Those players included three early five-star players and 13 four-stars:
QB — Tyrone Swoopes, 6-5 220, Whitewright
WR — Derrick Griffin, 6-6 214, Rosenberg Terry
WR — Ricky Seals-Jones, 6-5 210, Sealy
RB — Keith Ford, 5-11 195, Cypress Ranch
RB — Adam Taylor, 6-0 190, Katy
RB — Dontre Wilson, 5-10 180, DeSoto
OT — Darius James, 6-5 315, Killeen Harker Heights
OT — Kent Perkins, 6-6 285, Dallas Lake Highlands
OT — Jake Raulerson, 6-5 250, Celina
OT — Ja'Braylin Thomas, 6-6 320, Weimar
DT — Isaiah Golden, 6-3 315, Elysian Fields
DT — Justin Manning, 6-2 275, Dallas Kimball
DT — A'Shawn Robinson, 6-4 305, Arlington Heights
CB — Antwuan Davis, 6-1 171, Bastrop
S — Ty Slanina, 6-1 185, East Bernard (Texas A&M)
Here are some quick thoughts on the early selections:
Keep in mind that there will be more four- and five-star players selected. This is only the initial top-100, meaning a bevy of other four-star players will find their way into the Scout 300, while several more five-star players will also be named as more film becomes available. A'Shawn Robinson might be the best bet to get a bump to five-star status, while Darius James is another likely candidate. There are too many potential four-star players to list here. Keep in mind that when the 2012 Top 300 was put out in April, the in-state class had five five-star players and 31 four-star selections. So we have a way to go.
Texas A&M is putting together a strong class. The Aggies have the only two commitments out of the 16 listed above in Jamar Gibson and Ty Slanina. Gibson is in the discussion with Derrick Griffin and Ricky Seals-Jones as the top receiver in the state, while Slanina is one of the state's best all-around athletes. He'll play safety for the football team, and will also play on the Aggie baseball team. He ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the Aggie camp. Speaking of two-sport stars, the Aggies also have a great shot at Davis, who likes the Texas A&M track program. Two of the Aggies' other commitments: quarterback Kohl Stewart and defensive lineman Christian Lecouture, could also be in that four-star discussion, while potential four-star receiver Jake Oliver is considered an Aggie lean. Add in the potential landing of San Antonio Madison defensive lineman Vincent Taylor, who said he favored A&M back in the spring, and the Aggies might be off to their fastest start yet, and all before the Longhorns have made their first in-state offer.
It's the year of the beef. As referenced by Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers, this has the potential to be a special class in the trenches. Jake Raulerson, Darius James and A'Shawn Robinson could all star in college on either side of the ball, while Kent Perkins and Ja'Braylin Thomas have ideal offensive tackle measurables. And don't sleep on defensive tackles like Isaiah Golden and Justin Manning, both of whom are incredibly active. Powers when on to cite the impressive size of skill position players like Tyrone Swoopes, Derrick Griffin and Ricky Seals-Jones as part of his analysis of the beef of the 2013 class.
Longhorns have a great chance to grab another stellar group. Of the players listed above, Texas has a better-than-average shot at grabbing both Swoopes and Seals-Jones, along with fellow potential five-star Darius James on the line. Add in the Longhorns' high percentage chances of landing guys like Jake Raulerson and Isaiah Golden, and the early interest that Texas has shown in all-purpose weapon Dontre Wilson and offensive tackle Ja'Braylin Thomas, and Texas could again win the battle for in-state talent. A'Shawn Robinson is a huge swing player, and the Longhorns will fight the Aggies for Antwuan Davis. But this class should be another example of Longhorn skill at grabbing top-flight in-staters.
Which players should make the next list? In addition to many of the aforementioned players like Stewart, Oliver and Taylor, the state has a number of players ready to make that leap into four-star territory. Some of my favorites include linebacker/safety Raaquan Davis of Rockwall-Heath, Cedar Hill dynamo Laquivonte Gonzalez, Livingston athlete Chevoski Collins, Bastrop linebacker Paul Whitmill, San Antonio Madison receiver Dannon Cavil, Tyler Lee running back Laquintas Wallace, Cibolo Steele safety Jordan Sterns and Prestonwood Christian tight end Christian Morgan. There are really too many to list here, and with the season still in its early stages, there are a number of players yet to show out. That's what makes the recruiting and evaluation process so exciting.