Texas 2010 Class is Already Grade A - Defense

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. Part Two is the defense.

Defensive Tackle – 3

Taylor Bible

"I hadn't planned on committing today but they just sold me on it. I felt real comfortable like I was back at my high school," said Bible to Burnt Orange Beat. We talked about playing the same role as Roy Miller, playing gaps," Bible added.

Bible's head coach John Walsh raves about Bible, "he is as dominant a performance by a single kid as I have ever been a part of."

Bible is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country and will be a top 50 prospect nationally. At 6-2.5, 283-pounds, Bible has every skill college coaches seek out in a defensive tackle plus the versatility to play any technique in a scheme.

Bible considered offers Oklahoma State, Missouri, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Arizona, Baylor and Kentucky before picking the Longhorns. Bible attended the Longhorns first junior day, but on Saturday instead of Sunday the 8th.

Bible posted an impressive 88 tackles, 42 tackles for loss, 26 quarterback hurries and 4.5 sacks in 2008.

De'Aires Cotton

"De'Aires Cotton is a gap holding, hole plugging, run stopping defensive tackle that plays a lot of his downs from a 3-man front. In order to run an effective 3-man front, it is a must that you have a "War Daddy" DT that not only commands multiple player blocks but has the ability to handle them; Cotton is that type of player," said Scout.com regional scouting director, Baron Flenory.

Cotton, 6-3.5 and 275-pounds, considered offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Nebraska before deciding on the Longhorns. Cotton attended and committed at the February 8 junior day in Austin.

Ashton Dorsey

Dorsey, the younger brother of current Texas A&M defensive tackle Adren Dorsey and former Tulane defensive end Floyd Dorsey, considered offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Tulsa before choosing the Longhorns March 1.

Dorsey attended the February 28 junior day with his older brother Floyd.

Dorsey earned first team all-district honors in 2008 after posting 60 tackles, including 20 for loss and a trio of sacks.

Remaining Target: Torrea Peterson of San Antonio East Central

Peterson, 6-2, 280-pounds, is the cousin of former Oklahoma and current Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. The Longhorns offered the San Antonio area rising junior.

Peterson also holds offers from Oklahoma and Baylor. Peterson missed time due to an MCL sprain in 2008 missing all of two games and the majority of another.

Defensive End – 1

Greg Daniels

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."

Daniels, of all of the Texas commits, was the prospect that hasn't received much media attention before the Longhorns offered and he accepted. The 6-3, 225-pound defensive end/tight end was TAPPS second team all-state on the defensive line as a junior.

Remaining Targets: Jackson Jeffcoat of Plano West, Reggie Wilson of Haltom and Femi Awe of Mansfield

Jeffcoat is the top prospect in the state and of the very best in the country. At 6-4, 233 pounds, the son of Jim Jeffcoat has every skill one looks for in a defensive end and has starred in the Dallas area since his freshman season. The talented junior has a twin sister that is being recruited by D-I programs in basketball.

Jeffcoat has offers from Texas, Oklahoma, USC, Georgia, Arizona State, LSU, Notre Dame and TCU among many others.

Jeffcoat attended the Longhorn's February 8 junior day.

Wilson, a native of the Ivory Coast, has a rare blend of foot quickness and change of direction ability on a 6-3, 238 pound frame. His rare size, speed and quickness combination has led to offers from coast to coast including Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, USC, Florida State, Notre Dame, TCU and Oklahoma State among many others.

Wilson attended the February 8 junior day in Austin.

Awe is the sleeper defensive end prospect the Longhorns are actively recruiting. Blessed with a quick first step and a 6-3, 210-pound frame that can add 30-40 pounds of weight, the Mansfield High end has caught the attention of the Texas staff.

Awe, who attended the Longhorn's February 28 junior day, has an offer in hand from TCU.

Linebacker – 2

Aaron Benson

"I thought it over last night," Benson said. "I woke up and just went ahead and decided to commit. I called Coach Chambers, and then I talked to Coach Mack Brown and the defensive coordinator, Coach Muschamp. They were all excited," Benson added.

"I just like the way they treated me down there. They treated me nice and I liked that. You go there and they treat you like family. They are a lot like the Cedar Hill coaching staff. It felt like home," Benson said.

Benson attended the Longhorn's first junior day and committed the day following in head coach Joey McGuire's office. The 6-0, 207-pound hard hitting, fast linebacker considered offers from Oklahoma, LSU, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Baylor and TCU among many others before picking the Longhorns.

Benson has been on the Cedar Hill varsity since his freshman season. He played in the middle his freshman and sophomore seasons before moving outside in 2008.

Benson tallied 132 tackles, eight sacks, three interceptions and a fumble recovery returned for a score in 2008.

