Longhorn Digest Top 25, 11-15

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.

11) Raaquan Davis, LB, Rockwall-Heath

Coaches love lanky safeties with great frames. Know why? It's because they can be turned into speedy linebackers. And Davis (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) doesn't have very far to go to make that transition. Demarco Cobbs went from 6-2 205 to 6-2 220 almost overnight, and you can expect similar results from Davis. But whereas Cobbs was primarily an offensive player coming out of high school, Davis makes his hay on defense, where he has shown himself to be a physical player and a thumping hitter.

12) Will Barrows, CB, Dallas Skyline

Barrows doesn't wow you physically because he's listed at just 5-10 and is slight of build. But he runs well and he will battle you for everything that you get. In what appears to be a weak in-state cornerback class, at least initially, Barrows is arguably the top player at the position along with guys like Colin Janice of West Orange-Stark, Antwuan Davis of Bastrop and Kyle Hicks of Arlington Martin. It's unclear who will emerge as THE top guy, but at this point, Barrows, thanks to his competitive nature, is an awfully good pick.

13) Chevoski Collins, ATH, Livingston

Anything you can do, I can do better. Collins earns a spot on this list because of his versatility. He could project as a running back, wide receiver, cornerback or safety. What Collins lacks in elite speed, he makes up for in shift and his feel for the game. Some players are just smooth, natural athletes, and that's precisely what you're getting with Collins. He would probably end up at either wide receiver or safety, and especially at the latter position, he would rate as an awfully high-level guy.

14) Tyus Bowser, DE, Tyler John Tyler

This would seem awfully high for Bowser, except for this: the state doesn't appear to be high on defensive ends just yet. Even beyond that, Bowser fits what the Longhorns haven't gotten as of yet in the 2011 class: a cat-quick end with pass-rushing instincts. Bowser is undersized right now for the position, but he has the lanky frame to fill out, and he certainly has the game to merit watching.

15) Keith Ford, RB, Cypress Ranch

Ford could certainly be higher on this list, but the fact that Texas already has every-down running backs up-the-wazoo means that he's not as high a priority. Still, Ford has seemingly emerged as the state's top running back, somebody with the vision to find the hole, the power to run between the tackles and the speed to bounce it outside and take it to the house. He could come in, redshirt behind Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron and Johnathan Gray, and prepare himself to take over the load in a couple seasons.

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