2010 will present another bumper crop to the Longhorn coaching staff as several of the state's top prospects reside in and around the city limits.
One notable prospect is Austin Bowie wide receiver DeAndre Perry, who looks to be one of the state's top pass catching junior prospects and could very well be atop the Longhorn staff's list.
While Perry is looks to be a prime target of the Texas staff, technically the Longhorns have already extended their first wide receiver offer for 2010. For their 2009 recruiting haul the staff landed an early commitment from Aldine Eisenhower's Greg Timmons and shut down recruiting at the receiver position, but not before extending a gray shirt offer to another local product – Austin High's Emory Blake.
Perry, however, could be in the mix for a Texas offer of his own come February.
Perry is a very fluid receiver and is very good at using his body and is not afraid to catch the ball in traffic. He is a physically imposing player at 6-3, 210 pounds and compliments his size with 4.6 speed.
As a sophomore Perry was a unanimous first team all-District selection and an all-area choice for a Bowie team that went 8-2 in the regular season and won the District 25-5A title as Perry posted some impressive numbers in his debut season. Perry was the Bulldogs' top receiving threat leading the team in receptions (42), yards (611) and touchdown catches (4).
"I would say my biggest strengths are my ability to get off the line and catch that ball and making big plays," Perry said.
Perry has continued to be one of the key cogs in a Bowie offense that through five ball games is averaging 44 points per contest. The junior standout has posted a team high 19 receptions for 293 yards and he has already equaled his sophomore output with four scores.
"I've played okay," Perry said. "I still feel like I need to pick it up a little bit and get going."
It remains to be seen if Perry will land an offer from Texas in February, but the Bowie product has made it clear that his is very interested in the Longhorns.
Perry has already visited campus for all three of the Longhorns home games this season, against Florida Atlantic, Rice and Arkansas, and he has come away impressed with all that Texas has to offer on each visit.
"I got to go into the locker room, which was a great experience for me because I got to meet a lot of the players," Perry said. "I also liked the trophy room. It makes me want to be a part of that success in the future."
"(Texas) played pretty good," Perry continued. "It makes me see how much I want to get out there and eventually help out."
Perry has not received any offers as of yet, but he has already narrowed his field down to a top five.
"Texas, LSU, Texas Tech, Oregon and Notre Dame," Perry said when asked of his favorite schools. He did however make say that there are two schools that are starting to separate themselves in his eyes.
"Texas and Texas Tech," Perry said. "When you look at the offensive style that they both have, that would be fun to be a part of."