Texas checks out Eddrick Loften

The Texas Longhorns staff is busy evaluating hundreds of junior prospects around the state of Texas. One of the top prospects in the 2010 class is Irving Nimitz safety Eddrick Loften and the Longhorns recently visited Nimitz to take a look at the talented junior.

Irving Nimitz safety Eddrick Loften has been one of the more talked about 2010 prospects dating back to his freshman season in which he recorded more than 80 tackles and three interceptions. After a 122 tackle and three-interception sophomore campaign, Loften was garnering as much attention as any defender in the class other than Jackson Jeffcoat of Plano West.

In 2008, Loften continued his productive career racking up more than 70 tackles, four interceptions and three sacks. The 5-11, 200-pound downhill, hard hitting safety has caught the attentions of many college coaches and recently was visited by the two top programs in the Big 12.

"I know Texas has come down recently," Loften said. "Oklahoma has too. Those are the two I know have come by. Bobby Kennedy came from Texas and Brent Venables from OU. I don't know about any others," added Loften.

Loften, who has yet to receive his first official offer, says he has a junior day invite in hand and plans to take up the lucky program on their invitation.

"I've gotten a junior day invite from A&M. I'll probably go down to Texas A&M for one of theirs in February. I don't know of any other invite," Loften said.

As for a school list, it appears nothing has changed in Loften's top five. The Sooners seemingly have a leg up after a number of unofficial visits during the season.

"It's still OU, Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas and LSU as my top five. I went to Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech. It was a blowout, but a great atmosphere. I also went to the Texas-Oklahoma game and OU vs. Nebraska," Loften said.

Loften says he doesn't have a leader at this time, but has a very good idea of what will be deciding factors in the future.

"It's a toss up between Texas and OU right now. I wouldn't say I have a favorite. I want to take some visits and take a look at all of the programs. I would like to play as a freshman and not redshirt if possible. Other than playing time, the family atmosphere, the city and the staff of the schools will be important. I'm not in a hurry to decide," Loften said.

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