Texas Weekend Is Huge Success

Most people expected a huge turnout and multiple commitments, but not many expected the weekend to get kicked off with a commitment from a junior that did not even make it to Austin. Nor did many expect it to start on Saturday. The weekend ended with seven confirmed commitments and a few others that are currently unconfirmed. Stay tuned to Burnt Orange Beat for all the latest!

The first Texas Longhorn Junior Day was scheduled to be Sunday, February 8, but several attendees ended up coming up on Saturday due to conflicts. Regardless, the hosted group includes about a dozen National 100 players.

QB - Connor Wood – Houston Second Baptist
Attended Oklahoma JD (Jan 24); has also unofficially visited LSU, USC, UCLA, Georgia, Texas A&M, and Stanford; offers too numerous to list
Strengths: Wood has the ideal size and feet for a quarterback prospect standing 6-4 and weighing 203 pounds. Blessed with fast twitch athleticism, Wood can keep plays alive with his feet and has the ability to scramble for the occasional first down. Excels in the intermediate passing game with the ability to fit the ball in closing windows. A true student of the game who lives in the film room. An offer from USC is very likely next week.

PREMIUM: Connor Wood discusses trip

QB - Case McCoy – Graham
Holds offers from Texas A&M, Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Arizona, Colorado State
Strengths: Has the desired instincts for the position. McCoy is 6-2, and around 175 pounds with good feet and the ability to change arm angles and release points to make throws under pressure with accuracy. Has a knack for playing the position and is a rapidly improving prospect. Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer has been making a strong push as of late. Like his older brother, also plays varsity basketball and will be a member of a likely 3A playoff team.

Case McCoy received a scholarship offer.

RB – Lache Seastrunk – Temple
MVP of U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio
Holds offers from LSU, Oklahoma, USC, Florida, Michigan, and Auburn
Strengths: Seastrunk is quick, fast, explosive and has the ability to accelerate by any defender. At 5-10 and 185 pounds, the likely five-star prospect also has the size that is coveted to go with the elite level explosiveness. Not a 20-25 carry type of back at the next level, but a prospect that will give defensive coordinators fits with his versatility.

Lache Seastrunk received a scholarship offer.

WR - Trovon Reed – Thibodaux
Considered by most to be the top player in Louisiana
Holds offers from LSU, Georgia, Oregon, Cal, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Auburn
Strengths: Like his very good friend Lache Seastrunk, Reed is explosive and has the ability to score from anywhere on the field. At 5-11, 175 pounds, Reed also has the size that college coaches covet as a make you miss receiver prospect. Led his Thibodaux team in rushing yards, passing yards and receptions in the ultimate jack-of-all-trades mode in 2008.

PREMIUM: Trovon talks about his visit

WR - Darius White – Fort Worth Dunbar
Holds offers from Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU, SMU, and Utah
Strengths: A playmaker in the true sense of the word. At 6-4, 195 pound, White has the ability to get the ball at its highest point in a crowd, but also has the ability to sink the hips, create separation out of his brakes and make people miss after the catch with a combination of fluid movements and strength. Not a blazing fast prospect, but more in the mold of former USC receiver Dewayne Jarrett.

PREMIUM: Darius White was offered

WR –John Harris – Garland Naaman Forest
Attended Oklahoma JD (Jan 24) and invited to LSU JD (Jan 31); holds offers from Texas Tech, Arkansas, and Arizona
Strengths: A big receiver at 6-3, 190-195 pounds. Harris is similar to Dan Buckner in ability and body type. Harris has the chance to be a very good red zone receiver at the next level. Is going to win on route running and the understanding of coverages finding the soft spots in college. Not going to run by and away from defensive backs.

John Harris Commitment Story

WR - Mike Davis – Dallas Skyline
Invited to Oklahoma JD (Jan 24) and LSU JD (Jan 31); holds offers from 12 schools including Notre Dame, Stanford, and Cal
Strengths: Davis is the type of receiver that can catch a short pass and make a big play. Has a quick burst and explosive 10-15 yards after the catch. Sleek body type at 6-0, 175. Catches the ball with the hands away from the body and makes playing the position appear fluid and easy like Greg Timmons in the 2009 class. Playing the position is natural and easy for Davis.

