December 16, 2007

Longhorns pick up huge commitment

If there's one thing that was abundantly clear about the Texas Longhorns on the offensive side of the ball this season, it's that they need more playmakers. Whether it's at quarterback, running back, receiver or tight end, the Longhorns need more weapons that can break open a game at in the blink of an eye.

On Sunday morning the Longhorns picked up exactly that kind of potential when Austin (Texas) LBJ athlete D.J. Grant committed to Mack Brown on his official visit to the 40 Acres.

"I did commit to Texas," Grant confirmed following his visit. "I just felt like it was a school that I could really contribute you at and get a great education. I thought it was the best place for me."

The 6-3, 205-pound Grant exploded onto the recruiting scene as a senior after an injury-plagued junior season limited him to a handful of games. In helping lead the Jaguars to a deep run into the Class 4A playoffs, Grant posted 31 receptions for 819 yards (26.4 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns. Along the way, he caught fire and become perhaps the hottest recruit in the Lone Star State, with Texas and Oklahoma fighting for his signature in the final weeks.

In the end, the Longhorns were able to convince him that the close proximity to home and the family atmosphere of the Longhorn program were too much to pass up.

"It went good," Grant said of his visit. "They were able to give me a lot of attention. I had a lot of players and a lot of coaches around me all weekend. It was just a great atmosphere. I really felt comfortable there."

With his commitment the Longhorns are now sitting with 20 commitments in the 2008 recruiting class and only a few elite prospects remain on the board. The addition of Grant to the cupboard gives the Longhorns five commitments from players that are expected to give a serious infusion of talent at the wide receiver position.

Grant was hosted this weekend by fellow Austin-area native James Kirkendoll, but he mentioned that he felt like the entire Longhorn team was there to make his visit as positive as possible throughout the weekend.

"All of the players were around all the time," Grant said. "They showed me a good time and showed me what things will be like when I'm there."

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