February 10, 2008

Horns get their MOJO on

Just a few weeks ago, Odessa (Texas) Permian offensive tackle Garrett Porter was certain that his recruitment would go deeper than this weekend.

He even listed an SEC power as a budding favorite.

Yet when push came to shove, Porter found everything he was looking for and more in his visit to the Texas Longhorns Junior Day, which is the single biggest reason why he's suddenly one-sixth of what appears to be an incredible start to the 2009 recruiting class for Mack Brown and Co.

According to Porter, the Longhorn coaching staff explained that his official offer wasn't meant to be extended on Sunday. As they did with Lake Travis quarterback Garrett Gilbert, the Longhorns sent notice of their intentions with an official offer through the mail.

"(Mack Brown) told me that they mailed a letter with an offer and we talked about it today," Porter said. "I just felt like it was the place that I needed to be. I just felt at home, I guess."

Porter explained that the comfort he felt while meeting with the Texas staff played a key role in his decision.

"I definitely liked getting to hang out with the coaches and the players," Porter said. "Coach McWhorter, coach (Mike) Tolley (Tolleson), coach (Mack) Brown are all really impressive."

The 6-6, 308-pound Porter is regarded primarily as a tackle prospect, but his versatility is one of the reasons why the Longhorns covet him so dearly.

"That's what I would think but they're saying they're going to put the best five guys on the field. They want everybody to be interchangeable," Porter, who also has offers from Arizona, Texas Tech and Virginia, said.

With his commitment now out of the way, Porter's biggest concern was calling all of the coaches involved in his recruitment so that he could break the news to them personally.

"I wasn't really stressing about it but I feel a whole lot better," Porter admitted. "I can concentrate on playing football now and not have to worry about it.

"I'm pretty much shutting it down. I'm not going to go to any other junior days."

Porter is currently ranked as the No.30 overall prospect in the Lone Star Recruiting Rankings.

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