Daily Dose

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

Today we'll look at the seven linebackers Texas has offered for 2015, including a new one Wednesday night, and where each stands with the Longhorns.

Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet)

Everybody and their mama wants Jefferson's commitment.

The No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 2 player in the country has offers from virtually everyone in the country, and could go wherever he wants.

He's kept things fairly quiet on the recruiting front but keep an eye on Texas A&M as one of the teams to beat.

The Longhorns are definitely in the mix as well but, like a lot of recruits, he could be waiting to see how Texas does this season before ruling them in or out.

There's really no telling where he'll end up at this time. His ties to the state are strong but he could flee the state with offers like Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Vanderbilt.

Adonis Thomas (Lawrenceville, GA/Central Gwinnett)

The Longhorns are out of this one as the Scout 300 outside linebacker has left Texas out of his top 10.

Thomas' top 10 are Florida, UCLA, Alabama, Stanford, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Florida State in no order.

Cameron Townsend (Missouri City, Texas/Ridge Point)

Townsend is keeping things fairly secretive. But, given how frequently he's visited UT, the Longhorns should feel good about where they stand with the No. 176 player in the country.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Townsend told HornsDigest he's visited UT over a handful of times and is really comfortable with the new staff.

I'd consider the Longhorns to be the team to beat right now. But be weary of Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU and others.

He's also got offers from the likes of Kansas State, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon State, Syracuse, USC, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Anthony Wheeler (Dallas/Skyline)

The more you look at the crop of linebackers Texas is going after, the more you'll understand that Wheeler is as close to a must-have as there is.

UT's coaching staff went to watch his scrimmage recently and had to have come away impressed after he took an 80-yard interception back for a touchdown.

The No. 4 middle linebacker in the country, Wheeler is really high on Texas but is equally intrigued with Oklahoma too. He's also got offers from Alabama, Baylor, Connecticut, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.

Texas is all in on Wheeler. The Longhorns want him as bad as any recruit on the defensive side they're still going after. He's visited UT before but look for him to make another stop this summer and then again this fall.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that Texas is the favorite. But he's mentioned the Red River Rivals as the two teams he likes the most in the past.

Bo Wallace (New Orleans/John Curtis)

Longhorns defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn is the key here. He has built a great relationship with Wallace since he took over recruiting the state of Louisiana, and could get Wallace to Austin if he keeps it up.

Wallace is a very introspective recruit. And he wants to find a fit that can appeal to more than his athletic needs, which is what Vaughn has shown him.

"We have a bunch of the same interests," Wallace said of Vaughn. "It's funny but he likes to eat just like I do. We just had a conversation about our favorite meal. I told him it was pasta and he said he would like to have some of my mom's pasta."

That comfort with Vaughn grew when he visited UT for the spring game. UT, as he's told us, is in his top 4 or 5.

Wallace also has offers from Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee, and UCLA.

Darrin Kirkland (Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central)

The Longhorns offered Kirkland late in the process and bought themselves a little bit of time when he announced he'd delay his announcement previously scheduled for late April. But he went ahead and committed to Michigan on May 18.

DeAndre McNeal (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet)

McNeal, a four-star rated as the No. 28 outside linebacker in the country, picked up an offer on Wednesday after the Longhorns watched his spring game.

He told HornsDigest late Wednesday that the offer means a lot and that he will visit at some point down the line.

McNeal, a teammate of Jefferson's, has some big time offers from the likes of Alabama, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, and UCLA.

He told HornsDigest that he would actually prefer to play wide receiver in college and that it's about 50-50 with what teams are recruiting him for right now.

This is going to be a tough pull for the Longhorns considering all the national attention Poteet is receiving because of Jefferson, and now McNeal, whose stock his soared the past couple of months.

You wonder if he'll want to go to a school that will allow him to play either side of the ball, which some are saying they will let him do, or at least get to campus with an open mind.

Texas will likely stick with looking at him only as a linebacker.

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