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Texas Longhorns 2013 Recruiting Recap: Where They Are and What’s Left

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It is no secret that the Longhorns are extremely selective and methodical in the annual scholarship offers doled out and Mack Brown hasn’t earned the nickname “Mr. February” for nothing. There is a reason Texas is a consistent top 5 finisher and it involves hard work from the Texas coaches, the incessant lure of industry-leading facilities and the smile and charm of head coach Mack Brown.

 

While National Signing Day is teleological in nature, the recruiting process never ends. Coaches know every game and every decision made, albeit difficult or easy, has an impact on the young men that are considering playing football at The University of Texas.

 

National Signing Day 2012 wrapped on February 1st and two days later the Longhorns had their first 2013 commit when 4-star recruit and Celina High School’s Jake Raulerson gave Texas his verbal. Since then the commits have slowly and steadily come in as expected, with a few bumps in the road along the way. Overall the commit class is looking quite formidable with the potential to look even more tenacious as we inch closer to February 6th, 2013 – National Signing Day.

 

Let’s take a look at the commits the Longhorns have secured:

Jake Raulerson,
6-5, 250, Defensive End, Celina, TX

Daeshon Hall,
6-6, 220, Defensive End, Lancaster, TX

Deoundrei Davis,
6-3, 210, Outside Linebacker, Cypress, TX

Kent Perkins,
6-5, 200, Offensive Tackle, Dallas, TX

Durham Smythe,
6-6, 230, Tight End, Belton, TX

Antwuan Davis,
6-0, 180, Cornerback, Bastrop, TX

Tyrone Swoopes,
6-5, 220, Quarterback, Whitewright, TX

Jacorey Warrick,
5-11, 180, Wide Receiver, Houston, TX

Darius James,
6-5, 320, Center, Harker Heights, TX

Erik Huhn,
6-2, 208, Safety, Cibolo, TX

Kyle Hicks,
5-10, 190, Running Back, Arlington, TX

A’Shawn Robinson,
6-4, 300, Offensive Lineman/ Defensive Tackle, Fort Worth, TX

Jake Oliver,
6-4, 200, Wide Receiver, Dallas, Texas

Naashon Hughes,
6-4, 210, Outside Linebacker, Harker Heights, TX

Geoff Swaim (JUCO),
6-5, 250, Tight End, Butte Community College, CA

 

 

For a class that is expected to offer 18-20 scholarships, which is low compared to other seasons (Texas signed 28 players on NSD last year), the Longhorns have done quite well. They have added quality secondary players to a team that will boast upperclassmen defensive backs next year and they have tightened up the offensive and defensive lines, both of which should be excellent next season. The notable void on the recruiting list is Sealy Wide Receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, who committed to Texas initially and has since decided to retract his verbal while he explores his football and basketball options fully.

 

With roughly a handful more scholarships to offer, Mack and staff are carefully targeting the team needs. We know Texas has extended a formal offer to Offensive Tackle Caleb Benenoch (Katy, TX), Andre Billings, Defensive Tackle (Waco, TX), Defensive End Torrodney Prevot (Houston, TX), Wide Receiver Ra’Shaad Samples (Dallas, TX), and a host of Defensive Backs including Vonn Bell, Chevoski Collins and Cole Luke.

 

The numbers game in the world of scholarship offers is usually not precise but it has a way of working itself out in the end. Remember, Naashon Hughes is a grayshirt commit and Ricky Seals-Jones is the “double-down” in this whole equation. The Longhorns are undoubtedly pursuing other wideouts as a result of the RSJ de-commitment but RSJ a guy Texas, and any other Division I team would kill to have. Rashaad Samples is reportedly leaning heavily toward Texas A&M and guys like Prevot, Bell and Cole Luke do not look to prefer Texas over any other offers with any certainty.

 

Obviously everyone will be keeping an eye on RSJ but this class has a firm commit from a ton of great players, including Tyrone Swoopes, who is a five-star top 15 national product. Jake Raulerson seems to have established himself as the “glue” to the 2013 class and don’t be surprised if he appears on Twitter or on websites lobbying for recruits to come play for the Longhorns. The 2013 class is rather special because of the talent and personalities and it just might be a year that Texas football is “back.” Hook’ Em.

 

Oh yeah... This guy's coming to kick your ass....

 

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Good stuff Dude.

 

I am amazed that RSJ did his thing since he is supposedly tight with Swoopes. Just remember the name Jake Oliver. He is a coaches son and has been on his dad's sideline since the age of six. Longhorn are going to love this guy. He catches everything and though some are concerned with his lack of speed his ability to elevate over DB's is something we are going to love.

 

I am not trying to say he will replace RSJ but I can't spend time worrying about the milk on the floor. If he does a redo great..but..until then it is what it is..

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Oliver is a tall kid and has decent speed. He had offers out the wazoo but wanted to play at Texas and was right behind Raulerson in his commitment. I like Oliver and think he will be a big part of the offense. He's not really that slow for a big guy.... Dude, Bama, Florida and about 20 other schools offered him a scholarship. He is a baller, no doubt.

 

As far as RSJ is concerned, Swooped has maintained he has no plans to think about playing anywhere but at Texas. Ricky will swing back around hopefully but like the handyman said, this percentage commitment is weird.

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I hope the Dom has refocused and shows us all the progress and commitment he has made in the offseason. We need good center play if we want to reach that 10 win mark this season.

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Lets assume that Naashon does indeed get the grayshirt. That means we have roughly 6 spots left.

1-WR-RSJ

2-DT/OG/C-Billings

3-CB-Luke

4-juco-DE

5-if Billing is a DT then we need another OL(Benenoch) & if Billings is a OL than an DT.

6-Safety-Harris or Bell

 

There is a chance we have at least 1 more spot via attrition at some point before next Feb.

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Lets assume that Naashon does indeed get the grayshirt. That means we have roughly 6 spots left.

1-WR-RSJ

2-DT/OG/C-Billings

3-CB-Luke

4-juco-DE

5-if Billing is a DT then we need another OL(Benenoch) & if Billings is a OL than an DT.

6-Safety-Harris or Bell

 

There is a chance we have at least 1 more spot via attrition at some point before next Feb.

 

I would be more than happy with these 6. I think we have a better shot at landing Benenoch than any of the others, including Seals-Jones. I hope Mack AND Ricky Barnes do what they need to do to get him in the door at UT.

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