Texas Longhorns: 5 Elite Prospects Still on Their Radar
Texas finishes up their recruiting practically in the spring, and by the summer, the Longhorns' staff is pretty much already on to the next year, while focusing on the season at hand.
This year is no different, as Mack Brown and Co. are pretty close to being locked up for 2013. The Longhorns work a year ahead and do most of their recruiting within their state.
However, there are still a few prospects out there that Texas is looking to bring to Austin.
For this read, I searched far and wide, and I have five prospects that Texas is still looking at right now.
Texas 2013 Recruiting Class Capsule
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The Longhorns have 14 commitments and seven of their prospects are inside the ESPNU 150. Mack Brown will likely sign a smaller than normal class year, but it's packed with good quality.
Dual threat QB Tyrone Swoopes is the headliner to go along with an outstanding class of offensive linemen that include center Darius James and tackle Jake Raulerson. OLB Deoundrei Davis should develop into a standout and Jacorey Warrick, Jake Oliver and Durham Smythe are good pass catchers.
I really like Texas' class, because it's homegrown. The Longhorns rarely leave the state for a prospect, as they firmly believe there is more than enough talent to be had in their own backyard to allow them to compete at a high level.
Mack Brown has 14 pledges, with half of them being inside the ESPNU 150. Brown seems to really be keen on stocking up on OL prospects and making sure that unit is locked up with talent and depth, based on this year and last year's class.
Another theme I notice in this class' structure is that Brown and the Texas coaching staff are adding more size to the roster. as many commits in this class are large and long-bodied players.
5. Chevoski Collins, CB
Collins is a 6'0", 185-pound cover corner from Livingston, TX. He has good length and solid speed, and he could grow into an even better free safety.
Texas, per Scout.com, joins the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as his top four schools. He'll likely trip the fall and decide after that.
4. Cole Luke, CB
Luke is light in the pants, as he weighs less than 170-pounds, but he stands nearly 6'0" and plays with excellent cover awareness.
A heady perimeter defender from Arizona, Luke has loose hips to allow him to come clean out of transition and plant and drive on the football to close with speed and quickness to break up the play.
Scout.com reports a top seven of Texas, Notre Dame, Michigan, Cal, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
3. Marcell Harris, S
Now, when you're not from Texas and the Longhorns come calling, that means they really, really think you are special. Harris is from Florida, and the Longhorns are all over him.
He will see his stock rise in the fall, as his game is suited with the pads on rather than in shorts and at 7-on-7 showings. Harris is a 6'1", 209-pounder that plays safety and factors in the box.
I think he could really come down to deciding between Florida and Texas.
2. Vonn Bell, DB
From Tennessee, Bell plays in Georgia now and is 6'0", 190-pounds. He has the ability to play both safety spots and some corner due to his great play speed, ball skills and excellent quickness to close.
He also can factor as a run defender thanks to a willingness to hit anything that moves. He was open on the recruiting front, yet he has narrowed it down during recent weeks.
Bell lists his top schools to Scout.com as: Ohio State, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson and Vanderbilt.
1. Ricky Seals-Jones, WR
RS-J committed to Texas early in the process but backed off his pledge a short while ago. From Texas, he stands 6'5" and has grown to be 230-pounds.
He probably will grow into being a tight end in college, as his size keeps enhancing and is on pace to outgrow the WR position. Yet Seals-Jones shows good speed, hands, length to pluck balls out of the air and great playmaking ability.
Texas is still in it, as is Texas A&M, LSU, Oregon and UCLA according to Scout.com. Seals-Jones could very well play basketball in college too.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.