The Longhorns just finished up their 2012 recruiting class, so now it’s time to move on. Texas first junior day is on Sunday and, in case you haven’t noticed, they’re bringing in some of the state’s top talent on both sides of the ball. Inside Texas examines the prospects expected to be on the Forty Acres this weekend, starting with the offensive skill players in today’s ‘Junior Day Breakdown’.
Quarterback:Up to this point, a total of three quarterbacks have received junior day invites, but only one has been selected to attend the first of the two. Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Tex.):Swoopes is a dual-threat quarterback that already has many schools drooling over him. There’s no doubt he can make the plays with his feet, although his passing mechanics will need some refining to play at the next level.Junior Season Stats: 110/209 (52.6%), 1394 yards, 15 TD, 7 INT – 170 Car, 2267 Yards, 29 TDOther Offers: Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, TCU, Notre Dame, Baylor, Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
Running Back:The Longhorns have three backs to take a long look at this weekend and all three turned in fantastic junior seasons.Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Tex.):Wilson might be the most exciting out of the three due to his electrifying speed and ability to make people miss. Texas has their work cut out for them, however, as it’s rumored he has Oregon as his number one.Junior Season Stats: 127 Car, 767 Yards, 15 TD – 12 Rec, 246 Yards, 5 TDOther Offers: Clemson, Oregon, Texas A&M, Missouri, Notre Dame, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Oregon StateJames White (Dawson – Pearland, Tex.):The teammate of now-Longhorn offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle, White has made it no secret he loves the Longhorns. There’s still question on whether or not he’ll attend this Sunday’s junior day, but look for him to be on campus in February at some point.Junior Season Stats: 263 Car, 1840 yards, 23 TD
Other Offers: Auburn, BaylorKyle Hicks (Martin – Arlington, Tex.):The newest running back name on Texas’ radar has been a ‘sleeper’ in the recruiting world until now, although his junior stats don’t necessarily reflect that. Hicks is a do-it-all type of guy, who could even play on defense at the next level.Junior Season Stats: 211 Car, 1,682 yards, 26 TD – 19 Rec, 235 yards, 2 TDOther Offers: TCU, Utah State
Wide Receivers:You can expect three of the state’s best (if not the best) receivers to be on campus on Sunday. Jake Oliver (Jesuit – Dallas, Tex.):Oliver might not be the flashiest of all the wide receivers in the state, but he’s definitely the most ‘sound’. He seems to do everything right and really the only knock you might see on him is his lack of ‘elite’ speed, although he’s fast enough (just ask anyone he’s played against). Junior Season Stats: 108 Rec, 1637 Yards, 23 TDOther Offers: Ohio State, Arkansas, Michigan, Baylor, Texas A&M, California, TCU, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Clemson, Oklahoma, North Texas, Oklahoma State, ArizonaRa’Shaad Samples (Skyline – Dallas, Tex.):The son of Skyline head coach Reginald Samples, Ra’Shaad is yet another talented receiver to come out of his father’s program. He’s extremely fast, can catch and runs good routes. With Thomas Johnson now gone to Texas A&M, he’s primed to have an even bigger season in 2012.Junior Season Stats: 65 Rec, 1369 Yards, 19 TDOther Offers: California, UCLA, Texas A&M, Colorado, Baylor, Texas Tech, Houston, Mississippi State, Kansas, Kansas State, Tulsa, Purdue, SMU, Colorado StateRicky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Tex.):You could easily put Seals-Jones at wide receiver, quarterback, tight end, safety or even possibly as a defensive end. He’s that athletic and talented. For now, however, we’ll project him as a wide receiver, where he can simply dominate defensive backs with his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame that runs a 4.6 40. Sophomore Season Stats*: 31 Rec, 512 Yards, 11 TD – 70 Tackles, 8 Sacks, 5 INT Other Offers: LSU, Notre Dame, Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, SMU
(* denotes junior stats were not available.)
Also see: Junior Day 1 Predictions With Percentages