Close to committing?

If you weren't getting the sense before the spring game that cornerback Jared Mayden (Sachse, Texas) is near the top of Texas' 2016 priorities list, maybe this will help confirm the obvious.

Not only did Mayden, a four-star prospect, travel to the Orange-White scrimmage with Texas commitment Charles Omenihu, but he was immediately taken to see Charlie Strong upon arrival.

"When I got there they came and got me and my family and took us to Coach Strong," Mayden said. "That was the first time my grandfather was able to talk to a head coach. That was my first time having him down there, and being able to ask Coach Strong questions."

It was a surreal moment for the soft-spoken playmaker, who is also the cousin of former Longhorn and Olympian Marquise Goodwin.

"Man it was special," he said. "I liked that he took the time to talk to my grandpa and my mom. It definitely meant a lot."

What did the conversation consist of?

"It was mostly about the off-the-field stuff like what he is trying to do to get the athletes graduation rate up and stuff like that," he said. "That's important because it will give me something to do after I'm done playing football."

Those are the types of moments that could end up separating the Longhorns from other schools that have offered him like Baylor, Houston, Oklahoma, San Diego State, TCU, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin.

Mayden wouldn't go so far as to say Texas is the leader right now, but he did hint to LonghornsDigest that he was thinking about committing prior to the game. He decided to take a step back to further evaluate his options.

"It's hard to say right now because if they were clear-cut I would have committed," Mayden said. "But there is a lot going on right now because of the schools I have. It's going to be a tough summer, and another tough fall. I'm trying to make a decision by February of next year."

Texas may have furthered its chances of landing Mayden when it offered his teammate, 2016 wide receiver Devin Duvernay at the spring game. The two have similar offers list and have talked about playing at the next level with each other.

"Yeah we do talk about playing at the same school. But we have to do what we both want," he said. "He's probably going to go to an offensive school that might not have the defense I want. Even in the locker room at the spring game, though, we talked about it." [Wilkerson]

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