2013 Early Look

The Longhorns only have a few spots left in their 2012 class. So let's take an early look at the team's biggest needs in 2013.

Quarterback

In two seasons, Garrett Gilbert will be gone, Case McCoy will be a senior, and the possibility exists that one out of Connor Wood or David Ash — with Wood being the more likely candidate — might have moved on after a log-jam. If Wood does transfer, Texas's 2013 quarterbacks look like this: McCoy (senior), Ash (junior or redshirt sophomore) and Connor Brewer (sophomore or redshirt freshman). That makes landing a quarterback a high priority in this class. Keep an eye on Tyrone Swoopes of Whitewright, who has earned some comparisons to Vince Young for his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame and his run-first game. If Swoopes isn't a possibility, Kohl Stewart of St. Pius X, Chris Johnson of Bryan and Jordan Darling of Waco Midway are other options.


Running Back

Out of the eight backs currently on roster, only three will be back in 2013, and that doesn't account for a potential transfer from somebody like Traylon Shead. Adding Johnathan Gray in 2012 makes four backs, but that's not nearly enough, especially with one of those backs — Joe Bergeron — serving mostly as a fullback. Texas could use as many as three backs in the 2013 class, with one of the three playing fullback. James White of Pearland Dawson appears to be the top back in the 2013 group, and he's a speedster with the build to fill out over 200 pounds. Dontre Wilson is a versatile player would would excel as a third-down back.


Tight End

Here's what Texas's 2013 tight end group looks like: Trey Graham (senior), Dominique Jones (senior), Darius Terrell (junior), M.J. McFarland (junior or redshirt sophomore). That group necessitates the addition of at least one player, and potentially as many as three in the class. Christian Morgan of Prestonwood Christian is the state's top tight end prospect right now, though Texas is packed with big receivers who could bulk up to play tight end at the next level. That group includes Ricky Seals-Jones (6-5 215), Derrick Griffin (6-7 220), Dannon Cavil (6-4 205) and Gary Moore (6-6 215).


Offensive Line

It's important to do well on the offensive line in any class, but with the Longhorns having an overflow of older linemen in 2013, it's going to be important to have a lot of younger players to groom. Counting the 2012 commitments, Texas will have 15 scholarship linemen in 2013, and of those 15, six will be seniors, including starting tackles Paden Kelley and Trey Hopkins, and projected starting interior linemen Garrett Porter and Mason Walters. That means the Longhorns will probably require help up and down the line. The state should be packed with strong linemen, including Darius James of Killeen Harker Heights, A'Shawn Robinson of Fort Worth Arlington Heights, Ja'Braylin Thomas of Weimar and Jake Raulerson of Celina.


Safety

Texas will be short on safeties heading into 2013. Should Sheroid Evans move to safety, as is expected, the Longhorns will probably have three or four players at the position in Bryant Jackson (junior), Mykkele Thompson (junior or redshirt sophomore), Evans (junior or redshirt sophomore) and Leroy Scott (junior or redshirt sophomore). That leaves plenty of room for a pair of safety prospects, preferably the rangy, athletic types. Marcell Harris of Florida certainly fits that bill, and the Longhorns were able to get him in for camp.


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