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Texas' 2014 National Signing Day Wish List

Jonathan WooCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2014

Texas' 2014 National Signing Day Wish List

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    National signing day is just a few weeks away, which means college coaches around the country will be recruiting like crazy.

    Texas head coach Charlie Strong is just finalizing his coaching staff, but he will need to be steadfast on the recruiting trail also. He looks to add a few late additions to Texas' 2014 recruiting class, a current group of 21 that will likely look different come February 5.

    Strong will be adding his defensive flavors to a Texas team that has looked overmatched for the past two seasons, and if Strong had a wishlist for the 2014 class it might look something like this.

DE Solomon Thomas

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    Coppell, Texas defensive end Solomon Thomas is one of the top recruits in the country, and he has yet to commit verbally to any one school.

    The 6'2.5", 258-pound Thomas, who has offers from the likes of Stanford, Ohio State, UCLA, Alabama, Notre Dame and Texas, among others, is ranked as the No. 2 strong-side end in the country and the No. 3 overall player in the Lone Star State, according to 247sports.

    Thomas is an obvious target for Texas' new head coach. If Strong can convince Thomas to come to Austin, he will have gained a coveted defensive prospect, one that could star in Strong's defensive schemes.

    This is a must-get for a Texas team that will need the extra talent after seeing Jackson Jeffcoat off to the NFL.

     

DB Jamal Adams

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    247sports ranks Carrollton, Texas defensive back Jamal Adams No. 31 in the class of 2014. He is currently committed to LSU.

    Former Texas cornerbacks coach Duane Akina, who was not retained when Charlie Strong took over as head coach, handled Adams' recruitment. And for a guy who earned the moniker "DBU" for Texas' string of defensive backs who went on to successful NFL careers, why wouldn't he take the charge?

    Adams, who is listed at 6' and 199 pounds, has the makings of a physical playmaker with good size, speed and coverage skills. But can Strong and Texas' new cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn make him flip his verbal?

    It will be a tough sell, but DBU is slowly losing its luster, and Adams is the kind of player who can revive the position group.

DB Edwin Freeman

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    Defensive back Edwin Freeman is another top recruit in the state of Texas who has yet to make a decision on his college future. He is ranked as the No. 20 overall player in the state's 2014 class.

    The 6'0.5", 212-pound Freeman has played both linebacker and safety in high school. With good change in direction and coverage skills, he could end up in the defensive backfield at the next level.

    Texas does have three defensive back commits, but Texas has to be looking to find the best quality after graduating Carrington Byndom and Adrian Phillips. Freeman is of that brand, a physical presence that Texas has missed since Kenny Vaccaro.

    Texas has to like its chances, but this is a must-have for Charlie Strong.

DB Nick Harvey

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    Are you sensing a theme here?

    Of the top 10 defensive backs coming out of Texas in the 2014 class, none of them are currently pledged to the Longhorns, a travesty for "DBU."

    The Longhorns could still land Edwin Freeman, but with defensive back Nick Harvey, a Texas A&M commit, the 'Horns could nab a physical playmaker in the secondary.

    Freeman is ranked as the No. 8 overall player in the state of Texas by 247sports.

    Listed at just 5'9" and 175 pounds, what Harvey lacks in size he more than accommodates with speed, toughness and physicality, characteristics that seem like a good fit for Charlie Strong's defense.

     

DB Tony Brown

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    Mostly out of the conversation is Beaumont, Texas defensive back Tony Brown, an Alabama commit who has already enrolled at Tuscaloosa.

    The top-ranked player in the Lone Star State, per 247sports, Brown has the look of a college athlete and has the speed and size to go with it.

    Texas fans are only dreaming if Brown ends up wearing burnt orange, but he has special written all over him.

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