Brandon Austin, 6-6 170, Philadelphia, PA (No. 10 SF, 4*)
That means, should the Longhorns reel him in, he could be the lone early signee in the class, with Texas's other two primary targets expected to wait.
"Brandon Austin is one of the most naturally talented players in the class. He's 6-6 and can really play the point guard position if you need him to. He's not a natural point, per se, but he can handle the ball and pass it. He's long and athletic. Consistency has been an issue for him. But he's super talented and somebody that a lot of coaches really, really like. He's getting a lot better too; he's made some big gains in the last year, year and a half. His best basketball is really in front of him."
Keith Frazier, 6-6 192, Dallas, TX (No. 2 SG, 5*)
Expect this one to drag into the spring. The Longhorns appeared on life support here until Frazier called the staff asking them to continue to recruit him. That adds intrigue to what could be a tight race.
"One of the best shooters in the class. When he has it working, he can absolutely fill it up. He's a pretty good athlete with good length, but he's just naturally gifted as a scorer. Effort has always been, and continues to be an issue. He's great when he's on just because of his natural gifts. He's OK dribbling, OK passing. But in terms of the ability to put the ball in the basket, he has it as much as anybody in the country."
Julius Randle, 6-8 215, Plano, TX (No. 1 PF, 5*)
Even if the Longhorns don't get Randle, the Texas staff will deserve plenty of credit for the job they've done in recruiting him. Texas seemed on the outskirts of this one until Randle's visit in September, which appeared to turn the tide in a major way, thrusting Texas back into the middle of his decision-making process.
Like with Frazier, this one is going into the spring, so there's a long way to go. But Texas has to like that it's sitting in the thick of things.
"What more is there to say about Julius Randle, except that he's really freaking good? He's a power forward with great feet. He's strong, tough, rebounds, drives it well and can play some on the perimeter. When I first saw him, I thought he reminded me of a young Chris Webber, and I don't think that comparison is too far off. Obviously it's a bit early to say that he's going to have a 15-year NBA career, but he's going to be shaking David Stern's hand pretty soon. He's one of the elite players in the country, and also one of the elite talents of the last five or six years."