On Sunday, All Saints (Fort Worth) running back Daniel Gresham was one of Texas’ eight commitments in attendance for Texas’ first junior day. The 5-foot-11, 225-pounder had been anticipating the visit for weeks and when it finally came and went, he walked away impressed and says his commitment to Texas is stronger than ever.
Daniel Gresham got a chance to meet new Texas running backs coach Larry Porter for the first time on Sunday.
“It all went really well,” said Gresham. “We got there and met with the coaches first. Then checked our stats like our height and weight and then we broke down by position. We had a position meeting with our future position coach first and they talked to us for a while. After that they opened up the ‘Touchdown Club’ and we got to eat with everyone, including the coaches. Once lunch was over, we met with some of the players like Jackson Jeffcoat and Johnathan Gray. We then took a big tour and got to see everything up close. It was really nice.”
What he enjoyed the most, however, was getting the chance to get a glimpse of the future.
“I really enjoyed getting to try on that Longhorn jersey,” he told Hookem.com. “That was probably my favorite. It was a taste of things to come for the future and was sort of like a dream come true. Just getting to wear it for that short amount of time made it feel like all that hard work I’ve put in had paid off. It made me feel like I’m almost there and I just need to keep pushing and continue to work hard. It made me proud to be a Longhorn. It was just a great feeling getting to wear it.”
One thing Gresham had been looking forward to was meeting his future position coach, new running backs coach Larry Porter, on the visit. The two hadn’t had a chance to get to know each other, but that changed last weekend.
“Coach Porter is a great man and terrific coach,” Gresham explained. “I enjoyed my chance of getting to meet with him and talk to him in depth. He has a great history of putting guys in the league, so hopefully he can do the same with me. I’m looking forward to working with him more and am ready to get started learning more from him.”
Texas head coach Mack Brown, along with Porter and the rest of the position coaches, wanted to get one message about what being committed means across to the recruits over the weekend and Gresham said he definitely gets the message.
“He explained to us that commits are committed,” said Gresham. “If you look around, so will they. I respect that. I don’t have any plans of looking around. I’m happy with my decision. I’m 100-percent to Texas and that won’t change. I’m looking forward to my future in Austin.”
He says he spoke to the current commitments about it, along with their future, and even did some recruiting at the same time.
“I did a little recruiting as well,” Gresham said. “I wanted to do a lot more, but there was just so much going on. One of the main things I did was talk to the current commits about sticking together and helping turn Texas around. We discussed our future and all agreed we need to be in this together. I also worked on that Houston defensive back, John Bonney, since he got offered. I told him Texas is the place for him, especially since he wants to stay close in state.”
With a rating of 90, Gresham is a four-star prospect. He’s ranked as the No. 1 fullback in the country and No. 223 overall.