The Longhorns 2016 offer list expanded Tuesday when Texas offered Lakeland, Fla. defensive tackle Keyshon Camp. The four-star prospect did not have a chance to talk to the Texas coaches, but the staff reached out to his head coach to let them in on the news.
A current verbal pledge to USC, Camp was excited to hear of the Longhorns interest in him, especially coming off of a big win over then No. 10 Oklahoma.
“Texas is coming off of a good win last week. I know they are trying to add pieces to the puzzle that they are missing so I was excited,” Camp said. “The defense held Oklahoma. As a defensive player, I liked seeing that. I know Texas has been struggling a little bit, but I feel like they are on the up and come.”
The recent news of USC’s dismissal of Steve Sarkisian has not immediately impacted Camp’s stance on the Trojans. But he is taking a wait-and-see approach with his commitment.
“I really don’t have anything to say about Sark. I wish nothing but blessings on him and his family, but I’m just on the outside looking in, trying to find out what’s going on,” Camp said. “The coaches said they are looking for a new head coach, so I’m just trying to figure out what’s going on.”
Camp has a good relationship with USC defensive line coach Chris Wilson, and that relationship is part of the reason why he is not walking away from his pledge to the Trojans at this point.
“We have good communication. He talks to me all the time and I talk to him all the time,” Camp said. “He gives me pointers on my film and what I can work on, and also living in L.A. and the Alumni association, and also the academics.”
Charlie Strong has a prior relationship with Lake Gibson head coach Keith DeMyer from his time recruiting in the state of Florida. Camp's head coach had very positive remarks about Strong.
“He’s a coach who’s going to push you to see you get better. He’s a good coach,” Camp said of DeMyer’s remarks of Strong. “He knows what he is doing and is a good man to be coached by.”
Aside from the Trojans, Texas and Michigan are two programs that currently stand out to Camp. He took a trip to Ann Arbor last month to watch the Wolverines take on UNLV, plans on taking an official visit to USC Nov. 6 and is also looking to schedule an official to Texas “sometime after the season.”
"Camp can get off the ball with an elite first step, he projects to spend some time in the backfield at the next level. What he needs is time, time to add weight to his frame, time to add muscle and strength, and time to learn the little things. Should also have versatility on the defensive line as he could play inside or out depending on scheme. Best days are ahead for this defensive tackle."
Strengths: Lateral range. Quickness off ball. Speed.
Weaknesses: Hand quickness. Techniques and moves.