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Four-star Devwah Whaley (Beaumont, Texas/Central) is versatile enough to play wide receiver, which is where Scout.com has him ranked, but he tells HornsDigest.com that Texas has offered him as a running back. He picked up the offer during his visit to Austin on Friday afternoon. "Yesterday we went up there for a camp so I worked out for Coach [Tommie] Robinson," he said. "They wanted me to go up to campus to talk with Charlie Strong and meet all the coaches. It was great. It was a blessing." Strong himself told Whaley about the offer. "Basically he told me that I have an offer from them and to keep working hard, to stay focused and stay grounded," he said. "He told me to take my time because I have a while before I sign that dotted line." Whaley, the No. 21 WR and No. 101 player in the country, also has offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Mississippi, Missouri, SMU, TCU and Texas Tech. He grew up not rooting for anyone in particular and basically for whichever Texas team was on TV at that moment. But he admits that getting an offer from the Longhorns is something special. "It's great. It's a blessing," he said. "To receive an offer from the University of Texas is something not many people can say that they have or have had. So it's a big deal. It's big." One of the reasons he likes UT as much as he does is because of the history of Texas' RBs. He's paid special attention to the career of form Longhorn Jamaal Charles, who grew up near Beaumont in Port Arthur. "I do pay attention to the history of program's running backs a little bit because Jamaal Charles is from my area and he went to UT, so I look at that and the great backs they've had," he said. Whaley (5-11, 180) has a similar game to Charles but said he patterns his style after Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson. "I'm more of a stay between the tackles power back with speed," he said. Whaley is taking Strong's advice and taking his time with the recruiting process, but there's no doubt Texas will be there for the long haul. "I loved the atmosphere, the environment, the facilities," he said. "I had been up there two time before and every time I go up there it's like my first time up there. It's great up there."
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