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Full JD1 Recap

AUSTIN, Texas – The first junior day of the Charlie Strong era was a productive one. The Texas Longhorns landed a commitment, offered five recruits and appear to have gone a long way towards making up ground with some of their top targets in the 2015 class in just one afternoon.

Huntsville's Ronnie Major committed to Texas on Saturday.

The following is a recap of everything that went down on Saturday.

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Huntsville four-star offensive lineman Ronnie Major flipped from Baylor to Texas. The No. 205-ranked prospect in the Top247 wasted little time making his decision.

“Texas is the best of the best,” Major said. “It's the nicest place I've ever seen. Once I saw it, I knew I had to flip.”

The 6-foot-6-inch, 290-pound tackle has a massive frame that could allow him to be a 320-plus pound tackle and still be able to move like he does now. He's got a tackle body and is a tackle take all the way for the Longhorns.

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The first offer of the day went to Rockwall-Heath safety DeShon Elliott. Elliott was technically offered on Friday, but his in-person visit with the new staff made it official.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety is a long-armed, rangy player would has the body that could allow him to spin down to linebacker at some point. At any rate, Elliott is a take for the Longhorns and said he was happy to get an offer from a school like Texas that he's always admired.

Holton Hill was one of three defensive back prospects offered on Saturday.

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Houston Lamar cornerback Holton Hill received the next known offer. The 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound four-star prospect had a strong summer that bumped him up to four-star status and Texas is the latest in a run for Hill that includes LSU, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Texas A&M.

Hill is ranked No. 215 in the Top247. He's the No. 29-ranked prospect in Texas.

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Fort Bend Ridge Point cornerback Jordan Tolbert also picked up an offer. A Houston commit, the three-star cornerback now has the Longhorns in his top-three with Houston and Baylor.

Baylor and Colorado are the other schools to have offered Tolbert. He likely would have been offered by the previous staff, but an ankle injury during his summer camp visit prevented him from working out at that time.

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Rowlett defensive end Charles Omenihu was offered by the staff. A 6-foot-5-inch, 220-pound defensive end, Omenihu told Horns247 on his way out of the facility that Texas is the No. 1 school on his list of favorites.

Ryan Newsome now has a Texas offer and has the Longhorns high on his list.

Omenihu had an offer from Northwestern prior to Saturday. Of all of the offers extended to recruits who didn't commit, he could be the first to commit following the junior day.

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Aledo's Ryan Newsome is one of the most dynamic athletes in the state in the 2015 class. On Saturday he added an offer from Texas, an offer that puts the Longhorns squarely in the mix for his commitment.

The 5-foot-9, 163-pound playmaker is the No. 209-ranked prospect in the Top247. He's currently holding offers from Baylor, Notre Dame, Oregon and TCU among others.

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Euless Trinity offensive lineman Patrick Vahe told Horns247 following the visit that he's “110 percent committed” to the Longhorns. There was some thought Vahe could flip to LSU, but he made it sound like the Longhorns are going to hang onto him.

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Buda Hays four-star offensive lineman Connor Lanfear enjoyed getting to meet with Joe Wickline, but he still describes himself as a soft verbal commitment to Texas. Lanfear, who is strongly considering Texas A&M, said he's still evaluating his options.

Anthony Wheeler was among the many recruits to state the Texas visit helped the school's standing with him.

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Dallas South Oak Cliff running back Jordan Stevenson remains committed to Texas following his visit. He's unsure if he'll visit Alabama next weekend as he planned to do after the Crimson Tide offered him this week.

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West Orange-Stark safety Johnny Shaw is fully committed to Texas and isn't planning on relinquishing his spot in the class. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound three-star prospect worked on building a rapport with Chris Vaughn during his visit.

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Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wheeler is still high on Texas, putting the Longhorns in his top group with Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. The four-star prospect was offered last spring and has had the Longhorns among his favorites since.

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Gilmer defensive back Kris Boyd left the junior day early after being on campus Friday to meet with the coaches. Indications are that the visit has put Texas back in contention for Boyd's commitment.

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Things still look good between Texas and Fort Bend Ridge Point linebacker Cameron Townsend following his visit. The Top247 linebacker showed up to the event wearing Texas gear and has been high on the Longhorns for the majority of his recruitment.

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Texas appears to have made up ground with Spring Westfield four-star offensive lineman Toby Weathersby. The Top247 big man said he enjoyed the visit and that Texas will be under heavy consideration from here on out.

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Four-star cornerback Xavier Lewis (Reserve, La./East St. John) came to campus with three teammates and said Texas will be a major factor in his recruitment going forward. Lewis was offered this week prior to making the trip to Austin.

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The only 2016 prospect at the event with an offer, Flower Mound Marcus standout Kaden Smith had a positive visit. He and his family said following the event that Texas is now under serious consideration, whereas prior Texas was on the outside looking in for the top-tier tight end.

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