Texas 2010 Class is Already Grade A

The Texas Longhorns already have a recruiting class worthy of a grade A. Two junior days are in the rear view mirror and the Longhorns are sitting at 19 commitments with a few of the big fish still very distinct possibilities. Burnt Orange Beat breaks down where the Longhorns stand today, and what still lies ahead in two parts, offense and defense.

Quarterback – 2

Connor Wood

"It really came down to Texas, Oklahoma, and Stanford. My family did not take this decision lightly. We put a lot of prayer into it, and I am happy with my decision," Wood told Burnt Orange Beat.

Connor Wood, standing 6-4 and weighing 203 pounds, is blessed with tremendous athleticism (can dunk a basketball from most angles), and keeps plays alive with his feet and has the ability to scramble for the occasional first down. Wood chose the Longhorns over offers from Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas A&M, Alabama, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Missouri, TCU and Arizona.

Wood was a February 8 junior day attendee, and committed to the Longhorns on February 17.

Case McCoy

"In the beginning, I wanted to blaze my own trail and make my own name. I could have played the fact that Colt is my brother as a good thing or a bad thing. I chose to play that card as a good thing. The whole world compares me to Colt. It has been like that since I first stepped on the field in seventh grade. I am prepared for those comparisons. I didn't get offered because of Colt. Texas did not offer my middle brother," McCoy said.

McCoy picked Texas over offers from Florida, Texas A&M, Auburn, Colorado State, Florida State and Arizona.

McCoy, currently playing hoops for a Graham team in the third round of the 3A playoffs, attended the February 8 junior day in Austin and committed that weekend.

Position is closed.

Running Back – 1

Traylon Shead

Shead considered offers from Texas A&M, TCU, Baylor, Houston, SMU and Tulsa before committing to Texas.

The Cayuga star will enter his senior season with 7,632 yards rushing and 102 touchdowns on 787 carries. He needs 3,601 yards to become the career-rushing yardage record holder nationally.

Shead attended the second junior day in Austin, February 28 and committed that day.

Remaining target: Lache Seastrunk of Temple

Seastrunk, 5-10, 185-pounds, is quick, fast and explosive with terrific feet. The Temple High back is one of the top playmaking threats in the country.

Seastrunk attended the February 8 junior day at Texas and has an offer from Texas.

Receiver – 3

Chris Jones

"Texas showed me they were all about being a family and more than athletics. 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.

Jones attended the second junior day in Austin, February 28 and committed that day. Jones picked Texas over offers from Texas A&M, TCU and Baylor.

Jones caught 42 passes for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns as well as rushing for 340 yards and six additional scores. He was recruited to play the slot wide receiver position for the Longhorns.

John Harris

"Texas was the school I've always wanted to go to. I went in the office and talked to Coach Brown, Coach Kennedy and the offensive coordinator. Coach Brown said I was a big, talented receiver and they like that. They feel like I can help them win," Harris said.

Harris attended the February 8 junior day at Texas and committed that day. The Naaman Forest star picked the Longhorns after considering offers from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Arizona and Texas Tech.

Harris caught 45 passes for 584 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6-3, 195-pounder has 90 career receptions for 1,431 yards and 16 scores.

Ross Apo

"Texas is the place I want to be," Apo told Burnt Orange Beat, "The school has a great family atmosphere. Everyone was fun to hang out with. My mom loved spending time with all of the coaches' wives. Before the trip, my dad wasn't a big fan of Texas, but he had a great time too."

Apo picked the Longhorns over offers from BYU, Oklahoma State, Missouri, California, Nebraska and Tulsa.

Apo caught 27 passes for 331 yards and one score as a sophomore at Euless Trinity before transferring to Arlington The Oakridge School for his junior season. In 2008, Apo hauled in 37 passes for more than 750 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Apo was in Austin on February 27 and 28, and committed on March 1.

Remaining targets (all offered): Darius White of Fort Worth Dunbar, DeMarco Cobbs of Tulsa Central, and Trovon Reed of Thibodaux.

White and Cobbs are two of the top receiver prospects in the country. White is a three-sport star with offers from the likes of Texas, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas A&M and TCU among others. White attended the Longhorn's February 8 junior day.

Cobbs, 6-2, 195 pounds, is considering offers from LSU, Texas, Auburn, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee among others. Cobbs was scheduled to be in Austin Saturday, but didn't make the trip.

Reed is the most electric playmaker the Longhorns are recruiting and that makes Reed one of the top playmakers in the country. The South Louisiana native has the Florida Gators, LSU, USC and Texas at the top of his list. Texas is a long shot on this one.

Reed attended the Longhorn's first junior day.

Tight End – 1

Darius Terrell

"I picked Texas because it's been my favorite school my whole life growing up. I like what they stand for as a program. I trust Coach Brown, his staff and what they will do with me and for me," Terrell said.

The DeSoto receiver that will likely grow into a flex tight end entertained offers from Oklahoma, Kansas, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Nebraska and LSU.

The 6-3, 205-pounder has 49 receptions for 822 yards and eight touchdowns the last two seasons. Terrell attended and committed on the February 8 junior day.

Position is likely closed.

Offensive Line – 2

Trey Hopkins

"I knew that is where I wanted to go," Hopkins told Burnt Orange Beat.

The latest North Shore offensive line product is not only a top flight line prospect, but also ranks 6th in his class of over 900 students. Hopkins earned second team all-district honors as a sophomore before being selected first team in 2008.

Hopkins, 6-3, 255-pounds with a 6'10" wing-span, picked Texas over offers from Stanford, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Houston, Rice and Oregon.

Hopkins was the first commitment of the 2010 class. The junior left tackle projects to tackle or center on the next level. Hopkins is a very versatile prospect that played defensive end until his sophomore season.

Dominic Espinosa

"Yeah, I am real excited. I am glad about the way the day turned out. Texas is close to home, a big time school with great academics. Now I know my family is going to be able to see me play a lot," Espinosa said.

Espinosa chose the Longhorns over offers from Tennessee, Texas A&M, Baylor, Houston, Missouri, Stanford and SMU.

The 6-3, 280-pounder plays tackle for Cedar Park, but projects to center or guard on the next level. Espinosa attended and committed at the February 28 junior day at Texas.

Remaining Targets: Jake Matthews of Elkins (offered) and Evan Washington of DeSoto

Matthews attended the Longhorn's practice on Friday. The 6-4.5, 275-pounder is considering offers from USC, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and many others. The son of NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, the junior has near perfect technique, a quickly developing body and is an athlete playing on the offensive line.

Like Matthews, Washington is the son of a former NFL player in Marvin Washington. Washington, 6-5, 280-pounds, was back on the football field in 2008 after leaving the game for more than two years to concentrate on basketball. Washington is currently averaging double figures for the DeSoto Eagles playoff hoops team.

Washington has offers from Texas Tech, LSU, Kansas, Kansas State, Houston, Miami, Illinois, Cal, Auburn, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma.


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