UPDATED: Has Texas Offered Another RB?

When the recruiting process kicked off for the class of 2009, Texas appeared to be very interested in both Chris Whaley and Christine Michael. In February, the Longhorns offered Whaley a scholarship and he committed to UT shortly after. Have the Longhorns now decided to offer Michael as well? STORY UPDATED: 2:29 p.m.

UPDATE: A source close to the Texas football program has confirmed that Chris Whaley is the only running back the Longhorns have offered for the class of 2009 and is the only one that Texas will offer. This is a trusted source with a high level of access. At this time Chrisine Michael does not have an offer from UT.

Original story:

According to Beaumont West Brook running back Christine Michael, the answer is yes. When asked if he had a written offer from Texas, Michael said, "Yes, they have offered."

After receiving a commitment from Madisonville's Chris Whaley, Texas appeared to be done at the running back position in 2009, but Michael said that changed in the spring, when "several" Longhorn coaches attended West Brook's spring game. Michael said that he received an offer from UT about two weeks later.

"Speed, quickness and power," Michael said when asked about what impressed the coaches from UT. "That's what they said they liked about me."

Michael now has Texas, Texas A&M and LSU at the top of his list. According to the Beaumont native, all three have offered. He doesn't intend on giving a commitment immediately to any of them, though. Back in February the West Brook running back gave his commitment to Texas A&M before backing out roughly a week later, saying at the time, "...this is all new to me and I got carried away after that first trip to Texas A&M."

Michael does, however, plan on making his college choice known before his senior season kicks off at the end of August.

When asked about what stood out about his top three, Michael mentioned the coaching staff at Texas A&M and the winning tradition at LSU. He admitted to not knowing a lot about Texas, but the Longhorns are still right up there with LSU and A&M. However, offensive style could play a factor in his decision.

"I like Texas A&M and LSU because they have a power I offense, and Texas doesn't do that. I want to run behind a fullback," Michael said.

Michael has been focused on improving his game this summer and hasn't taken part in any summer camps, but he will be camping at two SEC schools this weekend.

"No sir," Michael said when asked if he had been to any camps this summer. "But I'm going to Florida Thursday through Saturday and LSU Sunday through Wednesday."

As a junior, Michael scored 28 touchdowns for Beaumont West Brook while gaining over 1200 yards rushing and 259 yards receiving.


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