JUNIOR DAY — Defense

Which visitors are committed, who has offers and who should you keep an eye on at Sunday's Junior Day? Read more inside.


DE Jake Raulerson, Celina

Raulerson is the "bell cow", the Connor Brewer in this year's class. Last year, Brewer committed the week before Junior Day I, then helped to recruit and wrangle in several key players on the way to helping Texas achieve the nation's top recruiting class. But even without those intangibles, Raulerson is a take first because he's an outstanding football player with great power, athleticism and effort.


DT Justin Manning, Dallas Kimball

Like Jake Oliver, Manning received an offer this past weekend, just before he was slated to trip to Oklahoma for the Sooners' Junior Day. It was a trip that Manning never made, due to transportation issues. The Sooners' loss is the Longhorns' gain. Like Oliver, Manning was at one point thought to be an extreme lean elsewhere. And like Oliver, Manning has gotten past those expectations by being open to Longhorn pitches.


LB Naashon Hughes, Harker Heights

The younger brother of Texas signee (and early enrollee) Camrhon Hughes, Naashon might be considered a category up in the "lock for an offer" range, except that defensive offers will be few and far between this year. Texas locked up eight defensive linemen in last year's class, four linebackers and three cornerbacks. That's a lot of need-meeting. Still, Hughes might be the state's best pure outside linebacker, somebody with range and the ability to get after the QB.

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