HD Roundtable: Most Vital Weekend Visitor

Question: Which recruit coming to Austin for the UIL State Track and Field Meet this weekend do the Longhorns need to spend the most time with on an unofficial visit?

  Here's a list of the participants.


Gabe Brooks’ Take

A few names jump out as guys to concentrate on during the state track meet, such as Brandon Jones, Deontay Anderson, Devin Duvernay, and Kameron Martin.

But perhaps the most intriguing is Trophy Club Byron Nelson defensive end Brandon Bowen.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Bowen plays receiver and defensive end for Byron Nelson, but projects to the defensive side of the ball at the next level. What really makes his trip to the state track meet interesting is that an athlete of his size and defensive projection would qualify in the high jump. In fact, not only did he qualify, but Bowen carries the best qualifying jump of the nine finalists at 6 feet, 9 inches.

Bowen is No. 170 in the Scout 300 and the No. 4 defensive end in the state's 2016 class, which is loaded at end and tackle on the defensive line. In addition to his offer from Texas, Bowen reports offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, and TCU, among others.

Bowen is a high-priority edge rusher for multiple Big 12 programs, so getting the chance to spend time with him during this upcoming unofficial visit could go a long way in helping the Longhorns' chances of landing him.





Greg Powers’ Take

I bet the common answer here is going to be Brandon Jones.

Texas needs to have a strong safety class, so any extra chances to get him on campus is a bonus.

Jones is one of the defensive back prospects who UT has a strong chance at landing and he is a national recruit. I think the real competition is going to be with LSU.





Nick Castillo’s Take

The Longhorns should spend their time with Kam Martin.

While Brandon Jones will be in Austin the week, Texas is still developing a relationship with him. It also sounds like Jones is still deep in the process and there aren’t any clear favorites.

Martin, however, is a different story because he’s committed to Baylor. Although Martin continuously beats the Bears’ drum, it sounds like he is very interested in Texas. The Longhorns need to try to sway him away from Baylor.

The Port Arthur native is exactly the kind of player Texas needs on offense. He runs a 4.45 40-yard dash and would add some versatility to the Longhorns’ offense.





William Wilkerson’s Take

This is annually such a beneficial event for the Longhorns. They really need to take advantage of it this year to create some positive momentum into the summer months as many recruits further narrow things down.

I think there are several answers for this question but I’ll go with Brandon Jones, the No. 1 safety in the country.

There are a number of “top” safeties across the state this recruiting season and Texas needs to make sure it gets at least one of them. Jones is a player that’s spent some time with the staff but I don’t think anyone would feel comfortable saying UT is in the drivers seat at this point.

Texas A&M and LSU seem to be the schools to beat right now. I remember the first time I ever met Jones, which I believe was at last year’s state meet – he was wearing an Aggies necklace. But he’s always given the Longhorns a shot and they need to make it count this week.





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