HD RECAP OF OFFICIAL VISITS

It was a huge recruiting weekend for the Longhorns as two of their top cornerback targets were in Austin for their official visits - Holton Hill and Kris Boyd - as well as LSU RB commit Nicholas Brossette.

And 5-star OLB Malik Jefferson, an early enrollee at Texas (classes start Tuesday) arrived in Austin Saturday in time to join UT's official visitors at UT's basketball game against West Virginia.

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Texas hosted several commitments, including Patrick Vahe, Kirk Johnson and DeShon Elliott. All of them are solid with the Longhorns.

So here is a look at the uncommitted recruits who came to town for visits:


Four-star cornerback Kris Boyd (Gilmer, Texas)

Commitment status:

Uncommitted

Scout.com evaluation:

An elite level athlete with tremendous burst and top-end speed. He plays both ways in high school at RB/WR and CB, but figures to be a defensive player by most once he gets to college and has a desire to play defense in college. He has turn and run ability and his size at the position gives him an advantage in one-on-one coverage against big, elite level wide receivers. All of those skills will make him a very high level rated prospect.

Bio:

2014: Boyd helped Gilmer win the Texas Class 4A Division II state championship with a 16-0 record. Boyd was a two-way standout, finishing with 1,052 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 9.8 yards per carry. Boyd caught 36 passes for 808 yards and nine touchdowns, giving him 1,860 yards from scrimmage and 31 touchdowns on 13.0 yards per touch. On defense, Boyd accumulated 43 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, and four pass breakups.

The Lowdown:

Alas the Longhorns finally had the opportunity to host Boyd on his long-awaited official visit.

He’s been near the top of Texas’ “Wanted” list for some time and would be a welcomed addition to a recruiting class whose one cornerback commitment (Tim Irvin) seems to be favoring Auburn at the moment.

Not only would getting Boyd be huge for the Longhorns on the field but it would give Texas yet another victory over some of its biggest rivals, including Texas A&M, which went to see him on Thursday.

Also in consideration for Boyd is Baylor, Florida State, and Alabama.

Boyd Video





Four-star cornerback Holton Hill (Houston/Lamar)

Commitment status:

Uncommitted

Scout.com evaluation:

Much like teammate and top 2014 recruit John Bonney, Hill is a versatile defensive back, who could actually end up playing safety or corner on the next level. He has terrific size and a frame that looks like he will be much bigger by the time he leaves high school. He is not afraid to come up and lay the wood and flies to the football making sound tackles and making his presence known. Will get better and better with more experience.

Bio:

2014: Hill had 12 interceptions and 12 pass breakups.

The Lowdown:

The Longhorns appear to be the favorite heading into this weekend for Hill, and boy what an addition he’d be for Charlie Strong, Vance Bedford, Chris Vaughn and the Texas defense.

Few, if any, high-profiled recruits can say they put up the numbers he did as a senior, when he intercepted 12 passes and recorded 12 pass breakups while not being targeted all that much.

Having him in town along with Boyd, a good friend of his, couldn’t have worked out any better for the Longhorns, who, for a program that stakes their claim as “Defensive Back University,” has had some trouble recruiting top-flight CBs over the past few seasons.

Texas isn’t in the clear just yet. Hill is also considering schools like Alabama, Baylor, Florida State and LSU.

Hill Video





Four-star running back Nicholas Brossette (Baton Rouge, LA/University Lab)

Commitment status:

LSU

Scout.com evaluation:

Brossette is a bigger back who can run downhill and move the chains. He sees the field well, he lets the blocks set up, and he runs with patience. He lets the holes open up, then he hits them with good speed. He is not considered a speed back, but a back with power, a back with good sudden quickness, and a big that can carry his team. He can get to the perimeter as well, but he is at his best between the tackles. - Chad Simmons

The Lowdown:

Brossette has been committed to LSU since Aug. 2013 but he’s expressed his interest in the Longhorns for seemingly just as long.

The four-star all-purpose back finished his career as one of the most decorated running backs in Louisiana state history; ended up with more touchdowns than anyone in state history. And he grew up in the shadows of LSU’s campus.

So it seems like he’d be destined for the Tigers’ backfield. But the presence of Leonard Fournette at LSU and the appeal of potential early playing time at UT has made Texas a serious contender.

Brossette Video




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