Longhorn Digest Top 25, 6-10

If we were the Texas coaches, which 25 players would we recruit? All players are in-state, and are gauged both by ability and by the Longhorns' positional needs.

6) Dontre Wilson, RB/WR, DeSoto

Speed, speed and more speed. Texas loses its two fastest offensive players after the 2012 season, with Marquise Goodwin and D.J. Monroe slated to graduate. That leaves an opening for someone to get Monroe's 5-10 touches per game, which keeps the defense on its toes. Enter Wilson, arguably the fastest player with the ball under his arm in the state. Wilson also demonstrates great hands, and is used as much as a receiver as he is a running back. That should allow Wilson to find touches in an over-crowded backfield, while he could also motion out and test defenses from the slot.


7) Kent Perkins, OL, Lake Highlands

The top offensive tackle prospect in the state, Perkins has a fantastic frame at 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds. But he's more than just a big body. Perkins moves uncommonly well and shows the ability to pull and get his pads on much smaller players in space. As a pass blocker, there's still work to be done, but with his combination of size and agility, there isn't any reason to think that he won't be able to pick it up, especially since he shows the ability to mirror rushers with his quick feet.


8) Jake Oliver, WR, Dallas Jesuit

It's tough to find a more productive receiver than Oliver, an excellent route-runner with great size and deceptive speed and big play ability. Oliver shows the ability to get separation, but even when he doesn't separate, he plays the ball well and shows soft, strong hands to make catches in traffic. What you don't expect is that he actually has some shiftiness to him, and he can make the first guy miss. He might be the most college-ready receiver in the state.


9) A'Shawn Robinson, OL/DL, Arlington Heights

If you're ranking purely on potential, Robinson would be up there with Tyrone Swoopes as the top couple players in the state. He has all the tools to be an NFL player either on the interior offensive line or at defensive tackle. And though a lot of people project him at the latter, I think he has the most potential as an offensive guard. When Robinson is honed in, he shows everything you're looking for: size, strength, agility, burst and nastiness. But he doesn't seem to be as honed in on a regular basis as the other top line prospects listed here.


10) Isaiah Golden, DT, Elysian Fields

Golden plays defensive end in some of his highlights for Elysian Fields, an impressive thing to watch when you're talking about a guy who is 6-3 300. But he's definitely destined for the interior in college, where he will be the rare defensive tackle capable of causing havoc in the passing game. Golden has tremendous short-area power when he punches, and his closing speed on ball-carriers is fascinating to watch. He compares favorably with Longhorn signee Malcom Brown.


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