UA Combine Preview — Texas Targets

With the Under Armour Underclassmen Combine set to kick off Saturday, here are some players for Texas fans to keep an eye on.

Note: As is the case with any combine, the players listed below are the ones signed up and expected to be in attendance. There is always a chance that they might not show.

1) J.T. Barrett, quarterback, Wichita Falls Rider

Barrett is locked in competition with 2013 five-star Tyrone Swoopes of Whitewright, with the winner seemingly set to pick up the Longhorns' quarterback offer for the class. Barrett is a plus athlete, but that's not quite enough against Swoopes, who's a plus-plus in every physical category. Where Barrett can make an impact — and what makes him worth watching Saturday — is as a polished passer. If Barrett can convince the Texas coaches that he's a less risky investment because he's more ready to go right out of the box, he could play his way into that offer.

2) Marcel Harris, safety, South Lake (Fla.)

The rare out-of-state underclassman at the Texas summer camp last year, Harris played well enough that he could be one of the earliest offers of the 2013 Texas class. He has great speed and range for the position, and, with a state of Texas class that's a bit down at the position, could find himself as the Longhorns' top target at the position. Now the real question: Can Texas lure the talented safety out of the Sunshine State?

3) Marcell Ateman, wide receiver, Wylie East

Ateman isn't as polished as other in-state receivers in the Class of 2013, but his ceiling is significantly higher than most. Ateman is an excellent basketball player, and plays his wide receiver position like the power forward that he is: competing for every jump ball like it's a rebound, and winning a high percentage of them with a great combination of height (6-5), body control and athleticism. Saturday will give us a look at how far he's come as a route runner.

4) Quan Jones, wide receiver, Wylie East

Most colleges would love to have a tall tandem like Wylie East has in Ateman and Jones (6-4). Jones is the more college-ready prospect of the two, and has drawn interest from schools like Oklahoma, among others. He's on the Texas radar at this point, though both he and Ateman are likely just below players like Jake Oliver and Rashaad Samples in terms of immediate Junior Day offers.

5) Tie: Jalyn Judkins, wide receiver, Manvel; Akeem Harrison, athlete, Killeen

Neither player is likely to pick up a Texas offer, but both Judkins and Harrison have traits that make them intriguing sleeper prospects. Judkins had a nice junior season that saw him emerge thanks to nice size (6-3) and athleticism. He could find himself in that receiver group just below guys like Ateman and Jones. Harrison has nice height and plays tight end at Killeen. He'll be working out as a wide receiver, but likely projects as a linebacker/safety hybrid at the next level. He has the frame to add weight, is a smooth athlete and plays physically.

Other In-State Prospects Expected Saturday:

Kevin Blessing, offensive lineman, Flower Mound Marcus

Austin Henyon, quarterback, Trinity Valley School

Carter Odenweller, defensive back, Northland Christian School

Ishmael Wilson, offensive lineman, Bishop Dunne Catholic School

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