Today we'll look at the Lone Star State's top 2015 defensive ends, according to National recruiting Analyst Greg Powers, and what their interest level is with the Longhorns.
1. James Lockhard (Ennis, Texas/Ennis)
Texas interest: The No. 11 defensive end in the country is a ways away from making any type of decision. But you can expect the Longhorns to be there until the end.
Lockhart told LonghornDigest that he wanted to visit Texas soon to start to build a relationship with the new coaching staff. He met Charlie Strong during Strong's whirlwind tour across the state back in January, but he has yet to meet defensive line coach Chris Rumph.
He'll likely visit when he there aren't many recruits on campus so he can spend quality time with the staff. That's why he didn't come to either junior day.
Lockhart said he could push his recruitment back a little in order to assure that he visits all the schools he wants. He could end up taking all five official visits to out-of-state schools while using unofficials to visit the state of Texas' programs.
2. Breylin Mitchell (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock)
Recruiting interest: Committed to TCU
Texas interest: The No. 25 defensive end recently told our Annabel Stephan that things are going well with TCU, and said he has "healthy" relationships with coaches Chad Glasgow and Gary Patterson.
But that hasn't stopped various other programs from inquiring, including Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas.
Mitchell showed his interest in the Longhorns by attending a junior day over an offer to attend an OU junior day. He said there was a "new, homey feel" at Texas, which he liked.
He'll take visits to Texas, TCU and Oklahoma this spring.
3. Charles Omenihu (Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett)
Recruiting interest: Committed to Texas
Texas interest: It's as high as ever for the three-star recruit whose ceiling is as high as any defensive ends in the state. Omenihu (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) said that he chose Texas in part because of how much the new staff thought of him, saying he was in their top three DEs in the state. He'll likely play BUCK end for UT, which is moved around to supply pressure on the quarterback.
4. Louis Brown (Burton, Texas/Burton)
Recruiting interest: Committed to Baylor
Texas interest: Brown doesn't have a Texas offer but told LonghornDigest on Wednesday that he believes one could be on the way once the new staff gets a chance to evaluate him further.
Brown talks with Texas wide receivers coach Les Koenning on a weekly basis, and came down for a junior day. So the interest level is there on both sides.
But it's going to be difficult to pull him away from Baylor, which he said he likes, in part, because of its smaller feel. Texas isn't small with an enrollment over 50 thousand.