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Jordan Tolbert

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Four-star LB changes plans

Former UH commitment ready to look around

Three-star LB high on Texas

UT keeps eye on Baylor commitment

Four-star LB changes plans

At the very least, Charlie Strong is making four-star middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) think.

Kirkland, the No. 5 MLB in the country and a Scout 300 prospect, was originally going to announce his commitment on May 30. But now…

"I'm pushing my decision back to August, so yes Texas has a fair chance in my decision," he said.

The Longhorns offered Kirkland, who stands 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, earlier this week. He was also recently offered by Nebraska and is heavily considering schools like Ole Miss, Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech among others.

"I need more time to evaluate my options," he said.

As is key with any recruit, Strong would like Kirkland to visit Texas and that seems like something the talented linebacker will do at some point.

"At some point I will visit," he said. "I really like the tradition overall at Texas."

Former UH commitment ready to look around

Three-star defensive back Jordan Tolbert (Missouri City, Texas/Ridge Point) had a legitimate excuse for not making Texas' spring game. He turned 18 on Easter Sunday and wanted to be home to celebrate with friends and family.

Had his birthday fallen at any other time there's no question he would have been in Austin.

His interest in the Longhorns was high when they offered him after a junior day visit, but it's even higher now that he's recently decommitted from Houston.

"I have a lot of interest in UT," he said. "They have a great coaching staff. I think they are going to be a good team next year or the next two years. I think they'll be a real good team."

As for his decision to open up his recruitment, Tolbert has gotten an influx of offers lately and thought it was best that he take a step back and really evaluate his options.

"Me and my parents talked it out and decided to evaluate my options," he said. "It's the best thing for me."

To date, Tolbert, the No. 69 cornerback, has offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Houston, TCU, Texas, Washington State, and Wisconsin. He's also hearing from Cal, Oklahoma, Indiana, Arizona, Maryland, Oregon and Minnesota.

"It's just a great feeling to have these schools think that I'm good enough to play for their school," he said.

Tolbert said he stays in contact with UT running backs coach Tommie Robinson, who has been by his school to see him. He could come to one of Texas' camps but says he wouldn't participate and would only watch and explore campus.

Three-star LB high on Texas

Three-star linebacker Bo Wallace (River Ridge, LA/John Curtis) had a laundry list of things he was looking for when he came down to Texas for its spring game. UT's campus and totality of its football program passed his eye test.

Wallace, who picked up an offer toward the end of March, arrived with the Longhorns in "his top 4, top 5," and left with them in a similar position.

"I liked Texas," he said. "The campus was beautiful. The coaching staff, the guys. I just liked it. I talked to all the coaches actually and they weren't really selling me anything. They basically were just keeping it 100 with me."

That keeping-it-real factor has been big for Texas with Wallace since defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn began to recruit him.

"Honestly Coach Vaughn and my relationship is as good as it's been since Day 1," Wallace said. "I love Coach Vaughn. He has a sense for what I'm looking for. It was a great conversation.

"When anyone asks me about Texas the first thing that I say is ‘Coach Vaughn.'"

The Longhorns actually have a bit of home cooking on their side as Wallace spent a few years in Texas after Hurricane Katrina forced his family to move.

"Went to Dallas Jesuit my freshman year but it just wasn't for me," he said. "So I moved in with my uncle and went to Richmond Foster and loved it, loved it. But my mom forced me to come home because she missed her baby."

There's no getting around what momma wants. But what is it that Wallace really wants in a school outside of football?

"Academics are really what I'm looking for," he said. "What is your degree going to do for me? If football doesn't work, what does having the University of Texas on a diploma do for me? That's what I'm really looking for. Which one fits me the best academically."

Anything else aside from academics?

"Campus vibe," he said. "I mean if I am just walking around will someone come up and say ‘Hey, how are you doing?' Little stuff like that matters to me."

He saw it first-hand on Saturday and liked what he saw.

UT keeps eye on Baylor commitment

One prospect to keep an eye on as an offer candidate is Baylor three-star defensive end commitment Louis Brown (Burton, Texas).

Brown made his second trip to Austin since Charlie Strong's hiring on Saturday to watch Texas' spring game, and came away impressed with what he saw from the Longhorns' defensive front.

"I really liked their defense," he said. "They have a good defense this year. But I kind of figured their offense would struggle until they find a starting quarterback. But you really can't run on Texas. They are good on the defensive line."

Brown, who has stayed in constant contact with Texas wide receivers coach Les Koenning, reconnected with Koenning at the game and got some positive feedback as far as where Texas is in evaluating him.

"I like them a lot," Brown said. "They only said that they were going to recruit me hard and wanted me to go there, but they didn't talk about an offer. I'm hopeful for the offer."

The 6-foot-6, 207-pound Brown really came away impressed with Charlie Strong and the message he was trying to get across to players in attendance.

"He's like a cool dude, he's serious and means business," he said. "I could see myself playing for someone like that.

In addition to Baylor, Brown has offers from Lamar, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas Tech, Utah State and Washington.

Here's some video of Brown:

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