Top Lone Star Players Left

Who are the top remaining uncommitted players in the state? We take a look here, and predict where they'll end up.

1) Justin Manning, Dallas Kimball defensive tackle Texas Top-50 Rank: 2

As the only top-10 player left uncommitted, Manning is the clear-cut prize remaining on the board. The cat-quick defensive tackle claims to be considering all of his options, but the feeling here is that it will wind up being a Red River battle. Oklahoma would seem to have the upper hand here, because Manning's older brother DeMarcus Granger not only played there, but played defensive tackle there. But Texas assistant Darrell Wyatt recruited Granger to Oklahoma in the first place, making for an interesting twist.

Way-Too-Early Prediction: Oklahoma

2) Torrodney Prevot, Alief Taylor defensive end Texas Top-50 Rank: 11

So the top-10 thing might have been just oversold a bit above. Prevot is certainly in that discussion, and as the state's best pass-rusher, he has an incredibly high value level. A number of coaching staffs are trying to get in here, and Prevot is open to hearing all comers. But at the end of the day, don't be shocked if this becomes a contest between two schools who battled it out for a Louisiana pass-rusher, also a defensive end/linebacker hybrid like Prevot, in Torshiro Davis. LSU and Texas would seem to be excellent options, and I think this one eventually leans the same way that battle did.

Way-Too-Early Prediction: Texas

3) Dontre Wilson, DeSoto running back Texas Top-50 Rank: 12

Wilson sits in the spot just behind Prevot in the rankings, and like Prevot, he brings an elite talent with no price tag: game-breaking speed. Wilson is arguably the fastest ball-carrier in the state, and that kind of speed has teams throughout the country pining for his signature. Texas is trying to sell Wilson on playing a role similar to D.J. Monroe as an "offensive athlete", but the smart money here says that he ends up on a team that can convince him that he'll be a straight running back. And more specifically, a team that has had success with smaller backs in the past, and has landed multiple speed backs out of Texas.

Way-Too-Early Prediction: Oregon

4) Mike Mitchell, Prestonwood Christian linebacker Texas Top-50 Rank: 19

Mitchell is a top-20 prospect here, a middle linebacker with an elite frame and the athleticism to be a middle linebacker in a Tampa-Two type defense that likes guys who can run and play a deep zone at the position. That fits Oregon well, a team that has recruited defensive speed like an SEC team and one that meshes with Mitchell's talent. TCU is also in the mix, as is Ohio State, though the Big 10's type of play isn't necessarily a great fit. And Ole Miss sits there as a darkhorse, as do any of the Florida schools as he's originally from the state. He currently lists a top four as Oregon, TCU, Ohio State and Ole Miss, and if picking now (and not counting the Florida schools, which haven't offered), that would probably be the order I'd list them in.

Way-Too-Early Prediction: Oregon

5) Ra'Shaad Samples, Dallas Skyline wide receiver Texas Top-50 Rank: 22

Samples is an elite-level slot receiver, the kind of player who is close-to-impossible to jam and who can take a short pass and turn it into six. Samples has a bevy of offers from top teams, but his best fit would be in a spread where teams couldn't concentrate on trying to slow him down. Get him somewhere where he's facing the nickel back, a safety or a linebacker on a regular basis, and he'll make hay. And I see him going to a team just like that.

Way-Too-Early Prediction: Texas A&M

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