Junior days have become incredibly important for Texas over the last few years. The Longhorns had another big day on Sunday racking up five commitments from the 2009 class. With Garrett Gilbert’s pledge at the end of last week, UT now has six verbal commitments in all.
It didn’t take long for Garrett Gilbert to commit to Texas. He received his offer on Wednesday and acted quickly, committing to the Longhorns Thursday afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Gilbert led Lake Travis High School to the 4A state championship in 2007 after throwing for 4,826 yards and 52 touchdowns.
Texas picked up its second commitment just two days later when Clear Creek’s Marcus Davis came on board. Davis had offers from Oklahoma and Texas A&M, but decided to roll with Texas because of the family atmosphere in Austin. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Davis is arguably the top corner in the Lone Star State. With his size, he could play either cornerback or safety on the next level. Davis recorded 47 tackles and two interceptions during his junior season at Clear Creek.
The Longhorns picked up two commitments from offensive linemen on Sunday. Lake Travis tackle Paden Kelley knew all along where he wanted to play his college ball. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Kelley grew up watching the Longhorns and was a frequent visitor during his junior campaign.
Permian offensive tackle Garrett Porter also committed to Texas on Sunday. It appeared that Porter was going to wait before making a decision, but that didn’t happen. The 6-foot-6, 281-pound Porter chose the Longhorns over offers from Arizona, Virginia and Texas Tech.
Those two offensive linemen will be asked to block for one of the best running backs in the country for the next four years, as Texas received Chris Whaley’s commitment on Sunday as well. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Whaley chose Texas over offers from Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Florida State and Nebraska. He has put up monster numbers in each of the past two seasons. As a sophomore, Whaley rushed for 2,130 yards and scored 27 touchdowns. He followed that season up with 2,119 yards and 28 touchdowns.
The Longhorns loaded up with talent at wide receiver in 2008 and they received a commitment from one of Texas’ best in ’09 on Sunday. Aldine Eisenhower’s Greg Timmons caught 41 passes for 704 yards and seven touchdowns during his junior season. At 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, Timmons has the potential to be the state’s best wide receiver prospect.
Cy Ridge quarterback Russell Shepard and Pflugerville defensive end Alex Okafor also received offers, but neither committed.