Note: You'll notice that all of the players listed below are in-staters. That's because the Longhorns have specifically targeted these players, and whichever out-of-staters are left on the board — guys like Vonn Bell — are bigger long shots, and in most cases, bigger luxuries. All of the below players have been offered by the Longhorns.
1) Maurice Smith, DB, Fort Bend Dulles
Why is Smith the top player here? Because he's arguably the top cornerback in the state, and has the potential to play safety as well. In a class that is somewhat limited in terms of scholarships, Smith stands out because he offers the versatility to play wherever there is a gap in the defensive backfield. And Duane Akina loves defensive backs who can play both cornerback and safety. It stands to reason, then, that Smith's versatility is a big part of the reason Akina covets Smith. Smith might be the No. 1 defensive back on the Texas board, and so he's No. 1 here.
2) Torrodney Prevot, DE/OLB, Alief Taylor
Arguably the premier player that Texas still has a great shot at, the only reason Prevot isn't No. 1 is because the Longhorns have loaded up so completely on defensive ends, and it's a little unsure just how well Prevot will fit in if he isn't able to gain the requisite weight to play along the line. Still, don't sleep on this pass-rusher with dynamite quickness and 4.56 speed in the 40-yard dash. There's a reason pass rushers are at a premium in every class, and Prevot happens to be THE premium guy in the Lone Star State this year.
3) Antwuan Davis, CB, Bastrop
If you were just to rank prospects based on size/speed potential, Davis would be first on any defensive back list. There are so few legitimate cornerbacks with 6-1 size … and even fewer with 4.3-flat type speed in the 40-yard dash. That Davis combines both indicates that his value is incredibly high, and he's at a need position. He just needs to stay healthy, which would give him more of a chance to develop as a football player. But his potential is through the roof.
4) Dontre Wilson, RB, DeSoto
Texas landing Jacorey Warrick means that Wilson, not Ra'Shaad Samples, is the top remaining offensive target. Both are somewhat of luxuries, as Warrick plays an extremely similar role to Samples, while the 2012 signing of Daje Johnson creates less of a need for Wilson's speed as a jet sweep guy. But Wilson is one of the fastest players in pads in the entire state, and the Texas coaches are drooling over the various ways they could employ that speed in coach Bryan Harsin's offense.
5) Justin Manning, DT, Dallas Kimball
The more things come out about Manning, the less likely it seems that he'll wind up in a Texas jersey. He didn't make it to the Texas spring game as originally planned, and has long been thought of as an Oklahoma lean. That he hasn't committed there yet is of some surprise, and the longer this recruitment goes, the more Texas has a shot. Still, he's an unlikely commitment at this point, and most still expect him to wind up on the other side of the Red River Rivalry. He's the best player on this board, but the decreased likelihood that he picks Texas, and the fact that the Longhorns are stacked at defensive tackle, moves him down a bit.