Midlands Recruiting Notebook

Signing day is right around the corner and recruiting is heating up. In this feature Scout.com takes a look at some of the hot news from a very busy Sunday on the recruiting trail.

Dalton Santos, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound four-star middle linebacker from Van High in Texas is getting the full court press heading down the stretch. He originally made a commitment to play at Oklahoma State and then switched to Tennessee.

Arkansas is a school which has seriously been pushing the Vol commit to switch again. He took a visit to Fayetteville over the weekend and the Hogs were the odds on favorite to land him if he did make another move, but now the home-state Texas Longhorns have jumped in the game with an offer.

Santos was originally scheduled to tale a trip to Ohio State next weekend and then make a final decision, but instead Santos will take a trip to Austin to see Texas. The UT staff also has an in-home visit scheduled for Wednesday with three members of the Horns staff dropping in to make a final push.

Texas will also get the chance to make the last impression before the quiet period three days before signing day, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Santos has previously mentions that he feels his style fits a SEC style defense.


Ladarius Newbold, a 6-foot-0, 175-pound cornerback from Lancaster High in Texas has long been a Texas Tech commitment, but this weekend he traveled down to Waco for an official visit to see Baylor. He wanted to use the trip as an opportunity to make sure he was making the right decision.

He reports that he had a great time in Waco and that the coaches and the programs gave him some things to think about, but upon his return he informed me that he had re-affirmed his commit to Texas Tech.

Tommy Tuberville and Robert Prunty from Tech will be doing an in-home visit with him on Wednesday and he is looking forward to spending some personal time with his future coaches.


Trey Williams, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound five-star running back from DeKaney High in Texas has been under the recruiting microscope for awhile now, and rightfully so as he has been making a number of official visits.

The latest one being to Arkansas. He had also previously seen Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. But after returning from Arkansas he has re-solidified himself as a solid verbal to the Aggies and all signs now point to him definitely inking a letter of inetent with the Aggies on National Signing Day.


The number one recruit in the country, Dorial Green-Beckham, a 6-foot-6, 220-pounder from Hillcrest High in Mo., is nearing the end of his recruiting process and everyone is watching his every move.

He had eliminated it down to five schools, but so far he has only been able to take official visits to Texas and Arkansas. This weekend he was in Fayetteville, Ark., and it seems according to some of the other recruits that things went extremely well.

Next weekend DGB is set to see Missouri, the home-state school. The Tigers will obviously roll out the red carpet for his arrival and many of the top recruits plan to be on campus as well, most importantly four-star quarterback commit Maty Mauk.

Mizzou will get the last crack at impressing him before he makes an announcement, which has been tentatively set for National Signing Day for some time.


Jenks defensive tackle Orion Jones, 6-foot-1, 270-pound three-star from Jenks High in Okla., took an official visit to Toledo this weekend and subsequently made a commitment to play for the Rockets. Jones also had an offer from Navy.

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