The state of Texas being one of the great innovators of spread offense has necessitated the improvement of coverage defenders. It's no surprise the defensive back classes of 2014 and 2015 were downright special after a down year in 2013. 2016 is not on par with the two previous cycles, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have it's share of quality and quantity because it does.
This has easily been the hardest group for me to rank. Someone could rank the guys from 2-6 as being the second best of the group and I wouldn't really have a problem with it. The guy I have at seven is one of the top 2-3 athletes in the group so it feels off to have him ranked so low.
Inspired by the works of Inside Texas Recruiting Editor Eric Nahlin, I decided to search through the East Texas region and build the HS all-star football team that would compete with Houston and Dallas. A tall task indeed. Since I'm dealing with a smaller pot of people, I will combine the classes from 2016 and 2017.
Full disclosure: I love Houston. The city has been more than fair to me; good job prospects in various lines of work, affordable quality living, entertainment, an abundance of bars and restaurants (@redlionpub, imo), my soon-to-be wife, can all be had in Houston. Well, save the wife - find your own.
On the heels of a four-man linebacker class in 2015, Texas could theoretically take another foursome if you count Demarco Boyd as a linebacker (he's an athlete to me). Currently they've offered three in-state linebackers, excluding Boyd. It just so happens those offers are my top three for 2016, and all three are possible Longhorns.
Lots of recruiting tidbits and the closest thing to football we have in March was in Arlington on Sunday. Nike's The Opening Regionals were held at Lamar HS. It used to be known as Nike Football Training Camp (NFTC) but maybe that was too fancy. Either way, a record 13 prospects were invited to the main event, The Opening in Oregon. While there were no current Longhorns' commits on the roster, that, just like last year, will change.
We are headed to Lamar high school in Arlington for the Nike Football Training Camp better known as The Opening Regionals. With three Texas commits expected to attend - Shane Buechele (QB), Reggie Hemphill (WR), and DeMarco Boyd (LB) - there are numerous Longhorns targets set to compete against some of the nation's best. We'll have a Mods Only thread, rosters, and up to date recruiting information. Check it out.