Midlands Recruiting Notebook

Because of the early action of the Texas Longhorns the recruiting action has ramped up in a big way around the Midland Region as prospects in the Lone Star State find out where they stand. Scout.com has the latest on that as well as some updates from some of the other top talents.

The Stars Shine Bright at Texas

This past weekend the Texas Longhorns hosted their first of two junior days and by the time things had wrapped up they had secured 13 commitments towards their 2011 recruiting efforts including Scout.com's top cornerback (Leroy Scott) and the top rated safety (Sheroid Evans) in the country.

Texas also secured a verbal commitment from Houston defensive tackle Desmond Jackson who is widely regarded as one of the most elite interior defensive line prospects. Jackson was arguably the best defensive talent at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio and earned Scout.com All-Combine honors for his efforts there.

Texas will host its second junior day event on Feb. 27.

Texas Commits

OG Marcus Hutchins – DeSoto (Texas) – 6-4/260

WR Jaxon ShipleyBrownwood (Texas) – 6-0/170

MLB Chet MossCedar Park (Texas) – 6-1/220

OT Taylor DoyleLake Travis (Texas) – 6-5/270

WR Miles OnyegbuleArlington (Texas) – 6-4/200

QB David Ash – Belton (Texas) – 6-4/195

RB Joe BergeronNorth Mesquite (Texas) – 6-0/235

OG Josh Cochran – Hallsville (Texas) – 6-6/270

DT Desmond Jackson – Houston Westfield (Texas) – 6-2/270

WR Mykkele Thompson – SA Stevens (Texas) – 6-1/170

CB Leroy Scott – South Houston (Texas) – 5-10/190

TE M.J. McFarland – 6-5/235 (Texas) – Eldorado

S Sheroid Evans – Sugarland Dulles (Texas) – 6-1/185

Still on the Market

Despite cementing down 13 commitments there were a few players who actually did leave Austin on Saturday without making a commitment. Here is a look at those who were on hand but left town without pulling the trigger.

DE Cedric ReedCleveland (Texas) – 6-4/245

Scout.com Top 150 member is also high in Oklahoma and LSU.

OLB Steve Edmond – Daingerfield (Texas) – 6-3/225

Scout.com Top 150 member will visit Oklahoma State and Oklahoma before reaching a decision.

RB Aaron Green – SA Madison (Texas) – 5-11/180

Scout.com Top 150 member holds a national offer list. His older brother plays at Nebraska.

RB Malcolm Brown – Cibolo Steele (Texas) – 6-0/210

Brown is the top player in the Midland region and the No. 3 player in the country. A powerful runner.

DT Marquise Anderson – Cibolo Steele (Texas) – 6-3/260

Anderson picked up an offer but still wants to play out the process before issuing a commitment.

DT Quincy Russell – SA Sam Houston (Texas) – 6-3/280

A prospect that is just catching on to the national scene and now holds offers from all the Big 12 powers.

MLB Anthony WallaceDallas Skyline (Texas) – 6-2/230

Last year Skyline sent prospects to a number of schools including Texas, who inked 5-star receiver Mike Davis.

OG Sedrick Flowers – GP North Shore (Texas) – 6-3/280

Many thought Flowers would pounce on his UT offer but is scheduled to be in Oklahoma this weekend.

OT Christian WestermanChandler (Ariz.) – 6-5/290

The No. 2 offensive tackle in the country is high on UT but will take a look around before making his decision.

Brothers Keeps Rolling

Offers are now starting to come in at a steady pace for Guthrie (Okla.) athlete Kentrell Brothers, who could play a number of positions on the next level.

Brothers, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder already held offers from Missouri and Duke, but another Big 12 school threw their hat in the ring on Tuesday.

"Kansas State offered," Brothers informed. "I do not know what position (they offered at) yet, but the offer (came) from coach (Joe Bob) Clements (KSU defensive ends coach)."

Brothers had an amazing junior season on both sides of the ball. On offense he pulled down 64 receptions for 1,122 yards and 12 touchdowns. On defense he racked up 94 tackles , 17 sacks, and four interceptions to earn All-State honors.

Bennett a Hidden Gem

Jacob Bennett, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver from Klein Collins High in Houston, Texas may be a much more widely known name very soon, especially considering the schools that are coming after him.

"Baylor, Nebraska, Texas Tech, and Missouri have all offered," Bennett explained. "Oklahoma is just starting to come on strong."

"I would also love to hear from Florida or Alabama. I actually grew up a fan of Oregon and I think I would fit in well with that offense."

As a junior, Bennett hauled in 57 receptions for 389 yards and five score to earn Second Team All-District honors.

Oklahoma Junior Day

Now that the Texas junior day has come and gone the Oklahoma Sooners are set to be hosting their second junior day this Saturday. Here is a look at some of the major prospects who will be checking out Norman.

OU Projected Junior Day List:

RB Malcolm Brown – Cibolo Steele (Texas) – 6-0/210

S Avery Walls – McDonough (Ga.) – 6-0/200

OG Sedrick Flowers – GP North Shore (Texas) – 6-3/280

MLB Anthony Wallace – Dallas Skyline (Texas) – 6-2/230

OLB Steve Edmond – Daingerfield (Texas) – 6-3/225

DE Cedric Reed – Cleveland (Texas) – 6-4/245

S Franklin ShannonDallas Skyline (Texas) – 6-2/210

OT Brey Cook – Har-Ber (Ark.) – 6-7/300

OT Garrett Greenlea – Klein Collins (Texas) – 6-7/285

WR Trey Metoyer – Whitehouse (Texas) – 6-3/180

OLB Trevon Randle – Clear Springs (Texas) – 6-2/200

CB Josh Turmer – OC Millwood (Okla.) – 6-0/180

ATH Colt LyerlaHillsboro (Ore.) – 6-5/225

DT James CastlemanAmarillo (Texas) – 6-3/265


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