For the past month, there has been an NCAA recruiting dead period in effect. Just before Signing Day at the beginning of February, the dead period was put into place. Monday is the final day as players may begin taking unofficial visits to campuses again on Mar. 1.
During this time, with spring ball having not started yet, schools all across the country are watching a ton of film, talking to a lot of high school coaches and doing their due diligence on potential targets. And, as of late, a lot of new offers have gone out.
A number of players across the Lone Star State have seen plenty of offers come in but a few have been very popular the last month or so. These players, especially, have seen a ton of interest from schools in that time.
-Houston Cy Woods DL Terrance Green (6-5/265): Green received his first offer from FCS Lamar in the middle of the season. But, he has since picked up 19 from FBS schools. Oregon, USC and Missouri are the latest to have extended them after he had a strong showing at a recent camp in DFW. He has a big wingspan and has impressed schools with his athleticism. Green has all of the big in-state offers except for A&M and Texas at this point but could be one to watch if he camps at either place.
-Klein Forest RB Parker Jenkins (5-10/185): Klein Forest is not a traditional power in Klein ISD but the Golden Eagles have a few very talented prospects. Jenkins was not the team’s primary ball-carrier as a junior but, when he did run it, he was impressive as he averaged over nine yards per carry. He also showed the ability to catch the ball and some schools like him as a wide receiver. With his size and speed, he has colleges intrigued. Jenkins has 21 offers now with some of the bigger ones coming from Arkansas, Cal, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Utah.
-Cypress Bridgeland TE Reid Mikeska (6-6/230): Mikeska was not a huge pass-catching threat for the Bears this past season with 24 receptions, but schools like his combination of blocking and receiving skills. A big-bodied junior, he is now up to over 30 offers. Minnesota, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and West Virginia are the most recent offers for the Houston-area standout.
-Austin Vandegrift OT Ian Reed (6-6/290): Texas A&M is one of the school to take notice of the athletic tackle prospect with the Aggies having offered last week. Reed now has 16, including ones from both the Aggies and the Longhorns. There is quite a bit of talent in the Austin area, so the 247Sports four-star prospect should see even more come in as schools stop by for spring ball at Vandegrift.
-West Orange-Stark ATH Jamaal Shaw (6-1/180): Shaw plays both running back and cornerback for the always-talented Mustang program. Shaw is likely a safety in college and looked good at the Houston Next Level camp last month as he worked out in the secondary. He has added recent offers from Missouri, Texas and TCU.
-Waxahachie CB Calvin Simpson-Hunt (6-0/175): Waxahachie has a ton of talent in both its 2023 and 2024 classes with Simpson-Hunt leading the way. He actually committed to Texas Tech back in November, about a week after the Red Raiders were the first to offer him. Since then, though, he has added others from the likes of Arizona State, Oregon and Stanford.
-Atascocita DL Samu Taumanupepe (6-3/380): Taumanupepe is a huge presence on the defensive line. It is hard to move him in the run game and he has lost some weight to try and get in better shape against the pass. He was an anchor of the Eagle defense as they reached the regional finals of the Class 6A-I playoffs. In recent weeks, he has picked up offers from Baylor, Colorado, Oregon, Texas and Texas Tech, among others. Taumanupepe joined several teammates at one of A&M’s junior days last month as well.
-Argyle DL Riley Van Poppel (6-5/270): The son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Todd, the younger Van Poppel was part of a loaded Argyle defensive line this past season. He is an athletic player in the middle of the line that moves well for his size. Though his first Power 5 offer did not come until late January, he now has them from Cal, Colorado, Nebraska, TCU and Vanderbilt.
-Austin Westlake edge Colton Vasek (6-6/230): Vasek put on a show on the biggest stage of the year as he had three sacks in the state title game for the country’s No. 2-ranked team. For the year, the junior ended up with 16 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Since that game, he has been maybe the hottest prospect in the state. He now has 29 offers, including from all the big in-state programs, as well as from the likes of Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan and Oklahoma.
Others of Note: North Shore S/LB Jayven Anderson (6-1/200), Killeen Ellison DL Brendan Bett (6-5/280), Katy RB Seth Davis (5-8/170), Tatum DL CJ Fite (6-2/280), Brazosport S Randon Fontenette (6-2/195), Katy S Johnathan Hall (6-1/200), Round Rock DL Ansel Nedore (6-3/255), Houston Cy Woods LB Dylan Rogers (6-2/230), Texarkana Pleasant OL/DL Vic Shaw (6-4/255), La Grange DL Jaren Woods (6-4/280)