At least three safeties — Sulphur Springs's Larry Pryor, Whitehouse's Justin Dunning and West Orange-Stark's Deionte Thompson — will compete for top-10 rankings in-state, with all three likely falling, at worst, in the state's top 15.
Thompson will be the most difficult to land. A soft Alabama commitment — Scout.com defines "soft commitments" as when a player is committed but still takes visits to other schools — Thompson has visited Texas, but hasn't really shown an indication that he would leave his Bama commitment, or even that the Longhorns would be his frontrunner if he did so.
Dunning might be the easiest, and probably has the most upside from a raw athleticism standpoint. At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Dunning has tremendous size, and he ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the ETSN East Texas combine. He camped at Texas A&M and didn't camp at Texas, though he did hop onto the 40 Acres for an unofficial visit before making his way to College Station. With his frame, some think that he could grow out into a linebacker, but his athleticism means that he probably won't have to.
Pryor is a dynamic all-around athlete who could even play wideout at the next level. At 6-1 190, and the way he finds the ball, he's probably best at safety, where he can both cover and come up in run support. He had 118 tackles a year ago, by far the best of the three top safeties. Texas's main competition for Pryor might be TCU, which has made the versatile player a top priority. Texas A&M hasn't offered yet, but the Aggies could, depending on what happens with Thompson, or at the end of the 2014 class.
Texas already has a commitment outside of the so-called "big three" with the landing of former TCU commit Johnny Shaw, whom the Longhorns loved at camp. Shaw came to camp and ran 4.48 in the 40-yard dash, a great time for a 6-foot-2 player whose strength right now is probably in run support. As Shaw gets his footwork down, he has a chance to develop nicely.
This safety class is kind of a classic good-news, bad-news scenario. The good news is that the Longhorns are on the radar for each of the top-three in-state safeties. The bad news is that Texas will have a dogfight to try and get any of the three.