Texas Football: 5 Class of 2013 Recruits the Longhorns Wish They Had Right Now
As the brunt of the attention is allocated to the season, there still exists the side of college football that ensures fresh talent every year.
With recruiting taking a back seat, although it serves equal importance on the maintenance of the program, the Texas Longhorns are still in search for their final few pieces to their 2013 class.
The headliners still remain as Tyrone Swoopes, Jake Raulerson and A'Shawn Robinson have stolen headlines. While the back end of the recruitment that has its fill of A-list players, Texas is still on the trails for some of the best prospects in the state and the country.
Fourteen players have already given their pledge to the Longhorns, but there are still places at the table in their 2013 class.
Here are five prospects that Texas would do well to have right now.
The Longhorns do not hold a commitment from a defensive end, a position of need in the coming years with possible departures from both Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat after this season.
Torrodney Prevot is currently pledged to USC, but he is still visiting other schools, according to 247Sports.
From purely a talent point-of-view, if the Longhorns were to steal Prevot's commitment and keep him in state, Texas would have picked up a super-athletic playmaker to follow in some big footsteps.
Texas maintains its nickname as "DBU," much thanks to defensive backs coach Duane Akina and a lengthy string of excellent athletes that moved through the program and onto the NFL.
The Longhorns have been very selective of their scholarship offers in this recruiting class, and a top prospect who has yet to made a commitment is Marcell Harris out of Orlando.
A Florida recruit is always hard to sway in leaving the state, but Texas probably has a better chance than some think of landing 6'1", 207-pound athlete.
With the Longhorns recently closing down their recruitment of blue-chip prospect Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas has an open look at the receiver position.
The Longhorns gave Fort Worth pass catcher Robbie Rhodes an offer, but he chose Baylor. However, Rhodes says, according to The Dallas Morning News, that he is still undecided. Now, with the Horns looking to recover some ground in their recruitment of the position, receivers coach Darrell Wyatt will have an uphill battle to sway Rhodes to Austin.
The Longhorns have a star in the making already at defensive tackle in A'Shawn Robinson, who recently took an official visit to Florida State over the weekend.
If Robinson does end up making a switch, Texas would be in dire straits for a solid commit at the position.
The recruitment of Waco's Andrew Billings looks to be a five-way fight between Baylor, TCU, Mississippi State, SMU and Texas. If the Horns get Billings's pledge while holding onto Robinson's, defensive tackles coach Bo Davis will have that many more bodies to rotate at the position.
With the Horns seemingly shut down at most of the other positions, defensive back is still a need for the program with historic names.
If Texas does not get Marcell Harris out of Florida, the Longhorns do have another hopeful on the other side of the country.
Cole Luke out of Hamilton HS in Chandler, Ariz., has kept the Longhorns reasonably high on his list, according to 247Sports. And with offers from a handful of great programs including Michigan, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Texas, Luke's commitment would be a prized one.