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Wheeler's Top 10

2016 LB hoping for offer

Longhorns looking elsewhere?

Wheeler's Top 10

The Longhorns have yet to secure a commitment from a linebacker in 2015 and have work to do if they want to keep one of their top targets from heading just north of the Red River to the hated rivals.

Four-star Anthony Wheeler (Dallas/Skyline), the No. 5 MLB and No. 128 player overall, told HornsDigest that Oklahoma is his top school and that Texas is currently sitting No. 2.

"In order my favorites are OU, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Alabama, Notre Dame, LSU, Stanford, Ohio State and Florida State," he said.

Wheeler said his initial visit to Norman, Okla., sold him on the Sooners.

"When I first went down to OU I just had an instant connection with the coaches and the faculty," he said.

In fact, up until that visit several month's back, the Longhorns were the team to beat. He'd visited UT early on in Charlie Strong's tenure in Austin and liked what he saw.

"I just like the home feeling they have and the fact that the new staff still has high interest in me," he said.

Wheeler isn't sure when he'll be back down to Austin for a visit but thinks that spending quality time with the staff, in particular LB coach Brian Jean-Mary and Strong, is going to give Texas its best chance at jumping the Sooners as his top school.

Wheeler (6-foot-2, 225-pounds) is one of eight linebackers this staff has offered and one of six Texas probably has a realistic shot with (excluding Adonis Thomas from Georgia and Michigan commitment Darrin Kirkland).

The others are five-star Malik Jefferson, his teammate DeAndre McNeal, TCU commitment Semaj Thomas, frequent UT visitor Cameron Townsend and New Orleans native Bo Wallace.

2016 LB hoping for offer

The Longhorns have yet to offer a linebacker in 2016 but a good candidate to get the first one is four-star Dontavious Jackson (Houston/Alief Elsik).

The 6-foot-2, 237-pound Jackson has started to see his recruitment heat up with offers from Louisville and Oklahoma State to date, and countless more on the way.

"I'm kind of surprised all of this has happened this early," he said. "But they say ‘hard work pays off' and I work hard every day."

Jackson worked hard at a Texas camp earlier this month when he was able to get in some quality time with UT linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary.

"I didn't get to talk with Charlie Strong a lot," he said. "But I did get to speak with Coach BJ and Coach [Vance] Bedford and they are really cool guys. We have a little bond that we share. We have great conversations."

His camp experience was far from his first interaction with the Longhorns. He actually grew up fairly close to the program.

"The Longhorns have been a family school to me," he said. "A lot of my family and family friends have gone there so it's just tradition. I love it there. It's close to home. They welcome me down there and have a winning tradition. Charlie Strong is doing a great job.

"I'm not related but my god-mom is really close with Vince Young. I had a teammate in little league whose god-brother is Fozzy Whittaker. I know a lot of players up there, especially from when I went up there. They were very friendly. I feel good when I am down there. I am comfortable."

Jackson said he has drawn comparisons to Khalil Mack, a rookie selected by the Oakland Raiders with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. That has a lot to do with his versatility.

"I'm not afraid to get dirty and get tackles," he said. "I can get blockers off of me and pass drop. I had the speed to cover sideline to sideline. I can contain the inside and drop back and play strong safety. I'm very versatile."

Jackson hopes that versatility will lead to an offer from the Longhorns down the line.

"I think there is one on the way but I don't want to jinx it," he said. "I hope there is one on the way. It would mean a lot. Growing up and watching UT, I was amazed I always looked up to UT. It would be life fulfilling."

Longhorns looking elsewhere?

I touched base with four-star offensive guard Tyler Carr (Gadsen, Al./Southside) over the weekend to see if the Longhorns were staying in touch with him.

They're not, according to the No. 20 OG and No. 295 player in the country.

Texas offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Joe Wickline offered Carr on April 7.

Carr was extremely happy with the offer when he received it. But it appears as though things have fizzled a bit.

It was a long shot for Texas when it offered to begin with. He's likely going to stay in the SEC. But he was very fond of Wickline and had told me he'd like to visit. I'm not so sure that will happen at this point.


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