Most Important Longhorns Commitments in 2015

Here's a look at the 10 most important Longhorns commitments in 2015

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When we look back at Charlie Strong’s tenure as Texas’ head coach we could very well point toward Jefferson as the recruit who got things going in a positive direction. He’s that big of a commitment and that good of a player.

From a recruiting standpoint, getting someone of Jefferson’s stature on board when Texas did – early enough for him to enroll early - boosted UT’s chances in some respects with Daylon Mack, Kai Locksley, Soso Jamabo and various others who are intrigued the idea of playing with a 5-star LB and someone who oozes positivity.

As for his impact on the field, Jefferson brings immediate depth to a position that has lost two of its best players in Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmond. Texas is thin at LB with Dalton Santos and Peter Jinkens the only ones with considerate playing time left on the roster. There’s no question that MJ will have a big impact on this defense in 2015.

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You could argue that Hill, who had 12 interceptions and 12 pass breakups as a senior, is the best cornerback in the state. He’s that good and just the type of player that Texas needs to get back to its dominant ways that helped many anoint them as “DBU.”

Not only that but if Texas didn’t get Hill it probably wasn’t going to get Kris Boyd.

He’ll fight for early PT along with Duke Thomas, Sheroid Evans, Bryson Echols, Antwuan Davis, Jermaine Roberts and John Bonney (a high school teammate).

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Elliott carries himself with the type of swagger the Longhorns need at the backend of their secondary. He’s not only a ballhawk, but is one of the hardest hitting safeties in the country. He’s got such great size that there are some out there that believe he could end up at linebacker if he continues to fill out.

Elliott’s importance to this class got that much more important after the decommitment of fellow safety Jamile Johnson from over the weekend.

As for his on-field impact, Elliott will have a chance to compete right away as Texas only has Jason Hall and Dylan Haines coming back with considerable playing time. Erik Huhn has to show he can stay healthy first while Adrian Colbert and Kevin Vaccaro shouldn’t beat Elliott out at this point.

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This might raise some eyebrows but I think you could look back and say that Vahe’s importance to this class could rival that of Jefferson’s.

Why? Not only is he a beast on the field, whose attitude is precisely what you want to see from an offensive lineman (nasty, unforgiving, mean, etc.), but he’s stuck with Texas class longer than anyone else. When things were uneasy and the leadership of UT’s program was unclear, Vahe never wavered.

On the field, Vahe should factor into the two-deep even though Texas has 15 scholarship OL on campus already. Wickline isn’t concerned with star rankings or years in the program. He’s going to play the 10 best OL on the roster, which Vahe will be among when he gets to Austin.

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See: Holton Hill. These two will be linked throughout their careers at UT, and with good reason. For one, Texas probably doesn’t get one without the other. They both chose the Longhorns over Texas A&M. Plus, these two are just the type of player that UT needs to help itself get back to being “DBU.”

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Coaches usually don’t venture into the JUCO ranks and offer a player unless they see that player being able to contribute as soon as they get on campus.

That appears to be precisely why Texas went after Hodges. He should be penciled in as either the left or right tackle by the time the first depth chart comes out.

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What Wheeler lacks in “look at me” Twitter posts, and other attention-grabbing social media outbursts (refreshing isn’t it?), he more than makes up for with his playmaking abilities.

Not only is he’s the type of player that you want coming off the bus first, but he’s also precisely the type of player Brian Jean-Mary wants to coach. Given what UT has to work with at LB right now, there is no reason – outside of him not being able to grasp concepts – why Wheeler shouldn’t be on the field in some capacity.

Getting him to commit to Texas over Oklahoma is a feather in cap of Texas’ coaching staff as well.

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Cherry isn’t the most highly-rated linebacker in this class – that just shows you how good UT’s LBs are in 2015 – but he’s among the most important because he was the first of the “Florida Five” to take the chance with Texas.

The Longhorns have since lost one Florida recruit in Tim Irvin, but had it not been for Cherry’s commitment Dec. 13 there is a chance that Devonaire Clarington, Davante Davis, and Gilbert Johnson never would have jumped on board.

Cherry has been one of Charlie Strong’s biggest supporters and most outwardly spoken individuals. That alone gets him on this list and we haven’t even touched on the type of player he is. To put it politely, he’ll knock you on your backside, help you up, then do it again the very next play.

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It’s been many, many moons since the Longhorns had a pass-catching threat at tight end. But the days of that position being strictly for blocking purposes appears to be over thanks to Clarington’s commitment.

The U.S. Army All-American has some of the best hands for a tight end that you will see. He’s not afraid to go over the middle and make the tough catch, and has the speed to get behind linebackers on go-routes. His Twitter handle is “Dev_Go_Deep” after all.

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Getting Burt to re-commit was huge for the Longhorns for many reasons. First and foremost, he’s one of the better receivers in the entire country who had an opportunity to go to virtually any school he wanted.

Secondly, he helped solidify Texas’ WR class after Newsome committed to UCLA and with it looking less likely that DaMarkus Lodge ends up with the Longhorns.

Getting him along with Gilbert Johnson and DeAndre McNeal gives the Longhorns three big, powerful and agile receivers at a position that will try to make up for the losses of Jaxon Shipley and John Harris.

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