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Texas Football Recruiting: Updates on 2013 Commits and Targets

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIDecember 30, 2012

Texas Football Recruiting: Updates on 2013 Commits and Targets

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    Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns haven't had the recruiting success that they've grown used to this recruiting cycle, but there's one thing to remember—this is still Texas we're talking about.

    The Longhorns are a premier school in college football, and they have a "home-state advantage" with some of the most talented high school football players in the country.

    It may not be what it once was, but the Texas Longhorns are going to be just fine on the recruiting trail.

    If you're a fan of Texas football or even just college football recruiting in general, consider this to be your "one-stop shop" for Longhorns recruiting.

    You'll find all the news, analysis and updates on commitments and targets that you'll ever need, right here.

    Note: All 2012 stats via 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

     

Latest News

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    Update: 5-star defensive tackle and Texas commitment A'Shawn Robinson notched four total tackles in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American game. --End of Update 1/5/13

    Update: There's been a lot of talk surrounding 5-star defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson and whether or not he will flip his commitment from Texas. At least for now, his commitment to Texas remains solid, according to his quotes via Jason Suchomel of OrangeBloods.com:

    This weekend, Robinson broke his silence - barely - and offered up some thoughts on where things stand in his recruitment. 

    The five-star prospect committed to Texas in February but he's taken official visits to Florida State and most recently, USC. Despite those trips, Robinson still considers himself a Texas commitment. 

    "Nothing's changed. I'm still committed," Robinson said. 

    This is big for Texas because Robinson is undoubtedly the marquee recruit for the Longhorns' 2013 class. He's ranked as the No.1 recruit from the state of Texas according to Rivals.com. Keeping his commitment has to be the No. 1 priority for Texas.  --End of Update

Quarterbacks

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    Targets: None

     

    Already Committed

    Tyrone Swoopes- 4-star dual-threat QB/ATH, 6'4", 230 lb. 4.70 40 (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 873 YD, 9 TD, 1,187 RUYD,  16 RUTD

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET

     

    Analysis

    Tyrone Swoopes has garnered comparisons to Vince Young back when he was a Longhorn because of his size and ability to run and throw. It's a pretty good comparison, and I do believe Swoopes has what it takes to be the next great Texas quarterback.

    He has great size at 6'4'', 230 pounds, a very strong arm and is extremely efficient throwing on the run. He doesn't have breakaway quickness, but he's a good straight-line runner and will make plays with his feet. Swoopes is actually listed as an athlete by 247Sports, and he's the No. 5 ranked athlete in the 2013 class (247Sports Composite Rankings).

Running Backs

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    Targets: None

    Already Committed: None

     

    Analysis

    That's not much to talk about on the running back front for Texas recruiting, but that's fine if you're a fan. The Longhorns don't have much of a need on their depth chart (Rivals) right now at running back, so Brown and his staff can afford to look elsewhere in recruiting. It's always good to bring in depth, but in this case, Texas will be fine if it doesn't land a back for 2013.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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    Targets: None

     

    Already Committed

    Jake Oliver- 4-star WR, 6'4", 198 lb. (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 93 REC, 1,354 YDs, 18 TD

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET

    Jacorey Warrick- 4-star, WR/ATH, 5'10.5", 170 lb. 4.43 40 (247Sports)

    Geoff Swaim- 3-star TE, 6'5", 250 lb. (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 11 REC, 88 YD, 3 TD


    Analysis  

     This is a very good group of wide receivers, and the Longhorns have to be feeling good about their potential. Oliver is ranked as the No. 13 receiver in the 2013 class by the 247Sports rankings, and he has the size to be very good. Warrick looks like he has the speed to be a very interesting slot receiver and a deep threat, and Swaim is the No. 6 ranked JUCO tight end (247Sports Composite Rankings).

    Overall, this is a solid group that will provide some major depth for Texas right away.

Offensive Line

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    Targets

    Desmond Harrison: 4-star JUCO OT, 6'7'', 305 lb. (247Sports)

    Biggest Competition for Commitment: USC, Arizona State, Oklahoma


    Already Committed

    Kent Perkins: 4-star OT, 6'6", 285 lb. (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET

    Darius James: 4-star OG, 6'6", 320 lb. (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5pm ET

    Jake Raulerson: 4-star C/strong-side DE, 6'5", 260 lb. (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET

     


    Analysis

    Texas may only be bringing in three lineman recruits so far, but they are three elite linemen. This is going to end up being a very solid group for the Longhorns in the future.

    Perkins is the No. 3 offensive tackle recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, so he's a big-time player. He's also a big in-state pickup for Brown and the Longhorns. Both James and Raulerson are the No. 1 ranked players at their respective positions, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

    This is a very talented group of linemen, and they all have star potential.

Defensive Line

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    Targets

    Andrew Billings: 4-star DT, 6'1'', 315 lb. 4.90 40 (Via 247Sports)

    Biggest Competition for Commitment: Baylor, TCU

     

    Already Committed

    A'Shawn Robinson: 5-star DT, 6'5", 302 lb. (Rivals)

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET

     

    Analysis

    A'Shawn Robinson is the premier recruit for Texas. He has great size at 6'5'', 302 pounds, and he's extremely versatile. 247Sports actually lists him as the No. 2 offensive tackle recruit (247Sports Composite Rankings), so that goes to show you how good Robinson really is. He could play offense or defense for Texas.

    Robinson should end up being a big-time defensive tackle for the Longhorns, though.

    Billings is another big defensive tackle recruit that Texas has a good chance at landing. The Longhorns are in his top two, according to 247Sports.

Linebackers

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    Targets

    De'Vondre Campbell: 3-star JUCO OLB, 6'5'', 220 lb. 

    2012 Stats: 78 TCK, 6.5 TFL, 3 SCK, 1 INT, 1 INTTD

    Biggest Competition for Commitment: Minnesota, Tennessee

     

    Already Committed

    Deoundrei Davis: 4-star OLB, 6'1.5", 210 lb. 4.65 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET

    Naashon Hughes: 3-star ATH/OLB, 6'4", 211 lb. (247Sports)


    Analysis

    The Longhorns have good depth at the linebacker position, so there aren't many needs to fill through the 2013 class. Any linebackers Texas can bring in would be a plus though, and in this case, Davis could end up being a star.

    He has good size and tremendous speed for an outside linebacker, so he could end up being a very important player on the edges for Texas. He's ranked as the No. 11 outside linebacker recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

    Texas also has a good chance to land Campbell, who has the Longhorns as his favorite, according to 247Sports.

Defensive Backs

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    Already Committed

    Chevoski Collins: 4-star ATH/CB, 5'11", 185 lb. (247Sports)

    Antwuan Davis: 3-star CB, 6'0", 180 lb. (247Sports)

    Erik Huhn: 3-star S, 6'2", 205 lb. (247Sports)


    Analysis:

    Texas will be receiving some much-needed depth from this group of defensive backs. Collins is a very interesting recruit, and he could end up being a marquee player on Texas' defense.

    Collins is actually ranked as the No. 23 athlete recruit (247Sports Composite Rankings), but his best fit appears to be in the secondary.

    Overall, the major theme here in the secondary is depth. Texas is bringing in two very capable players in Davis and Huhn, and one who could be very productive in Collins.

     

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