LonghornDigest.com 2014 Texas Top 50

The 2014 in-state class is packed with athletic defenders, something backed up by the fact that four of the five from 16-20 fit that description.

16) Nick Watkins, CB, Dallas Bishop Dunne

A lot of people will have Watkins higher than this, and I don't necessarily disagree. He's a 6-foot-1 corner who can really run, and who plays the ball really well. The only question mark, for me, is his competition. Can he match up with the elite receivers in this class? It remains to be seen. But he's a big-time talent.

17) Derick Roberson, DE, San Antonio Brennan — Texas

Roberson is an interesting prospect for a rush end because he isn't quite as explosive off the ball as you'd think he would be for a 6-3, 215-pound guy. But he makes up for that with exceptional fluidity and change-of-direction. Roberson also plays with a physical nature counter to his currently slender build.

18) Josh Walker, LB, Gilmer — Texas A&M

A&M struck a major in-state blow with their landing of Walker over the in-state Longhorns. Walker is athletic enough that many think he could play running back at a BCS school, which means he'll be just perfect as an SEC linebacker. Very fast and awfully physical as well.

19) Brandon Simmons, S, Mansfield Timberview — Stanford

Edward Paris might get the majority of the headlines as an elite prospect, but Simmons is probably actually a better football player right now. Simmons does an outstanding job of finding the ball, and he has the size and range to play either safety spot at the next level.

20) Lorenzo Joe, WR, Abilene Cooper — Texas

When Texas picked up a commitment from Joe, it seemed like a nice solid pickup. Joe was a nice smooth player who was probably a B+ in everything he did. But he's kept improving, and has even now grown to almost 6-3, making him a very good outside receiver prospect. An underrated athlete with soft hands.

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