Texas jumps out front

It's no surprise that Texas debuted as the No. 1 team in the Scout.com 2011 Team Recruiting Rankings yesterday. But, will they hold the lead? LonghornDigest.com recruiting analyst Josh Harvey examines!

It's no surprise that Texas debuted as the No. 1 team in the Scout.com 2011 Team Recruiting Rankings yesterday. With so many early commitments the norm for the Longhorns, year in and year out Texas debuts as No. 1.

With 22 commitments already locked up, there isn't much room for improvement in Austin. From here on out, Texas will have very few opportunities to run much farther away from the competition.

Rounding out the top five is Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, and Alabama. Texas has a sizable lead over the rest of the field, but No. 5 Alabama might have the best shot at catching them. The Crimson Tide only have 11 commitments in 2011 and of course have the buzz of a National Championship.

Texas could gain some major recruiting points with them gaining ground on two five-star running backs. Both Malcolm Brown (No. 1 RB overall in 2011) and Aaron Green (No. 3 RB overall in 2011) appear to have the Longhorns out front. Besides for the dynamic runners, Texas still could snag TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, LB Anthony Wallace. Jenkins is a five-star prospect and Wallace a 4-star.

Texas finished No. 3 overall last year, falling behind Florida (debuted at No. 10 in 2011) and Oklahoma late in the year. The Sooners shouldn't have enough fire power this year to sneak ahead of Texas at the end of the year. While they do already have 18 commitments, only two of their players are inside the Scout.com Top 100, compared to 11 Texas commitments. This includes cornerback Josh Turner, offensive guard Christian Westerman, defensive tackle Desmond Jackson, offensive tackle Garrett Greenlea, defensive end Cederic Reed, offensive guard Sederick Flowers, defensive tackle Quincy Russell, and cornerback Quandre Diggs who all chose Texas over Oklahoma.

"Texas gets out to a fast start ever year, that everybody is trying to play catch up. They set the standard," said Midland manger Greg Powers. "They get so many commitments on junior day. The only place they ever have to go is down, because of the fast start. But, if they can close on players like Malcom Brown, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Anthony Wallace, it would be definitely not out of the realm for them to finish No. 1."

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