Longhorns To Host Huge Recruiting Weekend

With the banquet this weekend, the Longhorns will host all manner of committed and uncommitted prospects, including some of the top players left on the Longhorn board.

Granted, the haul could have been even greater, had five-star offensive tackle and Scout.com's No. 1 overall prospect Arik Armstead not canceled to officially visit Cal. But fret not. In addition to most of the 2011 Texas commits, the Longhorn staff will have plenty of top targets on hand to pursue.

Below are four of the top uncommitted prospects expected to be in attendance.

1) Torshiro Davis, DE, Woodlawn (La.)

Forget star ratings. Davis might be the third-highest rated player of the four listed, but his skill set is the most important to what Texas needs. The Longhorns are in need of a pass rusher in this class, and Davis has always been the top one on the board. Not only is he a freak combination of acceleration and get-off — how many end prospects run 4.56 electronic 40-yard dash times — but he shows a natural instinct for getting to the quarterback. This was a perfect weekend to invite Davis in, as he and his mother are looking for a home away from home for his college destination. And what better weekend to show off the Texas family atmosphere than banquet weekend, when players, their parents and Texas commitments will be on hand to sell the program's praises.

2) Mario Edwards, DE, Denton Ryan

Like Davis, Edwards is at a need position. But while Davis is a freak athlete blazing around the edge, Edwards is a different kind of freak. Recent reports put him at around 290 pounds, making him a tackle-sized player with end-like athleticism. Other than Armstead and Dorial Green-Beckham, Edwards might be the top prospect left on the Longhorns' board. And after it looked like he might have cooled on Texas following the Longhorns' showing in the Red River Rivalry game, he's now back on board as a bona-fide prospect and potential Texas signee. The Longhorns have made up a lot of ground recently.

3) Landon Collins, S, Dutchtown (La.)

To quote Scout.com National Analyst Brandon Huffman after he saw Collins at The Opening: "That kid can play whatever position he wants." That's the kind of review you get when you run a mid-4.4 40, jump over 40 inches and put up a powerball throw that most linemen would be proud of. He won the SPARQ championship at the event, a collection of the country's best high school athletes. And he's even better on a football field. Ideally, Collins projects as a prototypical safety with excellent bulk, speed, acceleration, hitting ability and ball skills. If the Longhorns have their free safety of the future in the rangy and speedy Mykkele Thompson, Collins — who looks to be a head-hunter on film — is the perfect complement. And here's the bad news. Of the four listed prospects, Collins is the biggest long shot. Most expect him to choose between Alabama and LSU, and some are surprised he's even making the Texas visit. Sure, if he's on the 40 Acres, there's a chance. But right now, it's looking like a Lloyd Christmas chance.

4) Adrian Colbert, S, Mineral Wells

The most likely player to commit on the list, Colbert only ranks fourth because of the prodigious nature of the other three, which includes two five-stars in Edwards and Collins and an elite positional talent in four-star Davis. By any other measure, he's a big-time talent, a safety with legitimate track speed who isn't afraid to come up in run support. Colbert says that he would have attended Texas for track had football teams not started to offer him, and now that a Texas offer is on the table, it's reasonable to think that he'll give the Longhorns long consideration for his signature. Given that he brings a key ingredient — speed and tenaciousness — to a need position — safety — Colbert would be an outstanding pickup.

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