2008 Recruiting: Inside Texas Take Board

With Riley Dodge's decommitment late last week, the Horns' commitment total took a step back from 20 to 19 in a class originally projected to be 20-22 signees. Here's our updated look at what the Horns' Class of '08 Signing Day positional breakdown may look like with position, number of projected takes, current commits and top remaining prospects:

Also see: 2007 Texas Football Roster Table

QB: 0 Commits (0): none. Top prospects: none. Note: With young talent bunched up in the freshman and sophomore classes (Colt McCoy, Sherrod Harris, John Chiles, G.J. Kinne), signal caller was not a priority for '08, but the coaches are already working on the position for '09. The state is stocked with QB talent in the '09 class, and the Horns hosted several of them at camp in early June, including Russell Shepard, Garrett Gilbert, Cody Green and Casey Pachall.

RB: 2 Commits (2): Alief Elsik's Jeremy Hills, Southlake Carroll's Tre Newton. Top prospects: none. Note: This spot bears watching given Riley Dodge's decision to head to Denton. If Newton follows his friend and teammate to North Texas (which is by no means a certainty, just a possibility), the Horns could then be back in the market for a running back. If past history is any indication (like last year with late offers to James Kirkendoll, Tyrell Higgins and Ian Harris), the coaches would go back to the pool of targets that attended a junior day, and at running back that would mean DeSoto's Cyrus Gray.

WR: 4 Commits (4): Allen's Dan Buckner, Giddings' Brock Fitzhenry, Mansfield Timberview's Antoine Hicks, Klein Oak's DeSean Hales. Top prospects: McKinney Boyd's Jeffrey Fuller (offer). Note: Fitzhenry and Hicks might be better slotted in the athlete category, which may explain UT's continued pursuit of Fuller even with four ‘wideouts' already in the fold.

TE/FB: 1 Commits (1): Brenham's Ryan Roberson. Top prospects: none. Note: Roberson is a true fullback (and possible linebacker, as well). We're not convinced yet that the Horns won't eventually offer a tight end, but that may depend on the success rate with the final targets at other positions. Flower Mound's James Hanna, at one time the most-likely tight end target (he was a junior day visitor), is now an Oklahoma commit. Another Flower Mound tight end, Chandler Koch, also attended a junior day, and Midlothian's Caleb Russell's claims continued interest from UT.

OL: 4 Commits (3): Austin High's Mark Buchanan, Brenham's Luke Poehlmann, Gilmer's David Snow. Top prospects: Mountain Brook, Alabama's Tyler Love. Note: After the transfer announcements of J'Marcus Webb and Roy Watts, the Texas coaches reopened OL recruiting to bolster depth on the line, particularly at tackle. Denver Mullen's Bryce Givens was the first target, and the Nebraska commit (and teammate of UT pledge Nolan Brewster) considered visiting Austin but changed his mind and reaffirmed his pledge to the Huskers, the Texas coaches looked east for some Love. The Horns contacted the Alabama tackle just last week, and if they can get him to Austin for a visit, he's a legitimate candidate for the final OL slot in the class. (And Texas would certainly take Paris' Stephen Good if he reconsidered his OU commitment.)

DE: 1 Commits (0): none. Top prospects: Garland's Chancey Aghayere. Note: The Texas coaches have said that they plan to sign one DE, and Aghayere is the target. Aghayere attended Texas camp early last month (although recovery from recent surgery kept him from competing), and he has unofficials set this summer for LSU and Louisville, then a early September visit to Florida. Then it's decision time. The Horns were once at the top of his list, but he now claims to have no favorite.

DT: 2 Commits (2): Beaumont Kelly's Kheeston Randall, Cedar Hill's Jarvis Humphrey. Top prospects: none.

LB: 3 Commits (2): Dallas St. Mark's Emmanuel Acho, Nederland's Dravannti Johnson. Top prospects: Salt Lake City Cottonwood's Lynn Katoa. Note: Katoa told Inside Texas last week that "Texas is still my favorite." Although a visit isn't scheduled, if and when he makes it to Austin, a commitment is quite possible. Garland's Joseph Ibiloye was on the very short list of targets till last month when he pledged to Oklahoma, so he's a name to watch if Katoa ends up elsewhere.

DB: 4 Commits (4): Angleton CB D.J. Monroe, Round Rock McNeil CB Aaron Williams, Denver Mullen S Nolan Brewster, Leander S Blake Gideon. Top prospects: none.

K: 1 Commits (1): Austin Westlake's Justin Tucker. Top prospects: none.


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