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2017 LSU commitment keeping options open
McNeal's stock soaringLonghorns have work to do with Hemphill
2017 LSU commitment keeping options open
The legend of Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, LA/University Lab) is well documented.
LSU offered him as a 14-year-old, which he would later accept.
He's graced the cover of national magazines, is already a five-star, and could be equally impactful as either a running back or a linebacker when he gets to college… in four years.
The Tigers are doing everything under the NCAA guidelines to make sure that he stays committed, and are doing a good job so far. But that hasn't stopped other programs in their pursuit, including Texas.
He and his staff will get a first-hand look at Moses when he, accompanied by his father Edward Moses, travel to Austin to take part UT's day camp on June 1.
"But at this point his recruitment is still open. Wherever he wants to go we point the wheels and go, and Texas is one of the places he likes."
"Last year I brought Dylan to Austin to workout in front of Coach [Mack] Brown and his people," Edward said. "This year it is a whole different scenario. Dylan, as we all know, is a freshman. If he were a senior it would be a different feel for us. But being a freshman and being committed to LSU is his choice. But at this point his recruitment is still open. Wherever he wants to go we point the wheels and go, and Texas is one of the places he likes."
Moses (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) and his father have met the coaching staff before, back at one of Texas' junior days. It was there that the elder Moses got a good feel for what UT's staff was all about.
"[Defensive backs] Coach [Chris] Vaughn, at the junior day, he told us that he was going to come to Baton Rouge for our spring football session," Edward said. "He said it and I took it with a grain of salt because they all say they are going to come. The first day of camp, man, I walked up on that field and he was standing there. That impressed me.
"Coach Strong, when we were there in February, was laid back, exhausted trying to settle into everything. I want to see him in rare form and see what he's working with."
They'll get to Austin on Saturday after they partake in an LSU picnic. It's all part of the process to figure out if the Tigers are the right fit.
"I want to see Florida State, Miami, Texas. We just want to make sure that LSU is where we want to be and make sure that there's not a program out there with a set of coaches that can pull the best out of him."
"We have an open mind," Edward said. "I want to see Florida State, Miami, Texas. We just want to make sure that LSU is where we want to be and make sure that there's not a program out there with a set of coaches that can pull the best out of him."
And by "best" Edward means be able to get as much out of him as they can both academically and athletically.
"This is my fear. In my mind, and I'm projecting forward, that he'll be a big academic athlete," he said. "But if he runs into the wrong situation and the coach can't project himself and express what he wants on the field, if he doesn't express to Dylan what he wants on the field, in my mind that would lead Dylan to the bench.
"In my mind I want to find a set of guys that can pull everything out of him just like I can, every ounce of athleticism and every ounce of academic achievement."
Strong has got to like the sound of that given how much he's stressed academics to recruits and their families. It's one of his biggest selling points.
He'll have the opportunity to pitch that to the Moses' as well as show them what he and his coaching staff have to offer this multitalented individual.
It's unclear yet where Moses will play at the camp. That could be left up to the coaches.
"I've been training him as a linebacker since he was seven," Edward said. "From that age he's picked up running back. Some guys can tell you are a defensive person and when they switch over to running back they still have that defensive mentality. But Dylan looks like a running back when he switches over. From my perspective, I want to see him at linebacker but it's the coaches choice."
McNeal's stock soaring
Four-star linebacker DeAndre McNeal (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) wants to be a secret agent one day protecting the President of the United States of America. True story.
He watched the movie "Olympus Has Fallen" and got hooked on the idea of serving and protecting.
Whoever can get him best prepared for that possibility after his football days are over will be in great shape to acquire his commitment.
"Eventually playing offense or defense is going to stop for everybody," he said. "Whichever school is going to help me become a secret service agent and try to protect the President," he said.
The Longhorns would certainly like to be that program to get him to that point. They made him the latest 2015 recruit to get a UT offer when they extended one his way on Wednesday after his spring game.
"Coach Charlie Strong has some big shoes to fill but hopefully they'll get it done this year. I am rooting for them. I think they'll do good things this year."
"It's great," he said. "It means a lot. I talk to them just about every day. Coach Brian Jean-Mary is who I talk to. I think very highly of the Longhorns. Coach Charlie Strong has some big shoes to fill but hopefully they'll get it done this year. I am rooting for them. I think they'll do good things this year.
Texas has now thrown their hat in the mix along with Alabama, Arizona State, Colorado State, Iowa, Kansas, North Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Purdue, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UCLA, and Vanderbilt.
"It's been crazy," he said.
And it's no secret to McNeal why he's getting this attention.
"What makes me think all these schools are coming after me now is that I'm defensive built but I'm offensively coordinated. Everybody sees me playing defense and they like how I play, so that's what's getting me all this attention.
"If you looked at me you wouldn't think I play offense. You would think that I was a straight outside linebacker or defensive end. But I actually play slot receiver. I mean how many 6-foot-3, 225-pound slot receivers do you know?"
Not many. But Texas wants him at linebacker. Is that OK with him?
"I like scoring touchdowns," he said. "I've been doing that for 10 years. But now that I am hitting people, I kind of like that. If I had to choose, or go to a camp, I'd go to offense first."
That's not to say he's opposed to the idea of playing on defense. But it could be a game-changer when it comes time for his decision, especially since there's one big school that will allow him to play whichever he prefers.
"The one that wants me for both sides of the ball is Alabama," he said.
Something to keep in mind is he is best friends with five-star linebacker, and teammate, Malik Jefferson. They could decide to go to the same school.
"I feel very honored," he said of having Jefferson there with him. "Not many people can say that these two Division I athletes are best friends. We feel very honored to say that about each other."
McNeal said he'd likely take a visit to Texas this summer. He visited last year for a junior day. He also said he'd visit UCLA, Alabama, Auburn, and Ohio State this summer.
"I haven't narrowed it down, but I'm getting close to it," he said. "Once I take some visits this summer I will be able to narrow it down to three schools."
Longhorns have work to do with Hemphill
If the Longhorns are going to get another commitment out of Reggie Hemphill they're going to have to play catch up.
The four-star wide receiver, who was once committed to Mack Brown, released his top 10 on Thursday night and Texas is fifth.
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