1) Ryan Newsome, WR, Aledo
This one has been awhile coming. Newsome told LonghornDigest.com that the staff said he'd be offered when he came in for Junior Day, and it couldn't make any more sense. Newsome is an explosive, dynamic speed threat out of the slot, a perfect fit for a Texas team looking to add more explosive, dynamic speed to its offense. Newsome can make big plays in the passing game, or on speed sweeps and other misdirection plays that give him a chance to get out in space. He might not be the only wideout offered Saturday either, as League City Clear Falls's John Humphrey, a speedster in his own right, could draw an offer as an outside receiver.
2) Ronnie Major, OL, Huntsville
Give Baylor credit for discovering Major early in the process and earning a commitment from him all the way back in August. Now, the Bears will have to beat off other Big 12 programs — likely including Texas — to keep the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder. There aren't a ton of great tackles in the state for 2015, and Major could wind up being the best of the bunch, though he'll fight with guys like Allen's Bobby Evans (an Oklahoma commitment) and Houston Westfield's Toby Weathersby to get there. Texas has already offered Weathersby, and Major likely won't be far behind. His sister, Ronisha, played basketball at Texas.
3) Holton Hill, CB, Houston Lamar
It says quite a bit when your junior year, you play in the same secondary with seniors headed to Texas and USC, but have some observers label you as the best of the bunch. And that's exactly how Scout.com's Ahmard Vital felt this past year about Hill, a lanky 6-2 cornerback who could play just about any secondary position. Hill showed ball skills to break up throws in his direction, and he flashed nice recovery speed. He also closes well on throws in front of him and does a nice job of wrapping up and driving the ball-carrier backward. He'll only get better as he continues to develop physically.
4) Deshon Elliot, LB/S, Rockwall-Heath
Remember when Strong landed Edwin Freeman, and we made such a big deal about his scheme versatility, that Strong could use him as an in-the-box safety or even drop him down to linebacker full time? That's Elliot in this year's class, a guy who plays safety at Rockwall-Heath, and displays the athleticism to play it in college. But he's also a thumping hitter and does play some in the box, meaning it would be tempting to take him throw him in the weight room and come back with a speedy outside 'backer.
5) Louis Brown, ATH, Burton
What position is he? Nobody knows. But with his long 6-6 frame, the 210 or so pounds he already has spread across that frame and the way that he runs at that size, Brown is an intriguing take at defensive end or tight end, both of which happen to be need positions for the Longhorns. Brown does everything for Burton, including lining up at running back and taking handoffs, so the athleticism is there to work with. Strong said he wanted to save a few positions in each class for late-developing guys who have plenty of upside, and Brown fits the bill.