Football Recruiting

The Inside Texas Top 100: Nos. 61-70

Inside Texas recruiting editor Eric Nahlin releases the next 10 in his countdown of the top 100 players in the state for the class of 2013.
The beat goes on.

70. WR Ellis Jefferson, Guyer (Denton) 6’4″ 190

Offers: Colorado, Mississippi St., Purdue

The big bodied wide receiver is one of the latest products from talent rich Guyer high school. With former UT receiver’s coach Bobby Kennedy now at Colorado, they’re targeting a bunch of in-state wideouts.

69. G Patrick Morris, Guyer (Denton) 6’2″ 285

Offers: Kansas, Northwestern, TCU, Texas Tech, Washington St., also receiving interest from Texas

Morris plays like the powerhouse he is. His 375 lb bench and over 600 lb squat prove to be highly functional when watching his film. He’s being looked at by Texas as a potential center prospect should they choose to take one.The thought of him only getting bigger and stronger leads me to believe he’ll more than hold his own against zero and one techniques while manning the trenches.

68. DL Sam Tevi, Trinity (Euless) 6’6″ 270

Offers: waiting on first one

Tevi’s one of the more intriguing prospects I came across while compiling this. I was surprised to see him still waiting on that first offer when you consider his size and the exposure he receives while playing for one of the best programs in the country. If I was recruiting Tevi I would gauge his interest to move to the offensive line. He looks like he could have some real upside there provided his listed size is accurate.

67. TE Charlie Reid, All Saints Episcopal (Fort Worth) 6’3″ 225

Offers: Arizona, Connecticut, Iowa St., Mississippi St., Mississippi, TCU, UCLA

That’s a nice little list for the athletically fluid tight end. I really like the way Reid effortlessly navigates the field. He reminds me a lot of David Thomas that way. The more I think about it I probably have him too low and he’s definitely going to be a candidate to move up.

66. RB Johnny Jefferson, Shoemaker (Killeen) 5’10” 195

Offers: Baylor, Houston, Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio St., Texas A&M, UCLA (committed to Baylor)

Earlier this week Jefferson authored the latest chapter in the never ending saga, How To Decommit From Texas A&M, as he switched to Baylor after visiting for their pro day/scrimmage. In Jefferson, Baylor gets an explosive running back with the ability to score six from anywhere.

65. S Erik Huhn, Steele (Cibolo) 6’2″ 200

Offers: Baylor, Duke, Houston, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas Tech

As you would expect in a safety Huhn’s size, he’s hell in run support. While that aggressiveness is welcomed when defending the run, it got him in trouble once or twice in the passing game when I saw Steele play Port Arthur Memorial. Still, Huhn’s a good looking prospect. Bonus points for spelling ‘Erik’ the way my farfar did.

64. LB Paul Whitmill, Bastrop (Bastrop) 6’1″ 205

Offers: Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Mississippi, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Wake Forest

I’ve come around some on Whitmill. Last year at this time he had a lot of buzz and frankly I didn’t get it. Maybe he was too trendy for the hipster recruitnik inside me because after watching his junior year highlights I actually like him quite a bit. Whitmill would be happy to know he’s cool again. Though undersized he predictably makes up for it with speed and athleticism. The most amazing thing about him is his natural hitting power despite his size limitations. If a school like Baylor landed him that would be huge for them.

63. TE Trent Gow, Mansfield (Mansfield) 6’3″ 230

Offers: still waiting on first offer but receiving interest from Texas

If he played in a more pass happy offense that allowed him to show off his underrated athleticism I’m sure Gow would have numerous offers by now. As of now he’s better known for his excellent blocking ability. Look for things to pick up for Trent in the coming months.

62. ATH Ty Slanina, East Bernard (East Bernard) 6′ 180

Offers: Arizona, Mississippi, Rice, Stanford, TCU, Texas Tech, Utah, Washington St.

The one time Aggie commit hilariously had his offer pulled when Sumlin supplanted Sherman. Not hilarious in a cold manner towards Slanina, but in a ‘what are the Aggies thinking’ kind of way. While they rely heavily on Ryan Swope and wonder what they’ll do when he’s gone, they could have had a faster more fluid version of him. While Slanina isn’t as thickly built, he is faster than Swope right now and is one of the most explosive athletes in the state. He could also project to safety if receiver doesn’t work out. I’m so fond of this kid if Texas was taking a giant class like last year I’d have no problem with them offering.

61. WR Quan Jones, Wylie East (Wylie) 6’4″ 200

Offers: Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Connecticut, East Carolina, Illinois, Iowa St., Michigan St., Mississippi, Mississippi St.

Similar to Ellis Jefferson in size and style of play, Jones would put up loftier numbers if he wasn’t sharing the field with teammate Marcell Ateman.

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