March 5, 2008

Horns won't stop, land commit No.15

Boom goes the dynamite, indeed.

The Longhorns continued their dizzying success on the recruiting trail on Tuesday night by landing a commitment from one of the state's top linebacker prospects.

According to Irving MacArthur head coach Brian Basil, linebacker Tariq Allen called the Texas coaching staff with the news that he was ready to shut down the recruiting process and join the Longhorn family.

"I think he had a lot of good options, but Texas offered him everything he wanted," Basil said. "He went to junior days at both Texas and Texas A&M. I think he had been to enough places and Texas had everything he was looking for."

In landing the 6-2, 230-pound linebacker, the Longhorns not only filled a huge need, but they landed the of perhaps the state's top overall linebacker prospect. After recording 123 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and six sacks as a junior, Allen was one of the state's top commodities and had picked up offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Kansas.

Yet when Allen visited Austin on February 23rd, the Longhorns quickly moved into the driver's seat for his commitment.

"Right about now, Texas is my number one," Allen said just hours before calling the Texas staff with his decision. "Other than that, no other schools have really jumped out made me change that position "

According to Allen, the connection that the Texas staff made with his family played a huge role in their climb to the top of his list.

"They liked (the Texas visit). They got to talk to the coaches and really liked everything they saw there. They got to talk to the coaches one-on-one. They liked how the coaches are straight up and don't go around any corners."

With the latest commitment, the Longhorns are suddenly sitting on 15 commitments and aren't slowing down. Allen is the second linebacker to commit to the Longhorns, which could leave only one spot left at the position.

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