Texas To Host Top Recruits

Saturday, Texas will play host to a lot more than the Kansas State Wildcats.

The Longhorns will also host two of the top remaining recruits on their board, and also two of the most important prospects on the board.

The most obvious is the country's No. 1 offensive weapon in wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, a five-star prospect according to Scout.com and the No. 1 wide receiver in the country. Green-Beckham is said to have a final four of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. This is the Longhorns' chance to roll out the red carpet and try to pull ahead in what has been a tight multi-team race pretty much all through the process.

One of the top receiving prospects in years, Green-Beckham uses a combination of his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame and big-time deep speed to cause matchup nightmares for defenses. The Texas class already has commitments from ace wideouts like Cayleb Jones and Thomas Johnson, but Green-Beckham would give the Longhorns an immediate sure-thing big-play threat to go with Mike Davis on the outside, a combination made even more deadly by Jaxon Shipley in the slot.

But while Green-Beckham is the proverbial diamond left in the class, another offensive prospect visiting Saturday might be just as important. Any Longhorn fan knows that Texas, and specifically Longhorn coach Mack Brown, has been reluctant to mine the junior college ranks. So the fact that the Longhorns have extended an offer to Donald Hawkins, arguably the top offensive tackle in the junior college ranks, lets you know what they think of his ability, as well as what the Longhorns think of their immediate needs at the position.

Hawkins has great size at 6-5 315, and comes with the Stacy Searels stamp of approval. He has the talent to step right into the line rotation next year and help to solidify a group that has had its moments this season.


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