What To Watch: "Under The Lights"

Today, it could be argued, is the biggest day to date of Charlie Strong’s tenure as Texas’ head coach.

Over 90 recruits from 2015, 2016 and 2017 are expected to take part in the Longhorns’ “Under the Lights” camp, which is tentatively scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Darrel K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Barring rain, which would move the camp inside the practice bubble, this camp will be open to HornsDigest and give us the ability to bring you the best coverage possible.

To wet your appetite for tonight’s festivities we’ve listed the top things to watch for.

Remember to keep it locked on HornsDigest and our forum all day for updates.

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GENTRY AND LOCKSLEY IN SAME LOCATION

One of the most interesting situations to watch today will be the impressions that four-star QB Kai Locksley gets after his visit/workout is over and what Longhorns QB commitment Zach Gentry thinks about the possibility of UT taking another QB.

From what we are hearing there is a real possibility that Locksley ends up at Texas. We’re not saying it’s a done deal by any means but he is a big fan of Charlie Strong and Shawn Watson, and there is no question that the Longhorns would take him at QB. That much we know for sure.

If that became a reality then what would that do to Gentry? Would it rub him the wrong way and get his wheels spinning about looking elsewhere? Or would he welcome the challenge of another signal-caller?

The latter would be a strong stance in a difficult situation and one that would show other recruits that he’s not afraid of competition and will do what it takes to get the job done.

Stay tuned.

THE BOYD SITUATION

When it comes to recruiting cornerbacks in 2015, it’s no secret that the Longhorns are struggling.

They don’t have a single commitment from one and indications are that many of their top prospects are looking elsewhere more so then at Austin.

But there seems to be a glimmer of hope with four-star Kris Boyd and the key to that might be his brother, 2016 RB/LB Demarco Boyd.

If the brothers show up will the Longhorns offer Demarco, who doesn’t have a single offer yet? It could be the advantage Texas needs to sway Kris their way. And will Kris believe the offer is genuine and not just a ploy to get him to UT?

WHICH QB WILL SHINE?

While there will be plenty of eyes on the two big-time 2015 QBs we mentioned above, there will be just as much attention being paid to the 2016 signal-callers in attendance.

There are expected to be several highly-touted ones in attendance, including Brennen Wooten, Logan Bonner, Jalen Hurts, Shane Buechele, Tristen Wallace, D’Eriq King and Neiko Hollins.

Shea Patterson, the No. 2 QB in 2016 and an Arizona commitment, tells us he will not be able to make it despite him wanting to.

Who will take advantage of their opportunity, especially with top-tier guys like Patterson and Dwayne Haskins not at the camp?

Wooten will be one to watch for sure. He’s camped at UT before and has some big-time offers from the likes of TCU, Clemson, Boise State and Houston.

LACK OF LINEBACKERS

Another position the Longhorns have yet to garner a commitment from is at linebacker and, from the sounds of it, they won’t get any closer with their top targets today.

From what we are hearing Texas will not have any of what you could say are its top six LB targets on campus for the camp. Those recruits include five-star Malik Jefferson, Cameron Townsend, Anthony Wheeler, Bo Wallace, DeAndre McNeal, and TCU commitment Semaj Thomas.

Jefferson was going to make it but tweeted that he wasn’t going to be able to because it was his brother’s birthday. McNeal was going to be here, too, but apparently won’t be able to (as of now anyway).

One name that could make waves today at LB is D’Anthony Hopkins, a 2015 recruit from Cuero.

WHO COULD COMMIT

If Vegas set the over/under on the number of commitments tomorrow at 1.5 I’d take the under. There are several recruits I believe are close to committing but will hold off for various reasons.

One name to definitely keep an eye on, though, is Louis Brown.

This defensive end prospect has spoken highly of the Longhorns since he decommitted from Baylor and is definitely a recruit that could end up a part of Texas’ 2015 class by the time the camp is over.

Former Oklahoma defensive tackle commitment Du’Vonta Lampkin is another name to watch. He has the Longhorns No. 1 right now and will be coming to town with several family members. We believe there’s an outside chance he could commit today but don’t hold your breath.

Galena Park (TX) North Shore offensive lineman Tyler Moore is another prospect to keep tabs on.

He recently tweeted that he was going to release his top five schools very soon, so it would lead you to believe that a decision isn’t coming today.

But his Texas offer is a dream offer and Oklahoma, the other school he is really hoping will offer, hasn’t come around yet. So perhaps he feels ready to pull the trigger?

Something tells me he’ll hold off but you never know how a recruit might respond once he’s in the midst of it all.

WHO GETS OFFERED

Offers will be handed out today, but to who?

Demarco Boyd has a very, very good chance of leaving Austin with an offer.

A few other names to watch are former 2015 Baylor WR commitment John Humphrey, 2015 CB Will Lockett, 2016 defensive lineman Michael Williams, and linebackers La’Darius Hamilton and Dontavious Jackson.


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