HD Roundtable: Top Uncommitted Target

Question: Which uncommitted prospect should the Longhorns be trying hardest to secure a commitment from?

Chip Brown

I'm going to say the most critical uncommitted recruit for Texas to land at the moment is Tim Irvin, the 4-star safety from Westminster Christian (Palmetto Bay, Fla).

It seems if you get Irvin, an early enrollee, you increase your chances of getting the Florida Five, namely 4-star CB Davante Davis of Miami (Fla) Booker T. Washington.

Charlie Strong, Vance Bedford and Chris Vaughn are desperate for big corners, because they believe having big corners who can get physical with big receivers at the line of scrimmage is a key in stopping the spread offense.

Thus, if securing the commitment of Tim Irvin is a key in landing a guy like Davante Davis, then, by all means, Irvin goes to the top of my priority list as far as uncommitted recruits.

William Wilkerson

I’m going to go with two guys for this one.

My first would be Holton Hill. Why? For one he is as good a defensive back as there is in the country who had 12 interceptions and 12 pass breakups this season.

Texas has yet to garner a commitment from a cornerback, and while I believe the Longhorns will get one tomorrow in Kris Boyd, getting Hill on board as well would be send a huge message to the rest of the state given how highly sought after both of these players are with schools like Baylor and Texas A&M.

My second player would be Devonaire Clarington.

Answer me this riddle: When’s the last time the Longhorns had a true threat at TE? It’s been a while, huh?

Getting Clarington on board would give Texas that type of player and really open the offense moving forward, which is something Shawn Watson always implemented at Louisville.

Jason Higdon

Right now when you look at the board and what Texas has coming back for next year you see some deficiencies in the defensive backfield as well wide receiver.

Texas has a lot on the table right now, with as many as seven players from the defensive back position and wide receiver position. Kris Boyd, Holton Hill, Davante Davis, Carlos Strickland, DaMarkus Lodge, Gilbert Johnson and Ryan Newsome are all guys getting the full court press.

Texas needs to land a couple of these players moving forward and you will see either team ranking skyrocket over the next few weeks.

Gabe Brooks

This is a tough, tough question.

First off, the recent recommitment of five-star Daylon Mack from Texas A&M is a potential game-changer. Mack has never really been that high on Texas, even prior to his Oct. 21, 2013 pledge to the Longhorns, and even if he pulled for the Horns as a younger kid as he's stated before.

It's my opinion that elite defensive tackle is as difficult to find as any position on the field, right up there with quarterback. Therefore, you would think that would make Mack a high-level target, not only for Texas, but especially for LSU and TCU, which he named this past Saturday as his top two.

However, looking at Texas' depth chart, the Longhorns should have a pretty formidable defensive tackle rotation the next couple of years with the guys who are already on campus. Far be it from me to dissuade anyone from pursuing an elite interior defender. They don't exactly grow on trees.

But I think Texas has more pressing issues at cornerback. Considering there are two that the Longhorns are still in the thick of the race with, I'd pick one of them as my top uncommitted target if I'm Texas. So after pinpointing those two guys -- Kris Boyd and Holton Hill -- the question is which would I select as my main target.

I think I would go with Hill, despite Boyd being ranked higher. While former Texas standout and fellow Gilmer alumnus Curtis Brown continues working Boyd for Texas' sake, Boyd has a heavy Texas A&M influence in his hometown. His high school head coach's son is an Aggie walk-on, while Texas A&M freshman linebacker Josh Walker, another former Gilmer standout, is undoubtedly recruiting Boyd for the Aggies. There's also Blake Lynch, the Gilmer senior four-star and vocal Baylor pledge who's openly recruiting Boyd for the Bears.

With all of that in mind, I would say Holton Hill would be my pick for the top uncommitted target. Hill is a great cornerback prospect and had monster production this fall with 12 interceptions and 12 pass breakups. Those are absurd numbers for a guy who you've gotta think made the very most of the targets thrown his way. I doubt too many teams entered games against Houston Lamar thinking, "I guess we should go after Holton Hill." For him to have such impressive statistics suggests that he found plenty of ways to make plays despite teams fearing him.

Any of the three players mentioned above would be great picks for Texas' top uncommitted target, but I believe Hill may be the "easiest" target, so to speak.


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