Evans wasn't ranked in the original LonghornDigest.com Texas Top 50, but I'm not sure that trend will hold pat. At 6-3 230, he certainly looks the part from a physical perspective, and he looked really good running around at the June 2 Texas camp. While slightly behind top ends Solomon Thomas, Miles Garrett and Derick Roberson, Evans has put himself in the same conversation as a guy like Texas A&M commitment Jarrett Johnson in that very next tier. Evans has said he plans to decide on Zero Week, with his final choice likely coming down to Texas and Ole Miss.
It wasn't that long ago, in fact a little ways into the spring evaluation period, when Hall didn't have any offers. But he apparently impressed the Nebraska staff, which was willing to go out on a limb and extend the first offer. Since then (and since his commitment to the Cornhuskers), both Oklahoma and Texas have stepped up to the plate. The Longhorn offer came after impressing Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina at the 'Horns' June 9 camp. Now, Hall has a decision to make. Does he stick it out with Nebraska, his first offer, or stay in-state?
OL Zach Ledwik, La Grange (NR) — Texas A&M
If you've followed this site, you've probably seen me make about 30 comments about how the 2014 in-state class just isn't a good one for offensive linemen. And while that's still the case, it also allowed Ledwick to make a major move toward the top of the in-state offensive tackle charts this summer with some strong camp performances. He's not quite up there with a guy like Demetrius Knox. But anywhere just below that? Yeah, I could see it. Ledwick earned quick Texas and Texas A&M offers earlier this month, with the nasty offensive lineman choosing the Aggies. He shows the potential to be a good one, and should easily climb into the top 50.
The lone player on this list that I didn't scout at a Texas camp this summer, Henderson is nonetheless on the rise as I watch more and more of him. I'm just not sure anymore that Henderson, and not Nederland's DeShawn Washington, is the state's top defensive tackle for 2014. I had Washington at No. 24 in the original LonghornDigest.com Texas Top 50, and also had line prospect Josh Malin ahead of Henderson. And while I continue to be high on both of those players, I think the Horned Frogs might have gotten the top defensive tackle in the state of Texas.
WR Emmanuel Porter, Dallas Lincoln (NR) — Texas
Porter probably has the biggest jump ahead of him on this list, given that he has more upside than the state's No. 2 wide receiver in fellow Texas commitment Lorenzo Joe. That puts Porter, who stands taller than 6-foot-3 and runs the 40-yard dash in the low 4.4s, in the top 20 players in the state. And he probably should be — you're talking about somebody who's athletic enough to earn a basketball scholarship to an excellent basketball program like New Mexico. I still like Kd Cannon as the state's top wideout. But in terms of upside, I don't think there's anybody with his combination of size and explosion. I might move him into the top-15. That's how impressive he was.