Texas Football: Out-of-State Recruits Mack Brown and Longhorns Must Reel in
Mack Brown and the University of Texas consistently bring in top-10 rated recruiting classes. The difference between a good class and a great class though, is the quality of their out-of-state recruits.
Texas has a history of signing the majority of their recruits from the Lone Star State, such as Vince Young, Cedric Benson and Brian Orakpo, but Mack Brown has also excelled at recruiting out-of-state as well.
Some of the recruits Brown has on the current roster that he brought in from out of state are 5-star recruit Jordan Hicks (Ohio) and 4-star recruits Conner Brewer (Arizona), Donald Hawkins (Mississippi), DeMarco Cobbs (Oklahoma) and Josh Turner (Oklahoma).
Here are seven out-of-state recruits from the 2013 class that Mack Brown must turn into Texas Longhorns.
All rankings in this list are according to each player’s rank on Rivals.com
Tyrell Robinson (California)
Position Rank: 14
National Rank: 238
Tyrell Robinson is listed as an athlete coming out of high school and is currently being recruited as both a linebacker and wide receiver.
Robinson has extreme quickness for someone who is 6’3” and recently showed off his pass-rushing ability at the B2G Elite Camp in Thousand Oaks, California (Rivals). He is a very physical player, but appears more comfortable playing on the offensive side of the ball.
Robinson is capable of being a threat on jump balls in the red zone and downfield with his good leaping ability and strength.
It will be very interesting to see how Tyrell Robinson’s recruitment goes. He is rated in the top-150 by Rivals.com as a basketball player and appears adamant on playing both sports in college. This should give Texas an advantage in recruiting Robinson since they have a solid program in both sports.
Another intriguing aspect of Robinson’s recruitment is if the Longhorns land Tyrell, they also get another player who will appear later on this list.
John Lopez (California)
Position Rank: 6
National Rank: 140
John Lopez is an offensive lineman that can play either tackle or guard once he reaches college.
Lopez is a very big lineman at 6’6” and 315 pounds. In high school, he is able to dominate his opponents by using his superior strength and power. He is explosive off the line and moves defenders back with his initial push.
In order for him to take the next step to becoming a dominant lineman at the next level, though, Lopez is going to need to improve his hand and foot speed. His lateral movement needs work. He would really benefit from red-shirting his freshman year and training with a solid offensive line coach.
If Mack Brown wants to sign Lopez, he is going to need to act fast. Lopez recently stated he is still open to everyone, but has two current favorites, Washington and UCLA (via Scout.com)
Devon Allen (Arizona)
Position: Wide Receiver
Position Rank: 15
National Rank: 129
Devon Allen recently trimmed his list of potential schools down to 12 and Texas made the cut.
Allen doesn’t excel in one specific area as a wide receiver, but he is very solid in many. Not only will he make a very good receiver in college, but he should also become a solid kick returner as well. As a junior last season, Allen recorded over 1,500 all-purpose yards, 17 receiving touchdowns and four return touchdowns.
Not only does Allen want to play football in college, but he also insists on running track, like he has been in high school. He stated to Steve Hare of Rivals.com that a major factor in his college decision will be whether or not the football team also allows him to run track in the offseason.
If this is in fact true, Texas definitely has the upper hand in landing Allen.
Current UT wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is about to head to the Olympics as a track star, which Allen spoke about with Max Olson of ESPN.com.
That definitely is appealing. I’m hoping to end up at the Olympic trials if everything falls into place, which is what Marquise Goodwin did in the long jump. That’s definitely something I looked at.
In reference to Texas, Allen has made it very clear that he is seriously considering heading to Austin for college. He said, “They’re one of my top schools right now.”
Tyree Robinson (California)
Position Rank: 6
National Rank: 124
Tyree Robinson is the twin brother of a player who was previously mentioned on this list, Tyrell Robinson. Like his brother, Tyree is also rated higher in basketball than he is in football and will be attempting to play both sports in college.
Also, like his brother, Tyree is listed as an athlete and not with a specific position that he will be playing in college. In high school, Tyree plays both wide receiver and defensive back, but it appears he is being recruited more to play on defense at the next level.
The two brothers have very different styles of play. Tyrell likes to get after the quarterback, while Tyree likes to have the ball in his hands and make plays. He is the faster of the two and also has a better leaping ability, which will help him deflect passes and get interceptions.
Texas will be extremely lucky if they can land the two brothers as they are destined for greatness in both football and basketball.
Priest Willis (Arizona)
Position Rank: 6
National Rank: 68
The recruitment of Priest Willis is still wide open with him receiving scholarship offers from over 30 schools and having no timetable for when he will trim down his list. He recently spoke with Jake Brown of Rivals.com and said,
I’m just taking it slow still. I’m gonna come up with my top 15 pretty soon but I’m just taking it slow. I’m enjoying the process. I’m trying to focus on my high school right now, our team, to get us right and make sure we’re right for the season.
Willis is 6’2” and has slimmed down to 185 pounds. He possesses a great combination of size and speed, which will allow him to match up with almost any wide receiver in the college game. Besides his coverage skills, Willis is also a physical corner that will make a huge impact stopping the run.
What teams like most about Priest Willis, though, is his attitude on the field. During B2G Elite Camp, Willis was hampered by a few injuries. This didn’t stop him from competing in any drills though, and he was even consistently calling out the top wide receivers to go up against in one-on-one drills.
The Longhorns should look into Willis—he will certainly be productive in both stopping the pass and the run.
Marcell Harris (Florida)
Position Rank: 6
National Rank: 54
Marcell Harris hasn’t officially named a list of favorites yet, but it is believed that his top-three choices are Texas, Florida and Florida State (Rivals.com).
Texas should definitely consider themselves in a good position to land the highly-coveted safety who camped at UT during the summer of 2010 and made an unofficial visit in January of 2011.
When asked about Texas by Jason Suchomel of Rivals.com, Harris had nothing but positive things to say about the school.
I've been there a couple times. I know how the feel is. For them to be in the top five, I think that would be a good fit. They have nice facilities just like every other school. As always, you want to play early, first year, and just get a nice spot on the team.
Harris’ biggest attribute is his ability to stop the run. He is a very physical defender and explodes through ball carriers when he makes tackles. In the passing game, Harris seems to have a knack for always being around the ball.
If Texas wants to land the four-star safety, they are going to need to compete hard with Florida. Harris has also visited there numerous times and his father played college football there as well.
Tahaan Goodman (California)
Position Rank: 2
National Rank: 29
Tahaan Goodman can do it all as the second-highest rated safety in the 2013 class. He can stop the run and the pass. He can play in zone coverage and in man coverage.
Goodman is a well-rounded football player who can just find the ball on any type of play. He possesses great size and strength, which allows him to never get beat by a running back or wide receiver. He also has elite athleticism and can high-point the ball to break up passes.
His best attribute though has to be his instincts on the field. Goodman does a terrific job of reading the opposing quarterback and understanding the route his opponent is trying to run. He also has great anticipation and constantly jumps routes to get the deflected pass or interception.
Tahaan Goodman currently has no list of favorite schools, but is racking up offers. If Mack Brown can find a way to bring him to Texas, they will be a getting a sure thing at the safety position.