Recruiting Quick Hit: Safeties

How is the safety class looking for 2012? Read more below.

Roster shape

Texas has six safeties on roster, if one counts Bryant Jackson, who is working with the cornerbacks, and Mykkele Thompson, whose explosive talents could land him a spot on offense. Two of those six — Blake Gideon and Christian Scott — are seniors. Nolan Brewster redshirted last season, meaning that both he and Kenny Vaccaro enter the 2011 season as juniors.

Positional needs

With two seniors and two juniors on deck, and some positional uncertainty underneath that, the Longhorns could use at least a pair of players here. But as I said in the cornerback recruiting story, Texas could stand to move a couple of its younger players over to safety. If that's the case, the Longhorns don't necessarily need to add somebody in this class to fill that position, because those spots would be filled by players like Adrian Phillips (sophomore), Sheroid Evans (freshman) or Leroy Scott (freshman).


The Longhorns have evaluated some safeties, including LaDarrell McNeil, the top safety in the state, and Leo Thomas, a 6-foot-3 sleeper. But they have yet to offer any safety prospects, meaning that they'll likely go ahead and move a couple of the younger cornerbacks over. That's fine, though it does hurt a bit to not recruit a player of McNeil's sizable talents. He's fast and a devastating hitter.

Grade: Incomplete

The Longhorns likely won't take a safety unless their cornerbacks fall through, so it's hard to give any grade but an incomplete here. If they do take one, either McNeil or Thomas would be a fine pick in a one-safety class.

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