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Class of 2011 Recruiting Board

The Longhorns have finished summer camps and added two big-time verbals in June to take the 2011 class to 22 members. With that said, it’s time once again to look at the Inside Texas Recruiting Board. With four known offers out to 2011 recruits, the numbers for the class are now very tight. Based on what we have learned, we believe the class size for 2011 to be somewhere around 25.
NOTE: This is NOT the official 2011 recruiting board for the University of Texas. This is simply a list of prospects that we feel, through conversations with prospects and coaches, Texas will be pursuing in the class of 2011. The number in parenthesis next to the position is the numbers of players at that position that we feel the Longhorns will take in 2011. The number in parenthesis is the number of prospects that we expect the Horns to take at the position. The number listed with the prospect’s vitals is their rank on the Inside Texas 2011 Top 100 the odds listed are what the IT staff feels are Texas’ chances of landing the prospect. Here is a quick breakdown of the odds:

Poor (0-25 percent)

Unlikely (26-49 percent)

Fair (50 percent)

Good (51-75 percent)

Excellent (75 percent or more)

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QUARTERBACK (1) – Texas likes to take at least one at the position every year and after taking two in 2009 the Longhorns grabbed their lone target at the position at the first Junior Day and are done.

David Ash (6-3/215/4.6/29) Belton – TEXAS COMMIT

THE LOWDOWN – Ash has impressed me a lot this summer and he’s throwing the ball as well as he has at any point in his career heading into the 7-on-7 State Tournament. There’s no doubt that with Ash the Texas staff made a good choice and with his expected early arrival in January he could challenge Case McCoy and Connor Wood for snaps as the backup quarterback next season. OFFERED AND COMMITTED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL – None

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RUNNING BACK (2 or 3) – There is an elite group of running backs in the state this year and the Longhorns are in a position to improve the position for the foreseeable future. Texas landed one at the first Junior Day and have offers out to two others.

Joe Bergeron (6-1/220/4.58/26) North Mesquite – TEXAS COMMIT

Malcolm Brown (6-1/222/4.55/3) Cibolo Steele – Offer

Aaron Green (5-11/186/4.4/8) San Antonio Madison – Offer

THE LOWDOWN – The situation on everyone’s mind is how things will ultimately play out at the tailback position? It still looks like Brown will make a decision one way or the other before Green and that’s been the case for a while now. Brown’s recruitment looks to be boiling down to a Texas-Alabama battle, but the Crimson Tide are playing catch-up with the Longhorns right now and Texas remains in the driver’s seat. Keep an eye out for later this month and in early August for Brown’s decision timeframe to become clearer. Green reiterated again in June that the Longhorns are one of his top four schools and he’ll be taking an official visit to Austin this fall. If the Longhorns can get a commitment from Brown, which seems likely at this point, they’ll be playing with house money to go get Green and right now they look to be in a favorable position to do so. I saw Bergeron in the spring and his versatility as a runner, blocker and receiver will bring a dimension to the Texas offense they simply don’t have right now.

ODDS OF LANDING PROSPECTS – Brown – Excellent

Green – Fair to Good

OFFERED AN COMMITTED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL – None

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WIDE RECEIVER (2) – Despite a plethora of receivers on campus, the Longhorns got the guys they wanted during the first Junior Day weekend and appear to be done at the position.

Miles Onyegbule (6-3/205/4.54/24) Arlington – TEXAS COMMIT

Jaxon Shipley (6-1/180/4.45/16) Brownwood – TEXAS COMMIT

THE LOWDOWN – Shipley has been on a tear this summer both at Texas’ minicamp and during the 7-on-7 season. People have not been able to cover him this summer and he looks poised for a big senior season. Onyegbule played quarterback for Arlington during 7-on-7 and despite a nagging hamstring injury he looks to be in the best shape of his young career. The Longhorns haven’t pursued any wide receiver prospects since the second Junior Day and appear very happy with the guys they have on board.

OFFERED AND COMMITTED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL – None

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TIGHT END (1 or 2) – The Longhorns grabbed one of the state’s best at the first Junior Day and appeared to be done recruiting the position, but a national prospect has shown interest lately.

