There’s no telling what linebackers Texas is going to garner commitments from in 2015 (Cameron Townsend?) but odds aren’t necessarily in its favor with some of its top targets like Malik Jefferson and Anthony Wheeler.
That’s what makes offering four-star Dontavious Jackson (Houston/Alief Elsik) so important. Jackson isn’t going to reach the ranking heights of Jefferson, I don’t think, but his No. 4 MLB ranking is already two slots higher than what Scout.com has Wheeler listed as.
Jackson is a huge Texas fan and his family has ties to Vince Young.
His offers list is still small enough – Louisville and Oklahoma State – that Texas could make a lasting impression on him by being one of his firsts. It could rub the recruit the wrong way if he gets to the camp, performs well, and doesn’t get one.
Texas has yet to offer a 2016 linebacker and beginning with Jackson on Friday would be a good start.
Linebacker is starting to shape up as a real position of need for Texas. And with 2015 OLB Malik Jefferson, looking seemingly harder and harder to land by the day, I think Texas needs to expedite an offer to four-star 2016 LB Dontavious Jackson of Alief Elsik.
Jackson projects as one of the top players in the state for 2016. And at 6-3, 238, he's listed as a middle linebacker prospect but may be able to play outside as well in college.
The bottom line is Texas needs to find its next middle linebacker. And Jackson appears to be a Texas lean, which means if he got an offer at the "Under The Lights" camp on Friday, he might even be ready to commit on the spot.
No one would question handing out that offer. Jackson can play the position. And Texas needs some momentum at LB.
I'm not as familiar with all of the 2016 recruits, so I'm going to stick to 2015 for the question...and I think an offer could go out to offensive lineman Erik McCoy out of Lufkin (Texas).
I haven't seen him play in pads in person, but the 6-foot-4, 310-pound guard was so impressive at the Houston Nike Football Training Camp earlier this year, where he won offensive line MVP, and I'm surprised his offer list isn't bigger than where it currently stands (at five).
Bonus guy: another player who I think could really impress is Killeen (Texas) athlete Keondre Parker. He's not the biggest guy out there, but he's a versatile athlete who could bring speed to either side of the ball.
This is a very tough call, but I think I would go with Fort Worth All Saints 2016 defensive tackle Mike Williams.
As is always the case with elite interior defenders, it won't be easy landing one of them, so I don't think it ever hurts to cast a lot of lines when it comes to defensive tackles. With Jones and Williams ranked No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, by Scout.com in the 2016 national rankings at defensive tackle, an offer to Williams would mean Texas had three early offers out among the nation's top nine interior defenders in that cycle.
Williams, who already has a four-star rating from Scout, is a 6-foot-3, 270-pounder and already holds offers from Kansas State, Michigan, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and UCLA. He's an aggressive player with a quick first who is a natural disruptor between the tackles, whether against the run or rushing the passer.
I saw Gilmer 2016 running back/linebacker Demarco Boyd and Manvel 2016 outside linebacker Jordan Carmouche this past weekend at the Adidas Texas 7v7 Championships. Both are expected to attend Friday's camp and may have offers coming their way. While I was very impressed with both, I would offer Williams first because of his potential and position. I'm still not sure where Boyd fits best; he's gotten looks as a linebacker, but he said Texas likes him as a running back, and he has very little game experience there. However, I have a hunch that if he gets a lot of touches this fall, he may end up being a running back prospect for most schools recruiting him.
The first player I would offer is Demarco Boyd and go ahead and try to close the deal with the Boyd Brothers from Gilmer.
Not as heralded as some of the other Texas players at The Opening, but I can tell you that should not be the case, because Boyd played with a consistent, physical style of play we are used to seeing on tape, with the ability to also show that he has the hips and quickness as well at 6-foot-0, 190.