The Heard: Looking at 2016 Targets

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2016 Longhorn recruits to know – Defense

2016 Longhorn recruits to know – Defense

Defensive Tackle

Kendell Jones – Five-Star

Shoemaker HS (Killeen, Texas) / 6’5”/300 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

Yes

Analysis

Jones is the No. 1 ranked defensive tackle in Texas. He’s the number No. 14 overall ranked player in the class. Jones, a Killeen, Texas native, holds offers a ton of top tier schools including Baylor, LSU, Miami (FL), Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. Jones is a fantastic athlete who is deceptively fast for his size and frame.

Ed Oliver – Four-Star

Westfield HS (Houston) / 6’2”/285 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

Yes

Analysis

Oliver is the No. 2 ranked defensive tackle in Texas and No.9 ranked defensive tackle in the nation. Oliver holds 11 offers including offers from Alabama, Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA.

Mike Williams – Four-Star

All Saints’ Episcopal School (Fort Worth, Texas)/ 6’3”/ 270 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

Yes

Analysis

Williams is Texas’ third ranked defensive tackle and 10th in the nation. Williams has received attention from a multitude of schools and currently holds 16 offers.

Bravvion Roy – Four-Star

Spring HS (Spring, Texas) / 6’2”/300 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

No

Braylon Jones – Four-Star

John Tyler HS (Tyler, Texas) / 6’3”/ 285lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

No

Darius Anderson – Three Star

Hightower HS (Sugar Land, Texas)/ 6’0.5”/ 295 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

No

Defensive End

Justin Madubuike – Four-Star

McKinney North HS (McKinney, Texas)/6’4”/ 240 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

Yes

Analysis

Madubuike is the No.1 ranked defensive end in Texas and the nation’s fourth rated defensive end in the class. Madubuike currently holds ten offers – Alabama, Baylor, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Tulsa. On the field, Madubuike plays all-out on every snap. Although he is undersized, he is able to control the line of scrimmage and cause disruption.

Andrew Fitzgerald – Four-Star

Marcus HS (Flower Mound, Texas)/ 6’5”/ 245 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

No

Analysis

Fitzgerald only holds four offers but he’s getting attention from multiple schools including Alabama, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. Fitzgerald is No. 4 ranked defensive end in the state.

Erick Fowler – Four-Star

Manor HS (Manor, Texas)/ 6’3”/ 235 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

Yes

Analysis

The state’s fifth ranked defensive end currently holds 11 offers.

Mark Jackson – Four-Star

Steele HS (Cibolo, Texas)/ 6’4”/ 210 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

Yes

Analysis

Jackson, a Cibolo, Texas native, is the No. 6 ranked recruit in the state. Jackson holds offers from Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech.

Outside Linebacker

Jeffery McCulloch – Four-Star

Davis HS (Houston)/ 6’2”/ 225 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

Yes

Analysis

McCulloch is the nation’s No. 5 ranked outside linebacker and rated the No. 1 defensive end in Texas. The Houston native is on seemingly everybody’s radar. McCulloch holds 15 offers including offers from LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. McCulloch’s high school coach refers to him as the next Von Miller.

Bryce Youngquist

Los Osos HS (Rancho Cucamonga, California)/6’2”/ 210 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

No

Maciah Long – Four-Star

North Shore Sr. HS (Galena Park, Texas)/ 6’2”/ 200 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

No

Demarco Boyd – Three-Star

Gilmer HS (Gilmer, Texas)/ 5’11.5”/ 215 lbs

Committed?

Yes

Texas offer?

Yes

Analysis

Boyd committed to Texas on Jan. 30 when his older brother also Kris committed to Texas on the same day.

Jordan Carmouche– Three-Star

Manvel HS (Manvel, Texas)/ 6’1”/ 219 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

No

Middle Linebacker

Dontavious Jackson– Four-Star

Alief Elsik HS (Houston)/ 6’2”/ 237 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

No

Analysis

Jackson is the No.1 ranked middle linebacker in Texas and is rated No. 6 middle linebacker overall. Jackson holds 19 offers but has yet to receive one from Texas.

Robert Revels – Three-Star

Reagan HS (Houston)/ 6’3”/ 220 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

No

Analysis

Revels is the state’s No. 2 ranked middle linebacker. The Houston native holds an offer from Texas Tech but has received attention from Alabama, Houston, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas.

Safety

Brandon Jones – Four-Star

Nacogdoches HS (Nacogdoches, Texas) 6’0”/ 190 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

Yes

Analysis

It would be an understatement to say that Jones is a popular recruit, he currently holds 34 offers. Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and USC headline his offers as those schools are in Jones’ top 10. The Nacogdoches native is Texas No.1 rated safety and No. 1 in the nation.

Eric Monroe – Four-Star

North Shore Sr. HS (Galena Park, Texas)/ 6’0”/ 180 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

Yes

Analysis

Monroe is Texas’ No. 2 safety and No. 2 in the nation. Monroe currently holds 15 offers.

Deontay Anderson – Four-Star

Manvel HS (Manvel, Texas)/ 6’1”/ 192 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

Yes

Analysis

Anderson holds 24 offers including offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC. Anderson is the No. 3 safety in Texas.

Louis Kelley – Three-Star

Pflugerville HS (Pflugerville)/ 6’1”/ 178 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

No

Cornerback

Obi Eboh – Four-Star

Carroll HS (Southlake, Texas)/ 6’1”/ 172 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

No

Analysis

Eboh is No. 4 ranked cornerback in Texas and currently has 15 offers.

Malik Antoine – Three-Star

University Laboratory School (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)/ 5’10.5”/ 175 lbs

Committed?

No

Texas offer?

No

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