Here are 10 players committed elsewhere Texas can’t give up on just yet

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Irvin Smith

Committed to: Texas A&M

The Longhorns having a couple of things working for them here. One very important factor is Peyton Aucoin, UT’s 2016 tight end commitment and a teammate of Smith’s who has been in Irv’s ear nonstop about Texas. He’s been UT’s biggest recruiter with the current Aggie commitment.

But the Longhorns have also benefitted from Jeff Traylor being the primary recruiter of Smith, along with Brick Haley. Traylor has done a really nice job of connecting with Smith and was a big reason why Smith took an OV to Texas earlier this month.

Texas is squarely in the mix here.

Chances he ends up at Texas: 49.4%


Patrick Hudson

Committed to: Baylor

He’s yet to meet Sterlin Gilbert or Matt Mattox and that’s only because they joined Texas’ staff on Dec. 12, which was during a big official visit recruiting weekend and also two days before the Dead Period.

You can bet that once coaches are allowed back on the recruiting trail that Hudson will one of, if not the first stops those two coaches make, especially Mattox.

Hudson recently told our Taylor Gaspar that he has not shut down his recruitment, is still very interested in Texas, and looks forward to meeting both of UT’s new coaches.


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Chances he ends up at Texas: 43.6%


Zach Shackelford

Committed to: Kansas State 

Jake Raulerson’s decision to transfer has left the Longhorns in a bit of a bind at center for 2016. There are no clear candidates for who could take over for Taylor Doyle at one of the most important positions for any football team. Enter Shackelford.

He is someone that could conceivably move into that roll if he were to switch his commitment from Kansas State.

There is a good chance that could happen is Shackelford visits in January. Stay tuned.


Chances he ends up at Texas: 73.1%


J.P. Urquidez

Committed to: Baylor 

The Longhorns have commitments from two offensive linemen right now in Tope Imade and Denzel Okafor. But there is always a premium placed on offensive linemen, particularly future bookends like Urquidez.

Mattox has visited with Urquidez already and he tells HD that he hopes to take an OV to UT in January. If he does visit you’d have to give the Longhorns more than a puncher’s chance of getting the four-star to flip.

Back in April, when he committed to BU, he chose the Bears over the Longhorns. So UT is a school that he’s always had an appreciation for.


Chances he ends up at Texas: 46.8%


Erick Fowler

Committed to: LSU 

Who knows how this would have played out had LSU decided to get rid of Les Miles. Had that happened I think the Longhorns would have been considered the favorite to land his signature on national signing day.

With Miles’ tenure in Baton Rouge intact it’s going to be really difficult for Texas to get him to flip commitments. However, the Longhorns need help at DE – despite having commitments from Andrew Fitzgerald and Malcolm Roach – and Fowler, who goes to high school not too far from Austin, is exactly the type of impact rush end that Texas needs.

One person to factor into this: 2017 Texas QB commitment Sam Ehlinger. He’s a good friend of Fowlers.

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Chances he ends up at Texas: 29.2%


Mark Jackson

Committed to: Texas A&M 

The Longhorns need to go after Jackson for the same reasons they should go after Fowler. Jackson is a difference-maker coming off the edge. If he visits in January, which we are hearing is a real possibility, we’ll know that interest is real on both sides and that this is a play to watch on NSD.


Chances he ends up at Texas: 49.8%


Justin Madubuike 

Committed to: Texas A&M

Simply put, he’s one of the most dominant defensive players in the entire country. You don’t ever give up on someone of his stature regardless of who he is committed to.

It’s going to be tough but this is someone the Longhorns simply have to keep after until he puts pen to paper on Feb. 3.

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Chances he ends up at Texas: 21.6%


Jordan Elliott

Committed to: Michigan 

He’s been adamant about the strength of his commitment to Michigan ever since he shocked many by committing to the Wolverines over the likes of the Longhorns and others. But that should not hold UT back from trying to get Elliott down to Austin for one more shot at the talented four-star interior lineman, especially in light of the news that Hassan Ridgeway will forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.


Chances he ends up at Texas: 22.4%


Mike Williams

Committed to: Stanford

Texas has certainly made it apparent to Uncle Julio that it really, really, really needs him in Austin playing football for the Longhorns.

Williams told HD on Wednesday that UT was the only other school recruiting him besides Stanford. He also told HD that he hopes to take an OV to UT in January.

There’s no doubt that Williams has become, and really stayed one of UT’s top priorities.


Chances he ends up at Texas: 50.5%


Kameron Martin

Committed to: Baylor 

Alright, alright, alright, I get it. He’s got a huge Baylor tattoo. But, but, but he also grew up a huge Longhorns fan, talks with Jamaal Charles and could be lethal in UT’s new offense.

Will Martin’s first [collegiate] love end up being the school he signs with? It seems like a stretch at this point. However, he did contact HD to tell him that the Longhorns were coming after him “hard” and then proceeded to remind HD that Texas was his “dream school” growing up.

Chances he ends up at Texas: 33.6% 


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