Junior Day One Roundup

Miss Junior Day One? Everything you need to know about one of the biggest recruiting days of the year is inside.

* Expected players don't make the trip

Some Junior Day I visitors elected to push their visits back earlier this week, like Ishmael Wilson. But a number of players expected to visit Saturday didn't wind up making the trip. Will Barrows said late this week that he was planning on coming, but said there was a miscommunication. James White elected not to come. And Vincent Taylor and Kent Perkins both claimed family emergencies, though Taylor later said it was car trouble. But for whatever reason, about one-fourth of the expected Junior Day visitors didn't make the trip Saturday. And that wasn't supplemented by any surprise visitors, either.

* Nobody pulls the trigger

Texas's Junior Day commitments figured to take a downslide with all of the new staff members, largely because they felt the need, and desire, to evaluate more players and get to know them before pushing for early commitments. We saw that trend actually start last year. At 2009 Junior Day weekend, Texas hauled in seven commitments, and two more on that next Monday. In 2010, it was nine. Last year's Junior Day had only four — Alex De La Torre, Alex Norman Orlando Thomas and Curtis Riser. And only one other player even committed within that week.

Well, this year, there weren't any. Not one. The school that earned so much publicity for filling up its class on Junior Days saw Junior Day come and go with no new commitments.

* But don't call JD1 a failure

The Longhorns still made a major impression over a number of high priority recruits. The Longhorns reaffirmed previous offers to Justin Manning and Jake Oliver, and sent out new ones to every visitor, with the exception of Harker Heights Naashon Hughes (Texas told Hughes they were only taking one linebacker in this class and wanted to evaluate several players). And ther than the above players, it was an outstanding turnout from the state's top uncommitted prospects: Oliver, Manning, Hughes, Tyrone Swoopes, Kyle Hicks, Dontre Wilson, Ricky Seals-Jones, Ra'Shaad Samples, Durham Smythe, Darius James, A'Shawn Robinson and Justin Manning. Texas commitment Jake Raulerson also made the trip, as a recruiter.

Every visitor claimed to have a great visit. Even without the commitments, Texas made the impression it needed to make on several top targets in the 2013 class.

* And now, be on commitment watch

That impression was strong enough that you should probably expect to see more high-schoolers join Raulerson in the fold within the next week. Among the candidates for commitment are top target Seals-Jones of Sealy, running back Hicks of Arlington Martin and talented slot receiver Samples of Dallas Skyline, though there are certainly other possibilities out there. The point is, you should be surprised if Texas is still stuck on one commitment heading into this next weekend.

* Finally, expect Junior Day 2 to be a wild one, especially at quarterback

The Longhorns have a ton of visitors slated for that day, with more invitations going out seemingly by the second. And some of those will be interesting to watch, depending on who commits and who doesn't from the first Junior Day. By far, the most interesting position is shaping up to be quarterback. The Longhorns extended an offer to the state's top signal caller in Swoopes. But if Swoopes isn't ready to pull the trigger, Texas has a whopping three quarterbacks slated for JD2, including J.T. Barrett of Wichita Falls Rider, Kenny Hill of Southlake Carroll and now Cody Thomas of Colleyville Heritage.

Several other positions, including offensive line, with Josh Thomas, Ishmael Wilson and potentially Perkins set to visit, could also be intriguing, but in general, this class won't really start to take shape until after we know what's going on with these JD1 guys.

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