Best Texas Players Available

We're nearly through June, and the countdown has started for the rare top Texas prospect who has yet to commit. Only eight players of the LonghornDigest.com Texas Top 50 remain uncommitted, or 16 percent. Still, those are some pretty nice pieces left for the teams that can land them.

1) WR Ricky Seals-Jones, 6-5 215, Sealy (LonghornDigest State Rank: No. 1)

Seals-Jones is the top player in the state, and is such a good athlete that he's going to try his hand at playing college basketball as well. He averaged 30 points per game last year on the hardwood, and while he decommitted from Texas to look at his options, certainly don't count the Longhorns out in the race for his signature. Baylor, Texas A&M and LSU are among the other schools vying for his signature.


2) DT Justin Manning, 6-3 275, Dallas Kimball (No. 2)

Manning was the No. 1 available player the last time we did this list, and as there's only one player ahead of him in our in-state rankings, there's only one guy who could have supplanted him. The quick defensive tackle is still considered an Oklahoma lean, though the longer the process drags out, the better for schools like Texas and LSU. Manning is also listing TCU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, USC and Arkansas among his top choices.


3) DE/OLB Torrodney Prevot, 6-4 210, Alief Taylor (No. 16)

One of the hardest players to read in the Class of 2013 is one of the hardest players for offensive tackles to block. Prevot is THE elite pass-rusher in the in-state class, someone with 4.5-second speed and the quickness to bend the edge at will. Prevot is looking at the Longhorns, Texas A&M and LSU, among others, and it's difficult to tell where he'll end up.


4) LB Mike Mitchell, 6-4 220, Prestonwood Christian (No. 21)

Mitchell isn't your typical middle linebacker. He's a sideline-to-sideline presence who is also pretty fluid in pass coverage. And that makes him a catch in the era of today's spread offenses. It's still unclear where Mitchell ends up, but he has plenty of offers from big-time college programs like Florida, Nebraska, Ohio State and Oklahoma, and he said in May that his top four were the Buckeyes, Oregon, Ole Miss and TCU. Keep an eye on Ole Miss — which is doing an outstanding job recruiting his teammate, Christian Morgan — and TCU as a local option.


5) WR Ra'Shaad Samples, 5-11 170, Dallas Skyline (No. 22)

The cat-quick Samples is headed toward a decision almost as quickly as he breaks ankles on cuts. Samples has said he'll make his commitment at The Opening, a Nike camp event held for top prospects in Oregon. He lists a top six of Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC, Ohio State and Oklahoma State. But Samples likely lost his chance to play for Texas when Jacorey Warrick committed, and many in the state think he'll play his college ball in College Station.


6) WR/TE Gary Moore, 6-5 215, Clarksville (No. 30)

Whether Moore moves up in the rankings, or accumulates a mass amount of offers, has more to do with what he accomplishes off the field than on it. On the field, Moore is talented enough that everyone in the region evaluated him. But the grades have to get better, or he'll be headed to the JUCO route. Great talent: a big wide receiver who can run, or who could bulk up into a receiving tight end at the next level.


7) QB Devante Kincade, 6-2 180, Dallas Skyline (No. 42)

Kincade represents exactly what teams look for out of spread quarterbacks. He's athletic enough that some schools evaluated him as a wide receiver, and throws the ball well enough that he won MVP of the Dallas Elite 11 camp. Kincade, who recently added Nebraska and Michigan State to his offer pile, has said he's looking for a school with a good sports medicine program.


8) TE Christian Morgan, 6-4 260, Prestonwood Christian (No. 49)

One of the interesting questions about the recent recruiting cycle is why the Longhorns steered clear of the massive Morgan when they were looking to add a blocking tight end to the class. Still, the talented tight end from the same school as fellow uncommitted prospect Mike Mitchell has plenty of options, and has recently named a final four of Baylor, Ole Miss, Florida State and Arkansas.


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