February 23, 2008

Walters visits Texas, comes away impressed

As the top-rated recruit in attendance for Saturday's Texas Junior Day, all eyes were definitely on Frenship offensive lineman Mason Walters, who is regarded as the top offensive lineman in the Lone Star State in 2009.

With three linemen already in the recruiting cupboard, the common belief is that the Longhorns are holding one final slot open for the potential five-star prospect.

While many Longhorns were hoping that Walters might pull the trigger on a commitment this weekend, they'll have to settle for knowing that the Longhorns strongly improved their position after his two-day visit to Austin.

"It went really good," Walters said on his return to West Texas. "I got to see the coaches in action for the first time. I checked out a lot and watched the offensive lineman really closely. Everyone is so close with one another. I know that I would be very comfortable with everyone if I was to commit there. It's definitely a good program."

The 6-6, 280-pound Walters mentioned that the family atmosphere was perhaps the things that stood out the most on the trip.

"The offensive line is a close knit group," Walters said. "Those guys rag on each other, but they can do that with each other because they are so close. I like that and I'd like to be a part of something like that."

Walters added that he came down to Austin wondering whether or not the Texas staff would try to pressure him into committing, but the vive coming out of the 40 Acres was the exact opposite.

"I heard a lot of things about them putting pressure on kids to commit, but they assured me there wouldn't be any pressure. They told me that's not what they do," Walters said. "There's a scholarship for me until signing day, well, maybe not until signing day, but they told me that I have time. I just told coach (Mack) Brown that I haven't seen any other schools other than Texas Tech and Texas. I don't have anything to compare them to yet."

While Walters admitted he's not ready to commit, he did confirm that Texas is right at the top of his list.

"The only thing is, this is a big decision and want to check out a few more school," Walters said. "I want to visit some out of state schools, but if I stay on-state, it will be either Texas or Texas Tech."

When asked if either the Longhorns or Red Raiders was in the lead at this point, Walters wouldn't show his cards.

"Not so far. They are pretty much neck and neck."

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