LonghornDigest.com Texas Top 50

LonghornDigest.com will break down the top 50 players in the state, five at a time. Underrated weapons Griffin Gilbert and Jonathan Williams lead Nos. 36-40.

36) Griffin Gilbert, TE, Lake Travis (TCU)

Gilbert is the state's best tight end, a 6-foot-6 machine of destruction on the offensive end. Nobody could do anything with him this year, thanks to his height, length, running ability and most of all, his ability to high-point and win jump balls. At 215 pounds, Gilbert is slender, and he'll have to add weight. But get him up to 240 or 250 and you're blessed with a tight end with outstanding coordination and hands, somebody who can shred the open holes in a zone.


37) Jonathan Williams, RB, Allen (Arkansas)

Williams might be the forgotten man of the 2012 in-state class. Most people had him ranked in the top-20 or so range before an injury riddled senior season. When he's healthy, he's among the best running backs in this in-state class, somebody who has the frame to play at 210-plus and the speed to take it to the house. His size/speed combination will fit well at Arkansas, which typically uses a rotation of varying talents at the position and caters to the hot hand. Williams certainly has a chance to be that player.


38) Orlando Thomas, ATH, Copperas Cove (Texas)

The only real reason that Thomas isn't higher here is because he'll be moving to a new position at the next level. At Copperas Cove, Thomas was a devastating zone-read quarterback with quick feet, great change of direction skills and top-end speed. Somewhat like 2011 star Mykkele Thompson, it will be hard to keep the ball out of Thomas's hands in college, and he could certainly eventually move to a wide receiver spot. But he'll start his time at the 40 Acres as a cornerback, and while he has the skills to make that transition, he'll have a bit of a learning curve.


39) Paul Boyette, DT, Humble (TEXAS)

Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz likes having multi-talented linemen, and in Boyette, he has a mobile defensive tackle with the length and athleticism to occasionally slide outside. Boyette is a long 6-4 280, and his build means that Texas could either keep him smaller, and quicker, or use the extra space to toss 25-30 pounds on him and have him clog things up as an athletic nose. His size and versatility make him an attractive player, and while it will probably take some time for him to find his legs, there's a lot of potential to build on.


40) Michael Wilson, OT, Aledo (Oklahoma State)

The Cowboys only added to their excellent offensive line haul with this weekend's addition of Wilson, who should grow into an excellent tackle. At 6-6, Wilson has great length, and his handiwork is apparent with the rushing numbers for running back Johnathan Gray. Wilson will need to add weight, but he has the look of a potential left tackle at the next level, and he's somebody that appears plenty willing to mix it up in the run game. Give him a couple of years, but don't be surprised if he pushes his way into the starting lineup in Stillwater soon after that.


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