PREMIUM: Mike Davis discusses his offer situation

WR/TE - Darius Terrell – Desoto
Invited to Oklahoma JD (Jan 24) and LSU JD (Jan 31); holds offers from LSU, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas Tech, and Minnesota
Strengths: A big bodied receiver that could eventually play a flex tight end type of role at the next level. At 6-3 and 200-205 pounds, Terrell's game is based on strength and toughness. Not a receiver that will run away from defenders or make people miss in tight spaces, but a pass catcher that understands how to use his body as a shield.

Darius Terrell Commitment Story

DT - Taylor Bible – Denton Guyer
Attended Texas A&M JD (Jan 17) and invited to LSU JD (Jan 31); holds offers from Oklahoma State, Baylor, Arizona, Texas Tech, and Kentucky
Strengths: Bible is one of the top prospects in Texas and one of the top defensive tackle prospects nationally in the 2010 class. Bible, 6-2, 283 pounds, is quick, powerful, explosive, and plays the game with a motor. Very strong, quick and violent with the hands and is very difficult to knock off of his feet. A take any year by any program.

Taylor Bible Commitment Story

DT - De'Aires Cotton – Alief Taylor
Holds offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Nebraska
Strengths: Not the athletic defensive tackle prospect that Taylor Bible is, but Cotton is a bigger body at 6-3.5, 275-280 pounds with the frame to weigh 300-310 and be a run stuffer at the next level. Cotton has good feet and is learning to play lower and not take as many plays off as his sophomore season.

De'Aires Cotton Commitment Story

DE - Jackson Jeffcoat – Plano West
Attended Houston JD (Jan 17) and invited to Oklahoma JD (Jan 24); holds offers from virtually everyone in the country
Strengths: Jeffcoat is a truly special talent and person. As impressive off the field as on it and that is saying something. At 6-4, 235 pounds and both quick and fast with change of direction ability, the son of former NFL standout and current University of Houston assistant coach Jim Jeffocat is one of the top players in the country. It will be a surprise if Jeffcoat inks with anyone other than OU, Texas, or USC.

Jackson Jeffcoat was in attendance and we believe he received a scholarship offer.
PREMIUM: Update on Jeffcoat's trip

DE –Reggie Wilson – Haltom
Invited to Oklahoma JD (Jan 24); holds offers Oklahoma, LSU, Notre Dame,Florida, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, among others
Strengths: Wilson has exceptional feet and body type for a defensive end prospect. At 6-3, 238 pounds, Wilson was just your average 5A defensive end and varsity soccer player as a sophomore. Is a top 50 type of prospect nationally and has terrific change of direction ability, overall flexibility and long arms. Will weigh 260-265 in time.

Reggie Wilson was in attendance and we believe he received a scholarship offer.

LB - Corey Nelson – Dallas Skyline
Attended Texas A&M JD (Jan 17) and Oklahoma JD (Jan 24); holds offers from Oklahoma, LSU, Florida, Miami, and essentially the entire Big 12
Strengths: Nelson is one of the top playmakers in the state of Texas in the 2010 class on either side of the ball. The 6-0, 205 pound outside linebacker has the ability to turn and run with an explosive burst to the football. Nelson is both quick and fast and is a terror on special teams blocking nine punts in 2008. One of the top prospects in the nation.

Corey Nelson was in attendance and he received a scholarship offer.

LB –Aaron Benson – Cedar Hill
Invited to Baylor and TCU February junior days; holds offers from LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Iowa, SMU, and TCU
Strengths: Benson is the cousin of former Texas running back Cedric Benson. At a shade over 6-0 and 207 pounds, the Cedar Hill junior has the ideal frame and body type for a linebacker. Benson has the ability to turn, run and chase the ball. While he doesn't always break down at this point, he quickly makes up for mistakes with speed and a non-stop motor. Moved outside from the middle in 2008 and took off as a player. Will make his way onto some national 100 lists in the 2010 class.

