"I committed to Texas last night," Sergio Kindle told Scout.com. "I dedicated it to my teammate and friend Will Winters -- he passed away last Thursday. He really wanted to go to Texas. And, I'm going to fulfill that dream (for him)."
The definite 4 star, probable 5-star prospect, called Texas recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach Bruce Chambers last night after the funeral, and then later spoke to Texas head coach Mack Brown about his decision.
Coach Brown's comments?
"At first, he was like, ‘Are you sure,'" Kindle relayed. "After I told him why I was committing he said, ‘What a heckuva nice thing to do.'"
"He said it was a very exciting, and happy, day for the Texas Longhorns," Kindle continued. "He welcomed me to the family and said he couldn't wait for me to get down there."
When Chambers got the call, Kindle said, "I can't really put it into words what he said. He was screaming, and was probably jumping up and down. He said he was proud to have me joining the Longhorns and that I was their centerpiece commitment (of the 2006 class)."
Kindle, a 6-3.5, 225-pound athlete that we list with a mid/high-4.5 forty time, projects at a few different positions on the next level: running back, linebacker and defensive end. In an Inside Texas report this week, the Texas coaches told Kindle that he'd have a good chance to play early as a linebacker in the Longhorn D.
Following up on that, Kindle was asked if the Horns had settled on linebacker…
"No, they said I could come in and try out at both positions (running back/linebacker)," he said. "That whichever position I'm the best at is where I'll play. But, yeah, I think it'll (position projection) be at linebacker. "
Sticking close to home was a factor in Kindle's decision and was important to his father as well, who wants to attend his son's games.
"I have a good fan-base and support system (here in Dallas)," Kindle said, "So going to UT, being close to home, works out great for me and my friends and family (wanting to come to my games)."
2004 JR Season Stats: Offensively, 214 carries, 1,825 yards, 25 TDs. Defensively, 126 tackles, 8 sacks. Kindle was named District Offensive MVP last year, no to mention picking up honorable mention all-state and first-team district honors on both sides of the ball.
Message to the Longhorn Nation: "Just tell ‘em to look forward to the 2006/2007 season, because I'm coming to UT."