This has the potential to be a real recruiting nightmare for Tennessee. I never thought that even Dooley could mess this up this kid’s recruitment. Has been a Tennessee lock for months. Now Texas has come calling. The most telling quote from the ESPN article below: “Tennessee is hoping he does not do this visit, but we are going to take it,” Albert Santos said.
Tennessee linebacker commit Dalton Santos (Van, Texas/Van) has received a scholarship offer from Texas and plans to visit Austin next weekend.
Santos’ father, Albert, confirmed to HornsNation that the Under Armour All-American got his offer from Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels on Saturday night, and Santos is very interested in what the Longhorns have to offer.
“Obviously there is a great interest there from him,” Albert Santos said. “We wouldn’t do [the visit] if he was not interested, I can assure you of that.”
Santos will also receive an in-home visit from Searels, coach Mack Brown and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz when they stop by Van on Wednesday.
“After Wednesday and spending the weekend there, I’m sure he’ll know exactly what he wants to do,” Albert Santos said.
Santos is still verbally committed to Tennessee, but the Volunteers recently lost defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon to Washington. Albert Santos said the family does like new coordinator Sal Sunseri, but they still want to explore their options.
Sunseri did call Santos late Sunday afternoon to talk him into canceling the visit to Texas, but that won’t change his plans.
“Tennessee is hoping he does not do this visit, but we are going to take it,” Santos said.
Santos, a four-star prospect and the top-ranked inside linebacker, was previously committed to Oklahoma State before picking the Vols.
Santos has told ATM, Arkansas and Bama “NO”; then Wilcox and Sirmon left for Washington and Santos was ‘lost’ until Sunseri was hired. I don’t know if we survive Texas’ overtures. If Santos’ goes to Texas, prepare for Vols fans to go “full red” on the internet.
Santos seems like a natural leader, a run stopper with a bad on-field attitude. If the picture below is any gauge of far gone Santos is gone, Dooley better get busy with plan b.