Tevin Jackson

Garland Head Coach Jeff Jordan raves about his linebacker, "Tevin is another tremendous athlete and another really good character kid. He is a prototypical linebacker at 6-2, 215, and runs in the 4.5's. Seven or eight years ago, he would have played outside linebacker in our 4-3, but we play so many spread teams, we had to play him in the middle."

Jackson is yet another prospect that picked the Longhorns over an offer from the Oklahoma Sooners. The 6-2.5, 210-pound long armed outside backer prospect recorded 85 tackles, five sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries as a junior after part time duty as a sophomore.

Jackson attended and committed at the February 8 junior day at Texas.

Remaining Targets: Jordan Hicks of West Chester, OH (Lakota West High) and Corey Nelson of Dallas Skyline

Hicks has been long thought to be a Texas lean, but didn't attend either junior day. The national 100 prospect has offers in hand from Texas, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida, LSU and Michigan, among many others.

At 6-2, 215 pounds with elite level speed and instincts, Nelson is one of the more coveted linebacker prospects in Texas and the country.

Nelson attended the February 8 junior day in Austin after previously going to Oklahoma January 24. The 6-0, 205-pound playmaker has Oklahoma and LSU at the top of his list followed by a host of others including Texas A&M, Texas, Miami (Fl), Oklahoma State, Oregon among others. This recruitment is an uphill battle for the Longhorns.

Safety – 2

Ahmad Dixon

Scout.com's Baron Flenory, a former safety himself, thinks very highly of Dixon. Recently Flenory noted, "Dixon is as good as it gets at the safety position. He can run, jump, cover, hit, he is just an all around player. He is a natural at the position. He has savvy and instinct beyond his years."

Dixon attended the Longhorns first junior day weekend on Saturday and officially committed to Texas two days later. The 6-0, 192-pound long armed physical safety is one of the elite prospects not only in Texas, but nationally.

Dixon chose the Longhorns after considering offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Baylor, Arkansas, TCU and Texas Tech.

Dixon has recorded over 100 tackle each of the last two seasons for Waco Midway.

Bryant Jackson

State Champion Head Coach Greg Owens of Sulphur Springs said of Jackson, "Bryant has tremendous potential and is a big time playmaker. I am excited for him and the University of Texas. They are a great fit. I know that is where he dreamed of going."

Jackson has the size and range combination college coaches covet at safety. The 6-3.5, 175-pounder with long arms attended the Longhorns second junior day and committed on the spot to his childhood favorite.

Jackson, who has 10 interceptions and over 140 tackles during the last two seasons, picked Texas over an offer from Texas A&M.

Position is closed.

Cornerback – 1

Carrington Byndom

"I decided on Texas because it seemed like the place for me after the past visits and time I spent with the coaches. I had a feeling it was time for me to make a decision," Byndom said.

"Every since I was young, I always thought about Texas. You see them on T.V. and think about what it would be like to play for them. Now, I have a chance to play for Texas," Byndom added.

Byndom attended the first junior day at Texas on February 8 and committed to Texas on February 23. The 6-0, 165-pound free safety with 4.45 speed entertained offers from Oklahoma, LSU, Arkansas, Houston, Oklahoma State and Missouri.

Byndom was a first team all-district pick the last two seasons.

Remaining Targets: Adrian White of DeSoto and Tyler Stephenson of Lancaster

Adrian White attended the February 8 junior day and has been offered by Texas. White was sporting a Longhorn lanyard at DeSoto High this week and has long been a Texas lean.

The 5-11, 169-pound corner prospect is considering offers from around the country, including Florida, LSU, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Tennessee among many, many others.

White recorded 55 tackles in 2008.

Stephenson was scheduled to make the Longhorn's February 28 junior day, but didn't make it down with teammate Quentin Hayes. Stephenson, 5-10, 160 pounds, is slight of build, but fast and physical for his size.

Stephenson has offers from North Carolina, Texas A&M, Baylor, Colorado State and Tulsa among others.

Athlete – 1

Adrian Phillips

"Adrian is a tremendous athlete. He might be one of the best athletes we have had around here, and that is saying something given the guys that we have had. As good a player as he is, he is an even better kid. He is a great character kid with great leadership. He is just an exceptional person," Phillips' Head Coach Jeff Jordan said.

The 5-10, 190-pound jack of all trades attended the first junior day in Austin with teammate Tevin Jackson. Like Jackson, Phillips committed on the spot over an offer from the Oklahoma Sooners.

Phillips could play a number of positions at the next level ranging from slot receiver to corner or safety.

Phillips played safety, receiver and quarterback for the Garland Owls in 2008.

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