Saenz takes in Houston before official visit

Pearland DB Nick Saenz gave his commitment to Houston back in June. But with the recent coaching changes, he was wondering about who would be the next coach of the Cougars. And now that the position is filled, Saenz decided to go by the school unofficially to watch the team during workouts. What were his thoughts? TPI brings you the latest in Saenz's recruitment.

When former coach Art Briles left the Houston program, Pearland defensive back Nick Saenz was a little concerned about who was going to be the next coach of the school he committed to back in June. 

But last week, Saenz decided to swing by the campus and check out things for himself.

"I got a call from coach (Kevin) Sumlin last week," Saenz said. "I went by the school and got a chance to check out the team practicing. It was really cool and I got a chance to meet him (Sumlin) and all of the other coaches. I like the way they practice and it was intense."

Saenz said he is still a solid commit for the Cougar program and has a visit set up for the last week in January. But that has not stopped other programs from contacting the 6-0, 175-pound athlete.

And here lately, his phone has been ringing and coaches come by the school regularly.

"Kansas called me and said they want a senior highlight video," Saenz said. "Coach (John) Reagan said he wanted to see how I was doing and would get back to me. I feel like Kansas is a good school, but I would like to know more. It seems like they would offer me, but I don't know."

He said if they show enough interest, he would consider making a visit there. But besides Kansas, there are a few others making appearances.

"Rice and Northwestern came by the school recently," Saenz said. "They both said I needed to retake my ACT test. I planned on doing that anyway."

This past season, Saenz averaged about five tackles a game and pulled down four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He also had three touchdowns offensively and had a couple of blocked PATs for 2-point scores. As a junior, he hauled in eight interceptions.

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