February 20, 2008

Longhorns get serious with West Texas star

One of the biggest questions facing the Texas Longhorns as they get knee-deep into their selecting for the 2009 recruiting class is their transparent need at the linebacker position. With three key projected starters for the upcoming 2008 season set to depart following the 2009 season, the Texas staff knows that they need to hit the mark in their evaluations at the position this year.

With as many as a half-dozen linebacker prospects scheduled to attend this weekend's second Junior Day event, there's no question that the Texas staff has its eye on a number of in-state prospects.

While Abilene (Texas) High star Chris Williams won't be able to attend this weekend's Junior Day, it would appear that the Longhorns are starting to make some serious in-roads with the all-state performer.

"I got a chance to call Coach Tolley (Mike Tolleson) and talk with him about their Junior Day," Williams said. "I can't make it, but when I talk to Tolley, he told me that he wants me to come in whenever I can make it. They are trying to show me a lot of attention. He told me that he had been sending me stuff for months, but I hadn't been receiving it because they had the wrong address. Now they are recruiting me harder.

When asked if he was receiving a vibe from Tolleson that would indicate that an offer might soon be coming, Williams confirmed that Texas' increased interest appears to have a purpose.

"Tolley asked that I not make a decision before I give them a chance to have me come down there for a visit. He told me to call him before I do anything," Williams said.

The Longhorns aren't the only school that's starting to show serious consideration towards the 6-1, 230-pound middle linebacker.

"Lately I've received offers from LSU, TCU, Tennessee and New Mexico," Williams said. "Texas A&M is also starting look at me."

So, where would the Longhorns stand if they join the list of schools that have offered?

"If UT were to offer it would change a lot of things," Williams, who has indicated in the past that he would like to stay in-state, said. I'll probably visit in the next couple of weeks when I have an open weekend and my mom can make it down with me on the trip"

In the meantime, Williams is going to sit back and watch how things continue to develop on the recruiting scene.

"I'm still waiting on USC and I'd like to visit Ohio," Williams said. "I already have offers from schools like LSU and Tennessee, so I'm hoping to hear from those schools."

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