Recruiting Quick Hit: Cornerbacks

How are the Longhorns doing on their cornerback recruiting? Read more below.

Roster shape

The Longhorns have eight bodies here, and none of them are seniors. Eryon Barnett was headed into his junior season this year, but he'll miss it with an injury. The rest of the players are sophomores or freshmen, with sophomores Adrian Phillips and Carrington Byndom representing the most experienced guys. Sophomore A.J. White also saw some time on special teams. The other four players: Quandre Diggs, Sheroid Evans, Leroy Scott and Josh Turner, are all true freshmen, though Diggs enrolled for the spring and looked good.

Positional needs

Here's where it gets somewhat complicated. Several of the above players (and Bryant Jackson, who worked with the cornerbacks, but who will be listed here as a safety) are more natural safety-type players. So while eight would seem plenty, it would behoove Texas to land enough cornerbacks that players like Phillips (moved from safety) and Evans and Scott (perhaps more natural safeties) can move to their ideal spots. At least two players would be necessary, with three being preferable.


Texas has landed two cornerbacks in the class so far, Bryson Echols and Orlando Thomas. Neither is necessarily a "wow" player, though Echols is underrated because of his ball skills. Thomas is a smooth athlete. The Longhorns haven't offered a pair of other in-state cornerbacks in Kendall Sanders (might want to play receiver) and Justin Thomas (size), though both players could receive an offer before too long.

Grade: B

Out of the two, Echols ranks as the better cornerback prospect, sitting as's No. 8 cornerback in the Class of 2012. Orlando Thomas is the No. 16-rated cornerback prospect. This grade could get a boost into the A range, should the Longhorns decide to take Sanders, a soft Oklahoma State commitment who is admittedly high on the Longhorns. Sanders is the state's top cornerback prospect, and the No. 7 national cornerback. Should Texas pass on Sanders and pluck Justin Thomas, another top-20 cornerback prospect, this grade would probably get bumped to a B+.

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