10 TAKEAWAYS FROM TEXAS JUNE 17 "HEAT WAVE" RECRUITING EVENT
#1 ... Four-star CB Jalen Green (Scout’s No. 19 overall prospect for 2018), one of UT’s top targets in the class, was one of the last recruits to leave UT’s Heat Wave event on Saturday - and he was wearing UT gear. Green called Texas “one of my top schools” after spending a lot of time with Texas CB coach Jason Washington.
#2 ... Three-star 2018 OT Cameron Wire of East Ascension (La.), an LSU commit, made the trip to Austin with his mother and had what he told HornsDigest.com a meaningful conversation with UT offensive line coach Derek Warehime. Wire said he knows Texas “is in dire need of a tackle” and sounded like he hadn’t slammed the door shut on his recruitment.
#3 ... After talking to several recruits at the Heat Wave event, it appears Texas is in very good shape with 5-star WR Brennan Eagles and 4-star WR Alvonte Woodard, who have both said they’ll make a commitment announcement next month (Woodard on July 15 and Eagles on July 17).
#4 ... Texas had 2018 JUCO TE Dominick Wood-Anderson (6-5, 249) of Arizona Western, who holds offers from Alabama, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, among others - in for his official visit this weekend (HD's Taylor Estes was all over this). The feedback we got was positive. Wood-Anderson spent a lot of time with Texas 2018 QB commit Cameron Rising as well as TE coach Corby Meekins. This would be quite a pull for Texas if the Horns could land a commitment from Wood-Anderson, a soft verbal to Oregon.
#5 ... Texas 2018 QB commit Casey Thompson said the Heat Wave event was a success and reaffirmed he’s a strong commit to the Longhorns. Thompson said OU has backed off from recruiting him - “I think they respect it (his UT commitment).” Thompson said Penn State has continued to try to recruit him, but added that he’s not interested.
#6 ... Two top targets - 5-star CB Anthony Cook and 4-star WR Jaylen Waddle - were no-shows for the Heat Wave pool party. Cook continues to be an elusive prospect for the Longhorns while the Longhorns’ available scholarships at receiver could start filling up fast if Eagles and Woodard pull the trigger for Texas next month.
#7 ... Four-star 2018 WR JaQualyn Crawford, who holds a Texas offer, said he plans to announce his commitment in August and has Texas, OU, TCU and Texas A&M atop his list of schools at the moment. Crawford is likely to play the slot and could become a big factor if current Texas commit Justin Watkins of Florida, a slot receiver, or WR Jaylen Waddle should decide to look elsewhere.
#8 ... Tommy Bush, a 2018 4-star WR from Schertz Clemens, told HD he was offered by Texas on Saturday (the only new offer during UT’s recruiting event). With Texas taking four - maybe five - WRs in the 2018 class, UT appears to be making sure it’s in on the best WRs in the state with Jaylen Waddle and commit Justin Watkins of Florida possibly looking elsewhere.
#9 ... Texas’ only offensive line commitment in the 2018 class so far - 3-star OT Reese Moore of Seminole (6-6, 265) - drew praise from Texas QB commit Casey Thompson as the best basketball player among the recruits who attended UT’s Heat Wave event.
#10 .... There’s no doubt Texas is high on 2019 S Marcus Banks of Dekaney HS (Houston), who was one of the few 2019 prospects attending the Heat Wave event on Saturday. Banks told HD Texas is No. 1 on his list and feels very comfortable with UT coaches.