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December 12, 2005This past weekend was truly one of the biggest for colleges across the country and for colleges across the Texas landscape when it comes to recruiting. The headlining schools this past weekend started with the undefeated championship-bound Longhorns.
Texas had a weekend full of commitments, including five-stars Eddie Jones and Sergio Kindle. This important weekend was also timed to coincide with the annual Longhorn football banquet.
Every future 'Horn came away extremely impressed with the festivities, their fellow players and the next chapter for the championship program. Quarterback Jevan Snead said it was a perfect journey to Austin.
"Everything went really well," Snead said to Orangebloods.com this weekend. "I got to meet the recruits and have fun getting to know them. They are all good guys and are excited about the future. Everyone talks about how much they are looking forward to coming in together and playing."
The feelings about the next class of top Longhorn recruits were unanimous. Four-star cornerback Deon Beasley called the group a "family."
"If you mess with one, you mess with all," Beasley said about the Horn family.
One of the only uncommitted prospects on hand was former Oklahoma commit James Henry, a three-star safety from Schertz (Texas) Clemens. His commitment was switched over the weekend.
Afterwards, he walked into a room with the rest of the UT commits as a new member of the family.
"When I came out, the other players were asking me if I committed and I told them yes," said Henry. "They were all excited and told me 'welcome aboard.'"
Aggies get a surprise visitor
The group of the visitors that was supposed to be making its way into College Station was a nice mix of junior college players and commits in this class.
Aggie pledges like four-star Jordan Pugh were expected to highlight the trip. However, word quickly spread that Lone Star product and Iowa commit James Cleveland was expected in for a trip.
At the time this story was written, Cleveland was not taking any calls at his home. Sources close to the situation say that it looks like a decision is being made after his trip to College Station on where he will end up.
While it was important for the Aggies to sure up their commitments from the year, it appears that they may also have just jumped in the newly opened race for one of the Lone Star state's top offensive weapons.
Tech scores with a corner
The only reported visitor this weekend in Lubbock for the Red Raiders was a cornerback that had seen the Big 12 team once but needed a second look to be sure.
To date, the only committed defensive back was in-state star Jamar Wall. That changed when Texas City corner Jarell Routt gave his pledge to Texas Tech this past weekend during his second trip to Lubbock.
"I just felt comfortable with everything," Routt told RedRaiderSports.com on Sunday. "I got to spend a lot of time with coach Mike Leach and coach Dave Brown. This morning before I left, I decided to be a Red Raider."
It appears that his qualification status is not yet solidified, but he appears to be close on that note. He adds some depth to the 2006 class at the cornerback position for Leach and company.
TCU got in the commitment mix this weekend as well with a pledge of their own ... Odessa, Texas, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon was supposed to be heading up to Iowa State for an official visit but that all changed when his offer came from TCU this past week. News broke of his commitment this weekend, and Cannon said that he liked the fact that the Horned Frogs were close to home among other important factors.