Per 247's Blake Munroe, Abilene Cooper WR Lorenzo Joe has committed to UT.... for the 2014 class. In what seems to be a massive change of recruiting tactics, it would appear that the staff has sent out committable offers to a number of 2014 recruits including 5 defensive backs, RB Donald Catalon and others according to Gerry Hamilton. No more waiting until Junior Day for your offer. We are up and running on 2014 before the books are closed on 2013. It sounds as if a second commitment could be done by the close of business today, as Munroe is also reporting that Eisenhower RB Catalon has said he is considering calling the staff this afternoon and officially committing to UT.
I am guessing the increased presence of certain schools from the southeastern portion of the contiguous United States may have led Mack and the staff to decide that the old ways were no longer going to work with Nick Saban personally offering a number of the top recruits in the State.