Daily Dose: 6 Committed Elsewhere To Watch

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In today’s edition I’ll take a look at six recruits committed elsewhere that the Longhorns shouldn’t be quick to give up on.

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Pettigrew has been open with HD about his interest in the Longhorns. In fact, he recently told Jason Higdon that he was really liking the direction Charlie Strong was taking UT’s program.

”I love what Charlie Strong is doing with the Texas program,” Pettigrew said. “He's definitely leading them to a national championship in the near future. He's a great coach and the players are buying into his system more and more as the days pass.”

The Longhorns are pushing hard for tight ends these days and have been in on the No. 7 TE in the country long enough to be in the hunt.

I suspect Pettigrew, at the very least, will visit the Longhorns at some point over the next few months. If he does you’d have to give Texas at least a puncher’s chance of pulling him away from the Bayou Bengals.

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The staff has put in so much time and effort into Jones’ recruitment that it doesn’t make sense to pack up and completely slam the door shut behind them.

Yes, pulling a kid off a commitment from Alabama is going to be tough. But they are called “verbal pledges” for a reason. They are non-binding. And if there was ever a Crimson Tide commit that I’d go full speed after it would be Jones for several reasons.

The obvious reason is UT’s sudden desperation for interior defensive line help after the Du’Vonta Lampkin news. Numbers are low at DT.

Secondly, there is no denying that Jones likes UT. He’s visited 13 times for goodness sake.

Keep the pressure on the big fella and see if he’ll make it a 14th this fall. You never know until ink is put to that LOI.

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The Longhorns offered the Texas A&M commitment on Monday so you’ve got to imagine that they are only beginning their pursuit of the three-star cornerback.

And there might be something here, you just never know. He’s a relatively new commitment (late April), and UT has no other CB commitments in the fold right now. So there’s no one else to worry about on his end.

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The massive offensive tackle has already flipped from Texas A&M to Baylor, so I’d find it hard to believe he’d do it again. But considering how good he is and the struggles in recruiting that Joe Wickline has endured this cycle, I’d keep after him.

What’s the worst that can happen: He stays with Baylor? What happens if Texas’ offense takes off this fall, he finds interest in that, but UT has already drifted away from him. Then chances would be slim to none that he flips again.

UT has kept in contact, which is exactly what it should be doing at this point.

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I’m putting Chalk on this list because he’s told me in the past that the Longhorns were one of a select few schools he’d like to hear more about, and would like to visit.

Not only that but he has a fairly strong relationship with new UT TE coach Jeff Traylor.

He loves Clemson. Loves it there. But that doesn’t mean Texas shouldn’t at least keep him interested and invite him to see with it is all about in Austin.

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Texas needs help at DT and Elliott is one of the very best at that position in the country.

Yes, he’s committed to Houston. But will the excitement of being a Cougars pledge shortly after Ed Oliver also committed to Houston wear off as the season grows long?

You never know. But I’d at least want to be in the back of Elliott’s mind in case he does decide to open things back up.

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