Need a running back? The Texas Longhorns will need at least a couple in the 2015 recruiting class, which is a good thing, given that the state is absolutely stacked with them. Just how deep is the group? There isn't even a consensus top five that everyone would agree on. Just look:
Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst's Top Five
1) Sotonye Jamabo, Plano West
3) Chris Warren, Rockwall
4) Jay Bradford, Splendora (Texas A&M commit)
5) JaMycal Hasty, Longview
And Here's Mine
4) Ronald Jones II, McKinney North
So, we aren't far off. There's a bit more separation when you start looking at the players after that. My 6-7-8 is Jordan Stevenson of South Oak Cliff, Anderson and The Woodlands' Patrick Carr. Powers goes Jones, Stevenson and Bishop Lynch's Rawleigh Williams, with Dare Odeyingbo of Cistercian Prep and Tyreik Gray of Houston Episcopal rounding out his top 10, followed by Arlington's Raymond Sheard and THEN Carr.
What's my point? All, except for Carr, have received four-star rankings from Scout.com, with Carr the first three-star running back. And those 12 players are ranked among Scout's top 42 running backs, making up more than a fourth of the running backs on the list to that point. That's the definition of a state packed with talent.
For comparison's sake, the first Texas running back to show up in the 2014 rankings is Ennis's Terence Williams, ranked 17th. And five Lone Star running backs are ranked among the top 50, with four achieving four-star rankings: Williams, Donald Catalon, Kevin Shorter and Shaun Nixon. Three-star Justin Stockton of Cibolo Steele is the other back in the top 50.
The point is that Texas should have plenty of options in 2015 as they try to replace Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron, who will depart after the 2014 season. The Longhorns have a commitment from Stevenson, sit in the mix with Jamabo, Warren and Hasty and would be wise to make a move on Jones. Make no mistake: Texas should get what it needs. The real question will be whether some other schools, be they Arkansas, Missouri or some other Texas recruiter, can exploit the depth to land a top-end runner that they might not ordinarily get.