CU game recruiting notes

Fittingly, given that it was the biggest home game on the schedule and the last except for the Nov. 10 Kansas game, Texas hosted a large group of recruits for the Colorado game, including the Horns' most recent commit, Tyler John Tyler DB <B>Matthew Melton</B>.

Melton, as we reported a couple of weeks ago, strongly favored the Horns over A&M and Purdue, so his decision was not a surprising one. The 6-0, 193-pound high school FS/WR runs a 4.43 40. His versatility in the defensive backfield (he could play anywhere in the secondary, the spot he's likely to play once on the Forty Acres) and his speed have made him a consensus state top 100 player.

Several uncommitted state top 100 players also attended UT's 41-7 thrashing of the Buffs, including the following guys I personally saw (Heartland Recruiting Texas Top 100 ranking in parens):

The Woodlands DL Travis Leitko (No. 21);

Galena Park North Shore RB Albert Hardy (No. 32);

Austin Anderson ATH Paul Mosley (No. 51).

Jenks (OK) DE Bryan Pickryl, one of the top prospects in Oklahoma and a national top 100-caliber recruit, attended. Other reports have Jersey Village RB Selvin Young (No. 15) and North Mesquite LB Aaron Harris (No. 9) on the visit list.

Along with Melton (No. 68), several other UT pledges attended the game, including Splendora LB Brian Robison, San Marcos DL Earl Anderson (No. 16), Westwood WR Dustin Miksch, Brownwood OL Bret Valdez (No. 53) and Arlington Lamar LB Garnet Smith (No. 11).

With Melton's recent commitment, the UT coaches have snagged 16 verbal pledges: one QB -- Billy Don Malone; two OLs -- Neale Tweedie, Valdez; one TE -- David Thomas; two WRs -- Miksch, Marquis Johnson; two DTs -- Anderson, Sonny Davis (who will sign in December as a juco transfer); three DEs -- Lyle Sendlein, Tully Janszen, Chase Pittman; three LBs -- Robison, Marcus Myers, Smith; one DB -- Melton; and one ATH -- Clint Haney.

The Horns are in position to take approximately 10 more prospects from among top in-state targets Lancaster DT Larry Dibbles (No. 1; OU, UT, Miami, FSU, Notre Dame), Flower Mound Marcus WR Robert Timmons (No. 2 with a bullet; Miami, UT, FSU, Tennessee), North Garland RB/ATH Edorian McCullough (No. 3; OU, UT, A&M, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska), Houston Madison QB Vincent Young (No. 4; Miami, UT, FSU, K-State, Southern Miss), Mesquite DT Marco Martin (No. 5; UT, FSU, A&M, Miami, Tennessee), Alief Hastings DT Rodrique Wright (No. 6; UT, OU, A&M, LSU, K-State, Tennessee), Plano East OL Justin Blalock (No. 8; UT, OU, Miami, Northwestern, Florida, Arkansas), LB Harris (No. 9; UT, OU, A&M, FSU, Florida), Longview LB Marvin Byrdsong (No. 14; UT, Arkansas, Mississippi State, LSU, Nebraska), RB Young (if reports of his visit are indeed accurate), Port Arthur Lincoln CB Ricky Wilson (No. 17; FSU, UT, A&M, USC, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida), Midland Lee TE Eric Winston (No. 18; A&M, UT, Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami), DL Leitko (No. 21; Michigan, Stanford, UT, A&M, Notre Dame), RB Hardy (No. 32; LSU, UT, Michigan, Arkansas, Penn State), Irving OL Josiah Vinson (No. 41; Notre Dame, UT, Georgia Tech, LSU, Stanford), Klein Forest WR Anthony Wright (No. 49; UT, A&M, FSU, Florida, Miami, Tennessee), and ATH Mosley (No. 51; Notre Dame, UT, FSU, Iowa, OU, Texas Tech, A&M, Nebraska), plus out-of-staters Highlands Ranch (CO) OL/DL Kasey Studdard (he's considering a whole host of schools) and Shreveport Evangel CB Jonathan Wade (the 5-11, 170-pound speedster attended the UT-UNC game along with teammate and UT commit Chase Pittman).

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