Junior Day To Watch: Offense

Which offensive players should Texas fans keep an eye on over the Junior Day weekend? Here are five suggestions.

1) Johnathan Gray

The Aledo running back could be one of the top couple players on the Texas board, and is probably the closest thing to a lock among the top players. The fact that Gray is coming a day early, on Saturday, and that he's bringing his family, could indicate what some have already predicted: that Gray will be one of the earliest commitments in the Texas class. More importantly, landing Gray would give Texas its top target at both quarterback and running back. That's would be an outstanding start to what should be a small, but explosive offensive class.

2) Dominique Wheeler

Wheeler will be an interesting study this weekend. On one hand, he said that he wants to wait until after his visit to consider his commitment. On the other, if Texas puts on the press for a commitment and plays receivers Cayleb Jones and Thomas Johnson off each other, arguing that they'll only take two of the three receivers, Wheeler could be the most likely to commit quickly. That's not a bad deal, as Wheeler has excellent explosion for his size and would be a great fit for Harsin's system where he could move anywhere on the football field.

3) Curtis Riser

DeSoto has been a breeding ground for top-quality talent, and Riser represents the top interior lineman prospect on Texas's board, a player at a need position. Like Gray, most people feel pretty good about Riser's chances to make it to Austin, and like Gray, that decision could come this weekend. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, Riser has some versatility to his game and could line up at tackle. Having said that, he's a high-level prospect at guard.

4) Kennedy Estelle

The top offensive line target for Texas, Estelle screams left tackle potential. The Pearland Dawson tackle is raw, but few players in this class have his combination of size and mobility. Estelle will surely be shown "the love," and is a much-needed centerpiece on the offensive line. Landing two players like Riser and Estelle would be two high-potential guys for new offensive line coach Stacy Searels to wrap his fingers around.

5) Cayleb Jones

Will he or won't he? Nobody seems to be able to get a gauge on the local Austin High wideout, who has said he wants to take his time with his recruitment. But both as the closest prospect in terms of distance, and as an outside receiver — which Texas needs — Jones is a definite take and somebody that the Longhorns should push hard for this weekend. He probably won't go ahead and commit, but if the Longhorns can roll out the red carpet, they can go a long way toward impressing the top receiver on the board.


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