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When you hold 22 offers, it’s difficult to be called ‘under the radar.’ But after Texas offered Hal Presley on Monday, there’s no more reason to say that.
At 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, the Mansfield Summit three-star has impressed folks in DFW for a couple years now. After posting 69 catches, 1,281 yards, and 13 touchdowns over the past two seasons, it’s obvious on film that Presley can be special.
Texas coaches confirmed that potential with a verbal invitation to the 2021 class yesterday. To say Presley was excited is an understatement.
“The Texas offer is really big,” said Presley. “I always followed and watched them on TV.”
Presley made a sizable jump from his sophomore to junior year, almost doubling his production. It’s that type of progression that shows the work ethic and desire Presley has.
“It’s really just being in the weight room more then everyone else,” said Presley. “I felt like I was lacking strength my sophomore year so I worked on it all summer, and now this past year I felt like I got stronger, but not to where I want to ultimately be. Now, I feel like I’m getting there so we’re going see what happens.”
Presley, who also runs track, is working on other things as well. He takes pride in his blocking. He loves the film room. He relishes playing against college-level talent in the metroplex on Fridays in the fall. And, of course, getting faster.
“I’ve also been working on my speed too,” Presley said.
Presley doesn’t have a set of standards he’s seeking in his future college home. But family and direction are starting points.
“I’m looking for a family environment that’s going to push me,” Presley said.
He’s seen Oklahoma State, TCU, and Baylor, among other programs. Cal and Ole Miss are also potential visits, and he’s trying to setup his trip to Austin as well.
I have a feeling he’ll see more offers during the spring and summer. Washington State, Mississippi State, USC, Georgia Tech, and Utah have all joined the mix.
For now, he doesn’t have a commitment timetable. He’s taking his time and building relationships. But after Monday, you have to think UT put itself squarely in the driver’s seat.