Texas Makes Late Offer for DE

Texas is in a high-profile battle with Colorado for California RB Darrell Scott, one of the top prospects in the country, but the Horns are apparently trying to convince another prospect, this one a late-developing defensive end from within the Lone Star State, to make a last-minute commitment to play in Austin.

Beaumont West Brook High standout defensive end Shane McCardell changed his verbal commitment from Baylor to Mississippi State last weekend, but since committing to the Bulldogs, McCardell has picked up a new offer from an in-state school.

"Coach (Oscar) Giles from Texas offered Shane a scholarship yesterday," said Shane's father, Nathaniel, in a text message.

Despite the new offer, Nathaniel reports there has been no change in Shane's commitment status at this point.

According to Beaumont West Brook head coach Craig Stump, McCardell "received offers from Baylor, Mississippi State, Boise (State) and Arkansas."

"Texas and Texas A&M talked to me about him after hearing about him going different places, but they recruit so many people off of junior tape and they are all committed up by May," Stump told Gene Swindoll of Scout's Mississippi State site last week, before the Longhorn offer. "Then, a guy like Shane, who develops (late), they don't have room for him..."

"If you had come in and watched him run one lap around the track, then watched spring practice, you would have said he is an unbelievable athlete," Stump added. "Then, if you had come watch some games in the fall, you would have offered him on the spot."

"Athletically, it's hard to find guys like him," Stump said. "He is 6-5 and 220+ pounds and runs the anchor leg on our mile relay. And he'll probably qualify for the state meet in 5A in Texas in the 400 meters after being a regional qualifier last year. He's vertical jumped 39 inches. He can stand underneath the goal, jump off one leg and dunk it. And he ran a 4.6 in the forty yard dash on grass."

"He's only been playing football two years," said Stump, of the basketball player turned football player. "He got so much better between his junior year and senior year playing the game and playing the run. And he's only going to get better (because) he will be able to do the things you can't coach like run around the (offensive) tackle, jump up and bat the ball down and chase somebody down from behind."

And based on that exceptional athletic ability and still learning the game of football, Stump believes the sky is the limit for Shane.

"There may be - right now, today - a better football player than him, but he's a pretty good one," said Stump. "But it's all in front of him because his upside is unbelievable. He's going to do great."

And he's just as good of a kid as he is a football player.

"He's a great kid with good grades, just an exceptional person," said Stump. "He'll do whatever you ask him to do and he'll do the right thing."

UPDATE: See Comments from McCardell's father

UPDATE: See McCardell Makes Signing Day Plans

ScoutTV: Shane McCardell Highlights

Special thanks to Steve Robertson of Scout.com for reporting on McCardell's offer from Texas and to DawgsBite.com, the Mississippi State site on the Scout.com network, for the interview with Craig Stump.

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