This wound up becoming a really big visit weekend on the Forty Acres for multiple athletic programs, including one for head coach Chris Beard and Texas basketball. Beard and his staff wound up hosting a big-time visitor that is building up to be one of the top in-state targets for the 2024 recruiting class early on.
Beard and the Longhorns hosted the rising five-star Montverde Academy small forward Liam McNeeley, who is also a native hailing out of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. A report from Gerry Hamilton of Inside Texas this weekend (paid content) confirmed that McNeeley will be on campus starting on June 12 for an unofficial visit.
This will be the third time that McNeeley took an unofficial visit to Austin since last summer. He last visited Austin to see Beard and the Longhorns back on Feb. 18, 2022, about a month before last season concluded.
And the first visit that McNeeley took to Texas unofficially came back in early August 2021. He posted on his Twitter timeline back on Aug. 4, 2021, that he had received a Texas offer and took a “fun” unofficial visit to Austin.
Texas basketball reportedly set to host 5-Star 2024 F Liam McNeeley for an unofficial visit
Some of the other notable schools that McNeeley visited since last summer are the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and TCU Horned Frogs. He also holds offers from schools like the Iowa Hawkeyes, Illinois Fighting Illini, Texas A&M Aggies, Texas Tech Red Raiders, and Stanford Cardinal, among others.
Texas is clearly making McNeeley one of their top priorities on the recruiting trail early on for the 2024 class. That’s a good plan given the opportunity that Texas could have to find a staple five-star forward to build out the 2024 class if they can eventually win the race to land a commitment from McNeeley.
Moreover, McNeeley isn’t even the only blue-chip target of the Longhorns 2024 class early on that is getting some sort of visit in the next few days. Texas is planned for a coach visit with the highly touted four-star Pasadena Memorial (TX) power forward Robert Miller III on June 14.
Texas doesn’t currently have any commits in either their 2023 or 2024 recruiting class. But the summer visit season could be building up for something big to happen later in the offseason, just like Beard and his staff were able to pull off with the 2022 class late last summer.