Recruiting: Drake key in landing WR Sweed

Before his sophomore high school season, <B>Limas Sweed</B> came to Austin for one of UT's summer wide receiver camps. At that camp, Sweed said, he got to know Longhorn WR coach <B>Darryl Drake</B>.

"Coach Drake reached out and touched me," the Brenham star told IT Monday evening. "Every since then, Texas has had a special spot with me."

Offensive coordinator Greg Davis joined Drake in Sweed's recruitment. "I haven't really gotten to know coach Brown yet but I've talked to coach Davis and we're starting to build a relationship," the Horns' latest commitment said.

UT offered Sweed back in May and the 6-5, 203-pound wideout gave his verbal pledge to the Texas coaches during an unofficial visit on Saturday. Sweed, who along with cousin Sydric Steptoe, a 5-8, 170 CB from Bryan, visited the Forty Acres earlier this summer during one of the camp sessions (although he did not participate in the camp), brought his family along this past weekend and his parents gave UT their blessing on the visit. "They said it is a great school," Sweed said, "and they'd love for me to go to school there."

Sweed said he attended some Texas games over the last couple of seasons and checked out the environment in Austin. "(UT) has great surroundings and great fans," he said. "I had a chance to meet some of the players and I didn't know if I would fit in. At some schools the kids act like superstars, but everybody at Texas was down to earth."

Sweed said he met Chris Simms, B.J. Johnson, Roy Williams, Sloan Thomas and Cedric Benson, among others. "It was amazing. I personally look up to Roy Williams as a college football player. That's who I try to live up to on the football field. And you would think (star players like Williams and the others) would act differently and wouldn't want to talk to you, but they talked to me and even gave me pointers."

The Texas coaches "like my size, my speed and my agility, plus my ability to go get the ball," Sweed said. His best 40 time came at Brenham when he ran a 4.43.

Sweed started at free safety as both a sophomore and a junior for Brenham coach Glen West. Because of his every-snap workload on defense, Sweed rotated at wideout in '01 but still managed an incredible 642 yards and 13 TDs on just 22 total receptions. This fall, West plans to rotate his standout athlete at safety and allow him fulltime duty at receiver.

Over the summer, Sweed said he will be working on improving in three areas: strength, speed and quickness. It's possible the state's 13th-ranked overall prospect and top-ranked receiver will check out a few other campuses. Sweed said UCLA, Miami, A&M and Florida are possible destinations simply to ensure that he made the right decision.

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