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CB to keep en eye on

No offer for 2017 prospect

CB to keep an eye on

The Longhorns are waiting patiently for their top cornerback targets to make their decisions, but they're keeping their eyes open for possible secondary options in the event that they get passed over.

One of those potential targets is three-star Ashton Preston (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe), who did his best to impress the coaching staff at Texas' camp on Sunday.

He felt like he had a great showing and wasn't the only one. Class of 2016 DB Malik Antoine named Preston as the player that stood out to him the most when asked by HornsDigest.

"It was great," Preston said. "The campus was great. It was a great experience. It was even better working with Coach [Chris] Vaughn."

Preston was in the majority in thinking that the camp was especially hard for a summer camp, but he appreciated the effort the coaching staff put into it.

"It kind of threw me off when we were doing pushups and sit-ups during camp. I had never seen that before. They made sure they pushed us. I loved it."

"It was hard. Sometimes it got to the point where you just wanted to give up," he said. "But everybody pushed through it. It kind of threw me off when we were doing pushups and sit-ups during camp. I had never seen that before. They made sure they pushed us. I loved it."

Right now Preston is just biding his time to see where other chips might fall with some of the bigger Texas targets. Players like five-star Kendall Sheffield, Kris Boyd, Roney Elam, Holton Hill, Xavier Lewis, and Iman Marshall are all national recruits the Longhorns have offered that are still pondering their decision.

The waiting game is something Preston doesn't mind right now. He is really intrigued with the coaching staff.

"Coach [Vance] Bedford and Coach Vaughn are one of the most exciting coaching duos to be around," he said. "They are really passionate about the game. They gave me a preview of what it could be like if I go there.

Preston actually spoke with Bedford earlier this week for a few minutes and said he could come back down to Austin as early as June 9.

"We just had a short little talk, talking about the camp," Preston said. "He told me he was really impressed and said he loves my game, my demeanor, and he is going to keep a really, really close eye on me. He told me to make sure I stay in close contact with him. I'm planning on going back and taking a full visit of the campus.

"Coach Bedford said that they really loved me and wanted me to come back for a game and see the campus a little better. They said I am really high on their board."

No offer for 2017 prospect

There was plenty of buzz earlier this week that the Longhorns extended an offer to 2017 lineman Adrian Ealy (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab) a few days after he visited Texas for its first summer camp on June 1, but that's just simply not the case, according to a source close to the situation.

It's a mystery to Ealy's father, Andrew Ealy.

"Nobody from Texas has ever spoke to me, put it like that."

"I don't know. I was surprised when I heard that," he said. "I know that he went down to the camp and that they were going to keep him on their radar, but when I heard he was offered nobody from Texas has ever spoke to me, put it like that."

While an offer might not have been officially extended to the 6-foot-6, 256-pound budding star, the fact that this is even a topic of discussion means that Ealy is a name to know already.

He plays on a team absolutely loaded with talent like five-star 2017 athlete Dylan Moses (LSU commitment), 2015 four-star RB Nicholas Brossette (LSU commitment), and 2016 Florida CB commitment Tre Jackson, and 2016 Texas DB target Malik Antoine.

Ealy, Moses and Antoine were all at Texas' camp. Brossette is expected to be in town this weekend.

It has been reported that Ealy picked up an LSU offer on Tuesday. So his stock is already on the rise.

"He's good because he plays both sides of the ball," he said. "He can play defensive end, defensive tackle, left tackle and tight end. He loves playing defense, which is what he has played since little league. But he loves blocking because he is such a big kid. He doesn't come off the field. He is a big body, but he is athletic too."

Andrew said that his son really enjoyed his time at UT and would like to get back down in the future.

"He said he had a great time out there," he said. "He'd been to Texas before but never on Texas' campus. We have some relatives down there. That was his first time going on campus and he enjoyed it. He was excited."

Ealy is expected to attend camps at Alabama and LSU this summer as well, and has expressed interest to his father about Texas A&M, Florida, and Florida State.

"He puts in the work and knows he is getting better but he knows there is a lot of work to be done," he said.


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