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Moore talks UT offer, hopes for OU too

Newsome sets date to visit Texas

2016 RB Anderson one to watch

Top DE targets taking shape

Moore talks UT offer, hopes for OU too

If you aren't a believer in the adage that ‘hard work pays off' then three-star center Tyler Moore (Galena Park, Texas/North Shore) is here to change that.

A couple of months ago Moore's list of offers was virtually non-existent.

Thinking that it might have something to do with his weight, which was up to 335 pounds, Moore began to work out religiously and got himself into much better shape.

"I think what it is was I was at 335 [pounds] for a while. I'm at 315 now and losing more weight, which makes me able to move better and be more versatile," he said. "Going to camps and me losing weight definitely put me over the top with some schools."

One of those schools appeared to be Texas, which was able to see him in person at its camp on June 8. Moore has known UT offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Joe Wickline going back to Wick's days at Oklahoma State. This camp was going to be his first time playing in front of him since his sophomore season.

"It was all hinging on my performance, if I got an offer or not," Moore said. "He hadn't seen me work since I was a sophomore when he was at Oklahoma State. He wanted to see how much I progressed and then pulled the trigger."

That's right, Moore did so well that he left Wickline no choice but to extend an offer his way.

"I was wired up for the camp," Moore said. "I think I did really good. I think they had a commit or two there. I even pancaked one. It was a good experience."

The offer was a bit of a dream-come-true for Moore, who grew up rooting for the Longhorns.

Moore said this offer was not for a greyshirt in 2016 but that it was an offer to join the 2015 class. He said Texas is looking at him as either a center or guard.

"It was awesome. It was definitely a humbling experience," said Moore, who is the teammate of Longhorns 2015 running back commitment Tristan Houston. "It really meant a lot to me."

So what's Moore waiting on, you might ask. Well in a weird twist, he also grew up rooting for Oklahoma and hopes the Sooners will come around with an offer too.

"Pretty much OU, I foresee an offer coming from them," he said. "I have a lot of family up there. They are my top two schools. I am waiting on OU to pull the trigger. If they don't then Texas it is unless there is a third party school that comes in a sweeps me off my feet. My recruitment is wide open."

What happens if OU offers and he has to decide between the Red River rivals?

"Then it gets real complicated," he said. "They are dead even. I have no favorite."

"Then it gets real complicated," he said. "They are dead even. I have no favorite."

How will he go about choosing between the two if that happens?

"Pray," he said. "If Oklahoma does offer, or some third party offers, I'd like to have a decision before or during my birthday, which is Oct. 28."

In addition to Texas, Moore, the No. 7 center in the country, also has offers from Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Texas, Oregon State, and Texas State.

Newsome sets date to visit Texas

Four-star wide receiver Ryan Newsome (Aledo, Texas) has gotten over his jet lag from a trip to the West Coast, but the trip made such the impression that it could lead him back there in the future.

One of Texas' top targets, Newsome, the No. 24 WR and No. 189 player overall in 2015, visited UCLA, USC and Oregon during the trip and came away really impressed with what he saw.

"For some reasons more than others," he said.

While he wouldn't elaborate on which schools stood out more than others it is clear he enjoyed his time at Oregon where the comparisons to former Duck De'Anthony Thomas gave Newsome plenty to think about.

Oregon has a good chance at landing in his top five when he releases those schools on June 21.

Texas can expect to be on the list as he'll visit the Longhorns next month.

"I'll visit Texas on July 18."

"I'll visit Texas on July 18," he said. "They want me, [Jerrod] Heard, and J Gray [Johnathan Gray] to link up and that's when they want me to see the players go to class and them go to position meetings and such."

Heard and Gray are probably the two keys to Newsome getting to Texas. He's known Gray for years going back to their time at Aledo, and Heard is the future at QB for UT.

The Longhorns also have running backs coach Tommie Robinson on their side. Newsome told HornsDigest that he considers Robinson to be a "second father" going back to his time living in the DFW area when he was a coach for the Dallas Cowboys. His son and Newsome were close friends.

So Texas is in good shape, and will be in the mix until the very end, but don't be surprised if there is at least one team from the West Coast right there with UT too.

In addition to Texas, Newsome has offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, California, Clemson, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Florida State, Indiana, Kansas State, Louisville, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Texas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, and Washington State.

2016 RB Anderson one to watch

When Devwah Whaley became the first 2016 running back to receive a Longhorns offer last week, many were left wondering the obvious question: Who could be next?

One possible answer is the ever-so-talented Darius Anderson (Richmond, Texas/George Ranch), who took District 23-4A by storm last season on the way to becoming its newcomer of the year.

Even though he played behind a senior, Anderson managed to make the most of his opportunities and rushed for 816 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.

"It surprised me a little bit because I had a senior in front of me so I had to make the best of my situation," he said. "My first carry was 40 yards and they started to use me a lot more after that. I had 15 touchdowns total."

Anderson has carried the momentum from the season into the summer camp circuit where he's caught the attention of many college programs already. That probably has something to do with the 4.4 40-yard dashes he been consistently clocked at.

"My game is really my vision and my explosiveness," he said. "I am 5-foot-9 (and 180 pounds) but I am really strong and I have great vision."

Anderson said his goal for next season is 2,000 yards and thinks it quite attainable given how much he thinks he'll tote the rock. Should he even come close to those numbers you can bet he'll have plenty of other offers to go along with the one from SMU he has now.

That might include one from the Longhorns, which would certainly please his parents.

"That's my top school and where my parents want me to go too."

"That's my top school and where my parents want me to go too," he said. "My mom said that it is a really good academic school and the campus is really nice. I have seen the campus before and it is really nice."

One of those visits came during the Orange-White scrimmage when he was able to introduce himself to the staff. He's hoping to get back to Austin at some point this summer.

"I want to visit," he said. "I am actually looking for the next camp date."

Anderson recently released his top five schools and had Texas listed on top. The others were Texas A&M, Baylor, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.

The Wildcats made the cut as the only non-Texas team because they've shown him so much attention.

"Kentucky has been recruiting me the hardest," he said. "They send letters everyday and the coach has come down too."

Top DE targets taking shape

HornsDigest touched base with Texas defensive end target Quincy Vasser (Navarro JC) to see if the Longhorns had contacted him recently.

The Georgia Bulldog commitment said he has not heard from UT in some time.

It's not a total surprise as Vasser's pledge to UGA seems air tight given his friendship with several players on the team.

What this is, as if it wasn't clear before, is further proof that the Longhorns are beginning to narrow down who they'd like at DE in 2015. The top names they'd like to join Charles Omenihu are former Baylor pledge Louis Brown and Takkarist McKinley (Contra Costa CC) with an outside shot at James Lockhart, the state's top-rated DE.

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