Cameron Townsend talks Longhorns commitment

The Longhorns picked up a huge commitment at a position of need on Sunday.

Four-star outside linebacker Cameron Townsend (Missouri City, Texas/Ridge Point) announced his verbal pledge to Texas on Sunday afternoon.

Townsend (6-foot-1, 195 pounds), who is rated as the No. 12 OLB and No. 176 player overall, chose UT over Oklahoma and Oregon State.

He also has offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Syracuse, TCU, USC, Utah, and Wisconsin.

HD caught up with Townsend prior to his announcement to talk about his commitment to the Longhorns.

HD: How difficult has the recruiting process been for you over the last 12 months. What advice would you give to another high school football player that is getting started in this process.

Cameron: “I wouldn't say the recruiting process was difficult. I met great people and had great experiences. The only difficult part is knowing I had to disappoint some teams in the end.

“As far as advice to another athlete, I would say find who intrigues your eye the most. Start developing relationships with them to make sure they're who you want them to be. Also, don't feel obligated to commit. Schools pull out their best stuff to impress you but you have to remember they wouldn't be a division 1 program if they didn't have anything to show you.”

HD: What is your excitement level like right now leading up to your public announcement and how excited are you to get this decision out of the way and move forward?

Cameron: “I'm really looking forward to announcing it. Not that I feel like there's a big weight lifted off my shoulders, this process wasn't really stressful to me. Just the fact that stuff is about to become a reality is pretty cool to me.”

HD: Talk about your relationships specifically with the Texas coaching staff and what those guys mean for you in the decision making process?

Cameron: “I have great relationships with the Texas coaching staff, they give off a real family feeling when I'm there. I almost get similar vibes from different people on their staff as I do from the staff at my current high school.”

HD: How excited are you to join the Longhorn nation and what can fans expect from you on and off the field over the next 4 to 5 years in Austin Texas.

Cameron: “I'm ecstatic. I remember riding past the stadium as a little boy saying I hope I could play here one day, so for it to be in front of me is very flattering. The fans can expect someone who will take advantage of their opportunities, and someone they won't wake up to an article saying he got arrested, or suspended for public intoxication, or something along those lines. Haha.”

HD: For those fans who haven't had a chance to watch you play, talk about your strengths and weaknesses on the field and the kind of person you are away from football.

Cameron: “I would say a strength of mines is being able to run fast sideline to sideline. A weakness? Maybe my hands when it comes to pass rushing. Off the field I'm a very social person, I like to play video games, and hold conversations with new people.”

HD also caught up with David Townsend, Cameron’s father, to discuss his son’s decision.

HD: Talk about what this process has been like for you and your wife as parents of a nationally recruited football player and what it has meant to your entire family overall?

David Townsend: “Life for us as parents of a recruit has been extraordinarily fun. Both my wife and I are athletic and very competitive so watching this process develop since 3rd grade has been a reward for us as parents. My wife was also a collegiate athlete and ran track at ULL. As for the entire family; we have had 20-30 family members actively participate in Cameron's games and athletic activities since little league. As we develop, additional close family friends and this group continues to grow we continue to have a lot of fun with it!”

HD: I know your brother has also been involved in the process. Can you talk a little bit about his thoughts on how things have unfolded, the visit he's been on, and just how he's been there for you to have feedback on this process?

David Townsend: “I have two brothers that are relatively close in age with Cameron and were raised more like brothers vs. uncles. My middle brother passed away at the age of 27 in 2012, which had a significant impact on our family. I believe this made our (Tina Cameron, Terrance and I) dedication to each other even stronger. The four of us have operated as a team and Terrance has been on every trip and visit associated with Cameron and football that we have done. The most important aspect of my brother’s involvement has been having another person outside of his mother and father to talk with about the process and his thoughts.”

HD: How exciting of a time is this for you and your wife right now knowing that your son is about to make a decision on where he is going to spend the next four to five years of his life?

David Townsend: “It's very exciting but probably more fulfilling as parents seeing a kid who has worked very hard for a longtime fulfill a dream of playing college football.”

HD: Knowing the kind of man Charlie Strong is, how important is it for you knowing that Strong will be an extension of you as a father and help Cameron enter the next chapter of his life heading into adulthood?

David Townsend: “What's more important to us is feeling confident that we have raised a kid that can think for himself, knows right from wrong, and has the tools to make good decisions. Coach strong is an added bonus as a coach who we feel will hold Cameron accountable for his actions over the coming years. This is an important point because I firmly believe that the development of a kid starts at home not in college.”

HD: Talk about the relationships you have with not only Charlie but Vance Bedford and LB coach Brian Jean-Mary?

David Townsend: “We have interacted with all the coaches and they all seem to want Cameron in the locker room and on the field. I would say that is something that stood out with Texas, once they decided they wanted a player they get several coaches involved in the recruitment.”

HD: What does it mean for your family to be part of the Longhorns?

David Townsend: “We all grew up in Austin just down the street from campus watching Texas sports. You can even see the Capitol from the street I grew up on and where my mother still lives. While this did not make it a foregone conclusion that we favored Texas, now that this is the decision everyone in the family will be excited to see Cameron in the burnt orange.”

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