The Heard

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UT checks in on Mayden

2016 DT loves UT

Elite 2016 S taking time

Wickline checks in on three-star OL

A few check ups

Keeping tabs on UGA commit

UT checks in on Mayden

The Longhorns want Jared Mayden. They want him as much as they want any recruit in 2016.

He's the only cornerback Texas has offered in 2016, one of two defensive backs offered in that class (Deontay Anderson), and one of 12 total recruits in 2016 with an offer from Charlie Strong and Co.

Mayden got to know the staff when he visited Texas for its second junior day, and UT returned the favor by sending defensive back coach Chris Vaughn out to visit him on Wednesday.

"I talked to him afterwards," Mayden said of Vaughn. "I called him afterwards. We did a few drills that they do at UT and did them well. He also helped me with some things I could do better at the college level."

According to Mayden, Vaughn was very upfront with him about how much Texas wanted him a part of its 2016 class, which currently has one commitment in wide receiver Collin Johnson.

"He told me I was one of the main guys they are looking at as a DB in 2016 because they are going to need some help in the back," Mayden said.

Texas has a few things going for it here. The main thing being Mayden has liked the Longhorns for a while.

"I like them a lot," he said. "It is going to depend how this spring ends with offers. I'm going to do a top 10 list. I mean they are in the top 10 with the offers I have right now. But I will work with Coach Vaughn one-on-one in a camp. So I'll make a top 10 before the season starts, then a top five and I will commit in February."

What's also working in UT's favor is the fact that it has Vaughn working on Mayden. Texas' first-year DB coach has made a huge splash on the recruiting trail and has quickly become a favorite of recruits.

"He's a talker," Mayden said. "He can talk for a while. But when we talk, we talk back and forth. We are throwing ideas back and forth, different ideas and concepts. But not even that, we also just talk about how our days are going."

The Longhorns will have to work especially hard to make sure Mayden ends up in Austin given all the attention he's now coveting.

In addition to Texas, he's picked up offers from Baylor, Houston, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Purdue, Rice, TCU, Tulsa, UCLA, and Wisconsin.

"Ole Miss, Iowa, Stanford, Duke and Alabama have come by recently," he said. "It feels good that you are accomplishing something. Then you can call them after to see what they liked and what you can do better."

Texas has also offered his teammate, 2016 wide receiver Devin Duvernay, one of four WRs with an offer from UT in 2016.

2016 DT loves UT

If there's one 2016 recruit the Longhorns can feel confident about landing it's Missouri City (Texas) Hightower defensive tackle Darius Anderson. He just has to be offered first.

The 6-foot-1, 295-pound interior lineman has been rooting closely for Texas since Fozzy Whittaker's days in UT's backfield. Why? Whittaker is his god-brother.

"It feels like home because my god-brother played there, Fozzy Whittaker, so I was already used to the college atmosphere and what the college brings academically," Anderson said. "That's what really attracts me to the school."

Anderson was a frequent visitor to UT during Whittaker's career but has only been back one time since he went on to the NFL, where he was recently released by the Cleveland Browns. That visit came on April 19 for the Orange-White game and it was as if Anderson had never left.

"It felt like home again," he said. "I thought I was watching my brother play again. It was very fun. I was hanging out with Derick Roberson and Charles Omenihu. They were like my big brothers. We were talking about what it would be like if I went there.

"I like what they are doing with the defensive line. They dominated the o-line. I like what Charlie Strong is doing with their defense."

Anderson doesn't have any offers right now but Texas is sitting in prime position should it extend one.

"They are my favorite but I am available to every school," he said. "I let every college know that just because Texas is my No. 1 school and I love them that I won't go somewhere else too."

His god-brother tells him that when his time comes, to stay humble but hungry.

"He told me that if I do go that I have to bust my tail everyday because there are several people trying to take your spot or working for the same goal as you are trying to reach," he said. "So he told me to stay humble, stay in the books, and everything else will play itself out."

