Texas Recruiting Needs

With the Texas 2014 class winding down, what are the biggest remaining needs for the Longhorns?

1) Defensive Back

Simply put, most of Texas's top remaining targets are at DB. Jamal Adams, Tony Brown and Nick Harvey are all potential impact guys on that side of the ball, with Brown playing corner, Harvey projecting as an either/or and Adams looking like the elite safety in a stacked in-state crop. This has been a rare group of defensive backs, and Texas alleviated some of the pressure at the position by bringing in guys like Jermaine Roberts, John Bonney and Jason Hall. But now, Texas could use at least one of the elite remaining guys to round out the class, if not multiple ones. This is certainly a big positional need: if Texas whiffs on all three, guys like Nick Watkins could come into play.

2) Defensive Tackle

Trey Lealaimatafao has had a really strong year and looks like a great catch. But after that, you're depending on Jake McMillon to change positions and put on a bunch of weight, or your depending on Courtney Garnett qualifying. This becomes even more important when you look at the 2015 class, which (admittedly early on) looks like it could be a poor one for in-state defensive tackles. There's good news though, Longhorn fans: Texas has an excellent shot to lure Longview's Zaycoven Henderson, who has excellent upside.

3) JUCO quarterback X

Defensive end likely would have been in this spot maybe even a month ago, and it's still an important spot with Solomon Thomas looming as one of Texas's top remaining targets. But the fact that Derick Roberson and Sione Teuhema have been so good — Roberson in particular looks like a potential top-10 overall player in the state — lessens some of the burden there. Then, there was the unexpected issue of David Ash. Nobody really knows the severity of his head injury, but even if he fully recovers, studies have shown that concussions come more easily after the first, and especially after multiple concussions. That means that Texas next year could be in a spot where its two quarterback options are Tyrone Swoopes or Jerrod Heard … two talented players, to be sure, but players without any semblance of experience. The best solution might be to get a graduate transfer player, but you can't count on those players to be available. Here's the real question: is there a JUCO QB in the class who would be a "Texas good" take?

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