Last few spots
The Longhorns are pretty much full up in the Class of 2012, and are now in the process of taking "make room" players. As in the kind of players that, even if there aren't any scholarships left, you make room for.
Those include some awfully big fish, and it seems like the Longhorns have an excellent chance to land at least three of those players.
The first is Andrus Peat, who will visit Texas next week. Sources close to Peat's recruitment have said that if he enjoys his visit, he may choose to opt out of the rest of his recruitment. That, and Peat's relationship with Texas commitment Connor Brewer, puts the Longhorns in an excellent position to compete for his commitment and eventual signature on National Signing Day.
The other two prospects could take quite a bit longer to hear from.
Nelson Agholor is one of the top remaining uncommitted athletes in the country, and he spent much of his time at The Opening hanging out with the current Texas commitments. He's looking for a place where he "fits," and he fit in well with the Longhorn contingent in Oregon.
And finally, there's Daniel Brooks. Brooks fits the Longhorn mold of an all-purpose or scat back that offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin can motion out and utilize in the slot. And while it appeared at first that he would be a difficult haul for the Longhorns, Brooks has opened more to the possibility of spending his career on the 40 Acres. Just don't expect his decision to come soon, as he's likely going to put recruiting off the table for a while to focus on his senior season of football.
An offer out to 2013 DeSoto product?
No, it wasn't a direct offer. But 2013 DeSoto back Dontre Wilson said Friday that the Texas staff told him that he would be receiving an offer when the spring rolled around.
Wilson is somewhat similar to Brooks in that he's an undersized back with plenty of speed, and who projects more as a slot type than a 20-carries-per-game runner. But it appears that, regardless of what happens with Brooks, Wilson might be a take.
That makes sense for two reasons. First, it wouldn't hurt to have two of those types on the roster, especially since D.J. Monroe will have graduated by the time Wilson hits campus. And second, it never hurts to continue the DeSoto pipeline to Austin, especially when that pipeline continues to produce players like Bryson Echols, Curtis Riser and Wilson.
The Texas staff has made pseudo early offers like that before, including to talented lineman Jake Raulerson. If you remember, at Texas's first camp, Longhorn coach Mack Brown told the junior-to-be that Raulerson was good to play "wherever he wanted," before Brown added "I just hope it's at Texas."
Speaking of Echols, he was one of two Longhorns to participate in the Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament this past weekend. Beaumont West Brook end/linebacker Caleb Bluiett was the other.
We'll have more specific scouting reports on both players coming up, but briefly, both players were impressive. Echols showcased his instincts in leading DeSoto to the tournament title, while Bluiett, playing linebacker, showed the athleticism and versatility to project to multiple college spots.
2013 targets also abounded, with Wilson, Derrick Griffin and others taking part. Griffin compares to a more polished, if less athletic, version of Dorial Green-Beckham, according to Midwest Regional Recruiting Manager Greg Powers. Wilson looked great catching the ball and showcased the speed that allowed him to average more than 20 yards per catch a year ago.
From one rival to another
A recent surprise hit when San Antonio Reagan quarterback Trevor Knight rescinded his commitment from Texas A&M to commit to Oklahoma. Knight actually grew up a Texas fan, and had "burnt orange all over the walls." But his dream of playing for the Longhorns was shattered when Chaparral (Ariz.) quarterback Connor Brewer committed to Texas. Knight had planned to attend Texas's first Junior Day, and was excited about the possibility of an offer. But the staff offered Brewer the week before, and Brewer accepted that offer a day later, closing the book on Longhorn quarterback recruiting for the class.
Knight is a good pickup for a Sooner squad that was growing increasingly nervous over the recruitment of the nation's No. 1 signal caller in Gunner Kiel.
Good fit for Slanina?
Recruiting is just starting to heat up for East Bernard's Ty Slanina, one of the most exciting players in the state for the Class of 2013. Slanina is a versatile athlete who could play any number of positions in college, but he'll be taking a visit in two weeks to a school that would be an interesting fit.
That visit will take place at Georgia Tech, with the Yellow Jackets recruiting Slanina as a quarterback. As a sophomore, he passed for 561 yards, but rushed 96 times for 1,015 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging 10.6 yards per carry.
"I feel good about how I would fit in there, especially in their system," Slanina said. "We run the slot-T in our high school, and they run the triple option. So it's very similar."
Slanina said he was surprised by how quickly his recruiting had taken off, and he's received recruiting interest so far from Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech and Rice. But while many players who play quarterback in high school want to play the position in college, Slanina said he would simply go where his best offer was, regardless of position.
"Any position, anywhere — I just want to play," Slanina said.
He did just that at the Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament over the weekend. Slanina played quarterback, running back and receiver on offense, while playing safety on defense. He could play all four positions in college.
But which college he'll attend remains a mystery. Keep an eye on him, as he's a player that could see even more interest as the season goes on.
"It's all even right now," Slanina said.