Sunday, January 26, 2014
2015 Texas commit Lanfear visits Aggies
By Max Olson
Three-star 2015 offensive tackle Connor Lanfear (Buda, Texas/Hays) caught many by surprise on Sunday with his decision to attend the first junior day at Texas A&M. He was rewarded for that move with a scholarship offer. So what's next?
Lanfear said he remains committed to Texas, but the Longhorns' recent coaching change has motivated him to explore his options. That exploration began Sunday with the trip to College Station, Texas.
Class of 2015 offensive tackle Connor Lanfear is evaluating his options after Texas' coaching shakeup.
"It was nice. All the coaches were very cordial, treated my family very well," Lanfear said. "It was really cool to see all the renovations they're doing on the field and the athletic facilities. That was really neat to look at and see their plans for the future."
The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle had attended a Texas A&M camp last summer, then committed to the Longhorns at a summer camp shortly thereafter.
Lanfear attended nearly every Texas home game this season and has been firm in his commitment ever since. But after losing Mack Brown and offensive line coach Stacy Searles -- who's now at Virginia Tech -- the timing was right to check out what the Aggies have to offer.
"Having not met any of the next Texas staff in person, I figured it would be in my best interest to explore my options and see what else is out there," Lanfear said. "I'm not planning on decommitting any time soon, honestly. But I'm very interested in Texas A&M. They're right there with Texas. I have a feeling it will come down to one of those two schools in the future."
Lanfear was accompanied on the visit by his sister and her husband, who both attended A&M. They'd love to see him end up with the Aggies, but the offensive tackle insists he's going to take his time.
"I'm not expecting to decommit anytime soon," he said. "I think it would be wrong of me to decommit and flip that soon, having not met the members of the [Texas] coaching staff. I owe it to the fan base, the university, all the alums to at least visit the new coaching staff and the university and see how things are being conducted. Otherwise, I feel like I'd be committing a wrong, you know?"
Lanfear recently received an offer from Baylor and has heard from Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida State and Miami about junior days. Fellow 2015 offensive line commit Aaron Garza (Sherman, Texas/Sherman) has said he is also exploring his options.
What's next for Lanfear could be a visit to nearby Austin to meet the new Texas coaching staff. He spoke with offensive coordinator Joe Wickline last week and is intrigued by the possibility of playing in an offense led by a line coach. But the A&M visit was an eye-opener. It'll give Lanfear plenty to think about in the next few weeks.
"Texas and Texas A&M are always going to be at the top of the list," he said.