E.J. Holland reports on recruiting headlines from the past week.
Texas Loses JUCO TE
Mack Brown’s job security has caused plenty of recruits to second guess their commitments to Texas. But that’s not the reason the Longhorns 2014 class is now one man less.
For Trinity Valley C.C. tight end Joe Thomas, it was about a possible position change. Thomas was unhappy with talks of him moving to tackle once he arrived on campus and recently decommitted from Texas.
"I did it last week," Thomas told Rivals.com. "I just had a feeling they were going to move me to tackle and I don't want to play tackle.
"At first they were looking for someone to come in in the spring. I wasn't going to be able to graduate in December. I went ahead and decommitted because of that and because I thought I was going to be a tackle."
As Thomas mentioned, his graduation date also played a role in his decision. It does not appear Thomas would have qualified this semester so don’t expect him to make another commitment until the spring.
Thomas (6-6, 255) also holds offers from Auburn, Baylor and Florida. At the moment, he does not have any visits scheduled.
Waz Sides With Nebraska
Nothing is ever official until a prospect signs his name on the dotted line.
That’s the golden rule when it comes to football recruiting so it should came as no surprise that Pflugerville Hendrickson cornerback Chance Waz decommitted from Colorado last week after being committed for five months.
And just a few days later, he made the call again and pledged to Nebraska.
“I picked Nebraska because not only is it a traditional program and they want to win, but the coaching staff is real good and they don't only care about you as a student athlete, but as a person," Waz told Rivals.com. "I will be able to play as a freshman, and come and make a change. “
Waz took his official visit to Nebraska, and it was clear then that he was on the fence about his verbal to Colorado. What might have pushed him over the top is the fact that Nebraska’s 2014 class features another Pflugerville Hendrickson product.
Fellow cornerback Trai Mosley committed to Nebraska in June and had been persuading Waz to join him throughout the fall.
“Having Trai up there is really cool,” Waz said. “We have great chemistry."
Waz also held offers from Baylor, North Texas, UTEP and others.
Mouton Picks Tulsa
Tulsa just felt like home for Beaumont Ozen defensive end Myles Mouton. A day after his official visit, he pulled the trigger and committed to the Golden Hurricane over North Texas and UTSA.
"It was great,” Mouton told Rivals.com. "The facilities are great and the campus is small, which would make everything close for me. I chose Tulsa for the academics, the people, and a chance to actually be able to play as a freshman.
"(The coaches) are really down to earth. They don't just tell you what you want to hear. They welcomed me with open arms and are great family people."
At 6-foot-3, 230-pounds, Mouton is an athletic edge rusher who finished the season with 40 tackles and five sacks. He is a nice addition for non-BCS program like Tulsa and should make an early impact.
Mouton is the second player from Texas to join Tulsa’s 2014 class. The other is Arlington Oakridge wide out Brodrick Umblance.
E.J. Holland is a special contributor to Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.