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Martin would have offer under old staff

Whaley in constant contact with Texas

Former BU commit ready for UT camp

A&M BBQ on July 18?

Martin would have offer under old staff

Four-star 2016 running back Kameron Martin (Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial) gave me a call recently to share some news.

He’d just spoken with former Longhorns defensive backs coach Duane Akina, who is now the assistant coach for defensive backs at Stanford, on Wednesday who told him that Texas was on the verge of offering him just before Charlie Strong took over.

According to Martin, Akina told him that the staff thought he was one of the best running backs in the class and that he eerily reminded them of Jamaal Charles. They were allegedly going to offer him within a matter of days before the staff makeover took place under Strong.

So what does this mean for Martin moving forward? Well it’s a good sign for his prospects of picking up an offer from the Cardinal. He thinks one could come.

As for Texas, well, Martin spoke with Strong on Sunday who told him that he needed to get to the camp so the coaches could see him in person.

Martin said he asked Strong if UT was recruiting him as a running back or a defensive back and Strong told him both and that he would have the ability to play both at camp.

He is confident he can get the offer and that he simply needs to prove his skillset to the coaches in person a la Devwah Whaley (Beaumont, Texas/Central), who is the only 2016 RB with a Texas offer.

There’s only one problem: Martin might not be able to make the camp due to a Driver’s Ed Class his mother his him signed up for. Martin is trying to convince mom and the teacher to let him go to Austin.

Whaley in constant contact with Texas

Things are moving along nicely between the Longhorns and 2016 running back Devwah Whaley (Beaumont, Texas/Central), the lone RB with a UT offer in his class.

“I’ve been in contact with them every week, literally every week,” he said.

Whaley, the No. 100 player nationally in 2016, said he speaks with either Chris Vaughn or Shawn Watson weekly and that those conversations rarely include football talk.

“Most of it is casual conversation and not football related,” he said. “I feel like I am creating a great relationship with them. UT is a great school and I really like UT.”

Whaley was offered after a standout performance at one of Texas’ mini camps in June. He is taking the advice given to him by Texas head coach Charlie Strong about slowing the recruiting process down and focusing on other tasks at hand that teenagers have to deal with.

“Coach Strong even said it himself, he told me to take my time and not to rush things and to focus on being a Jaguar, which is my high school,” Whaley said. “I’m just trying to take my time and focus on getting my grades and graduating.”

That can be a hard thing to do with so many colleges coming after you. But the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Whaley is taking it all in stride.

He already has offers from the likes of Arizona State, Baylor, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Mississippi, Missouri, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

“I don’t have a top list but I really love Texas,” he said. “It’s a great program and they are coming up. They are going to be better next year and even better the following year.”

Whaley said he has camped at UT, Texas A&M and LSU this summer and that he could visit Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Auburn in the next two weeks.

Former BU commit ready for UT camp

Could Baylor’s loss be Texas’ gain?

It’s quite possible if the Longhorns end up extending an offer to three-star John Humphrey (Clear Falls, Texas/League City).

The former Bears commitment will be at Texas’ camp on July 18 after being invited by Longhorns defensive coordinator Vance Bedford.

“He just told me July 18 to come see me,” Humphrey said. “I told him I’d be there. I’m just waiting on this conversation when I get up there. I’m waiting on that offer.”

Texas is definitely a school that the 6-foot-0, 160-pound Humphrey has interest in. In fact, when asked what schools he was considering right now the Longhorns were one of only three teams along with Oklahoma and Ole Miss.

“They show somewhat of an interest,” he said of UT. “They haven’t shown a whole lot of interest but I know they are interested in me. I love the fan base and the education of course. UT is a wonderful program and it is also in the great state of Texas.”

Humphrey is rated as the No. 62 cornerback in the country but he’s also getting looks as a wide receiver in college. He’s not yet sure what Texas is looking at him as.

“Right now I don’t really know,” he said. “Coach Bedford has been talking to me but earlier in the season Coach [Les] Koenning came by the school. So I don’t know where I stand. I prefer playing receiver.”

Humphrey currently has offers from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Baylor, Boston College, California, Clemson, Mississippi, Missouri, Notre Dame, SMU, TCU and Texas Tech.

“Things have been very neutral since I decommitted,” he said. “Coaches are starting to talk to me a lot more. Things are just how they were before I committed. I have no favorites right now. Everyone is equal.”

A&M BBQ on July 18?

I’m hearing rumblings that Texas A&M is going to hold a BBQ for recruits on July 18, the same day Texas will hold it’s “Under the Lights” camp.

Nothing is confirmed to be 100 percent however.

One top 2016 defensive player tells me that this is indeed taking place in College Station, which coincidentally enough would be the same time Team USA is holding developmental games in Aggie Land.

Top 2016 DB Jared Mayden will be playing in those developmental games and tells me he might attend if this BBQ is taking place.

But I’ve also reached out to several Texas A&M commitments that weren’t aware of an event like this.

Definitely something to keep an eye on moving forward as this could throw a wrench in Texas’ plans for that night.


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