Whatever he was feeling over the weekend after leaving Texas' junior day without an offer quickly went away for Otaro Alaka on Monday.
Otaro Alaka plans to sit down with his father Saturday night to discuss his decision timetable.
The four-star linebacker from Houston Cypress Falls got his day started when Cy Falls head coach Kirk Eaton let him know that Colorado and LSU had offered. When the 6-foot-3, 205-pound outside linebacker was on the phone with the LSU coaches, Eaton placed a requested phone call to Austin where Oscar Giles had some good news for Alaka.
“He told me they met as a staff [Monday] morning and decided to offer me,” Alaka said. “He passed the phone to Coach (Mack) Brown then to Coach (Manny) Diaz.”
Amidst the excitement of the offer on his own part and by the Texas coaches telling him how much they value him, was there any part of Alaka that felt bitter about not getting his offer on Saturday?
“I don't hold it against them,” Alaka said. “They told me they were going to be taking things slowly. It just came up in the staff meeting that they decided to offer me. That's all that really matters.”
With a a ticket in-hand to be able to call the Longhorns and commit Alaka might make that phone call in the not-too-distant future.
“I don't really have a list of favorites,” Alaka said. “They're at the top of the choices I have.”
Texas offers the teammate of 2013 Texas signee Jacorey Warrick everything he's looking for in a school.
“I like the balance between academics and the football program,” Alaka said.
Alaka has also thought about the fact that the Longhorns have had several successful players come through the program who have Nigerian roots with Brian Orakpo, Chris Ogbonnaya and the Acho brothers.
“It helps a little,” Alaka said. “There must be a reason they all went there because it turned out to be a great fit.”
Before Alaka decides what he'll do he wants to talk with his father. The only issue is he'll have to wait a few days as his father is a lawyer for an oil company in Nigeria and is out of the country on business for a few more days.
“He gets back Saturday morning,” Alaka said. “I'll probably talk to him Saturday night.”
The Longhorns are only taking three linebackers in the class as of right now and already have a commitment from Dallas Carter's Cameron Hampton. With only two spots left in the class the fact that the Longhorns are one phone call away from being left with only one remaining spot has him thinking about accelerating his decision time frame.
“It makes me think about it a little bit,” Alaka said. “That's the main thing I want to talk to my dad about is when I want to make decision.
My initial time frame was to wait until after spring football at the end of May,” he added. “I want to talk to my dad about what he thinks.”
In terms of what Texas is looking for at the linebacker position Alaka is a perfect fit. He often plays on the wide side of the field in Cy Falls defense, lining up on the hash where he'll either blitz, drop in zone coverage, be responsible for the flats or cover a slot receiver in man coverage. Manny Diaz told Alaka he likes his versatility, and he's got the kind of skill set the Longhorns need at the position in the Big 12.
It remains to be seen when he'll pull the trigger, but that time might not be too far away. Alaka is currently scheduled to attend Texas A&M's junior day on Saturday.
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