The Longhorns don’t have a true defensive end commitment in 2013, but they might be able to do without one.
Jackson Jeffcoat could return for his senior season after tearing his right pectoral muscle against Oklahoma. Even if he doesn’t come back, Texas still has Reggie Wilson, Cedric Reed, Shiro Davis, Hassan Ridgeway and Bryce Cottrell returning.
Then there’s the plethora of defensive ends in 2014, including commitment Derick Roberson, which the Longhorns have to think about.
If Texas does decide to go after a 2013 defensive end, however, then Kewan Alfred (Beaumont, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) could be a name to remember.
HornsNation caught up with Alfred (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) to discuss the Longhorns and various other topics surrounding his recruitment:
HornsNation: Who are you interested in right now?
Kewan Alfred: I’m interested in all of them, actually. I have a whole bunch of schools that are looking at me and some offers to. Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Old Dominion, Ole Miss, Lamar, UNLV, Utah State. I have a lot of schools showing me love. I just have to see what’s going on with the process.
HN: Who is coming after you the hardest right now?
Alfred: Texas is coming after me a little bit. Texas Tech is coming after me. I don’t have a favorite right now because I want to see what my options are. I just want to take everything slow and see what school is going to offer me. I know Kansas and Kansas State were on me for a bit.
HN: When is the last time you heard from the Longhorns?
Alfred: I talked to Coach [Oscar] Giles a couple of weeks back. He was just checking with me. They are showing a lot of interest, nothing really spectacular. But as for being a fan, whew, I have been a fan all my life. I am still a fan of Texas but I like all schools now. But I was a huge fan of Texas.
HN: Did Texas give you a sense that it might offer you at some point?
Alfred: Honestly I think they are kind of waiting to see what happens because I think they have somebody that is supposed to be coming back but I don’t know for sure. I am just trying to go step by step with Texas, and they are the same way with me.
HN: Safe to say that an offer from Texas would do a lot for you?
Alfred: It would, it would. To get that offer and just to think about how I use to dream about going to Texas would be very big to me, but at the same time I have to think about other places. But that would be very, very big for me.
HN: What are you looking for in a college?
Alfred: It’s really all of it. I want to have a good feel for the coaches, the environment, the whole nine yards. Also, another big thing about it, not only my education but I want to get to the league. That is my dream and my goal and I am going to do whatever it takes to get there. I want to make sure that wherever I am at is going to do what it takes to get me there as well.
HN: You haven’t been able to visit any colleges this season because of your season. But now that it is over where might you visit?
Alfred: I would like to visit Texas, Ole Miss, Louisiana-Tech and Kansas State. There is something about the way they play. I want to visit Kansas State as well.
HN: What makes you a defensive end that these colleges want?
Alfred: Honestly, and when I tell people this they start to laugh because it is kind of funny, but I play very vicious and whatever I’ve done on the field when I come off it, I don’t want to be able to move. I put myself in the mindset that when the quarterback has the ball, it’s my mom. I have to beat this dude in front of me to go get my mom. I will do whatever I can to go get my mom.
HN: Is that passion there because you want to get to the league so bad?
Alfred: It will never die down. Just this past weekend my dad, who is a pastor, came up to me and asked me if I got a million dollars a day, would I still play football. And I told him yes and without a doubt. I will play until I can’t play anymore.