2015 WR/TE Recruiting Analysis

Texas has a massive wide receiver class committed for 2014. How does that affect the Longhorns' 2015 prospects?

For starters, it means Texas won't go absolutely crazy in 2015 at the position. So far, Darrell Wyatt's group expects to add six players in the 2014 class — Roderick Bernard, Armanti Foreman, Garrett Gray, Lorenzo Joe, Dorian Leonard and Emmanuel Porter — and that's following a 2013 class that added three young players to the group. With a nine-man haul over the past two years, it's silly to expect the Longhorns to go all-in for 2015, though Texas already has one commitment and multiple other top targets in mind.

Don't be shocked if 2015 sees the Longhorns grab another three or so receivers to the pool. That may seem like a lot, but out of the nine players in the last two classes, some can project to other positions in the future, if need be.

Lufkin speedster Keke Coutee ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the Texas camp, and committed to the 'Horns right afterward. At 5-9 170, he's the prototypical space player that the Longhorns enjoy deploying in the slot, a guy who can take carries on reverses and end arounds, make big plays off of bubble screens or blow the top off two-deep coverages.

Texas has been looking for an 'X' wideout since grabbing Kendall Sanders in 2012, and while some other guys, like 2013 catch Montrel Meander, could fill that spot, the Longhorns have two outstanding prospects in the 2015 class. DaMarkus Lodge of Cedar Hill has a little bit of everything at this point. He's 6-foot-1 and long, with the frame to pack some power, while he also has the wheels to beat people deep. At this point, he might be the state's top receiver for 2015 … a player who should break out and have a massive season at a school that produces FBS targets every year. It says quite a bit that Lodge has the offer list that he has despite serving as Cedar Hill's No. 3 or 4 option as a sophomore.

The other option at the 'X' is Cypress Ridge product Kemah Siverand. Siverand (6-0 180) ran 4.5-flat at Texas camp. He might be smaller than Lodge, but Siverand has more quickness and explosion over the top.

It will be tough to get those three. The competition for Lodge is fierce, though the Longhorns have certainly put themselves in the thick of that race. Siverand should shape up to be a Texas-Texas A&M battle, and will be a difficult pull as well. The only other wide receiver offer that the Longhorns have out is to Temple's Chad President, who is committed to Baylor as a quarterback.

At tight end, Texas only has one offer out so far, to Clear Lake product Jordan Davis, who picked Texas A&M. The Longhorns are still in the running for Tyler Luatua for 2014, and whether they land him could dictate their approach to the position in 2015.


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