The last time Texas landed a well-rounded defensive back from Nimitz High School in Irving, it worked out pretty well for the Horns.
It would be far-fetched at this point to compare former Jim Thorpe Award winner and Nimitz standout Michael Huff to 2010 prospect Eddrick Loften, but Loften has already shown that he has big play potential.
The Nimitz Vikings finished with a 1-9 record in 2008, but that was hardly due to Loften’s play.
The junior safety racked up 82 tackles, three fumble recoveries and six interceptions, two of which he took back for touchdowns. Combine those numbers with a sophomore season that featured 122 tackles and three interceptions and it is easy to see why Loften is considered one of the top junior prospects in Texas.
Loften also had a limited role on offense for the Vikings but produced nicely finishing with just over 200 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns on the year.
“I think playing offense helps me read better on defense,” Loften said. “I know what everybody is supposed to do on defense whether it’s the linebackers or defensive line. I just feel like I see things better.”
Loften has not yet received any offers but he has already put together his list of top schools. Loften says that at this point Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech lead for his services.
The 6-0, 195-pound safety who reports a 4.51 40-yard dash has been in contact with the Texas staff and says that Longhorn receivers coach Bobby Kennedy is leading his recruitment.
Loften will be making his first visit to Texas for the regular season finale on Nov. 27 against Texas A&M and while the Texas staff has not yet discussed an offer, Loften says that he likes the Horns.
“I like Texas, it’s a good school,” Loften said. “I’m just trying to keep an open mind right now and keep my options open.”