Early Signing Period Starts Wednesday

The Early Signing Period kicks off Wednesday, with the Longhorns expected to sign two players in the 2014 class.

St. Louis (Mo.) wing Jordan Barnett (6-7 180) has been a standout both for Christian Brothers College High School and the same St. Louis Eagles program that produced stars like Bradley Beal and Ben McLemore. He committed to the Longhorns in August, over offers from schools like Butler, Florida, Iowa, Kansas State, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Purdue, St. Louis and Stanford.

Barnett is known as an excellent transition player with very good length, speed and leaping ability.

While Barnett will likely be the only high-schooler to ink with the Longhorns in the Early Signing Period, Texas should also add a 6-foot-7 JUCO forward named Obinna Oleka.

Oleka averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior in high school at Florida Christian Institute before enrolling at State College of Florida. There, he averaged 10.9 points per game as a freshman, despite playing just 11.8 minutes per game. He also grabbed 6.2 rebounds per game and blocked 29 shots in 27 contests.

Oleka has played in one game this season, scoring 33 points and grabbing 10 boards against College of Central Florida, the reigning NJCAA champions. He had offers from Gonzaga, Old Dominion, Oregon State, Southern Miss and South Carolina.

For the Longhorns, the biggest potential prize is still in play. Center Myles Turner (7-0 240), ranked as the nation's No. 2 player and a five-star prospect by Scout.com, has long considered Texas to be one of his top options. The Euless Trinity product won't decide in the Early Signing Period, meaning that he won't sign with any team until the spring.

The Longhorns staff will also likely be on the lookout for a scoring wing to add in the Late Signing Period as well.

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