Under The Lights: Names to Know Pt. 1

This is the first of a three-part series in which we will look at several big-name recruits that could make their way to Austin this Saturday for "Under The Lights."

There is always the possibility that recruits won't make it down, but these players have been invited and are expected to attend at this point.

Anderson is one of a handful or so of running backs the Longhorns are extremely interested in at this point.

He named a Top 5 earlier this summer that included the Longhorns, Cal, Houston, Missouri and Utah.

The speedster recently told our Ahmard Vital that he has wanted to commit a few times but, “I keep pushing it back. Hopefully I can choose by the end of the month."

*****

The LSU commitment, who recently transferred from West Mesquite HS to powerhouse DeSoto (TX), has been a target of Texas’ for some time now. But how much of a player will he be moving forward with the recent commitment of elite WR Tren”Davian Dickson to Texas?

Dickson’s commitment gives UT three incredibly strong WR pledges in this class along with Reggie Hemphill-Mapps and Collin Johnson.

But two of those players have already decommitted once in the process – Hemphill-Mapps (who has visited Ole Miss but appears solid to UT) and Dickson (was once committed to Baylor). So Texas will surely try to continue to make in-roads with Anderson.

*****

Things seem to be trending well with the Blacklock and the Longhorns, who offered him after one of their June mini camps.

He’s seen his stock soar over the past two months and now has an offers list that also includes LSU, A&M, TCU, Houston, Texas Tech, Miami and Missouri.

But he’s become somewhat of a priority considering Texas’ lack of DT numbers moving forward, especially after the Du’Vonta Lampkin news. The Longhorns have a commitment from Gerald Wilbon, but he will likely start his career at UT on the offensive line.

*****

Boyd has been a long-time commitment of the Longhorns and a recruit that is doing what he can to get others to follow him to Austin.

He will be in full-blown recruiting mode when he’s on the 40 Acres this weekend, where his brother Kris Boyd is a freshman defensive back.

*****

The talented defensive back, and teammate of elite LB Dontavious Jackson, is one of six 2016 safeties with a Longhorns offer.

There is some ground to make up here for UT since it was “late” to the offer party. But Texas is firmly in the mix here.

*****

A long-standing high-priority of Texas’ defensive staff, Carmouche is one of the purest linebackers in the entire country.

Many perceive UT to be the leader at the moment with others like Arkansas, Baylor and Oklahoma close behind.

*****

Pickings are somewhat slim for the Longhorns at cornerback, which makes Cuffee a “must-get.”

He has visited UT before, and loved what he saw, but his offers list spans both coasts and he’s taking his time with the process. That has to make Texas nervous. TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma seem to be squarely in the mix along with UT.

*****

One of the fastest high schoolers in the country, Duvernay is one of those rare blends of above-average size and elite speed for a WR, specifically in the slot.

He has a good relationship with Texas WR coach Jay Norvell, who recruited him while at OU, and that has carried over nicely since Norvell came to Austin.

But Dickson’s commitment has to throw some pause in the idea of Duvernay joining a crowded WR class. For those who like to view the glass as being “half full,” you could say that surrounding himself with players like Dickson, Hemphill-Mapps and Johnson will only make life easier for him.

We’ll know a lot more about where he stands if he does make it to Austin this weekend, where he’d surely be one of the priorities despite three WR commitments already.

*****

Elliott might be committed to Houston but the Longhorns feel like they are right in the mix, and with good reason.

The former Baylor pledge really likes what Brick Haley, Vance Bedford, Strong and Texas’ coaching staff are doing with the program.

Not only does he plan on visiting for UTL, but he also tweeted out that Texas would be one of his five official visits this fall along with USC, Alabama, LSU and Michigan.

Noticeably absent from that list: Houston.

*****

This is one of those recruitments that could be heated all the way to lunch time on National Signing Day.

Yes, Fowler spurned the Longhorns and committed to LSU several weeks ago. But Texas has not let off the gas pedal in its pursuit of him.

If he actually does make it down – we are expecting him to at this time – that will speak volumes and let the staff know that he is still in play despite being a verbal pledge of the Bayou Bengals.

*****

The talented defensive back does not have an offer at this point, and will probably have to show more during the fall to gain an offer even if he does have a strong camp.

*****

One of the best defensive backs in the country, Fulton is rated as the No. 3 cornerback in the country.

This one appears to be a two-team race between Florida and LSU, but Texas could certify itself as a legit contender if he actually makes it to town.

The Longhorns haven’t quite reached the desperation stage for CB help in 2016, but they are nearing it because elite options are running thin. Fulton will get the red carpet treatment if he makes it to Austin this weekend.

*****

There was a moment there where Longhorns fans were holding their breathe in regards to Hemphill-Mapps when he took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss.

But those fearful thoughts seem to have subsided across the fanbase as Hemphill-Mapps has been very pro-Texas on social media.

He did tell HD several weeks back that he wanted to visit USC. But there’s no telling if that will happen. Even if it does the Longhorns should feel good about Hemphill-Mapps, who is one of the best WRs in Texas.

He’ll be in recruiting mode this weekend.

*****



Not a member of HornsDigest?

Get the best UT recruiting and team coverage for just $4.17 per month!

1. Select the "Annual Pass" option right here.

2. Enjoy HD’s attack-free message board community and unparalleled insider information in HD Only on Wednesday nights!

*****

Four-star RB Devwah Whaley Junior Highlights

*****

Get 10% off Longhorns tickets, tickets to other sporting events as well as concerts by joining HornsDigest.com. Click here to get discounted tickets!

*****

Get your Longhorns fan gear Right here!


Horns Digest Top Stories