Five 2015 Offers to Make Now

Five 2015 prospects that I think Texas should offer today.

1) Ronald Jones II, RB, McKinney North

I referenced him on the message board, but wanted to talk more here. With Jones's size — he's listed at 6-foot, 185 — his running style and his straight-up track speed, it's easy to compare him to a former Longhorn running back who currently makes a living with the Kansas City Chiefs. Charles was listed at 6-foot 190 coming out of high school (he was 5-11 at the combine), and displayed a tougher-than-expected running style between the tackles and the acceleration and raw speed to break for six points any time he touched the ball. Jones isn't as fast (few are), but he'll probably put up some nice track numbers this spring after missing out on most of last track season with an injury. Texas still has some of its elite targets left in 2015 at the running back position, and has a commitment in hand from South Oak Cliff's Jordan Stevenson. I'd offer Jones, then try to close out the running back class with him, then either Sotonye Jamabo or Chris Warren.

2) Ryan Newsome, WR, Aledo

Yes, I know that Texas has offers out to, and sits in a good spot with, its top receiver targets in the class. And I also know that the Longhorns took a massive 2014 receiver crop, and likely wouldn't want to tie too many scholarships up in one position. But I don't know that all six of those 2014s will end up at receiver, and Newsome is versatile enough to play multiple roles. Looking for the next Daje Johnson type? Look no further than the Aledo product, who sits just one punt return touchdown away from tying the national record (he has seven this season). Newsome has outstanding wheels and would appear to fit the Longhorn offense like a glove. If you wind up landing your top three, and add Newsome, you'd have a class of DaMarkus Lodge, Kemah Siverand, Keke Coutee and Newsome, with Lodge and Siverand likely serving as outside receivers and the other two playing slot roles. Nothing wrong with that.

3) Holton Hill, CB, Houston Lamar

Texas needs big-time cornerbacks in the system, and while the Longhorns have offered Kendall Sheffield and Kris Boyd, there's no guarantee that Texas gets either at this point. Sheffield is considered to be an A&M lean, and while there's plenty of time to turn that around, you can't count on gaining his commitment. Boyd is a better shot, but Oregon seems to be coming on strong there. Even if Texas manages to pull one — and the Longhorns already have a commitment from Corpus Christi Flour Bluff's Jalen Campbell — the 'Horns could use another talented corner to add to the pipeline. Hill plays on the same Lamar team as commitment John Bonney, and there are those familiar with the program who believe that Hill is a better prospect.

4) DeAndre McNeal, TE/H-back, Mesquite Poteet

One of the most intriguing prospects in the 2015 in-state class is McNeal, a player who does a little bit of everything for Poteet, and who could even play more defense for them next year. McNeal is a high school teammate and friend of Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson, arguably the top in-state talent for 2015, but that doesn't even have to enter the conversation here, because McNeal is a top prospect in his own right. He's currently 6-3 and just shy of 220 pounds, though he's expected to grow to the 6-5 to 6-6 range. His speed and playmaking ability for his size are excellent, and he shows the physicality to play with his hand on the ground at the next level. Texas missed out on Clear Lake's Jordan Davis, who committed to Texas A&M. At 6-3 245, Davis was a good-looking prospect for the position. But it wouldn't be shocking to see McNeal catch, or eclipse, him by the time he finishes his first year on a college campus.

5) Kingsley KeKe, Richmond Ranch

In a class that doesn't look great for defensive tackles, KeKe stands out as a potential bulk-up candidate. KeKe plays all over George Ranch's defensive line, playing end, nose tackle and three-technique and showing a pretty versatile skill set for a 6-5, 270-pounder. He doesn't appear to have the explosion you'd like to see from an edge guy, so while he could stick as a strong-side end, he's probably a better fit as a tackle at the next level. KeKe is a basketball player who has run a 4.8 40-yard dash, so he's an intriguing guy to take a look at for either defensive line position.

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