The Final Few Pieces

Like late in a game of chess, most of the pieces of the 2012 class have been taken off the board. Read more for an analysis of the last few pieces standing on the Texas recruiting board.

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Hillcrest (Mo.)

The nation's top wide receiver prospect will have Longhorn coaches into his home for his in-home visit with the staff this week, then will make his final official visit this weekend, to Missouri. DGB, as he's come to be known, has visited Texas and Arkansas officially already, and Oklahoma remains on his list. Green-Beckham would be a fantastic final piece to the pie, an explosive wide receiver who would add a big-play element to an already stellar group.

Torshiro Davis, DE/OLB, Woodlawn (La.)

While DGB would be more of a feather in the cap, Davis might actually fill a bigger need, one for a polished pass rusher who can get after the quarterback. Davis seemed to reaffirm his commitment to LSU after visiting Texas, but he has also indicated that he is still considering things. Texas isn't out of the picture here, and while it would take quite a bit to sway the defensive end/linebacker from his LSU commitment, the Longhorns at least have a Lloyd Christmas chance.

Dalton Santos, MLB, Van

Santos was the elephant in the Longhorn linebacker class room, the one player where people said: 'hey, I like our linebacker class, but why didn't we offer THAT guy?' Well, it's better late than never. Texas has extended an offer to the burly middle linebacker who plays the run like he holds a grudge against anybody who ever toted a pigskin. Will Santos listen? Of course he will, as Texas likely wouldn't have offered if they didn't have an in there. Santos decommitted from Tennessee after some staff changes and has since received offers from squads like Ohio State.

Bryce Cottrell, DE/OLB, Plano West

Cottrell is the most recent offer, a Plano West defensive end prospect who will likely take a couple of years to add the necessary bulk for the position. But when he's finished, he'll be a 6-3 250-to-260-pound end who can hold up against the run. And he shows some potential against the pass as well. Cottrell is currently an Oregon commitment, but like the above point with Santos, Texas probably wouldn't have offered if there wasn't at least a chance to pull him in.

Daje Johnson, RB/CB, Pflugerville Hendrickson

And here's the first of the two 'maybe' offers. Johnson doesn't have an offer from Texas, not yet. But the Pflugerville Hendrickson running back does have a planned official visit to the 40 Acres set for this weekend. If he makes it in to campus, don't be shocked if the Longhorns go ahead and extend an offer. And it would be an offer well-spent, as the current TCU commitment will likely have shown the level of interest necessary. Texas could certainly do worse than landing a back who runs in the 4.35 range and who could project to multiple positions at the next level.

Vincent Hobbs, TE, Mesquite Horn

The second of the two players awaiting an offer, though Hobbs will find out his status before Johnson does. The Texas staff told Hobbs that he would find out in the middle of this week, so expect word any time now. Hobbs already visited Texas, and the Longhorns are in the market for a tight end. Hobbs lacks great size, but he moves well, catches the ball well and is physical on the line. If Texas doesn't offer, Memphis is his likely destination. And he has said that if Texas does offer, he'll take it.

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