Recruiting: The focus has narrowed

With 25 verbals already in the bag and with Signing Day now less than three weeks away, the Horns' recruiting focus has narrowed substantially.

Texas picked up commitments last weekend from two of its final few targets -- Houston Madison QB Vincent Young and Colorado OL Kasey Studdard -- while several other prospects -- Eric Winston, A.J. Nicholson, Marvin Byrdsong, Cameron Vaughn and Rufus Alexander -- dropped off that target list for various reasons.

More important than the above are those few prospects that are still in the mix:

ATH Edorian McCullough, 5-9, 180, 4.35, North Garland. McCullough will visit Austin this weekend and he said that he plans to reschedule last weekend's canceled visit to Norman for next weekend. The speedster will choose between the Sooners, Horns and Aggies.

DE Travis Leitko, 6.5, 245, 4.8, The Woodlands. Leitko visited Stanford last weekend and will trip to Ann Arbor this weekend for his final scheduled official visit. "This is going to be an extremely difficult decision for me since all the schools I've visited are so much alike," Leitko told Heartland Recruiting after his Palo Alto trip. "Right now, I simply can't put one ahead of the other."

WR Robert Timmons, 6-2, 205, 4.46, Flower Mound Marcus. With the numbers narrowed, the possibility of signing Timmons has gone up since our last report, but he still has no official visits scheduled. [b]UPDATE[/b]: Timmons has set up visits with Florida State on the 18th, Tennessee on the 24th and Texas on February 1st, according to Marcus coach Randy Mayes as reported Thursday by Heartland Recruiting.

Other longer-shot possibilities:

FS Lamon Means, 6-3, 185, 4.45, Galena Park. Means committed to Arizona last weekend but he said the only other school he would still consider would be Texas.

Here's the current committed prospect breakdown by position (with the number committed at each position plus the number expected to be added at each position in parens) followed in italics by the most likely prospects to fill the remaining spots in this class:

QB (1) -- Vincent Young;

RB (2) -- Albert Hardy, Selvin Young;

OL (3) -- Neale Tweedie, Bret Valdez, Justin Blalock;

TE (1) -- David Thomas;

WR (2) -- Dustin Miksch, Marquis Johnson;

DT (4) -- Sonny Davis, Rodrique Wright, Marco Martin, Kasey Studdard;

DE (5) -- Lyle Sendlein, Tully Janszen, Chase Pittman (who is enrolled and attending classes), Brian Pickryl (who is enrolled and attending classes); Larry Dibbles;

LB (5) -- Brian Robison, Marcus Myers, Garnet Smith, Aaron Harris, Michael Williams;

DB (1) -- Matthew Melton;

and ATH (1+1) -- Clint Haney; Edorian McCullough.

As for those no longer on the board, Midland Lee TE Winston, who visited the Forty Acres last weekend along with Young, told Heartland Recruiting Wednesday, "I had a good time (in Austin) but I've told the Texas coaches that I'm no longer interested, so they won't be making an in-home visit this week." Winston said A&M, Miami and LSU, where he'll trip this weekend, are still in the hunt. The Horns, always considered a longshot for Winston, couldn't overcome the family ties to College Station or the allure of playing for the national champ 'Canes. So far, Winston is the Horns biggest recruiting miss in a class where Mack Brown and staff's have gotten just about every prospect they seriously pursued.

The recent edition of Michael Williams to a linebacker group that already included Harris, Robison, Smith and Myers spelled the cooling of the once hot Horn pursuit of Nicholson. Florida State, Miami, Tennessee and home-state North Carolina are the four schools left with hopes of landing Nicholson.

Byrdsong had been scheduled to trip to Austin along with Young and Winston last weekend, but the Longview LB cancelled at the last minute and said he will choose between SEC schools Arkansas and Mississippi State after long considering Big 12 schools UT, A&M and OU. Read between the lines on this one for the reason Byrdsong is no longer considering the Big 12 schools and will probably end up signing with an SEC school. Plus, see Nicholson above.

Louisiana LB Vaughn verballed to LSU Sunday after visiting Baton Rouge over the weekend. Vaughn had been scheduled to be in Austin this weekend but he has cancelled that visit. And again, see Nicholson above. Ditto Alexander, who will probably end up at Oklahoma, Ole Miss or Alabama.

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