The Texas Longhorns already have one offensive line commitment for the 2014 recruiting class, with Demetrius Knox giving Texas a pledge in late November of last year. The Longhorn coaches continue to evaluate other top linemen both in the state of Texas and out of state, and Jasper center Terrell Cuney is squarely in the mix.
Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels stopped by Jasper High School on Monday, and Cuney is scheduled to attend a Texas junior day in February.
"They just came by the school today. They cant really talk to me so they mostly talked to my coaches," Cuney said. "They can't talk a lot, so I just don't bother ask a lot of questions. I just said hi. They didn't give me a scholarship offer but I'm thinking one could be coming soon. I hope so."
Along with Texas, the 6-3, 260-pound Cuney is hearing from the likes of Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and LSU. The Longhorns invited Cuney to attend either their February 10 or February 23 junior day, and the center prospect plans to make his way to Austin for the latter event.
"I guess I'm fitting in pretty good with Texas. They seem to show a lot of interest in me," Cuney said. "It's great getting that from Texas. I like Texas.
"Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, LSU and Texas - those are the main ones that are showing interest. Texas of course is standing out because they come down and show a lot of interest. Oklahoma State too. I get letters every day from them."
One of the state's top offensive line prospects, Cuney said it's his on-the-field mentality that he feels is grabbing the attention of college coaches.
"I just play with total violence. I play hard. I say I have an alter ego. I turn into a different person on the field and play with a high motor," Cuney said. "I don't stop. Once I get locked on to somebody, it's a wrap. You're going for a ride.
"I actually had one guy in a game that asked me where we were going. I told him to the fence and that's where I took him. I couldn't laugh because I was in beast mode, but he actually asked where I was taking him. I just got locked on perfectly and pretty much took him off his feet.
"That's when I think people started watching on film. Off the field, I'm the nice Terrell that everybody knows. On the field, I just love the violence."
Cuney is already highly-regarded in the eyes of college coaches, but he knows there is still room to improve.
"I can get better with my technique. I try to be a technician," Cuney said. "I stay after practice, do steps, do my drills and then do it all over again. I try to perfect it. When I work out, everybody else goes home, then I'll go back in and do an extra set. I want to make it so bad. I don't fatigue, don't get tired. I just keep going."