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More intel following Texas' Junior Day, coaches on the road

Gerry Hamiltonβ€’01/24/23
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Class of 2024 offensive tackle Daniel Calhoun.

The Texas Longhorns January 21 junior day featured 20 juniors ranked in the On3 Consensus top 300, including eight ranked in the top 100.

Steve Sarkisian and staff aren’t slowing down after a very successful weekend of hosting top prospects in the 2024, 2025 and even 2026 classes. The entire staff is on the road recruiting and evaluating all week.

Inside Texas provides some news and notes on the Longhorns’ efforts.

Daniel Cruz and Texas

Inside Texas spoke to a locked in source on the elite center prospect’s visit to Texas. Daniel Cruz made the trip to Austin with his mother and sister. The visit could not have gone any better according to a pair of sources. The family members like the idea of Texas academically and athletically. One source would be very surprised if the 6-foot-3.5, 300-pounder went far from home at the end of the day. Cruz may make a visit to Ohio State or Tennessee, but Texas, Oklahoma and maybe Texas A&M are the most likely destinations.

Texas offensive line coach Kyle Flood continues to let Cruz know he is the top priority. In fact, Flood is scheduled to be back by Richland High on Tuesday to relay that message even more. The Longhorns are in a good spot right now, but this recruitment could play out until July with summer official visits.

Texas assistant coach in Atlanta Monday

IT spoke with a person in the On3 Network Monday, and the co-worker relayed that Kyle Flood was at Centennial High in the Atlanta area to see 2024 offensive tackle Daniel Calhoun. The 6-foot-6, 350-pound On3 Consensus 4-star is mentioned most with home state Georgia and Tennessee early on. The Peach State large human with quick feet has consistently expressed interest in the Longhorns. Clemson is the latest to offer this month.

JUCO DT Jaden Hamlin

Inside Texas reported last night that Southwest Mississippi Community College defensive tackle Jaden Hamlin made an unofficial visit over the weekend. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound athletic tackle has the Texas staff intrigued. The Texas defensive staff continues to look for a big body on the interior that could come as part of the 2023 class. They key here if Texas moves forward will be the transcript, and how many years the former Valley (Ala.) High standout has to play.

Notes on offensive line recruiting

*The overall returns from the junior day were extremely positive. Texas had a very, very good visit with On3 Consensus DeAndre Carter out of Mater Dei. The Longhorns feel like they are in the fight with USC, UCLA, Alabama and others headed into the spring. Texas assistants are expected to show face at Mater Dei this week, of course.

*There is a growing opinion that those close to the San Marcos High program and Ory Williams would like the 6-foot-6.5, 310-pound athletic tackle prospect to stay close, and go to Texas. The Texas staff is aware that there is a push for Williams to end up in Austin. Texas would very likely accept a commitment.

*Texas will continue to evaluate the 2024 class on the offensive and defensive lines leading up to the spring evaluation period. One of the OL’s that Texas is going to take a longer look at is On3 Consensus 4-star Max Anderson out of Frisco (Texas) Reedy. The athletic 6-foot-5, 300-pound interior line prospect is the younger brother of Oklahoma tackle Nate Anderson. Oklahoma offered the younger Anderson in mid-December.