Texas Football Recruiting: Who's In, Who They Need, Who the Game-Changers Are
The recruiting class of 2013 for Texas now stands at No. 13 according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Of the Texas Longhorns' 13 commits, only five are defensive players—considering how everything has panned out this season, that might be a concern. We'll get to that a little later on.
First, who does Texas have so far?
Jake Raulerson (4-star OT) is a great athlete who can play on both sides of the ball. He's built (6'5", 250) more like a defensive end than an offensive tackle, so perhaps he'll play defense.
Jake Oliver (4-star WR) is the perfect size (6'3", 185) to extend his reach over defensive backs.
Tyrone Swoopes (4-star QB) is an exciting player who has "unlimited potential," which is shop talk for inconsistent accuracy. But he's very exciting to watch and could be a real game-changer if his development progresses.
Deoundrei Lewis (4-star LB) is one of the best defensive players in this class: He was described as a "heat-seeking missile" by scout.com.
Jacorey Warrick (4-star WR) received offers from at least six Texas schools. Warrick is rehabbing a torn meniscus from mid-October and was named High School Player of the Week by Sports Illustrated. Good cornerback potential.
Kent Perkins (4-star OT) is rated the second-best offensive tackle among all tackles. Perkins is a solid commitment to Texas.
Naashon Hughes (3-star OLB) received some offers from Baylor, LSU and South Carolina and is not rated in his position. Initially he was offered a grayshirt, but last week he reportedly received a full offer.
Darius James (4-star C) is the best center prospect in the country. The only concern is that James has broken both his left (reportedly requiring surgery) and right foots in two separate incidents over a one-year period.
Antwuan Davis (4-star CB) is one of the fastest players in the state running a 10.44 100m.
Erik Huhn (4-star S) is currently rehabbing from a torn ACL, per ESPN.
Geoff Swaim (4-star TE) is a JUCO out of Butte College in Oroville, CA. Swaim is the only prospect from outside the state of Texas.
A'Shawn Robinson (5-star DT) is currently listed as a soft verbal commit, which means he will plan/take official visits to other schools—Robinson visited with USC on December 8. This tackle "commands a double or sometimes even a triple team," according to scout.
Who they need:
At least one running back should be in this class and so far there are none—Kyle Hicks flipped to TCU and now the 'Horns are looking a little light in the backfield.
Texas could use another tight end now that Durham Smythe has decommitted. Texas hasn't really had a marquee tight end in quite a while, but with Bryan Harsin (and his offense) now gone, the need for a tight end in a possible spread attack may not be pressing.
One more offensive lineman would really pop this class. One more, just in case the injury bug hits.
As far as the defensive line, the Longhorns look pretty solid since they reeled in four tackles and three ends in last year's class. Still, it wouldn't hurt to have one more end (to replace Daeshon Hall who decommitted earlier this year) or perhaps just a designated pass-rusher.
I'm not completely sold on Naashon Hughes at linebacker, but he seems like a great addition—a coach has to love a kid who was willing to grayshirt to play for him. With that said, there is a 5-star middle linebacker out of Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano) named Mike Mitchell who is still uncommitted. Not that I'm suggesting anything. (OK, I am).
Only one cornerback in this class is a little concerning, but I'm sure that number will go up on Signing Day. Texas should have at least two more in this class.
If A'Shawn Robinson decides to stick to his soft verbal then this class will look excellent. A great defensive tackle is, at least in my opinion, about as important as a great left tackle—you should never get stingy about giving an offer to a great prospect who plays one of those positions.
Jake Raulerson is very intriguing and I can see him playing defensive end if he doesn't fill out and frankly, I am hoping that happens.
Deoundrei Lewis could spark 2013's defense after 2012's was so disappointing. Lewis is a big playmaker and can easily fire up the sidelines.
Overall, Texas still has some holes to fill, but 2013 looks like a solid class if Robinson, and everyone else, stays committed. They've continued to recruit at quarterback and if they can get a few more defensive ends and another wide receiver, this could be a great class.
The blue-chip talent that Texas hauls in every year is absolutely mind-boggling and this class is no exception. The quantity is a little underwhelming, but the quality is superb.
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