There are only a few remaining offers out for the class of 2009 and Texas is looking for the last few pieces to fall into place. A name that has emerged suddenly is Dayton athlete A.J. Dugat, whom the Longhorns have contacted about coming in for a visit.
It is hard for even the casual high school football fan to ignore the type of talent that Dayton star A.J. Dugat possesses, and apparently the Texas coaching staff is no different.
Dugat says that he has been contacted just recently by the Longhorn coaching staff about potentially becoming a part of Texas’ 2009 recruiting class.
“They talked to be about coming down for the Texas A&M game on Thanksgiving,” Dugat said. “We talked about football, the Longhorns, and just life in general.”
It’s the latest recruiting development with the Dayton standout. Dugat originally committed to TCU as part of a stellar recruiting class for Coach Gary Patterson before switching his pledge to Houston in late July.
Dugat said that Major Applewhite is the member of the Texas coaching staff that contacted him, but he says that nothing has been set in stone as far as an offer goes. However, it is a possibility.
“We talked a little bit about an offer,” Dugat said. “That’s why they want me to come down for the game.”
Scholarship numbers have been tight for Texas as far as the 2009 class is concerned and the last few spots are thought to be held for elite prospects like Lufkin defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland and out of state prospects Jarvis Jones, Devon Kennard and Dre Kirkpatrick. The recent dismissal of Buck Burnette however could have opened the door for the staff to extend another offer.
Dugat says that he will likely make to Austin for the Longhorns’ Nov. 27 tilt against the Aggies.
“There’s a pretty good chance,” Dugat said.
Where exactly the Horns are recruiting Dugat remains a mystery even to Dugat himself, who says that he is being recruited by Texas as an “athlete”. The 6-1, 205 pound Dugat plays both receiver and safety for the Broncos.
The Longhorns only offered one wide receiver prospect in the class, receiving a commitment from Aldine Eishenhower’s Greg Timmons. The staff also stayed in close contact with Austin High’s Emory Blake before the Central Texas standout gave a verbal commitment to Texas Tech. Texas currently has commitments from three defensive back prospects, but both Eryon Barnett of Euless Trinity and Kenny Vaccaro of Early both suffered season ending knee injuries.
Despite the attention from Texas, Dugat insists that he is still firm on his commitment to the Cougars.
“I’m still solid to U of H,” Dugat said.
Dugat has enjoyed a fine senior season helping guide the Broncos to a 9-1 while recording 81 catches for 1,237 yards and 14 touchdowns. Dugat has also been an offensive threat from the backfield with 399 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries. A.J. Dugat Recruiting Profile
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