Must-visit recruits this week

Today we’ll look at 20 non-Texas commitments that the Longhorns coaching staff definitely needs to stop by and see this week when they are out making the rounds.

QB Kai Locksley (Baltimore, MD/Gilman)

Locksley’s tweet about receiving a phone call from Shawn Watson a few weeks ago makes it clear that the Longhorns haven’t hung up hope of getting the talented dual-threat to Austin.

They’ll be fine without him, given Zach Gentry’s commitment, but we’ve all seen how quarterback has played out at UT over the last handful of seasons so it wouldn’t hurt to have another viable option for Watson to work with.

Texas would be facing an uphill battle in pursuit as Locksley’s verbal pledge to Florida State looks really strong.

RB Chris Warren (Rockwall, Texas)

Texas has made it into Warren’s top six but it has made it known to the 6-foot-2, 220-pound RB that it wants to be the last team standing.

Warren thinks highly of the Longhorns but is somewhat concerned about there being three running backs already committed to Texas in 2015. The Longhorns need to explain to him why that shouldn’t be an issue and that early playing time should be there for him if he chooses the 40 Acres.

Warren, who missed most of his junior season with a knee injury, has had an impressive beginning to his senior campaign. Last Friday he rushed 28 times for 176 yards and a touchdown, and caught three passes for 53 yards and a score in Rockwall’s 26-14 win over previously unbeaten Mesquite Horn.

RB Nicholas Brossette (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab)

Visiting Brossette would serve several purposes.

First and foremost, it would let the LSU commitment know that Texas is still serious about trying to sway him from his hometown university. The Longhorns have been rather relentless in their pursuit, which has caught the attention of Brossette.

But Texas can kill two birds with one stone with a visit to University Lab, which is also the home to 2017 LSU RB/LB commitment Dylan Moses, 2016 DB Malik Antoine and several other Power 5 conference-level recruits.

WR Ryan Newsome (Aledo, Texas)

It’s been well-publicized on HD that Newsome and Texas’ staff are closer than any staff in the country. He’s known UT RB coach Tommie Robinson since he was a little kid and even considers Robinson a “second father.”

But that’s not going to be good enough to get the talented play-maker to campus. The Longhorns need to keep their foot on the gas in their pursuit of Newsome because others – OU, UCLA, Tennessee – are coming just as hard, if not harder.

Newsome was at the Texas-UCLA game and noticed UT’s lack of a legit playmaker. Playing time is his as soon as he steps on campus.

The Longhorns need to continue to pound that message home to him.

WR Carlos Strickland (Dallas/Skyline)

There doesn’t seem to be much life left in this one since Texas offered him much later than he wanted. But the Longhorns might as well see if there is any chance of mending things and getting him to campus.

TE Will Gragg (Pine Bluff, Ark.)

This is probably the most pressing of all recruits Texas needs to visit considering Gragg is set to announce his commitment on Sept. 23.

It’s looking more and more like he’s going to stay in the SEC, in particularly with his home-state Razorbacks, but you never know what a visit from Charlie Strong could do this late in the game. They have a really good relationship.

OL Jerry Tillery (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian)

For now, Tillery is committed to Notre Dame. He has been since June 22, 2013.

But the Longhorns have been relentless in trying to put together one of the deepest and most talented OL recruiting classes in the country this class, and would like Tillery to be a part of it.

Texas has stayed in touch and will continue to. The real bump in the road here is LSU, though.

OL Tyler Moore (Galena Park, Texas/North Shore)

Moore has been to all three Texas games this season so it’s clear the interest is there.

But he also continues to pick up interest from other schools – like BYU – so he’ll continue to look around.

I do consider the Longhorns to be the favorite, though, as long as they keep showing him interest. He has a soft commitment date of Oct. 28, which is his birthday.

DT Darrion Daniels (Dallas/Bishop Dunne)

Daniels would be an incredibly nice addition to this class to pair with Du’Vonta Lampkin. But it’s going to be tough to get him to Austin considering his father played at rival Texas Tech.

DT Kingsley Keke (Richmond, Texas/George Ranch)

It’s worth keeping the lines of communication open with this Texas A&M commitment considering he’s told HD that he was still interested in the Longhorns.

LB Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet)

No explanation needed.

LB DeAndre McNeal (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet)

The Longhorns need to put the full court press on McNeal, who seems to be looking elsewhere at the moment.

LB Cameron Townsend (Missouri City, Texas/Ridge Point)

There isn’t anything else that Texas needs to do to show Townsend how serious it is in the four-star LB. But not visiting just wouldn’t be smart so late in the process.

LB Anthony Wheeler (Dallas/Skyline)

Wheeler has always maintained that the only reason he has Oklahoma slightly ahead of Texas as his top school is because of the relationship he lacks with UT coaches.

This week could take care of that.

CB Kris Boyd (Gilmer, Texas)

There’s no secret here: Texas wants Boyd, but much more than Boyd needs Texas.

Perhaps the Longhorns go out to Gilmer and offer Boyd’s younger brother, Demarco Boyd, to get Big Mo back in their favor?

CB Holton Hill (Houston/Lamar)

The Longhorns are in desperate need of some good fortune at cornerback, and Hill is just the type of player they are looking for to give them that.

But it’s going to be hard as Hill is also heavily considering Florida State, Baylor, Texas A&M, LSU, Oregon, Ole Miss, and Alabama.

Hill is a no-brainer visit this week.

CB Isaac Warren (Tyler, Texas/John Tyler)

This is someone I fully expect to get a visit from Texas this week. His name has been tossed around quite a bit lately.

At this point, UT coaches probably want to see more of the Purdue commitment given he jumped on Texas’ radar a bit late in the process. This week would be the perfect opportunity to get to know each other better.

S Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark)

He’s been committed to Alabama for a while now and I personally don’t see that changing.

But he has told HD that he would visit Texas at some point this season, so the door doesn’t seem to be completely shut yet. The Longhorns should take advantage of that and try to get him to town for a visit.

S Jamile Johnson (Dallas/South Oak Cliff)

The Longhorns have been intrigued by the North Carolina commitment for some time now, and his play early on this year has warranted that interest.

Texas has two safety’s committed already but the injury to Keivon Ramsey could have UT thinking about taking another just in case. If it did, Johnson would be near the top of the Longhorns’ list.

ATH J.W. Ketchum (Houston/Lamar)

Ketchum has always been talented enough to come to a place like Texas, but concern with other non-football variables has kept UT at arm’s length.

He could be a steal in this class if the motivation is there long-term. He’s worth checking into this week.

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