Recruits at the Oklahoma State game (UPDATED)

One of the state's top defensive tackle prospects, plus his DB teammate, as well as a highly regarded linebacker, tripped to Austin for Saturday's Oklahoma State game. <B>UPDATE</B>: Add to the list above one of the nation's top overall defensive prospects!

The Horns hosted Duncanville DT Xavier Lawson-Kennedy, the state's top defensive tackle prospect, Saturday. Lawson-Kennedy recently said that he will "worry about (recruiting) after the season," but the battle for his signature is expected to be between Texas and Oklahoma. The 6-3, 305-pounder is ranked by TheInsiders as the third-best DT tackle in the nation.

Lawson-Kennedy's Duncanville teammate Tommy Deveraux also attended. Deveraux, a 6-1, 170-pound defensive back with a 4.4 forty time, turned in an impressive performance this past summer during UT's football camp. The multi-threat athlete (he has played QB and DB for Duncanville) had Texas at the top of an early list which also included Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Colorado and A&M.

Texas also played host to Lewisville LB Demario Pleasant. Pleasant is a state top 30 prospect and is ranked by TheInsiders as the 35th-best 'backer in the nation. The 6-3, 220-pound outside linebacker with a 4.49 forty time said recently that he plans to take official visits to USC, Florida and Ohio State as well as unofficials to Oklahoma and A&M.

California wideout Steve Smith was scheduled in Austin but IT did not spot him at the game (we'll update on Smith later when we can verify whether he made the game or not).

IT also spotted current commits WR Limas Sweed of Brenham and RB Erik Hardeman of Pflugerville.

UPDATE: Tony Cade, the top safety prospect both in the state and in the nation (and a Lewisville teammate of Pleasant), also attended Saturday's OSU game at DKR. Cade is considering OU and UT as well as Florida, Miami and UCLA, but he has said his fall focus will be on winning a state championship, so his recruitment may extend into '03.

Two state of Texas DE prospects -- Huntsville's James Harrison (listed in Dave Campbell's Texas Football at 6-1, 230) and San Antonio Roosevelt's Cory Bennett (who looked similar in build but slightly taller than Harrison) -- also took in the nail-biting action at the stadium Saturday.


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