Monday Thoughts, 5/16

This week's edition of Monday Thoughts includes notes on possible basketball recruits, and an enemy to watch out for.

Defensive tackle recruiting

What's the best way to address a perceived roster problem? Stack up tons of bodies at that position. The Longhorns have done just that at defensive tackle, landing a whopping six tackles over the 2010-2011 classes alone, then adding three in the 2012 class. They might not be done either, with offers out to San Antonio Sam Houston's Javonte Magee and Quay Evans in the 2012 class. There's a new name in that hunt as well: Lufkin prospect Tomme Mark. Longhorn defensive tackles coach Bo Davis swung by and watched Mark practice a week ago, inviting Mark to Texas's camp in June.

Watch out for A&M

Texas has a magnificent class in 2012, one that will again rank among the top groups in the country. But that doesn't mean you should sleep on the group that Texas A&M has put together.

The Aggies grabbed a pair of big-time skill position talents with Longhorn interest in quarterback Matt Davis and running back Trey Williams. Williams was initially an early Texas Junior Day invite, and the Longhorns were tracking Davis as a quarterback prospect prior to his knee injury. Both are probably top-10 overall prospects in-state.

There are some nice linebackers in the group like Jordan Richmond as well, and Braylon Addison and Devante Bourque give the Aggies a nice duo of playmakers. Corey Thompson should be good either at wideout or safety. You always have to trust Sherman's judgment on linemen, and tackle Michael Wilson looks to be a good one. And last, but not least, don't sleep on Jerald Hawkins, a sleeper 3-4 defensive end who fits exactly what the Aggies look for at the position.

Because of that, watch the second-tier recruiting schools

This is a strong class for linebackers, and a loaded class for offensive linemen. And of course, the Longhorns and Aggies are pretty much full-up, while Oklahoma is looking to sign a small class. That means that schools like Kansas, Missouri and Texas Tech will have plenty of high-tier linemen and linebackers to choose from in-state. A player who might normally wind up at a Texas or Texas A&M now falls to a second-tier recruiter of the state, meaning that those schools will get a higher level talent than usual.

State track meet/p> Several Longhorn prospects participated in the Texas State Track Meet over the weekend in Austin. Justin Thomas, a cornerback from West Orange-Stark ran on two relays that set Class 3A state records, and ran a blistering 21.29 200-meter dash time to take first in that event. Arguably just as impressive was the time put up by Daniel Brooks, an athlete who could see Texas interest spike in the near future. Brooks ran a 10.61 100-meter dash to take first in Class 3A. He also took third in the 100-meter hurdles.

Longhorn commitment Johnathan Gray ran a 10.9 100-meter dash to place fourth in Class 4A. Cedric Reed, who signed with Texas at defensive end, finished second in the Class 3A shot put, finishing behind 2012 prospect Jordan Roos of Celina and ahead of 2011 Texas Tech offensive line signee LeRaven Clark.

Basketball looking at transfers

With three early entries, the Longhorns have plenty of scholarships still left to give in the 2011 class. And with all the coaching changes across the country, this isn't a bad time of year to have them available.

Over the weekend, Texas hosted Sterling Gibbs, a three-star point guard and the No. 32 point man originally signed with Maryland, but elected to open things up after coach Gary Williams announced his retirement. The 6-foot guard from West Orange, NJ, has been released from his Letter of Intent, and would therefore be able to help out next season.

Olu Ashaolu is another name to keep an eye on. The Louisiana Tech transfer could bolster the Longhorns on the wing, while also giving some help down low. He had an outstanding year last year for the Bulldogs, scoring 14.2 points per game, while grabbing 9.4 boards per contest. Ashaolu has already graduated, and would therefore be able to transfer in and play immediately, per NCAA rules. At 6-foot-7 220 pounds, he brings great size to the mix, and is a plus athlete as well. And get this: he's another Canadian.

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