Big-time visitor scheduled for Cotton Bowl
One of the top remaining prospects on the Texas recruiting board will make it to Saturday's game, though he does have an interest in both schools.
Mario Edwards Jr., one of the top defensive ends in the country and a five-star prospect, is committed to Florida State. But that commitment would have to be considered a soft one, considering that he's planning on taking all of his visits. And not included in those official visits is a planned trip to see Texas-Oklahoma on Saturday.
Both schools will likely receive official visits from the talented edge rusher, though recent rumblings from people close to his recruitment say that the Longhorns have made up ground on the Seminoles. Edwards apparently likes the direction of the Texas defense under Manny Diaz, and is more open to spending his college years in Austin than he was in the past.
This weekend is obviously a big one on the field in terms of needing, and trying to get, a win. But it could also play out as an audition of sorts for talent like Williams.
Torshiro Davis planning Texas visit
One player who won't be there Saturday will be Woodlawn (La.) defensive end/linebacker Torshiro Davis.
But that shouldn't frighten Texas fans, as Davis is working to set up a Texas visit, potentially as soon as the Oklahoma State game next week. It's just another positive step in the recruitment of the pass rusher, whose athleticism, versatility and ability to get after the quarterback may fit what Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz likes to do better than any other end in the class.
Nelson Agholor setting up visits
Few players in the 2012 class entice Texas fans like Berkeley Prep (Fla.) safety Nelson Agholor, who's a Longhorn-caliber athlete at wide receiver, cornerback or safety. And with the recent hit to the Longhorns' long-term depth at safety, he — along with Dutchtown (La.) safety Landon Collins — become even higher priority guys.
The key with both will be getting them to Austin for official visits, and at least with Agholor, that process is starting. Berkeley Prep has a bye week this weekend, and he'll be making his first 48-hour official visit to Notre Dame.
Agholor hasn't set any other visits, nor has he trimmed his list, according to Scout.com Northeast Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn. But Texas has long been considered one of the top five teams vying for his services, meaning if nothing else, the Longhorns should be in a good spot to secure one of the remaining four spots.
There are rumors out there that Agholor has silently committed to Florida, but common sense would dictate that those are, in fact, just rumors. Agholor doesn't really like the attention that comes from the recruiting process, so if he were truly committed to Florida, he would likely have announced it, just to get everything over with. And he certainly wouldn't be officially visiting other schools.
There's a chance that the Gators might lead for Agholor. That wouldn't be a surprise. But for him to be a silent commitment just doesn't make sense.
New jet sweep candidate?
With things not going as well in the Daniel Brooks recruitment, the Longhorns are starting to look elsewhere in their search for a speedy running back who can take over the jet sweep and speed niche role from D.J. Monroe.
Rated as a three-star cornerback prospect, Johnson has the speed — he's been clocked in the mid 4.3-second range in the 40-yard dash — for the role. And Texas coaches have made contact, and the feeling is that they might be able to sway the 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back. Johnson originally said he chose TCU because of the combination of the school's football program and what the Fort Worth-based university offered academically.
Shopping for cornerbacks
Members of the Texas staff expect that there could be some added attrition after this season ends, with the Longhorns now expecting to take a full complement of players in the 2012 class.
Perhaps no position is as helped by that diagnosis as the cornerback position, with Texas still looking to add another cornerback (or two) to finish out the class.
So what specifically does that mean? Well, it could mean that a player long on the Longhorn watch list — Athens receiver/cornerback Kendall Sanders — could get the offer he's been looking for. And it almost certainly means that Corey Coleman will pick up an offer as well.