In addition to Texas, Anderson is hearing from Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, UCLA and Oklahoma State.

"It's a blessing that God has blessed me with this opportunity to have colleges look at me at an early age," he said. [Wilkerson]

Elite 2016 S taking time

No matter how much a particular school talks up Deontay Anderson (Manvel, Texas), the four-star recruit is taking as patient an approach as possible to this whole recruiting thing.

The Longhorns have only recently begun to ramp up their interest in Anderson, which included stopping by his school on Thursday.

"Coach [Vance] Bedford is a cool dude," Anderson said. "He just told us, "I told y'all I was coming. He thought I did great. I just thought I did regular."

Anderson picked up an offer from the Longhorns a few weeks ago, reclaiming an offer he picked up from Mack Brown's staff that was then taken away from Charlie Strong so he and his staff could do their own evaluations.

Like he did with Texas' offer, Anderson has picked up many of his offers after he won the DB MVP at the Houston NFTC in April. He currently has offers from Alabama, Houston, Maryland, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Purdue, Stanford, Texas, and UCLA.

"It has been a blessing. It really has," he said. "Just not having to worry about college anymore has been a blessing. That just opened the door for a lot of things."

Anderson said he'd like to hear more from Alabama, Florida, and Florida State.

Wickline checks in on three-star OL

Joe Wickline's search for a few more offensive linemen to join Texas' 2015 recruiting class took him to Houston's Kinkaid High School on Tuesday.

Texas' offensive line coach/offensive coordinator stopped by to see three-star offensive guard Tyler Higby, the No. 48 OG in the country.

"I saw him early in the day, "Higby said. "He stopped by talked to my coach for a little bit. We just said hello and then talked a little bit after practice."

The Longhorns are being especially selective with who it offers from here on out as far as offensive linemen are concerned. They have three commitments in Patrick Vahe, Toby Weathersby and Ronnie Major, but probably have room for two more (three if it's an elite player).

Higby certainly warrants interest with offers from the likes of LSU, Miami, TCU, Wake Forest, Houston, Maryland and Texas State. His first offer actually came from Les Miles after he had a one-on-one conversation with the Mad Hatter at an LSU camp last July.

He'll hope for a similar outcome this June when he attends a Texas camp.

"It would mean a lot because UT has been a top program for a long time," Higby said. "When I went up there for junior day I liked all the coaches and the facilities. I especially liked the academic part when we had a meeting with a professor."

Higby, who is actually looking into studying sports communications in college, doesn't have any top schools right now so Texas has time to make an impression on him.

It meant a lot to him to see UT stop by his school. Others to do so this spring include Wake Forest, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Arkansas and Ole Miss.

Higby said he doesn't have a timetable for a decision and will make one "whenever I feel right I will make a decision."

In addition to Texas, Higby said he'd camp at LSU and USC this summer.

"I think how well I move," Higby said when asked what he does best. "I feel like I have really good feet for my position. I'm fast, quick, have good hands and am physical. And I'm a good pass blocker. Between pass blocking and run blocking, I think I'm better pass blocking."

A few check ups

Here's a list of a few players Texas checked up on this week:

Kendall Sheffield, Holton Hill, Cameron Townsend, Roney Elam, Deontay Anderson, Reggie Hemphill, Jordan Carmouche, Ryan Newsome, Motekiai Maile, Toby Weathersby, Madison Akamnonu, James Lockhart, and John Burt.

Keeping tabs on UGA commit

The Longhorns are trying to add at least one more defensive end to their 2015 class to pair up with Charles Omenihu.

One player they've offered and are keeping tabs on is Georgia commitment Quincy Vasser (Navarro Junior College).

Texas and Vasser actually talked to each other via Twitter on Thursday to try to set up an official visit. Vasser said he didn't get one planned but most likely would.

It's going to be tough to flip the New York native. He went to high school with two current UGA players that he is really good friends with.


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