Current Commit Update: Brian Orakpo

IT caught up recently with <B>Brian Orakpo</B>, the Horns' top-ranked DE commit, to get his thoughts on UT's early season success and struggles and check in on his early season performances for Houston Lamar.

"I'm 100 percent committed to the Longhorns," Orakpo said. "I've been keeping in touch with Coach Haywood and I'm trying to get out to one of their games. Just haven't been able to, but I've been watching them on TV."

Guess he saw Houston Nutt and gang's 38-28 upset win over the Burnt Orange...

"It was a real disappointment for us (you know, Longhorn fans) but was proud to see the way they bounced back after the loss when they beat Rice up pretty good," the state's 22nd-ranked overall prospect said. "I think they've (the players) got their heads screwed on straight so they should have a pretty good season and can still win the Big 12."

That's a fact...

So, is anybody picking up their level of interest in the Houston Lamar defensive standout?

"OU called me the other day," Orakpo said. "Michigan State also...SMU and schools like that, but it's been a lot more quiet and I'm enjoying the free time away from the phone."

High School Notes: Orakpo said, "Season's been great. We're 2-1 on the season."

"I've probably got about 5-6 sacks and 15-20 tackles," Orakpo said when asked about his individual performance. "And I'm switching from LDE to RDE so teams can't scheme against me at just one of those spots. However, I'm still getting double and triple-teamed quite a bit."

How 'bout Longhorn commitment and teammate Andrew Kelson?

"Andrew's been great," Orakpo said. "He's been doing great at safety, as usual, but he's really helping us (offensively). He's scoring a lot of TDs for us and we need that from him too."

This goes without saying, but the Lamar Redskins are looking forward to making a run at the 18-5A district championship. With Orakpo and Kelson, Lamar does not lack for leadership, on either side of the ball, and is certainly a force to be reckoned with as the season rumbles along.

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