HD Roundtable

Question: Which player committed somewhere other than Texas should the Longhorns try and pursue the hardest?

Chip's Take

This may seem like an odd selection, but I'd say 2015 DT Kingsley Keke, who is committed to Texas A&M.

Keke is certainly not as highly rated as 2015 DT Daylon Mack, who is also committed to Texas A&M. But DT is a must-get position for Texas again in 2015, and it's the most difficult position to recruit and get right. And Keke was/is seen as someone the Texas coaches think they can/should land.

If Strong signs off on a DT, it's a guy he thinks he can develop into a baller. If Texas loses Keke to Texas A&M, that's a real blow because Texas coaches see Keke in the Longhorns' future.

And needless to say if Texas could pull Keke away from Texas A&M, it would be a chance to one-up the Aggies and slow down their momentum.

Annabel's Take

I definitely think Texas should continue recruiting Gladewater (Texas) defensive tackle Daylon Mack.

Yes, the Texas A&M commit recently said that he would be taking no other visits after the Aggies landed big recruits including Kyler Murray, Kemah Siverand, and DaMarkus Lodge, but new recruiting momentum for the Longhorns (i.e. if they are able to land a prospect like Malik Jefferson) combined with an impressive season could change things.

Texas needs to win big games this fall (think UCLA and Oklahoma) to get some of these top tier recruits on board. If they are able to do both, there's always a chance that a prospect like Mack could be convinced to join the 2015 class, helping the Horns to get their defense back on top.

William's Take

Despite Texas having three running backs in this class already, I'm going to go with LSU RB commitment Nicholas Brossette (Baton Rouge, LA./University Lab).

First and foremost, Brossette, the No. 10 RB and No. 93 player overall, has shown just about as much interest in UT as the Longhorns have shown him. And that's saying something because he gets as much mail from Texas as anyone.

Longhorns defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn has done an incredible job in that state and Tommie Robinson has helped Brossette think about possibly going away from the Tigers.

Secondly, the Longhorns are going to be in need of some difference-makers in the backfield by the time 2015 recruits get to campus. Texas will be without Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron, and could be without Johnathan Gray (though less likely) if he foregoes his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

Brossette is one of the best backs that the state of Louisiana has ever seen. He's already broken the state career touchdown record and is a Brossette-like season away from breaking the career rushing yards record. In 2012, he carried the ball 240 times for 2,210 yards and 45 touchdowns.

Not only would Brossette's commitment help UT right away but it could have a lasting effect too. He plays on one of the most loaded teams in the country with guys like 2016 DB Malik Antoine, 2016 Florida commitment Tre Jackson, and 2017 five-star LSU commitment Dylan Moses. All three of those players are Texas targets as is 2016 WR Mykel Jones, a cousin of Brossette's, who already has a UT offer. Jones and 2016 Arizona QB commitment Shea Patterson will likely play in college together.

Jason's Take

Nicholas Brossette is one of the top players in the state of Louisiana. He has shown a great deal of interest in Texas by visiting on his own dime. He is a kid that other players such as 2016 WR Mykel Jones would gravitate to.

Gabe's Take

There's been a lot of talk on the board about the lack of success so far in recruiting elite defensive backs for the 2015 class. In fact, we've already had a roundtable discussing the perceived DB recruiting struggles.

To continue on that line of thinking, with so much concern about recruiting high-level prospects in the secondary, I would suggest that two four-star cornerbacks who have already committed to Big 12 foes would be good targets to pursue: P.J. Mbanasor (Oklahoma) and Jaylon Lane (Oklahoma State).

What do these guys have in common, other than being already committed? Neither has a Texas offer. Another thing they have in common: each has more than 20 offers. In fact, not only does Lane have more than 20, he has almost 40.

Here's a list of schools that have offered both Mbanasor and Lane: Arkansas, Florida, Houston, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, and Washington State.

Mbanasor was long considered an OU lean before committing to the Sooners in early June. But I've always found it interesting that Texas never offered, especially considering he's from Hendrickson High School in nearby Pflugerville. Lane seems solid in his Oklahoma State commitment, which he made in May, but he's already switched pledges once. He committed in early March to Ole Miss before decommitting about two weeks later, when his offer list had grown from three or four schools to well into the teens by late March.

Getting either of these guys to flip would be difficult, but as in-state cornerbacks with Scout four-star ratings who do not already have Texas offers, they make sense to me as guys the Longhorns could pursue even if they're already pledged.

Ahmard's Take

If there weren't already three running back commitments in the bag, the quick answer would be to try and patch things up with McKinney North playmaker Ronald Jones.

There was a growing sense that an offer should have been extended much earlier, but that did not happen and Jones has committed to Oklahoma State, a place where he feels comfortable.

And while the Longhorn staff would have loved to haul in Jones' talents, the three running backs committed, headlined by South Oak Cliff's Jordan Stevenson is a solid group of guys as well.

The player who should continue to hear from Texas is Round Rock defensive end Breylin Mitchell.

As mentioned many times before, the end position is always one of need and a position that the Longhorns could use a few more bodies. With Mitchell, who's currently committed to TCU, it's not just another body, but a monster-sized kid who has all of the tools needed to see the field early in the college level. At 6-foot-4 and over 250, Mitchell would be a great addition to the class, if the interest is mutual.

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