SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Erick Fowler’s recruitment doesn’t appear to be over with.
Fowler, who has been committed to LSU for nearly seven months, confirmed to SEC Country on Thursday his growing interest in Texas. He is slated to take an official visit to Austin on Jan. 15 followed by another to Baton Rouge, La., on Jan. 22.
“I’m definitely going to give it some thought,” Fowler told SEC Country. “I’m committed, but I’m still weighing out all my options. I don’t want to miss out on something that could be a big opportunity for me to shine. I’m weighing out my options not just with Texas and LSU, but Oklahoma and some other schools.”
The four-star defensive end, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, credits Texas’ recent surge in his recruitment to how second-year defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and staff envision utilizing his skill set.
“Obviously, that’s what I do best — get to the quarterback,” Fowler said. “So, I really want to go to a school where they can boost my skill level. I’m already one of the top-ranked pass-rushers. I want to get to that next level so I can be dominant. So, I don’t want to go to a school where I’m stuck covering. I want to definitely get to the quarterback.”
That is not to say Fowler won’t be rushing the quarterback any less at LSU if he were to remain committed. Fowler has grown familiar with newly-hired defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and his tendencies to blitz often.
“I’ve seen a couple of videos on him and he brings pressure,” Fowler said. “He brings a lot of pressure. I heard a comment that he’ll bring one linebacker like 30 or more times.”
Also playing a factor in his recruitment is Texas’ proximity to home. Fowler resides in Manor, Texas, a brief car ride from the university though he maintains it won’t impact his decision nearly as much as it’s being made out to be.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a big factor, but it plays its own role,” Fowler said. “At the end of the day, I’m going to be the one stuck living on campus and not them. It’s a factor, but it’s not a big, major factor.”