Texas Signing Day Primer

Texas looks set to close on a top-15 recruiting class Wednesday, depending on a pair of Signing Day decisions. Here's where Texas sits entering National Signing Day.

Teuhemas Out for Texas

Sione Teuhema and Maea Teuhema decommitted from the Longhorns on Tuesday. And while Texas will have a full class to try and replace Maea — no easy task, considering he's a top-five overall player in the state for 2015 — losing Sione left the Longhorns with potentially only one defensive end in the 2014 class, depending on whether you see Jake McMillon as a defensive end or defensive tackle.

Sione is expected to sign with LSU today, making that the likely destination for Maea as well. That makes six 2014 decommitments from Texas since the coaching change from Mack Brown to Charlie Strong in Teuhema, Emanuel Porter, Zaycoven Henderson, Trey Lealaimatafao, Courtney Garnett and Otaro Alaka.

During that same time period, Texas has added four commitments, including pre-Strong recruits Blake Whiteley and Edwin Freeman and new targets Alex Anderson and Elijah Rodriguez. And Texas will have a chance to add two more guys on Wednesday.


Defensive Tackle Decisions

Any Texas fan wanting to know the mindsets of must-have defensive tackle recruits Poona Ford and Chris Nelson won't have to wait much longer, with both players slated to announce their decisions, and sign with their schools of choice, on Wednesday.

Fresh off a visit to Missouri, Ford, a standout defensive tackle from South Carolina, is expected to pick between Texas, Missouri and Purdue when his decision is aired on ESPNU at 11:30 CST on Wednesday. A four-star prospect rated as the No. 24 defensive tackle in the country, Ford would likely represent the biggest target remaining on the Texas board.

The Longhorns will have to wait slightly longer to get a verdict on Nelson, a three-star defensive tackle out of Victory Christian Academy in Florida. Nelson will announce his choice, anticipated to be between Texas and Central Florida, at 1:15 p.m. CST Wednesday. Nelson is the No. 39 tackle in the class, per Scout.com.

Both Ford and Nelson were committed to now-Texas coach Charlie Strong when Strong was at Louisville, and both are now much-needed recruits at Strong's new place of work, after the decommitments of three other defensive tackles.



All Others Solid?

In short, that's what we're hearing. John Bonney is the lone other Longhorn commit listed as a soft commitment per Scout.com, and he visited Austin this past weekend with a number of Texas commitments. He's expected to be in the fold.

And with Lorenzo Joe firming up his commitment and players like Armanti Foreman, D'Onta Foreman and Garrett Gray canceling recent planned trips, it appears that Texas should be without surprises as far as the rest of the class goes.

Could the Longhorns potentially add somebody late? That possibility certainly exists, though it's unclear where Texas could find somebody at a need position so late in the process. Monday night's commitment of Elijah Rodriguez helped solve the numbers issue on the offensive line for this class, and defensive ends to take Teuhema's spot so late in the process are pretty much nonexistent.

Right now, Texas sits at 21 commitments — though one is Kevin Shorter's, who is expected to sit out football once he arrives in Austin — along with three early enrollees in Whiteley, Anderson and linebacker Andrew Beck.

Here's the complete Texas commitment list heading into Wednesday, along with each player's national ranking.


Full Texas Commitment List

OFFENSE

No. 2 QB — Jerrod Heard, Denton Guyer

No. 27 RB — Donald Catalon, Houston Eisenhower

No. 33 RB — Kevin Shorter, Newton*

No. 68 RB — D'Onta Foreman, Texas City

No. 20 WR — Armanti Foreman, Texas City

No. 25 WR — Lorenzo Joe, Abilene Cooper

No. 56 WR — Roderick Bernard, Sharpstown

No. 62 WR — Dorian Leonard, Longview

WR (No. 40 TE) — Garrett Gray, Marble Falls

JC TE — Blake Whiteley, Arizona Western C.C.

No. 116 OT — Elijah Rodriguez, Cypress Creek

No. 33 OG — Alex Anderson, O. Perry Walker (La.)

No. 6 C — Terrell Cuney, Jasper


* Kevin Shorter sustained a likely career-ending injury his senior year of high school. He is not expected to play for the Longhorns, but instead will attend Texas on a medical scholarship. That scholarship does not count against Texas's 85-man limit.


DEFENSE

No. 9 DE — Derick Roberson, San Antonio Brennan

No. 41 DT — Jake McMillon, Abilene

No. 13 MLB — Cameron Hampton, Dallas Carter

No. 36 MLB — Andrew Beck, Tampa (Fla.) Plant

No. 92 CB — Jermaine Roberts, St. Augustine (La.)

No. 14 S — John Bonney, Houston Lamar

No. 50 S — Jason Hall, South Grand Prairie

S (No. 21 OLB) — Edwin Freeman, Arlington Bowie


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