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Marcel Southall




– Pretty self-explanatory


– If he isn't committed already he could be soon

Heating up

– The Longhorns should feel good about where things stand


– Developments are slow between the two sides, but interest remains

Cooling off

– At this point there isn't much hope


– No chance of a commitment

High SchoolHt.Wt.CommitPos. Rk.Low DownHeat Check
Shane Buechele Arlington, Texas/ Lamar 6-2 185 Texas 8 Gave Texas his verbal pledge on Feb. 23. Will be an early enrollee with hopes of vying for the starting quarterback position next season. Committed
Devwah Whaley Beaumont, Texas/Central 5-11 180 No 7 Wouldn't be surprised if he visits in January. Davion Curtis doing what he can. UT, Georgia, A&M, Arkansas and OU all in the mix. Warming up
Kyle Porter Katy, Texas 5-10 180 No 68 Texas is really impressed by what its seen from Porter, who visited for Junior Day. Slight edge to Oregon, though, with Arkansas right there. Warming up
Collin Johnson San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian 6-4 195 Texas 23 Father played at Texas and his brother is committed in 2015. Big-bodied WR catches everything and plays with passion Charlie Strong wants. Committed
Reggie Hemphill-Mapps Manvel, Texas 6-1 175 Texas 24 Committed to the Longhorns - for the second time - before the Baylor game. Committed
Davion Curtis Temple, Texas 5-11 175 Texas 103 He switched his commitment from Georgia to UT in November simply because Texas was always the place he wanted to play. Committed
Jamal Pettigrew New Orleans/St. Augustine 6-6 218 LSU 8 Tone has changed here. Looks like he's locked in with LSU. Cooling off
Peyton Aucoin New Orleans/Brother Martin 6-5 251 Texas 53 Committed one day after visiting UT for the second time (July 24). Blocks like a 6th offensive lineman. Plays with a mean streak. Committed
Irvin Smith New Orleans/Brother Martin 6-4 235 A&M 40 Committed to A&M but has visited Longhorns. A teammate of UT commit Peyton Aucoin. Things could get interesting. Warming up
Patrick Hudson Silsbee, Texas 6-5 325 Baylor 3 (OT) One time A&M commit flipped to BU. Longhorns not giving up hope here. Would be huge if he visits in January. Lukewarm
Jean DeLance Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite 6-5 270 No 5 (OT) Longhorns offered on March 9. Has a Final 3 of LSU, Michigan and Texas. A top priority for Matt Mattox and UT. Heating up
Tope Imade Arlington, Texas/Bowie 6-5 327 Texas 26 (OG) Massive tackle committed to the Longhorns on April 27, giving UT its first offensive line commitment in 2016. Committed
Denzel Okafor Lewisville, Texas 6-4 290 Texas 42 (OT) Decided to commit to Texas over TCU in large part due to Charlie Strong and his belief in the future of this program. Wants Delance at UT. Committed
Zach Shackelford Belton, Texas 6-4 290 KSU 34 (OG) Will be telling if he visits Texas again. Big UT guy but going to be tough to get him away from KSU. Could be a center in Austin. Has met with Matt Mattox already. Heating up
J.P. Urquidez Copperas Cove, Texas 6-5 295 BU 30 (OT) Long-time commitment of the Bears who chose BU over Texas back on April 13, 2015. Has been contacted by Texas and met Matt Mattox. Could visit in January. Warming up
Andrew Fitzgerald Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus 6-5 245 Texas 30 Gave his verbal pledge to UT in early November. Committed
Erick Fowler Manor, Texas 6-1 235 LSU 20 Might be committed to LSU but the Longhorns are right in the mix. Expect this one to be a battle up to NSD. Friend of Sam Ehlinger's. Lukewarm
Malcolm Roach Baton Rouge, La./Madison Prep 6-3 240 Texas 117 Gave Texas his verbal pledge in early November. Recently had 27 tackles in one game. Just scratching surface for how good he can be. Committed
Mark Jackson Cibolo, Texas/Steele 6-2 226 A&M 20 Things really starting to heat up here. Could visit in January. Heating up
Justin Madubuike McKinney, Texas/North 6-4 240 A&M 3 One of those recruits you never give up on regardless of his current situation. Texas hasn't given up hope. Let's see if he visits in January. That will say a lot. Lukewarm
Gerald Wilbon Destrehan (La.) 6-3 311 Texas 49 (OG) Massive two-way lineman picked up a Longhorns offer in late May and committed in June. Committed
Kendell Jones Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker 6-5 310 Bama 6 Committed to Alabama but still might visit the Longhorns down the road. Door not completely shut here but don't hold your breath. Cooling off
Jordan Elliott Houston/Westside 6-5 290 Mich 13 Committed to Michigan but Texas won't give up on him as he plays at the Longhorns biggest position of need. Lukewarm
Marcel Southall Duncanville, Texas 6-3 275 No 36 One of the most sought after players in the state. Texas seems to be playing catch-up here. OU in good shape. Keep an eye on this one though. Lukewarm
Mike Williams Forth Worth (Texas) All Saints 6-1 300 Stanford 16 Going to be tought to pull him away from the Cardinal but he has visited UT several times and knows the staff really well. Likely to visit in January. Heating up
D'Andre Christmas-Giles New Orleans, La./St. Augustine 6-4 290 No NR Texas seemed to be in great shape for the longest time but tone seems to be shifting toward LSU being the favorite. Not over by any means. His mom loves Texas. Lukewarm
Demarco Boyd Gilmer, Texas 5-11 215 Texas 51 (OLB) Went ahead and committed to the Longhorns the same day as his brother, 2015 CB Kris Boyd. Recruiting hard for the Longhorns. Committed
Jeffrey McCulloch Houston Davis 6-2 225 No 3 (OLB) Longhorns are one of the teams to beat, though, others are very much in play. Has taken OV to Michigan, Stanford and Notre Dame. Heating up
Dontavious Jackson Houston Alief Elsik 6-2 237 No 4 (ILB) A top priority. Jackson and McCulloch would love to play together, which is a good thing for Texas. But so many schools in play here. Heating up
Eric Cuffee Waco, Texas 6-0 190 No 26 UT really needs Cuffee but are they in good shape? Cuffee tells HD Texas is. But watch out for A&M, Baylor and TCU. Recently visited. Lukewarm
Obi Eboh Southlake, Texas/Carroll 6-1 184 Texas 17 Longhorns picked up a huge commitment from Eboh on Sept. 5. Turning more and more into a critical pick up given crop of CBs left. Committed
Deontay Anderson Manvel, Texas 6-0 190 No 4 This one is trending in the wrong direction for UT. Has visited Ole Miss three times since June. Rebels favorite followed by A&M, Bama, LSU. Cooling off
Brandon Jones Nacogdoches, Texas 6-0 190 No 1 One of the biggest targets remaining for UT. Basically entire staff recruiting Jones. Could come down to Texas and Texas A&M. Heating up
Chris Brown Alief, Texas/Elsik 5-11 183 No 25 Teammate of Dontavious Jackson. Picked up offer during unofficial visit in June. Was at UTL. Tough to read. Michigan, UCLA in play. Lukewarm
Lil'Jordan Humphrey Southlake, Texas/Carroll 6-5 200 No 24 Picked up a Texas offer in early February. Likes Texas a bunch. Could end up at another position in college. Will visit in January. Heating up

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