SAN ANTONIO – After a week in San Antonio (with a couple return trips to Austin sandwiched in there), I’m finally back home in Houston in order to watch the Army Bowl and the Texans in the playoffs. This week was an interesting week in terms of watching and scouting players, and for getting a feel on where some of Texas big targets, most of whom are committed elsewhere, are thinking.
Eric delivered on Fowler, I had some notes on Jackson and Madubuike. Notes on Elliott will come when they come. Katy RB Kyle Porter did not show up to the Alamo City until yesterday when I was at the Alamodome watching players from 2017, 2018, and 2019 participate in the Army Combine.
With around 700 kids at the Army Combine, it can get somewhat disorganized. The participants do the normal combine drills, 40 times, three-cone, broad jump, etc. Then, they listen to various presentations from the U.S. Army. When the players have some down time, we can talk to them. I was able to catch up to two 2017 Texas targets, Westlake LB Levi Jones and Cypress Creek OL Grayson Reed.
Jones, the younger brother of Texas/Arizona WR Cayleb Jones, received a Texas offer on Tuesday. On Friday, Jones told me that he was currently at 6’3”, 210 pounds, but that his normal playing weight this year for Westlake was 215. I caught up to him to talk about his Texas offer and how his recruitment is going. Jones is also the BFF of Texas commit, Sam Ehlinger.
IT: What are your feelings on landing the offer from Texas the other day?
LJ: It’s a great feeling knowing that the team in your hometown is starting to look at you and give you an opportunity to play for them.
IT: What coaches are recruiting you right now?
LJ: Coach Strong and Coach Brian [Jean-Mary], the linebacker coach.
IT: What other schools are recruiting you hard right now?
LJ: UCLA, Kansas, ECU, Colorado, and Indiana.
IT: Has your quarterback and Texas commit, Sam Ehlinger, been in your ear at all?
LJ: Of course he has, just trying to get me to come there. He’s been a great friend. He’ll support me in whatever decision I make and just hopes the best for me.
IT: What is your visit or junior day schedule for this spring?
LJ: I have nothing planned.
IT: Any time frame for when you want to shut it down?
LJ: I’m just taking it slow right now.
We continue to keep it in the family, this time with Cypress Creek OL Grayson Reed. Reed is the cousin of former Longhorn and current Buffalo Bill Cedric Reed. Eric in the past has said that he “walks like an athlete, not a lineman” and I agree. The four star OT showed up to register for the combine in Texas gear, and had some interesting things to say about one of Texas’ newest hires.
IT: Seems like you are one of the few guys from Houston who made it to this event. What’s it like going up against other people from around the country?
GR: When I first got here, I didn’t know very many people besides Will Farrar. I’m going to get to know some of these d-lineman when we get to 1 on 1s so I’m pretty excited to see what they’re about.
IT: What are some of the things you are discussing with other prospects out on the field?
GR: We talk about the colleges and stuff, but it’s cool to be around different guys from all over the states. It’s cool because they talk different and do everything different. It’s cool just being around different people.
IT: Let’s talk about recruiting. When you showed up to register for this, you were wearing Texas gear, right? Are they high on your list?
GR: I’m starting to like Texas a lot more since they got Coach Mattox. Whenever he was at Tulsa, he was the one that offered me when I was on my visit, him and [Tulsa HC] Coach Montgomery. They were the ones that offered me. Ever since then, I’ve been talking to Coach Mattox and we’ve built a good relationship. He’s a really cool dude, good coach, and now he’s at Texas. I like that a lot.
IT: What are some of the other schools that are pretty high on your list?
GR: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Tech is in there also.
IT: Do any players from any of those schools reach out to you?
GR: I haven’t really talked to any of the players from any of the colleges.
IT: This spring, do you have any plans to go to any camps at all?
GR: The only camps I’ll probably go to are the Nike one in Dallas or the Rivals one. This summer I probably won’t be going to any more college camps. I’ll just be making my decision.
IT: Do you have any sort of timetable?
GR: I want to commit after the spring, but if not after spring I’ll just wait until the summertime.
ARMY ALL AMERICAN BOWL
Texas currently has no commits in the Army Bowl. It does have a few targets on the West team though. Game starts at noon on NBC.
95 – Jordan Elliott – MICHIGAN
14 – Erick Fowler – LSU
42 – Mark Jackson, Jr. – TEXAS A&M
15 – Justin Madubuike – TEXAS A&M
30 – Kyle Porter – Texas, Arkansas, TCU – He will not play.