Texas Junior Day Another Smashing Success

The Texas Longhorns may have to patent their Junior Day process. After two junior days in Austin in the span of three weeks, they have landed 17 commitments for the 2010 class. While most programs are just starting their 2010 classes, Texas may be 80% complete. Get the recap of the day from Burnt Orange Beat on the offers extended and the commitments made.

The Texas Longhorns are re-writing the recruiting handbook for every other program in the country. The commitments are coming fast and furiously. Today's total is five commitments, which brings the total Longhorn pledges to 17 for next year's class.

Today's Junior Day Commitments

#13 - OC – Dominic Espinosa – Cedar Park
Attended Texas A&M JD and LSU JD (Jan 31); holds offers from LSU, Missouri, Baylor, Texas A&M, Stanford and Tennessee, among others
Strengths: Espinosa plays tackle for Cedar Park, but projects inside to center or guard. Physical at the point of attack with good feet that move consistently and the ability to reach block, the junior will be an asset in the run game.

"I'm definitely an interior guy for (the Longhorns). I am still growing, so we'll see where my body goes. I played last season at under 6-3 but now I am definitely over 6-3," Espinosa told Burnt Orange Beat.

#14 - RB – Traylon Shead – Cayuga
Has over 7,600 career rushing yards and has a chance to break the all-time high school career rushing record of Sugar Land Express Kenneth Hall
Holds offers from Texas A&M (attended JD), Baylor, Houston, SMU, TCU, and Tulsa
Strengths: Shead is a legit 6-2, 205-210-pounds. The junior's strength is quick feet and the ability to stick his foot in the ground and burst for 10-15 yards. Shead is not a home run hitter that will make long runs at the next level as he doesn't accelerate more than 10-15 yards, but he is a run maximizer.

#15 - S – Bryant Jackson – Sulphur Springs
Invited to junior days at Texas A&M and Oklahoma; holds offer from Texas A&M
Strengths: Jackson is a tall, rangy ball hawk roaming the secondary for Sulphur Springs with double digit interceptions and close to 175 tackles in the last two seasons with a 6-3.5, 175-pound frame, Jackson has caught the attention of many top programs in the region.

Jackson spoke to Burnt Orange Beat this afternoon about his decision to commit. "I'm doing great. I went down with my mom and dad and my best friend. It was a great family atmosphere and I knew I always wanted to go to Texas. My mom had a great time. She approved of me committing," an exited Jackson said.

Video of Jackson calling his shot in November to Scout.com on committing to Texas

#16 – DE – Greg Daniels – Houston St. Pius
2nd Team TAPPS Division All-State at defensive line
Offered by Oklahoma and received interest from Texas A&M, Kansas, and Alabama

Former Houston St. Pius coach Robin Kirk told Burnt Orange Beat, "I left behind four studs (at St. Pius) and Greg is a special player and a great kid. He does everything we asked of him."

#17 – WR – Chris Jones – Daingerfield
Holds offers from TCU, Texas A&M and Baylor

"I mean, where I come from, I always had hopes of going to a school like Texas. It makes me feel proud and excited to have this opportunity," Jones told Burnt Orange Beat.

In addition to the five commitments, several other offers went out today to The Oakridge School's WR Ross Apo and San Antonio East Central's DT Torrea Peterson.


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