Recruiting: UT targets near top of rankings

Texas targets occupy many of the top spots in the national football prospect rankings released today by's team of recruiting analysts.

The Horns are in the hunt for 10 of the's 41 five-star prospects (the highest level in the rankings): Danville CA Monte Vista QB Kyle Wright, Ventura CA St. Bonaventure WR Whitney Lewis (No. 2 WR in the nation), Tulsa OK Washington WR Robert Meachem (No. 6 WR), Woodland Hills CA Taft WR Steve Smith (No. 7 WR), Houston Elsik TE Tony Hills (No. 4 TE), Euless Trinity OL Ofa Mohetau (No. 2 OL), Jasper OL Jorrie Adams (No. 3 OL), Denton Ryan DE Jarvis Moss (No. 1 DE), Lewisville S Tony Cade (No. 1 S) and Kennesaw GA Harrison CB Paul Oliver (No. 2 CB).

UT has already secured commitments from five nationally ranked four-star prospects -- Houston Strake Jesuit TE Steven Hogan (No. 9 TE), Duncanville DB Eric Jackson (No. 15 S), Houston Clear Creek DE Bruce Davis (No. 21 DE), Dallas Bishop Dunne DT Thomas Marshall (No. 23 DT) and Pearland LB Scott Derry (No. 26 LB) -- plus a three-star talent in Katy Taylor C Dallas Griffin (No. 52 OL).

Rankings, overall and by position, as well as profiles and updates for all of the Horns' top recruiting targets can be accessed via the player database available to Recruiting Pass subscribers by clicking on the Football link under the Recruiting header on the left menu bar.

In an effort to more accurately reflect the quality of the prospects within each position group, the number of players earning one to five stars is not predetermined as in previous years. "We will no longer have quotas on the number of five-star prospects, four stars, etc.," explained Jamie Newberg,'s national recruiting editor. "In the past, we only had two five-star prospects per position. Now, if there are eight five-star wide receivers, that is how we will rate them. If we do not have any five-star-caliber prospects at a position, then no one will get that rating. I think this will be a great change to the way we do things."

Top Texas expert David Garvin of Heartland Recruiting said of the Lone Star State, "Just mention the names of Euless Trinity's Ofa Mohetau, Jasper's Jorrie Adams or Lewisville Hebron's Ian-Yates Cunningham, and you have D-I offensive line coaches drooling. Ditto for defensive coordinators regarding Denton Ryan defensive end Jarvis Moss and Lewisville safety Tony Cade, who could be the top players at their respective positions nationally in 2002."

"Others garnering offers from all the top programs are Alief Elsik tight end Tony Hills, North Mesquite cornerback Tarell Brown, Brenham wide receiver Limus Sweed, Tyler John Tyler defensive end Tim Crowder, Duncanville defensive tackle Xavier Lawson-Kennedy and Pflugerville tailback Erik Hardeman," Garvin added. "As always, there are many skilled players in the Lone Star State, but the big men continue to lead the way."

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