Digest'Em

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FORMER OU COMMITMENT COULD BE AN OPTION

NATION’S NO. 2 WR IN 2016 WANTS RESULTS FROM UT

FOUR-STAR DT WANTS TO SEE IMPROVED Texas

FORMER OU COMMITMENT COULD BE AN OPTION

Keep your eyes on three-star safety Jamile Johnson (Dallas, Texas/South Oak Cliff) as a potential target for the Longhorns.

Johnson committed to Oklahoma in February but has since decided to open things up. He recently announced a top five of North Carolina, Arkansas, Texas Tech, TCU and Nebraska, with UNC leading the way right now.

But the belief is Texas could change that drastically if it was to extend an offer.

I spoke with a coach over at South Oak Cliff about Johnson’s interest in Texas and he replied that the Longhorns were his “dream school.”

I also asked a current Texas commitment to pinpoint a recruit that has yet to get an offer from UT that he’d like to see get one. His answer: Johnson.

The Longhorns have two commitments from safeties in 2015 in DeShon Elliott and Keivon Ramsey. But UT would like to get one more if possible. That’s been the case even before Ramsey tore his ACL at the “Under the Lights” camp.

NATION’S NO. 2 WR IN 2016 WANTS RESULTS FROM UT

It didn’t take long for the Longhorns to identify their top wide receivers in 2016. They’ve offered four already – tied for the most to a single position with quarterback – and have garnered one commitment in Collin Johnson.

One player Texas would desperately like to add to the mix is four-star Devin Duvernay (Sachse, Texas), the No. 2 WR and No. 20 player in his class. But it’s going to be tough.

In addition to Texas, Duvernay (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) also has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Miami, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego State, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, and Wisconsin.

As a sophomore in 2013, Duvernay hauled in 46 receptions for 774 yards and 11 touchdowns and added an additional 267 yards and two scores on the ground to earn 11-5A Honorable Mention All-District honors.

Devin Duvernay

“It’s been crazy. I didn’t expect anything like this to happen to me this quick,” he said. “I thought it would take some time.”

Duvernay figured out quickly that recruiting can take off like a brushfire once specific offers came in. That’s what happened to him when Baylor offered.

“It just took off after that,” he said.

The Longhorns extended shortly thereafter and have kept in touch with Duvernay as much as they can. Defensive line coach Chris Rumph is spearheading his recruitment.

“Usually when I talk to Texas I just talk with Rumph and he just wants to get away from football,” Duvernay said. “He gets to know me. I like that a lot.”

When conversation does shift to football Rumph will have figured out that Duvernay is taking his time with the process right now, and that he is really eyeing a spread offense to be a part of at the moment.

Texas isn’t planning on running much of a spread in the early goings, but positive results could sway Duvernay to look at UT much harder even though he’d likely be asked to be a part of a pro-style offense.

“I’m looking forward to see what they do,” he said. “It will have a big impact on me.”

Duvernay, who has already visited UT twice, plans on getting an up-close view of Texas’ offense this season when he visits for a game. He’s not sure which one yet. He also mentioned wanting to take visits to all the other big in-state schools as well as Alabama, Oregon, and Auburn.

“I just want to see what best fits me and where I will be most comfortable at, what offense they run, and what offense I think I would most succeed at,” he said.

FOUR-STAR DT WANTS TO SEE IMPROVED TEXAS

Like most other recruits, 2016 four-star defensive tackle Mike Williams (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints) is waiting to see what type of product UT puts on the field before he can really say how interested he is in the Longhorns.

Mike Williams

“I just want to see how they are with Coach [Charlie] Strong,” said Williams, the No. 8 DT and No. 84 player overall. “Are they more disciplined? Are they working harder? Have they changed since last year?”

If Texas answers ‘yes’ to those questions then expect UT to stay in the mix for Williams.

“That would help them a lot,” he said. “I’m not going to deny that I don’t have aspirations of staying in Texas and being around my family. But I don’t want to go to no losing school that wasn’t being able to be what they normally were.”

Fair enough.

Besides, Williams has other options available.

In fact he just picked up an offer from his “dream school” last week when Ohio State added its name to Williams’ growing list of suitors.

“That was big to me,” he said. “Growing up I liked the way Coach [Jim] Tressell had the team always consistent. They were always working.”

In addition to the Buckeyes, Williams also has offers from Kansas State, Michigan, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and UCLA.

“I just want to go through the process and access my possibilities,” he said. “I want to see more of TCU, UCLA. I would like to take some visits to UT. I’ll probably go to the Texas-Oklahoma game too.”


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