HUGE Official Visit Weekend for Longhorns

Another HUGE official visit weekend is underway for the Longhorns. We've got the names to know below.



Longhorns commitments expected to attend:

LB/DE Breckyn Hager (Austin, Texas/Westlake)

RB Tristian Houston (Galena Park, Texas/North Shore)

S Jamile Johnson (Dallas, Texas/South Oak Cliff)

DT Du”Vonta Lampkin (Houston/Cy Falls)

QB Matthew Merrick (Irving, Texas/Cistercian Prep)

DE Charles Omenihu (Rowlett, Texas)

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

LB Anthony Wheeler (Dallas, Texas/Skyline)

Non-Texas commitments expected to attend:

RB Soso Jamabo (Plano, Texas/West)

WR Carlos Strickland (Dallas, Texas/Skyline)

DB Deandre Baker (Miami, Fla./Northwestern)

QB Kai Locksley (Baltimore, MD/Gilman)

WR Dominique Reed (Correyville (Kan.) CC)

More info on the non-Texas commitments listed above:

Five-star RB Soso Jamabo

Commitment status:

Uncommitted evaluation:

Has that special ability with the ball in his hands to be able to make the spectacular play, either by running around or through tackles and then showing the speed and open field vision to take it to the house. He is a big back, who will draw comparisons Eddie George, because of his 6'3 size and his style of play, but unlike some of these bigger backs from yesteryear Jamabo is an excellent receiver who can make plays in the vertical passing game.


2014: Jamabo capped a stellar high school career with his best season as a senior, when he rushed for 2,279 yards and 44 touchdowns on 9.7 yards per carry. Jamabo also caught 16 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his high school career with 5,053 rushing yards and 78 touchdown runs.

2013: As a junior, Jamabo rushed for 1,077 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Averaged 8.89 yards per carry. He also had in 225 receiving yards.

2012: As a sophomore, Jamabo rushed for 1,697 yards and 24 scores and hauled in over 450 receiving yards and scored an additional four times to earn 10-5A District Newcomer of the Year, First Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-State honors.

The Lowdown:

Jamabo, the No. 1 running back in the country, was expected to make it to Austin in the late afternoon on Thursday to begin his official visit weekend with the Longhorns.

Texas is said to have had the “red carpet” treatment ready for Jamabo when he arrived as the only recruit on campus at the time.

Jamabo (6-foot-2, 203 pounds) is one of three RBs Texas is still in hot pursuit of. The others are Chris Warren and LSU commitment Nicholas Brossette.

In addition to UT, Jamabo is also extremely interested in UCLA and Notre Dame.

It is not yet known if Jamabo, who plays for Plano West’s basketball team ranked No. 1 in the state in 6A, will be able to attend Texas’ basketball game against Kansas on Saturday. Plano West plays rival Plano tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Jamabo’s Scout Spotlight

Four-star WR Carlos Strickland

Commitment status:

Uncommitted evaluation:

Strickland is the tall and wiry-strong wide receiver who always seems to be open. He runs clean routes and then uses his size and reach to make sure catches. One of his best attributes is his blocking ability. He takes those snaps as seriously as the ones where his number is called. He is a weapon in the red-zone using his size to make a mismatch over smaller defensive backs. He is a pretty good route runner as well. Just very well-rounded. – GP

The Lowdown:

It’s yet to be determined if Strickland will make it down this weekend or not.

UT linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary visited Strickland at Skyline HS earlier this week and asked him to come to Austin for an official visit along with his teammate, Longhorns LB commitment Anthony Wheeler.

Strickland, a one-time Texas Tech commitment, visited UCLA last weekend. A source tells HD that he really enjoyed his time with the Bruins but did not commit.

He will announce his commitment on Jan. 27.

Strickland Highlights

Three-star DB DeAndre Baker

Commitment status:

Georgia evaluation:

There's a lot to like regarding Baker. He has above average height and long arms. He shows good speed and the ability to turn and run with wide receivers. Baker is a physical kid, whether it's in press coverage at the line of scrimmage, making a tackle in the open field or going up for a play on the ball. He does everything well.

The Lowdown:

Baker (6-foot, 180 pounds) is one of the more soft-spoken recruits you will ever come across, and one of the youngest (he was 16 at the time he played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in Jan.). But there’s no denying his skillset.

Charlie Strong and Vance Bedford have noticed it since their time at Louisville, which is why they wasted little time in offering Baker despite his commitment to Georgia.

Baker has always stated that he was interested in the Longhorns, but nobody could be so sure unless he made it to Austin for an official visit. Now that this appears to be happening this weekend, let’s see where this ends up.

Texas has already lost one DB commitment in Tim Irvin (Auburn) and could lose another one in Davante Davis to the Eagles too. The Longhorns will push hard for Baker to join their class.

Baker Highlights

Four-star QB/ATH Kai Locksley

Commitment status:

Florida State evaluation:

Locksley was a first-year starter as a junior and was inconsistent, but the talent is unmistakable. He has a strong arm, shows good touch when need be and can make yards with his feet, although he looks to throw firsts when scrambling. He needs to learn to have his feet and arm work in unison. When he steps into throws, he is very good. He is comfortable in the pocket, and when throwing on time, his accuracy is also good.

The Lowdown:

This one looks really, really good for the Longhorns right now. So much so that it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Locksley ends up flipping to Texas this weekend.

Locksley, the No. 24 QB overall and No. 1 QB on the East Coast, originally selected FSU over Texas. But he has great ties to the Longhorns coaching staff, in particularly with Charlie Strong who he’s known for most of his life.

Locksley’s Scout Spotlight

JUCO WR Dominique Reed

Commitment status:

Uncommitted evaluation:

In 2014 the 6-3 195-pound Dominique Reed was an NJCAA All-American honorable mention as he hauled in 61 receptions 1,157 yards and 18 touchdowns. He’s ranked by as the no. 46 junior college prospect in the 2015 class. He’s a two for two player in terms of eligibility.

The Lowdown:

Reed emerged this week as a potential target for the Longhorns at a wide receivers position that could end up with Ryan Newsome in the class later today.

The Coffeyville (Kan.) CC product is originally from Camden, Ark. He reportedly runs a 4.35 40-yard dash and is considered one of the top JUCO WRs in the country.

Arkansas is said to be the favorite coming into the weekend in large part to its close proximity to his home, but Oklahoma and Auburn are also said the be in contention.


Reed Highlights




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