Daily Dose

Welcome to the Daily Dose, a daily collection of random musings surrounding Longhorns athletics and recruiting.

Today we'll look at the top five signees from Texas' 2013 class based on their position ranking, and look at how their careers have started off at UT. If you want to see the entire 2013 class and their rankings click here.

C Darius James (Harker Heights, Texas) National position rank: 1

Status: James redshirted last season in part because the Longhorns were pretty much set across the offensive line by the time he got to campus. There were injuries/opportunities for him to play but the coaching staff didn't want to waste a season on limited snaps.

His future is bright and, if it all comes together, he'll play on Sundays. He's just got to find the right fit in Joe Wickline's system. Right now he's listed as an offensive guard but will likely backup Desmond Harrison at left tackle, who will be gone after this season. That would give James three solid seasons at LT if UT chooses to keep him there.

James has done an outstanding job of getting himself into better shape and that should pay off this season.

OT Kent Perkins (Dallas/Lake Highlands) National position rank: 2

Status: When projecting NFL talent on this roster you'll be hard-pressed to find many with more potential than Perkins.

First and foremost, he's got it figured out between the ears. That's never been an issue and is a sigh of relief for the coaching staff because it's not that way with everyone.

He was injured for most of the spring but should return this fall and challenge for a starting spot. That will most likely come at right guard even though Perkins (6-foot-5, 325) is listed as a tackle on the roster and only played tackle in high school.

Perkins is quick enough and strong enough (has team's second highest bench press behind Desmond Jackson) to handle the inside. Locking him at right guard and Kennedy Estelle at right tackle for the next couple of seasons could be fun to watch.

QB Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas) National position rank: 6

Status: One of the biggest questions in the Big 12, and perhaps all of college football, is what will Texas end up doing with Swoopes? He didn't get very many snaps at all as a true freshman (completed 5-of-13 passes for 26 yards), and didn't show all that much growth in the first half of the Orange-White Scrimmage when he was playing against Texas' second-string defense.

The potential is there from a physical and athletic standpoint, but the intangibles are still a question. Can he lead this team in tough situations? Can he captivate the huddle under pressure? Does he have enough touch on his ball to make the easy throws? Is he comfortable enough in the pocket to trust his offensive line and not flee at the first opportunity? Will he even get the chance with David Ash's return and Jerrod Heard's arrival?

This fall will tell a lot.

OG Rami Hammad (Irving, Texas) National position rank: 10

Status: Like Perkins, Hammad's upside is through the roof. He, like James, just has to find the right situation. Given what UT has right now, that could have to wait until next season before he can consider himself a full-time starter.

This redshirt freshman will likely begin fall camp as the No. 2 left guard behind Sedrick Flowers, who had a solid spring and has been itching at his chance for PT behind the likes of Trey Hopkins and Mason Walters.

Hammad, though, is one of the hardest workers on the team. If anything, he'll give Flowers a run for his money and improve both players stock.

OLB Deoundrei Davis (Cypress, Texas/Cy Woods) National position rank: 10

Status: Davis redshirted last season rehabbing from a knee injury that cost him most of his senior season in high school.

A U.S. Army All-American, Davis has scary potential (6-foot-3, 228 pounds) but finds himself in a position that could be as deep as any on Texas' roster. That includes Jordan Hicks, Demarco Cobbs, Tevin Jackson, Peter Jinkens, Tim Cole, Steve Edmond, Naashon Hughes, Andre Beck, and Dalton Santos.

Four of those players are seniors so he'll really start to make a name for himself in 2015.


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