HD Roundtable: Who should be offered next?

Question: Question: Which in-state recruit without a Texas offer would you recommend the Longhorns coaching staff extending one to sooner rather than later?

Jason Higdon

Texas has offered numerous players recently and I think you will see it slow down dramatically moving forward. They will offer plenty of players over the next several months but right now it’s about building relations with the current recruiting board.

One player I would more than likely offer at this time is defensive end Isaiah Chambers. He checks in at 6-foot-4, 240-pounds from Irving (TX) MacArthur. The four-star defensive end prospect has offers from Baylor, Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU and Texas A&M to name a few.

I like his combination of size, strength and quickness. Chambers has the ability to turn into a pass rushing specialist and a player I would think about extending an offer to moving forward.

Gabe Brooks

Looking at the list of the top recruits in the state, two prospects without Texas offers stand out to me. Both reside in Tarrant County. Either would beef up Texas' front-line prowess on one side of the ball or the other.

One is Euless Trinity four-star defensive tackle Chris Daniels, who already has almost 20 offers, including Baylor, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas Tech, and USC. Daniels has offers from six of the 10 schools in the Big 12. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder has really picked up momentum on the recruiting front since the turn of the calendar year. Scout ranks Daniels as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the state, No. 12 defensive tackle in the country, and No. 87 overall prospect in the Scout 300 for the 2016 class. Daniels is a large interior defender who's possibly scheme-versatile at the next level.

The other player is Chris Owens, an offensive guard from Arlington Lamar who recently got the upgrade to a four-star rating. Owens has been on fire lately in his recruitment, going from a few offers to about two dozen in the matter of weeks. The 6-foot-4, 277-pounder now has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas Tech, and Washington, among plenty of others. Owens played defensive tackle as a sophomore before moving to right tackle as a junior. He projects best as a guard. Owens' film is a display in power and physicality.

Both of these guys are quality high-major talents who have already been heavily recruited by plenty of Texas' peers.

William Wilkerson

I’m going to go with a player that doesn’t get a ton a publicity from a rankings standpoint and who doesn’t have all that impressive an offers list: LB Nathaniel Evans (River Ridge, LA/John Curtis).

To date, the 6-foot, 231-pound LB has picked up offers from Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane, and Western Kentucky. But I’ve got a feeling he’s going to become a wanted commodity in a few months.

His size isn’t necessarily ideal but he’s proven to be a straight up tackling machine for one of the better programs in Louisiana.

Not only that, he loves UT. He made the drive in to Austin, through all of that crummy weather, to attend Texas’ Junior Day. It was his second time making that drive as he and his mother and uncle came to a game last season.

I know Texas is limited at how many LBs it can take in 2016 and has identified its top targets (Jeffrey McCulloch, Dontavious Jackson and Jordan Carmouche). But extending an offer to one of the top tacklers in Louisiana at this point isn’t a bad idea. I’m not saying he would commit right away but I do think he would be tempted to.

One of my other choices would be three-star RB Trevor Speights (McAllen, Texas), who is committed to Arizona.


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