October 21, 2013

Longhorn commit saw Texas/OU outcome a mile away

A lot of people were surprised when Texas beat Oklahoma in the most recent edition of the Red River Rivalry.

Not Lorenzo Joe. The Longhorn commitment was confident that Texas would be able to pull the upset. In fact, when he made his way to his seat prior to the game, Joe began telling those around him of his feelings.

"When we got there, I was walking around with some of the recruits. I don't know why, but I told them 'I feel an upset today,'" Joe said.

A few hours later, Joe was proven to be prophetic. The Longhorns won 36-20 and Joe couldn't have been happier. As the first commitment for Texas' 2014 recruiting class, the Abilene Cooper wide receiver has never hidden his strong feelings towards Texas and he was thrilled to watch his future teammates pick up a big win.

"It was really fun to go down there, watch that game," Joe said. "They came up with a big win. Everybody was doubting them, but they proved everybody wrong and got the big win.

"I take a lot of pride in that. I was very excited. That's where I'm going to be next year. To get that win, that's big. Especially for recruits. Nobody believed in Texas. They doubted them all year but that was a big confidence boost for them and for the recruits that were there."

The 6-2, 192-pound Joe has attended a couple UT games already this year and he plans to hit as many Longhorn home games as possible down the stretch. He's also planning on talking to the Texas football staff soon to set up his official visit, with hopes of lining it up no the same weekend that the other Texas commitments will be in Austin.

Texas started slowly in non-conference play, but Joe never once wavered on his decision. He's been about as solid a commitment as one can get, and he's feeling as good as ever after Texas' fast start to conference play.

"I've always been good. There were some tough losses in the beginning of the year. But I'm still 100 percent," Joe said.

Joe and his Abilene Cooper teammates are one of the favorites to claim the district 2-5A title. Joe lines up at quarterback, and he's certainly doing his part. Through his team's first seven games, Jones had rushed for more than 1,000 yards (9 ypc) and was third in the district in passing with 1,219 yards (9 TDs vs 3 INTs).

"We're doing well. We've lost one game in district, but we're still trying to get district championship," Joe said. "We're still excited about that."

Joe keeps in close contact with Texas assistant coach Bo Davis, his area recruiter. The two talk weekly to check in. A four-star prospect and Rivals250 member, Joe ranks No. 16 on the 2014 Lone Star Recruiting Top 100.

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