February 26, 2008

Longhorns not quite ready to offer Najvar

As the Texas Longhorns continue to piece together their 2009 recruiting class, one of the few positions that haven't yet started to take shape is at tight end.

After not taking a prospect at the position in the 2008 class, the Longhorns haven't yet found anyone at the position that they seem totally enamored with.

One player that has at least surfaced on the Texas radar is Klein (Texas) Oak's Jordan Najvar.

The 6-6, 216-pound Najvar was a candidate to receive an offer this weekend, but it turns out that the Longhorns weren't quite ready to take that step.

"They told me that they were really interested, but they had a couple of things that they wanted to look at. They want to see how the practices go this spring and how the players they already have perform. Coach (Oscar Giles) told me that he would be getting back to me."

While the Longhorns weren't ready to offer the in-state tight end, they did make sure to roll out the red carpet for him on his trip.

"The Texas visit was great," he said. "I loved watching them practice. They've got great facilities, great coaches and a great family environment. The coaches were also straight up with me. They talked to me about their academic programs and one of the things they offer is the chance to graduate with a great degree.

"We had a chance to talk with the players and stuff, and they had great things to say about the program. They told us how the staff really stresses academics and that's real important with my family. It wasn't like talking with other colleges. It was very cool."

Najvar added that the chance to watch the Longhorns in practice was one of the highlights of the day.

"I like how in college you get to work with your position coach for most of practice," Najvar said. "You get to focus one-on-one with your position coach for most of practice."

With the visit to Austin out of the way, the 6-6, 216-pound Najvar has plans to visit a number of other schools in the next few weeks and months.

"Yeah, Texas Tech is the next junior day," Najvar said. "I've been talking to Georgia and I'm planning on going there for either their junior day on March 26th or for their spring game in April. OU's next junior day is in March. Virginia's was (on Sunday), but I obviously wasn't able to make that because I was at Texas (on Saturday). I'd like to visit them as well."

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