Campus Close Up: Peyton Aucoin

Here's a closer look at Peyton Aucoin, who is on Texas' campus right now.

There's a lot to like about Aucoin, who told HD a few weeks back that the Longhorns and Florida were his top two teams.

Texas fans, there is a lot of Geoff Swaim in Aucoin's game, which, if you like tough-nosed, blocking tight ends, is perfect for you.

But Aucoin is much more than just a blocking tight end at 6-foot-5 and 251 pounds. He uses his big frame well in passing situations akin to how a post player does in the paint.

In addition to Texas and Florida, the three-star also has offers from Arizona State, Memphis, Michigan, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Western Kentucky, among others. But this is a two team race right now.

This is Aucoin's second time visiting the 40 Acres. The first time came in late April with his parents and sister.

“It was a trip I was looking forward to,” he told HD’s Jason Higdon. “It didn’t necessarily give me a new perspective but instead showed me the true Texas regarding the school, town, program, and facilities. I liked what I saw regarding those things.”

Texas made him feel like he could be an important part of its future plans at the ‘Y’ position.

”My talk with Coach Strong was great because he emphasized the program, principles and his expectations for his players,” Aucoin said. “My parents loved Coach Strong and his style of coaching. Coach Watson talked about my ability to fit into the offense and play a true Y position and how important I am to them. The plan for the new offense was great because I could fit into it and thrive. Texas stands as one of my top schools right now. I just enjoyed it over there.”

If the Longhorns miss out on Aucoin then they could be in some trouble at the position. Taking two TEs in this class is a real possibility but that could become difficult if the New Orleans prospect goes elsewhere. That would mean that six of the seven TEs Texas has offered in this class will have committed elsewhere.

Texas is making strides with LSU commitment Jamal Pettigrew, who visited Texas last weekend.

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