Recruiting: Final piece of '02 puzzle in place

Texas picked up its 27th, and most likely last, commitment for its '02 recruiting class Sunday from weekend visitor <B>Robert Timmons</B>. The Flower Mound Marcus wideout accepted a scholarship offer to play for the Horns and will sign with UT on National Signing Day Wednesday.

"There was something about the place that just reminded me of a big family," Timmons told the Dallas Morning News. "When Coach Brown asked me if I wanted to come to Texas, I told him I was excited about it."

That Timmons would receive a scholarship offer from Texas, or any other major D-I school, seemed in doubt as recently as a month ago, but the 6-2, 205-pound wide receiver scored an 18 on his most recent ACT test attempt according to Marcus coach Randy Mayes, enhancing the possibility that he will qualify academically. Because of his transfer to Marcus from Dallas Roosevelt, Timmons "still has quite a bit of work to do on his core," Mayes told Heartland Recruiting recently. "If he can get a couple of Bs this spring in English IV and Street Law, Robert could bring his GPA up to a 2.397, so he would be right there (to qualify)."

Despite the off-the-field questions, there has never been any doubt about Timmons' on-the-field skill. Last fall, one recruiting analyst told IT that Timmons might well be the top overall prospect in the state.

In seven games as a senior at Marcus, Timmons caught 43 passes, including nine TDs, for 671 yards.

"I think he can really complement the corps of receivers that they already have," Mayes told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It may take him a little time before he breaks into the starting lineup, but I think it's a great opportunity for him."

Timmons, who has been clocked at 4.46 in the forty, also runs the 400, the 4x4 relay and the anchor leg of the 4x1 relay for the Marcus track team.

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