Recruiting Quick Hits

Here are five quick hits on Texas recruiting, from JD1 aftermath to the upcoming JD2 visitors.

* We told you not to sweat the lack of early commitments, and that advice turned out to be pretty sage. Texas not only hauled in four commits the week after Junior Day I, but four BIG ones, including the top quarterback and wide receiver on the board, while A'Shawn Robinson, when he's on, is arguably the top lineman in the state. And Kyle Hicks is an all-purpose back who can also be a high-level cornerback. Add in the even earlier commitment of Jake Raulerson, and Texas is cleaning up with several of its top targets.

* Having said that, the reason for not having the bevy of early commitments seems to be that the Texas coaching staff told the players to be sure in their decisions. At least three recruits that I talked to said the Longhorn coaches told them they could commit, if they wanted to, but that it was a big decision, and one they should seriously consider before making. Two of those said they were encouraged to go home, meet with their families and sleep on it. Personally, I love the approach. When these kids start committing, a lot of times it's like starting a line of dominoes. It's a fast-moving train because nobody wants to be the guy who waited too long, and had his offer pulled because somebody else took his scholarship spot. And that's probably why, once the first few dominoes started to fall, we saw a few more in quick succession.

* And it's not done yet. Ricky Seals-Jones is set to announce his college decision on Wednesday, and the player who makes up one of the top overall guys on the Texas board is expected to throw up the horns. Yet he might not even be the next commitment, as multiple other players are rumored to be on the verge of making a decision. But this is also what I like: even those who aren't especially close to deciding, like Belton tight end Durham Smythe (who will probably decide in the next month or so), will make their decisions after visiting other schools and making an educated — and non-pressured — choice. In short, it means that players who wanted to visit other schools, like Thomas Johnson in last year's class, can get that out of the way, and are more likely to be totally locked-in through the process after committing.

* Junior Day II could be huge. The Longhorns have a number of visitors slated for Austin this weekend, across a bevy of positions. The most interesting one to me will be linebacker, where Deon Hollins Jr., Mike Mitchell, Deoundrei Davis and Brett Wade will vie for the one linebacker offer in the class. Naashon Hughes is pushing for that same offer, but he wasn't offered at JD1, and was told that the Longhorn coaches were deeply considering who would pick up the one class offer at that position.

* Finally, don't be surprised if this class is way, way offense-heavy. On National Signing Day, Texas signed eight defensive linemen, four linebackers and three cornerbacks. And they've signed three safeties in the last two years (even if somebody like Leroy Scott doesn't get moved over). So in a small class, expect Texas to address the other side of the ball and only extend offers to the best of the best on defense.

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