PREMIUM: Update on Benson after his visit

LB –Tevin Jackson – Garland
Attended Oklahoma JD (Jan 24) and invited to LSU JD (Jan 31)
Strengths: Jackson has the desired frame that many college coaches want at 6-1.5, 198 pounds with long arms. Jackson also runs a reported 4.6 in the forty yard dash. Has earned the praise from district and Dallas area coaches.

Garland Duo Commitment Story

CB – Adrian White – Desoto
Widely considered top junior corner in Texas
Holds offers from Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, and Stanford, among others
Strengths: White attacks the ball and receivers with a physicality that isn't always easily seen on tight angle video as he flies into the screen and delivers a blow. White has very good feet and change of direction.

PREMIUM: White got his offer

CB/S – Ahmad Dixon – Waco Midway
Invited to junior days at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, TCU; holds offers from those four schools and Arkansas, Baylor, and Texas Tech
Strengths: Dixon was one of the hardest hitting, most physical players in the state during the 2008 season regardless of class. He is on par talent-wise with the safety prospects in the 2009 class. At 6-0, 190 pounds with very, very long arms and a muscular, yet wiry frame, Dixon is one of the top prospects not only in Texas, but nationally. Doesn't fill the alley, but is shot out of cannon and has the game speed to make tackles behind the line of scrimmage on the high school level.

PREMIUM: Saturday visitor talks about his offer

CB – Carrington Byndom – Lufkin
Invited to junior days at Texas A&M, LSU, Baylor, Florida State; holds offers from Houston, Arkansas, and Stanford
Strengths: The best way to describe Byndom is very smart and smooth. Byndom plays free safety for Lufkin and is the quarterback of the Panthers defense. At the next level, the 6-0, 165 pound three-sport star will very likely make the move to corner. Byndom has the feet and speed to play the position, but what can't be seen on the high school level easily is the ability to turn, run and recover making a play on the ball because he plays safety. Worked at corner in summer camps in 2008.

PREMIUM: Byndom discusses his offer status

CB - Tony Hurd – Fort Bend Marshall
Attended to Texas A&M JD (Jan 17) and invited to LSU JD (Jan 31); holds offers from Texas A&M, Cal, Oregon, and Auburn
Strengths: Hurd played free safety in 2008 for Fort Bend Marshall, but likely projects to corner at the next level. Not a 40-fast prospect, Hurnd excels when play gets physical. Hurd has quick feet and overall quickness. He stands right around 5-9 with a strong body type weighing 187 pounds.

PREMIUM: Did he get an offer?

ATH - Adrian Phillips – Garland
Attended Oklahoma JD (Jan 24) and was offered by Oklahoma on that visit
Strengths: Phillips is one of the rising juniors in the state. Phillips will likely be recruited as a corner by most programs and has shown the hips and change of direction to warrant the looks as a corner prospect. Another physical, versatile prospect out of Garland High.

Garland Duo Commitment Story

Two offensive linemen made unexpected appearances – one in person and one over the phone.

OT – Evan Washington – Desoto
Burnt Orange Beat broke the news Saturday night that big man Evan Washington was invited to join the festivities in Austin.
Strengths: As high of a ceiling as any offensive lineman in the state. Naturally strong with very impressive feet. Has foot quickness, flexibility and the ability to slide laterally. Nice arm length and strong hands. Has good change of direction for a 6-5, 280-pound tackle. Father, Marvin Washington, played 11 seasons in the NFL as well as at Dallas Kimball and Idaho.

PREMIUM: Did Washington pick up an offer?

OT – Trey Hopkins – North Shore
Trey actually never visited this weekend but managed to be the first commitment.
Strengths: The first thing about Hopkins that jumps out are his very, very long arms. The 6-3, 260-pounder is an intelligent lineman that has the versatility and ability to play any position along the line. When the ball is snapped, Hopkins fires off the ball with a very quick first step. Has the feet, flexibility and quickness to pull and is athletic enough to break down in space and block linebackers and safeties. Has the ability to run down the field as well. In pass pro, Hopkins understands how to use his great length to his advantage and has the ability to move laterally with quick, reactionary steps. Keeps the feet moving through the whistle. Does a good job of blocking with high hands. Also #6 academically in his class.

Trey Hopkins Commitment Story
Full Scouting Report on Hopkins

Horns Digest Top Stories