Digest'Em

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Turner enjoys Texas visit

Frustration mounting for Martin

Siverand decision coming soon

Could Hemphill start hearing from Texas?

Three-star RB would commit

Watson impresses Agnew

Elliott one of Watson's top QBs

Turner enjoys Texas visit

On the basketball side of things, top Texas target Myles Turner visited the 40 Acres this past week. According to sources, the Longhorns have likely been the team to beat — though Turner himself plays his cards close to the vest — and the important news coming out of the visit is that the feeling is that the Longhorns likely did what they needed to to stay in the running for his commitment.

Turner has been more reserved about naming a favorite, and told Scout.com National Basketball Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels that he didn't have one.

"I've heard that a lot lately," Turner said about Texas being his potential favorite. "Like I said, Texas is a great school, but I'm still undecided, and I'm not sure what I'm doing. There's other schools I like that I visited. Not one school sticks out at this point."

One theory is that Turner is waiting to see what happens with Kansas's Joel Embiid before making his decision, though one source LonghornDigest.com talked to suggested that while that would help the Jayhawks' chances, Texas would still likely be favored over the Jayhawks in a scenario where Embiid went pro.

While Turner didn't name a favorite, and doesn't have a listed timeline for a decision, he did have some complimentary things to say to Daniels about the program.

"I like that it's Texas," Turner said. "I'm from Texas. It's the University of Texas. It's close to home. They had a great season this year and everybody is coming back next year. There are a lot of great things about Texas.

"The pitch has been that I can basically come in and play right away," Turner said. "They need a scorer basically and a defensive presence. Cam [Ridley] and Prince [Ibeh] did a good job this year. He wants to add some more firepower to that." (Flaherty)

Frustration mounting for Martin

Four-star 2016 running back Kameron Martin (Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial) is starting to get a tad frustrated.

A lifelong Longhorns fan, Martin understands that Charlie Strong taking over at Texas has slowed the recruiting process for a lot of prospects because he didn't come to Austin with that much experience recruiting the Lone Star State.

Strong has been especially diligent in handing out 2016 offers, and has only extended offers to eight.

Martin, at worst, feels like he should be the ninth.

"I'm going to call them and ask," Martin said. "I was trying to call them [Thursday] and ask them why I don't have an offer. Not really understanding why they haven't offered. I'm a little [frustrated]."

Asked if UT prolonging an offer would hurt Texas' chances, Martin responded: "I think it might hurt them. I think it might hurt them, I'm sad to say."

Martin last spoke to Texas on Sunday when he and Strong caught up for a few minutes.

"He said he was buying a house in Austin," Martin said. "He said they really want me but to be patient."

Martin isn't hurting for offers. He's actually been one of the nation's hottest 2016 commodities with over 20 offers.

One of those is from national champion Florida State, which has kept in constant contact with the Port Arthur native.

"I talk to them the most since they offered me," he said.

Martin also has offers from Florida and Miami, but said he likes the Seminoles the best out of those three schools.

One offer Martin is without right now is Ohio State, but he's hoping that will come down the road as he builds relationships with that staff.

Next up on Martin's schedule will be Texas A&M next week. (Wilkerson)

Siverand decision coming soon

Make a list of the top wide receivers in-state for 2015, and it isn't long before Kemah Siverand's name comes up. The Cypress Falls product combines nice height at 6-foot with good speed (4.5-flat at last year's Texas camp) and advanced route-running.

Those talents have Siverand rated as the No. 3 outside receiver in the state behind only DaMarkus Lodge and Chad President on the LonghornDigest.com Texas Top 50. And it made Siverand a big-time target for the previous staff as well. That interest has carried over to the new staff, with wide receivers coach Les Koenning letting Siverand know just how much he's wanted in Austin.

"He's been pretty honest with me," Siverand said. "He's definitely showing me that he wants me to get up there. I like that. From the old coaching staff to the new coaching staff, they still wanted me."

Siverand has long been considered a Texas-Texas A&M battle, and he said this weekend that he's interested in "definitely all the schools here in-state." But he also said that some out-of-state schools could compete for his services as well. Still, don't be surprised if this one comes down to the burnt orange against the maroon and white. And his decision could be coming in the next few months.

"I want to try to make a commitment in June, preferably at The Opening," Siverand said. (Flaherty)

Could Hemphill start hearing from Texas?

When talking to 2016 wide receiver Reggie Hemphill on Friday at the Texas Relays, the Manvel standout revealed that he hadn't heard from the Texas staff "in a really long time" after the Longhorn staff reopened his recruitment to do more evaluation on 2016 prospects. It was his first visit to the Texas campus since the Oklahoma State game.

So where's his recruitment at now?

"Right now, I don't even know," Hemphill said. "I'm just running track."

But Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Jason Higdon reported Sunday that Hemphill would likely hear from the Texas staff "very soon." The Longhorn staff has offered a few 2016s to this point, and as the best receiver in the state for 2016 (at least at this early point), Hemphill figures to emerge again on the Texas radar.

He's certainly on the Texas A&M radar, though no offer has come as of yet, as he visited A&M practice a week ago.

"A&M, it's a lot like our offense," Hemphill said. "Some of the plays are the same as ours. It would probably be an easy transition over there."

"I would like to play in a spread offense or an offense that throws the ball a lot," Hemphill said.

Hemphill said he is also talking with Maryland and Michigan State right now. (Flaherty)

Three-star RB would commit

Tristian Houston, a three-star running back out of Galena Park (Texas) North Shore, doesn't have a Longhorns offer to speak of. If he did, it would likely be the one he'd accept.

"I'd probably commit," Houston said when asked what a Texas offer would mean to him.

That's saying a lot, especially considering he already has several impressive offers to choose from like Arkansas, LSU, Maryland, Mississippi State, Oregon State and UCLA.

Houston, who first met Texas' coaches during a junior day, spent some more time with the staff on Saturday when he was in town for the Texas Relays. The offer didn't come but he thinks it might happen soon after speaking with running backs coach Tommie Robinson.

"He said they are close to offering me but the head coach has to offer me," Houston said. "[Charlie Strong] couldn't today because he wasn't allowed to talk to me. But Monday he will call me and offer me."

Houston said he speaks with Robinson, Vance Bedford and Chris Vaughn regularly.

"They tell me they want me to come back up here," he said. "They really want me to come play for them. I like UT. They are a strong program. They focus more on academics than just football. And they like to run the ball."

Houston had a very productive junior season by rushing 152 times for 1,495 yards and 18 touchdowns. He averaged 9.84 yards per carry. (Wilkerson)

Watson impresses Agnew

Class of 2015 quarterback Ryan Agnew (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) wanted to visit Texas over the weekend but could not due to him running in the 4-by-400 relay at Texas Relays.

Agnew, however, was impressed with what he saw from UT after he spent time with quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson at a junior day on March 1.

"He just seemed like an intelligent guy," Agnew said. "Everyone is intelligent at the college level but he just seemed different. Seeing what he did with Teddy [Bridgewater], and seeing all the quarterbacks that he's trained, you can tell he is a smart guy."

Agnew doesn't have any offers yet but he's putting up numbers worthy of them.

As a junior, he completed 236-of-316 passes for 3,148 yards, seven touchdowns, and only seven interceptions. He also ran 175 times for a team-leading 1,252 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Agnew is very familiar with the recruiting process having seen three brothers play college football before him. Michael Agnew played at Air Force, Joseph Agnew played at Rice where he was also a decathlete, and Justin Agnew played at Drake. He's obviously sought their advice on what to expect.

"Seeing my brothers do it, they played Division I football, and now to be here is serious. This is a business," Agnew said. "They told me that every coach is going to tell you what you want to hear. So I need to try the best I can to find the best fit for me, not at the time but in the long run."

Agnew knows the football side of the equation is important, but not as important as what a school has to offer academically.

"I know all student-athletes say that, but I actually need that," he said. "Not very many people have the opportunity go to pro so getting my degree is foremost. I like that Charlie Strong says you will get your degree here. I am going to study engineering, so I need to find a good engineering school."

In addition to Texas, Agnew said he is hearing from Houston, Arkansas State, Clemson, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma State, and a lot of the Ivy Leagues. (Wilkerson)

Elliott one of Watson's top QBs

One of the more interesting recruits to keep an eye on this fall is 2015 quarterback Nathan Elliott (Celina, Texas/Celina), who has offers from Arkansas State, Army and North Carolina.

He's been in contact with Texas' coaching staff and has heard some encouraging things from quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson.

"I talked to Coach Watson at the junior day. He said he was going to come up this spring and watch me throw," Elliott said. "He said I was in his top four or five. He said he'd come to by in the spring and make a decision then."

A Texas offer would be hard to pass up for Elliott, who has long been a fan of the Longhorns. He's an even bigger fan after seeing what the Texas coaching staff is like in person.

"I love them," he said. "Coach [Charlie] Strong is being hard-nosed. I like it. Coach Watson is the type of quarterbacks coach I would want to have. They are down to business."

Elliott, who was running at the Texas Relays, is also hearing from TCU, Penn State, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

"Besides the ones that have offered me they want to see me throw in the spring," he said. "They usually don't offer unless they see you throw in person."

Elliott is elated to have the offers he has, but he's waiting to see what else transpires before he makes a decision.

"I'm waiting to see what else happens," he said. "I really like Coach Anderson, who is at Arkansas State. He was at North Carolina. I like North Carolina a lot too. It is a lot of fun up there.

"The Arkansas State thing sounds really good because I'd probably start real early there, maybe as a freshman." (Wilkerson)


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