2014 is supposed to be the year of the defensive back in the state. And with cornerbacks like Tony Brown, Nick Harvey, Arrion Springs and Nick Watkins, among others, that's a pretty safe label. But while the 2015 class might not have the depth, at least not yet, at the position, it's still a place to go and nab some top-notch talent at the position.
One of the players who drew early attention from the coaching staff was Corpus Christi Flour Bluff corner Jalen Campbell. Campbell, who committed right after getting his early offer, isn't especially big, and he hasn't run well in the 40-yard dash. But he's smooth, has outstanding ball skills and he's instinctual. It will be interesting to see how he develops physically, because if he can catch up in that area, the sky's the limit.
The only other early offer from the staff was Fort Bend Marshall standout Kendall Sheffield. Likely the top corner in the in-state class, Sheffield is around a top-five player in-state, putting him on par with some of the top corners to come out of Texas in the last several years. Unlike Campbell, Sheffield is the physical ideal, with size, great speed and nice hips. Can Texas pull him in? Sheffield will be a high-priority recruit for both Texas and Texas A&M, with both schools pursuing his teammate, J.W. Ketchum, on the offensive side of the ball.
Texas also has an offer out to Kris Boyd of Gilmer. A standout at Texas's June 9 camp, the 6-foot-1 Boyd ran 4.5-flat and was arguably the best cover guy in attendance. He probably won't be able to catch Sheffield in the rankings, but he'll be a pretty safe bet to hold down the No. 2 corner spot in-state and fight for a top-15 to top-20 ranking. The Longhorns will likely be in the thick of Boyd's recruitment throughout.
Obviously, the 2014 class isn't completed yet. But right now, Texas doesn't have a commitment from any of the top cornerbacks in the state. If the Longhorns whiff there, it will only place more emphasis on getting a top corner, or three, in 2015.