Texas Football: 8 Longhorn Recruits to Watch in High School All-America Games
The Texas Longhorns might be in a mode of mediocrity on the field, but their recruiting prowess has not slipped nearly as far down the ladder.
Still considered to be the standard that parents look at when it comes to college football in the Lone Star State, Texas has about as much to offer an eager recruit as any program in the country, making Austin a calling card for future NFL prospects.
One of the first stages that can open up the roads for a professional career is the High School All-America games, notably the Under Armour and Army bowl matches featuring some of the top talent from across the nation.
The Longhorns are well-represented year after year, and the representation from the 2013 recruiting class is no different.
Texas has eight commitments participating in either game on Saturday, most of whom can be seen in the Army All-American Bowl at 1 p.m. ET.
OL Darius James (Under Armour All-American)
The lone Texas commit who will be participating in the Under Armour All-American Game is offensive lineman Darius James.
The 6'5" 320-pound interior lineman is one of two commits along the offensive line for Texas this class, and his footwork and explosiveness have made James a hot topic this recruiting season.
Working out mostly at center, expect James to be on the ball Saturday evening with the hopes of impressing against some of the best defensive linemen in the country.
CB Antwuan Davis (Army All-American)
The Longhorns are well known for bringing in top talent at defensive back, and Antwuan Davis figures to be a piece of the puzzle down the road. He is a versatile option at corner.
Davis has great size at 6'0" and can body up opposing receivers with some physicality or test the burners with his track-star speed.
Ranked in the top 150 in the country, Davis brings a diverse set of skills to the position that should have him in early contention for playing time when he arrives on campus.
WR Jake Oliver (Army All-American)
Wide receiver has been a position filled with inconsistency in recent seasons for the Longhorns, and Jake Oliver brings another brand of solid route running and lunchpail attitude to the table.
Oliver does not bring top-end speed, but his determination in blocking and good ball skills make him a coveted asset to any passing game looking for extra bodies.
He won't wow you with over-the-top athleticism, but a hard-working receiver may not stand out as much in these types of games.
OT Kent Perkins (Army All-American)
The Longhorns have been void of talented depth at offensive line in recent seasons, surviving on thin depth and a hope to avoid injuries. While it has provided some success, there are still gaping holes along the two-deep that have to be filled with the right projects.
One of the top offensive tackles in the country, Kent Perkins has all the makings of a perennial all-conference type of performer, but his development is critical.
Check for Perkins in pass protection, as his release and feet allow him to establish his protection quickly and with a good foundation.
OL/DL Jake Raulerson (Army All-American)
Jake Raulerson can enter the fold as a contributor on either side of the line of scrimmage.
The two-way player is getting looks at center at the Army All-American Bowl, but the Longhorns are likely to test his skill set at defensive end where numbers look thin.
Raulerson's explosiveness and power on both sides of the ball has made him a popular target for recruiters across the country, but the Longhorns snagged the 6-5 athlete early on, and Raulerson has never wavered.
DT A'Shawn Robinson (Army All-American)
The Horns have a nice line of defensive tackles who have come through the program in recent years, and the next in line could very well be A'Shawn Robinson.
Rumors have spread over Robinson's status as a Texas commitment, and plenty of schools have taken notice with the kind of capabilities he brings to the interior line.
Robinson brings great strength, explosiveness and athleticism to the table and uses his arms well to create leverage.
If there is one commit to watch closely, it has to be Robinson, who has a chance to contribute early in his career.
QB Tyrone Swoopes (Army All-American)
There is no question that the Longhorns have had there share of quarterback troubles in the past, and a future prospect who could bring about a new age in Texas football will be on display this weekend.
Tyrone Swoopes has the make and mold of a dual-threat quarterback who has become the go-to option for college quarterbacks.
With great size at 6'4", 220 pounds, Swoopes has the mobility that has made the dual-threat quarterback what it is today. Blessed with great arm strength, Swoopes has yet to offer the consistency that could have him college-ready early on.
LB Deoundrei David (Army All-American)
Deoundrei Davis is set to miss the Army All-American Bowl with an injury, but the athletic linebacker brings a great range of skills to the position.
Although he is not prototypical size, Davis uses his rangy speed and athleticism to its fullest. At his best when in a seek-and-destroy mode, Davis will have to improve his strength, but keep his speed to have a full impact at the next level.
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