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.
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.
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.
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.
"KansasState 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 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