Daily Dose

Welcome to the Daily Dose, a daily collection of random musings surrounding Longhorns athletics and recruiting.

Today we'll look at five recruits the Longhorns should try and get on campus relatively soon to build off the momentum they gained from their big visitors weekend that included Malik Jefferson, Chris Warren, Cameron Townsend, Jordan Davis, Jaylon Lane, Roney Elam, Tristen Wallace, as well as Texas commitments Toby Weathersby, DeShon Elliott, and Charles Omenihu.

DB Kendall Sheffield, Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall

Charlie Strong caught up with the five-star cornerback and his parents over the phone two weeks ago, and the two sides tried to pinpoint a time for the Sheffield's to visit.

Cecil Sheffield, Kendall's father, told LonghornDigest that he'd like to visit over the next few weeks. Trouble is Kendall has track meets scheduled, not including this weekend's Texas Relays.

It's imperative that Strong gets Sheffield to campus during the spring practice window so he can see the staff at work, most especially defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn.

A player of Sheffield's caliber deserves a full days attention. This is going to take some planning on the staff's behalf but it's something that needs to get done.

WR DaMarkus Lodge, Cedar Hill (Texas)

The good news for Longhorns fans is that Strong and his staff have been staying in constant contact with the No. 2 WR in the country. According to Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire, the two sides talk at least once a week "or more."

Like any transition, it's of the highest importance that Strong gets Lodge to campus for one-on-one time. He had a great relationship with Mack Brown and Darrell Wyatt, and was thought to be close to committing at one point.

It's going to take this staff's best efforts to get Lodge back to that point as teams like Texas A&M and TCU are making a strong push right now.

RB Ronald Jones, McKinney (Texas) North

Texas took a big step forward with Jones by offering him on March 6. But UT needs to get him on campus for a spring football visit to avoid taking two steps back.

A visit to Texas is something Jones has told LonghornDigest he plans on doing sometime in April. Texas' spring game, which marks the conclusion of spring ball, is April 19.

The Longhorns need this visit more than most because of the timing of their offer. Because it was later than most Jones' interest level isn't where UT would like it to be. A visit could change that. He's recently visited Oklahoma State and Arkansas.

DE James Lockhart, Ennis (Texas)

The consensus top DE in the state met Strong on his whirlwind tour of the state back in January, but has yet to get down to campus.

Lockhart told LonghornDigest earlier this month that he's going to visit Texas but is waiting to set up a time when he can have one-on-one time with the staff "instead of 30 or 50 guys all trying to do that."

Lockhart said that he had a "pretty good relationship" with Mack Brown and previous DE coach Oscar Giles. He has yet to meet current defensive line coach Chris Rumph.

DE Louis Brown, Burton (Texas)

Brown only recently committed to Baylor over offers from Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas Tech, Utah State and Washington.

But there could be an opportunity for the Longhorns to make a push for the 6-foot-6, 207-pound DE if they can get him on campus. It worked with Ronnie Major (Huntsville, Texas/Huntsville).

Brown told our Annabel Stephan that the two schools he was hearing from the most at the time (Feb. 25) were Texas and Texas A&M. So it's clear that UT is interested.

Texas has offered nine DEs but only two of those are from Texas – Lockhart and Texas commitment Charles Omenihu.


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