M.J. McFarland (6-5/233/4.6/35) El Paso El Dorado – TEXAS COMMIT

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6-7/265/4.65/–) Gig Harbor (Wash.) – Visiting 8/6-8/7

THE LOWDOWN – It’s been a while since McFarland committed and the El Paso standout is working this summer to get faster. He reported 40 times in the 4.6 range in late May. He’ll be enrolling at Texas in January which should help him tremendously. The possibility of adding Seferian-Jenkins to the mix is a notion that picked up a lot of steam in June and the ESPNU 150 member will be visiting next month. With no elite tight end prospects having emerged yet for 2012, it makes even more sense for the Texas staff to pursue Seferian-Jenkins especially since he initiated the contact. There’s still some work to be done, but what once seemed to be a long shot is now very much a possibility with Seferian-Jenkins calling Texas his leader.

ODDS OF LANDING PROSPECTS – Seferian-Jenkins – Good to Excellent

OFFERED AN COMMITTED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL – None

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OFFENSIVE LINE (6) – This was a position of need and is a dynamite class for Texas. Six of the 22 verbals thus far are from offensive linemen including two of the top 16 overall prospects in the state and one of the best in the country. Josh Cochran (6-6/280/–/41) Hallsville – TEXAS COMMIT

Taylor Doyle (6-5/270/–/44) Lake Travis – TEXAS COMMIT

Sedrick Flowers (6-3/285/–/2) Galena Park North Shore – TEXAS COMMIT

Garrett Greenlea (6-7/290/–/12) Klein Collins – TEXAS COMMIT

Marcus Hutchins (6-4/255/–/36) DeSoto – TEXAS COMMIT

Christian Westerman (6-5/295/–/–) Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton – TEXAS COMMIT

THE LOWDOWN – The addition of Westerman in April took a very good class and made it one of the best line classes of the Mack Brown era. The Longhorns nabbed all of their targets at the position and can now mix and match with redshirts and figure out the depth chart for the foreseeable future. Doyle is expected to be at 100 percent by the time Lake Travis starts practice in August. Hutchins is an athletic project who projects primarily at guard while Cochran has a good spring and is already starting to fill out his massive frame. The Longhorns got a big commitment prior to the second Junior Day from Flowers, a top-five prospect in the state, and the addition of Greenlea makes gives Texas the top two line prospects in the state. Longhorn fans cannot complain about this impressive haul, which could go a long way toward revamping the Texas running game. The Longhorns are done and have to be thrilled about this group.

OFFERED AND COMMITTED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL – Matt Hegarty (6-5/265/–/–) Aztec (N.M.) – Committed to Notre Dame

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DEFENSIVE END (2) – The Longhorns added a lot to the position in 2010 and added another big piece to the puzzle with an April commitment. There’s also one elite national prospect still on the board. Cedric Reed (6-5/237/–/18) Cleveland – TEXAS COMMIT

Jermauria Rasco (6-3/249/4.7/–) Shreveport (La.) Evangel – Offer

THE LOWDOWN – There have been some rumblings that Texas A&M might be getting back in with Reed, but he’s mentioned that he didn’t talk to any schools during the spring evaluation period and his verbal is solid. Reed could be a guy who kicks down to tackle at some point, but right now I see him being a versatile power end in the mold of former Longhorns Tim Crowder and Aaron Lewis. Rasco’s recruitment remains up in the air but the word remains that Texas has as good of a shot as anyone to land the four-star prospect at this point. Florida State is coming on strong to give competition to Texas, Alabama and LSU, but the Texas staff will not go quietly and will stay in this one as long as Rasco remains interested. The longer his recruitment goes on, the better it looks for Texas and the Longhorns could very well wind up with a January out of state coup for the second straight year.

ODDS OF LANDING PROSPECTS – Rasco – Fair to Good

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DEFENSIVE TACKLE (2) – The Longhorns landed a big-time commitment at the first Junior Day and finished off the class with a surprise verbal in June to add even more talent to a tackle rotation chock full of playmakers.

