Saturday’s Orange-White Scrimmage may have been a preview of what’s to come in 2013, but the most important developments for the future of Longhorn football may have happened off the field.
The Longhorns added two verbal commitments apiece this weekend to the 2014 and 2015 recruiting classes. For 2014, Jasper center Terrell Cuney and San Antonio Warren defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao both committed, while Texas picked up Flour Bluff Corpus Christi defensive back Jalen Campbell and DeSoto defensive tackle Bryce English for the class of 2015.
Cuney had been on Texas’ radar for quite some time, and his commitment was not a surprise. At 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, the athletic offensive lineman projects similarly to newly-enrolled lineman Jake Raulerson as a prospect with tremendous potential who needs to gain weight and strength. He joins Fort Worth All Saints’ Demetrius Knox as the class’ second offensive lineman.
In contrast to Cuney, Lealaimatafao received his scholarship offer just a week ago, according to Burnt Orange Nation. With Longview’s Zaycoven Henderson headed to TCU and Nederland’s DeShawn Washington committed to Texas A&M, Lealaimatafao was widely regarded as the best uncommitted defensive tackle in Texas.
Campbell received his scholarship offer from Texas at its first-ever Sophomore Day. He recently won the defensive skill MVP award at the Rivals Camp Series in Houston. Rivals.com rates him as the eighth-best prospect in Texas for the 2015 class.
English, who is the godson of Texas tight ends coach Bruce Chambers, was offered by Texas on Friday and committed later that day. Though only 5-foot-11, English already weighs 312 pounds, and still has two more years to grow before he gets to Austin.
Texas now has 11 verbal commitments for the 2014 class, and three for 2015. Its remaining targets include Ozen cornerback Tony Brown (who reportedly favors LSU), Lewisville Hebron safety Jamal Adams, Cypress Falls outside linebacker Otaro Alaka and New Orleans St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette, who visited Austin last week but may not have stayed for the Orange-White Scrimmage.