The Heard: Friday's Recruiting Scoop

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What Pennamon wants during his visit

Shackelford coming to Austin this weekend

Williams another big visitor traveling to Austin

What Pennamon wants during his visit

2016 three-star running back D’Vaughn Pennamon (Manvel, Texas) is looking forward to his trip to Austin this weekend to watch the Longhorns take on West Virginia. While he’s excited about his visit, there is one thing the 5-foot-11 junior running back wants during his visit:

“An offer,” Pennamon said.

Pennamon added that he’s been in contact with the Texas coaches and that they have continued to tell him that they are interested in him.

Although the Manvel native will be in Austin this weekend, Baylor, Louisville and TCU are fighting for his commitment. Pennamon didn’t say if he would take a trip to one of those three schools after visiting Texas.

Outside of recruiting, Pennamon and the Manvel Mavericks are undefeated and gearing up for a playoff run.

“The season is going great,” Pennamon said. “We are still undefeated and already in [the playoffs]. And I have been playing great and [I’ve been] improving.”

With the playoffs looming, Pennamon is looking forward to post-season play and specifically one week during the playoffs – “State,” he said.

The Longhorns will have an opportunity to impress Pennamon with a solid performance against the Mountaineers. Although this isn’t an official visit, Pennamon hopes to talk with the coaches and maybe get the offer that he wants.

Shackelford coming to Austin this weekend

2016 offensive tackle Zach Shackelford (Belton, Texas) will be in Austin on Saturday for Texas’ game against the Mountaineers. Shackelford said that he’s excited about seeing the Longhorns in action.

“Well, the atmosphere is amazing so I’m looking forward to that,” Shackelford said. “Also, I want them to win because that would be huge for the team this late in the season.”

Additionally, Shackelford said that he has talked to the coaching staff recently and that the conversation has been going well.

“Yeah, I’ve talked to Mike Giglio a little big and talked to Coach Wickline, the offensive line coach, last I was down at UT,” Shackelford said. “[They’ve said that] they’re just gonna evaluate my junior season and then go from there. And Coach Wickline said he wanted me to grow another inch.”

While the conversation has been good between him and the coaching staff, Shackelford said that there are a lot of things he likes about Texas.

“I like the tradition,” he said. “Texas football has been around a long time and there are always great players coming out of Texas. It’s a big time program with big time players.”

Shackelford hopes to impress the coaches with the season him and Belton Tigers are having.

“[My season’s] been alright,” Shackelford said. “We have had some ups and downs but we have a game tomorrow [against Harker Heights] that will determine if we go to playoffs or not so it’s pretty exciting.”

Williams another big visitor traveling to Austin

Texas commit 2015 three-star offensive tackle Connor Williams (Coppell, Texas) is big visitor among many recruits who will be at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

The 6-foot-5 senior offensive tackle committed to the Longhorns on Sept. 4 and is excited to see his future team on Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to getting down there on Saturday and seeing the culture,” Williams said.

Williams also said that he looks forward to talking with the coaches during his visit as he said that the conversations he’s been having with them have been good.

“The coaches have just been telling me what they need,” Williams said. “They’ve always told me they need me. They’ve just been talking about what I can do for them.”

While he’s enjoyed talking with the Texas coaches, there are many things Williams likes about the Longhorns.

“[Other than the coaches], I really like the academics,” he said. “I also like where the team is headed.”

Like many of the recruits the Longhorns are looking at, Williams and the Coppell Cowboys are getting ready for the playoffs.

“We’re set up [for a playoff game] against DeSoto next Thursday,” Williams said. “We’ve played DeSoto the past two years in the playoffs and gotten beat by them both times. So it’s a chance for redemption and after them Allen.”

Going into the playoffs, Williams said that his season has been good so far.

“I’ve been playing very well,” he said. “I think all the hard work that I put in during the offseason is paying off.”


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