Desmond Jackson (6-1/285/4.9/1) Spring Westfield – TEXAS COMMIT

Quincy Russell (6-3/290/–/42) San Antonio Sam Houston – TEXAS COMMIT

THE LOWDOWN – Russell is the most recently Longhorn commit and it was surprise on several levels that the Longhorns were able to get him back on board after – this time for good. The Longhorns won out over Baylor in the end, but the bottom line is Texas landed a defensive tackle prospect with a ceiling as high as any prospect in the state of Texas in 2011. Jackson’s ceiling might not be as high as Russell’s, but there’s no doubt the state’s top prospect brings an elite motor and top-shelf explosion to the defensive tackle position. Much like offensive line, an unexpected commitment makes this position one of strength setting the Longhorns up very nicely for the future.

OFFERED AND COMMITTED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL – Marquis Anderson (6-3/260/5.1/27) Cibolo Steele – Committed to Oklahoma

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LINEBACKER (3) – A commitment from two East Texas standouts solidified the position for this class in late February and the Longhorns are likely done, but one offer remains out.

Steve Edmond (6-3/225/4.6/4) Daingerfield – TEXAS COMMIT

Chet Moss (6-2/235/4.52/54) Cedar Park – TEXAS COMMIT

Kendall Thompson (6-3/230/4.65/20) Carthage – TEXAS COMMIT

Anthony Wallace (6-2/215/4.55/10) Dallas Skyline – Offer

THE LOWDOWN – All three linebacker commits received good reviews from the June minicamp and all three are excited about working with Will Muschamp in the future. Edmond still hasn’t reached his peak and neither has Thompson as the two East Texans could be big-time, impact players at Texas. Wallace remains an outside possibility, but the word for the last few months is that the Longhorns are done at linebacker. However, Wallace did make an appearance in Austin for Texas’ minicamp so we’ll bump the odds up a hair since the door hasn’t been completely shut.

ODDS OF LANDING PROSPECTS – Wallace – Poor to Unlikely

OFFERED AND COMMITTED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL – None

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DEFENSIVE BACK (3) – Texas got two huge early commitments from arguably the state’s two best defensive backs and locked up one of the best in the country in June to likely finish things off.

Sheroid Evans (6-1/185/4.35/7) S, Fort Bend Dulles – TEXAS COMMIT

Leroy Scott (5-10/190/4.4/14) CB, South Houston – TEXAS COMMIT

Josh Turner (6-0/175/4.45/–) CB, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Millwood – TEXAS COMMIT

THE LOWDOWN – The defensive back position was one that seemed a bit unstable at the beginning of June and as we head into July things now appear to be done as far as the Longhorns are concerned. Turner went ahead and ended the process committing to the Longhorns over Nebraska and Oklahoma while schools like Alabama and Miami were among those to offer the Under Armour All-American. He gives the Texas staff the lockdown cornerback prospect they coveted to pair with Scott. Evans had a great spring on the track winning the 100 meters and 200 meters at the state track meet and he continues to shine nationally while mixing in some 7-on-7. Scott emerged as a leader for South Houston and brings an explosive, high energy style to the secondary. Even before the Turner commitment it was said that the Texas staff might not want to bring on another defensive back if Turner committed. That now appears to be the case, so Klein Collins’ Charles Jackson and Lewisville Hebron’s David Jenkins have been removed from the Recruiting Board.

OFFERED AND COMMITTED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL – None

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ATHLETE (2) – Texas picked up an athlete commit at the first Junior Day and added an Under Armour All-American in March to close things up.

Quandre Diggs (5-9/203/4.4/13) Angleton – TEXAS COMMIT

Mykkele Thompson (6-2/175/4.42/39) San Antonio Stevens – TEXAS COMMIT

THE LOWDOWN – A big reason why the Texas staff might not want to look into bringing on another defensive is because these two showed at the June minicamp that they can play defense. Reports were that defensive backs coach Duane Akina loved what he saw from Thompson. His length, natural athletic ability and ball skills will likely have him starting at cornerback when he gets to campus. Diggs is in the discussion as being the pound-for-pound best high school football player in Texas. It isn’t out of question that he plays running back or possibly receiver at Texas, but he seems like he’s on his way to being a versatile defensive back in the Earl Thomas mold. Diggs can also be a force in the return game.

OFFERED AND COMMITTED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL – None