Texas Ultimate Commitment List

Last week, Scout.com released its Ultimate 300, a ranking of the top prospects in the country regardless of class. At LonghornDigest.com, we've decided to conduct a similar exercise, albeit one that hits closer to home. Here's a ranking of Texas's 33 current commitments, regardless of class.

1) OG Maea Teuhema, Keller (2015) — A top-five player in 2015, Teuhema projects as an elite guard, the type of player that teams can line up and run behind. Has a lot of Cyril Richardson to him.

2) WR Reggie Hemphill, Manvel (2016) — Scout.com's current top-rated in-state player for 2016, Hemphill reminds some of current Alabama standout Amari Cooper because of his smooth athleticism and sneaky ability to get open deep. Big-time playmaker. Dominant at Texas camp.

3) QB Jerrod Heard, Denton Guyer (2014) — Keep in mind — I have Heard as a top 5-10 player in the state for 2014. He's a fantastic athlete at the quarterback position and a home run threat as a runner, while he's a better thrower than he's given credit for at times.

4) DE Derick Roberson, San Antonio Brennan (2014) — He's added weight to his frame and explosiveness to his game. Roberson has emerged as arguably the No. 2 defensive end in the in-state class to Solomon Thomas, depending on how you feel about Myles Garrett.

5) WR Emanuel Porter, Dallas Lincoln (2014) — Way under-the-radar guy has great height, length and explosiveness. Could be a matchup nightmare at the next level because of his size and athleticism.

6) RB Donald Catalon, Houston Eisenhower (2014) — This is probably higher than most would have him. But Catalon is a natural runner with vision, feet and burst. All-around back.

7) S John Bonney, Houston Lamar (2014) — Bonney isn't exceptional in any one area, except for his football IQ. In everything else, he's a B+. Bonney can run, cover and hit, and he's versatile enough to play multiple secondary spots.

8) OG Patrick Vahe, Euless Trinity (2015) — What's the line from 'Remember The Titans'? Mobile, agile, hostile. That's Vahe's game. The offensive guard has the strength to root hog and the mobility to get out and pull.

9) WR Lorenzo Joe, Abilene Cooper (2014) — There's always a market for guys who get open and catch the ball. Joe plays quarterback in high school, but he plays a tough-to-cover wideout whenever he gets the chance. Tall and thick-bodied with soft hands, Joe projects as a nice possession receiver at the next level, one who can break a tackle and make a big play.

10) OL Connor Lanfear, Buda Hays (2015) — The lone offensive tackle prospect on this list — depending on whether you think Teuhema can stick at right tackle — Lanfear has quick feet, long arms and an aggressive nature. He's still scratching the surface of just how good he can be. Could move up this list.

11) WR Armanti Foreman, Texas City (2014) — Foreman does everything a bit better than you'd think. He's a bit bigger than you'd think. He shows just a little more speed than you'd think he has. Versatile threat could be a bigger slot (he's 6-foot), or he could be a fast outside guy (4.48 at Texas camp).

12) WR Keke Coutee, Lufkin (2015) — Explosive athlete with great quickness, Coutee is an elusive space player who could cause major issues in a spread offense. A more natural receiver than he's given credit for as well. Could be a legitimate 4.3 guy by the time he hits college.

13) ATH Kevin Shorter, Newton (2014) — Texas wants to get the ball in the hands of speedsters, and that's what Shorter brings, offensively. Can line up at running back, or slide out and play a slot receiver position. High-level speed. Would potentially be an elite DB.

14) WR Roderick Bernard, Sharpstown (2014) — Like Coutee, Bernard has great speed and can cause problems in space. But Bernard is thicker — he's almost built like an all-purpose back — and he lacks Coutee's hands or ball skills at this point.

15) OL Terrell Cuney, Jasper (2014) — Scout.com's No. 6 center is a great combination of athleticism and nastiness in the middle of the offensive line. Cuney also shows the leadership skills you like to see from that position.

16) S Jason Hall, South Grand Prairie (2014) — Some might think this is a bit high, but Hall combines great size with a hitter's mentality and the fluidity of a cornerback. Only knock on Hall is that he doesn't have the pure speed of some of the "elite" safeties. He's getting there.

17) LB Andrew Beck, Tampa (Fla.) Plant (2014) — Outstanding instinctual player with better-than-advertised athleticism. Beck is one of those guys fans don't typically celebrate as a recruit … then watch as he becomes a multi-year starter.

18) DT Trey Lealaimatafao, San Antonio Warren (2014) — Has recently dropped his weight down to 290. Flashes nice get off, but has great strength to anchor and plays with a nasty, nasty disposition.

19) LB Otaro Alaka, Cypress Falls (2014) — Alaka doesn't test especially well, but when you watch his tape, you see a lanky player with a nice frame whose athleticism allows him to do everything from blitz the quarterback to man up on a slot receiver at the high school level.

20) DE Sione Teuhema, Keller (2014) — In 2012, Texas landed a speed rusher in Bryce Cottrell who had filling out to do. Teuhema seems to come from a similar place. And like Cottrell, who has earned rave reviews from the Texas coaches, who are bully on his future, Teuhema could wind up producing more than people think.

21) WR Dorian Leonard, Longview (2014) — Big, physical dude can blast through cornerbacks trying to jam him and takes pride in out-toughing smaller defensive backs. Because of his size, people tend to underrate his speed, and he's able to create separation deep. Leonard can go up and win the jump ball.

22) CB Jermaine Roberts, St. Augustine (La.) (2014) — If you base Roberts's spot on what he showed when he wasn't defending Hemphill, he'd probably be a bit higher up. Roberts has great feet, speed and cover skills, though he's limited somewhat from his lack of size at this point.

23) WR/TE Garrett Gray, Marble Falls (2014) — Elite height/speed guy (Gray ran 4.40 at Texas camp) with soft hands, Gray isn't as sudden as the other receivers on this list. He could still project as a high-level deep threat, or he could embrace a move to a flexed-out tight end spot, where he would cause absolute havoc down the seam. Either way, he's an interesting prospect.

24) S Johnny Shaw, West Orange-Stark (2015) — Shaw isn't as fluid as a player like Hall, and while he's probably a bit faster in a straight line than Hall is, that limits his ceiling as a cover guy. But Shaw absolutely wrecks shop as a physical, fill-the-alley type safety, something Texas could use more of.

25) DT Jake McMillon, Abilene (2014) — As a defensive end with 255-plus pounds on his frame already, McMillon likely projects best as a defensive tackle at the next level. It could be a really good fit. McMillon is currently a plus athlete for an interior guy, and with his motor and the way he uses his hands, he'll have a shot to develop.

26) P Corbin Daly, Ardrey Kell (N.C.) (2014) — It might seem strange to have a punter ahead of so many position players, but that says more about Daly than it does about the others. He has a fantastic leg and really flashed the potential to be an elite punter at Texas camp.

27) TE John Thomas, Trinity Valley C.C. (2014) — A four-star prospect out of high school, Thomas was ranked among the nation's best tight ends. Now, he's significantly bigger, and he has the chance to be the balanced tight end that the Longhorns have been looking for.

28) LB Cameron Hampton, Dallas Carter (2014) — With his quickness, Hampton could factor in early at Texas. Or, because of his lack of ideal bulk, he could get swallowed up. He isn't as rangy as some other guys, and doesn't have the instincts of Beck.

29) RB D'Onta Foreman, Texas City — The physical stuff — he's 217 pounds and ran 4.44 at Texas camp — is there. But he's not always a natural runner. Could he be destined for a position switch?

30) CB Jalen Campbell, Corpus Christi Flour Bluff (2015) — A better football player than athlete at this point, Campbell is a smooth cover corner who needs to work on his explosiveness and speed. Reads the game well, which allows him to compensate for lack of deep speed.

31) DT Bryce English, DeSoto (2015) — Here's the problem with a list like this. Everyone I've talked to says English is a player. And by putting him at No. 32, it seems like he isn't. Powerful, with a low center of gravity, English could stand to grow a few inches. If he does, look out.

32) OG Aaron Garza, Sherman (2015) — Garza could be a highly effective guard at the next level because of his short-area power. He isn't quite as mobile as the other linemen on this list.

33) DT Courtney Garnett, St. Augustine (La.) (2014) — Garnett isn't as strong as some of the defensive tackles on this list, nor as quick as the others. But with time in a college weight program, he could come around.


Horns Digest Top Stories