Those turning blue in the face with worry over the legitimacy of ESPN 300 defensive end Torrodney Prevot’s excuse for not making it to Texas’ camp need to exhale.
“Honestly I had to work and I couldn’t take off,” said the No. 234 player in the country from Alief (Texas) Taylor. “Texas is still very high on my list. We didn’t make the camp this past weekend, but my uncle and I are setting something up for us and my mom to go down there.”
The speed-rushing Prevot, who is 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, expects that visit to happen within the next couple of weeks. It’s going to have to happen sooner than later considering his itch to get a decision made in the near future.
“I am thinking about getting my commitment out of the way sometime before the summer,” he said. “I have The Opening and I am going to Cal this Friday. Then I might go to USC next week or something like that. I’ll probably make my decision next month.”
Prevot has a lot to mull over until then, including trimming his list of favorites. In no particular order he mentioned Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma, Cal, USC and Oregon.
“My uncle [Robin Toy] and I have been doing a lot of research lately and we are just going to come through everything and break it down from there,” Prevot said. “We are looking at how many commitments they have and how many people they have signed over the past two years. We are also looking at the educational side of things. There are a bunch of different things we are looking at.”
Prevot has entrusted Toy with helping him in his recruitment because his uncle knows first-hand how the process works.
“My uncle has been through everything with me,” he said. “He has multiple degrees in marketing and business management, so he knows the game. He used to work for a recruiting agency and knows all the ropes.”
Prevot has accumulated as impressive a list of offers as anyone around. In addition to his favorites, he also holds offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, SMU, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Utah, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
Through it all, Prevot has maintained an even-keel demeanor.
“I’ve been staying very humble,” he said. “People tell me that all the time so I have learned that about myself.”
Prevot didn’t envision being a player with as many offers as he has, but knew it could come if he continued to hone his craft. He says his recruitment went to a different level when LSU offered him his first scholarship. That turned a lot of heads.
“It’s actually kind of fun but it does get old to me at times,” he said. “You just want to lay back a bit. But everything is just fine, just getting love from everyone is cool.”
The Tigers aren’t holding back their feelings. Their bargaining tool for Prevot is being the possible successor to junior Barkevious Mingo, a 2011 second-team All-SEC performer.
“With Mingo leaving next year they said it depends on how much I work but I could get that starting position by my sophomore year,” he said. “That intrigues me because I see someone that is the same size as me, and he could go in the first round of the draft.”