Daily Dose

Welcome to the Daily Dose, a daily collection of random musings surrounding Longhorns athletics and recruiting. Today we'll look at the recruits competing at the Texas Relays that the Longhorns need to find a way to spend the most time with.

RB Ronald Jones (McKinney, Texas/North)

It's time to go all in on Jones, the four-star recruit and No. 10 RB in the country, who will be making his first trip to Austin since Charlie Strong took over.

It will be his first time on Texas' campus with an offer and Texas coaches need to do what they can to make sure he understands what type of player he could be at UT (Jamaal Charles anyone?).

Jones has told LonghornDigest since he got the Texas offer that UT is one of his favorite teams. That's saying something considering he's got offers from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and USC.

This weekend could go a long way toward moving the Longhorns up or down his list, especially with a scrimmage on Saturday.

WR Ryan Newsome (Aledo, Texas/Aledo)

The No. 26 WR in the country will be a busy man this weekend as he competes in the 100-meter dash, 4-x-100 meter relay and 4-x-200 meter relay. But Texas needs to find a way to get him over to its football facilities, if only for a short period.

He's precisely the type of playmaker the Longhorns are looking for and one that could very much fit the mold of what they're doing with Daje Johnson right now.

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WR Reggie Hemphill (Manvel, Texas/Manvel)

This is a golden opportunity for the Longhorns to get back in the hunt for their former 2016 commitment.

Hemphill, a four-star recruit, was Texas lone commitment in 2016 under Mack Brown. But that commitment was taken back by the new staff, which wanted to do their own evaluations. It's something Hemphill, whose stepbrother is Texas receiver Jacorey Warrick, understood at the time.

"I think it's just that Coach (Charlie) Strong has to see me for himself," Hemphill said. "He doesn't want to take any chances. He wants to build a relationship with me himself. I understand. It's a whole new coaching staff, so they want to see if the players are worthy and they fit. I understand."

But that was back in late January. With rivals like Texas A&M and Baylor looking like the favorites now, Texas doesn't need to waste any time in offering Hemphill this weekend. Getting back in his good graces would be a wise decision. The same for his teammate, 2016 safety Deontay Anderson, who also had an offer from the previous staff.

QB Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer)

Wait, but Heard's already signed his letter-of-intent. He's locked into Texas.

Exactly, and with that assurance, and pending controversy at QB once he enrolls in a few months, why not use this time to get him as prepared as possible before then? There's already a scrimmage taking place on Saturday. Set aside some time to meet with Shawn Watson and Joe Wickline.

WR Kemah Siverand (Houston/Cy Ridge)

The No. 22 WR in the country is a recruit that Texas should spend some time with, especially considering his fondness for Texas A&M at the moment.

The good news for Texas is Siverand has already met the staff so they wouldn't have to waste time with formal introductions and could get right into their sales pitch and building a relationship with him.

"With Texas, I did meet the staff. And I have to say that they seemed genuine about what they are trying to do down there," he said.

Siverand also has offers from Arkansas, Louisville, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech and Wake Forest.


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