround himself with the best talent he can. That includes a player whose father played at Texas A&M.

"Oh yeah I'm going to work on everybody I can," he said. "I'm really trying to go after Kyler Murray."

Murray (Allen, Texas/Allen) is a four-star recruit whose father, Kevin Murray, played for the Aggies in the mid 80s.

"I think I can make that happen," Weathersby said. "I'm talking to him right now. I'm just telling him all the good things about Texas and what we can get done to win a national championship here."

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