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QUARTERBACK: Now this is an interesting spot, as there isn’t an elite QB in the state of Texas and the one guy who could be considered in the elite range is coming off a torn ACL in Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders from Denton Ryan.
Texas has currently has offers out to five 2018 QB’s, and they’re all from outside the state of Texas. Auburn QB commit Joey Gatewood, OU commit Cam Rising, Penn State commit Justin Fields, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, and Casey Thompson from Oklahoma. Right now I’d say Texas has the best chance with Thompson, who’s an OU legacy but the Sooners are only taking 1 QB in 2018 and that spot is filled. Thompson recently visited Texas and is very close with WR Joshua Moore and some other 2018 recruits. Also, keep an eye on Cam Rising. I have heard he may visit. He has family in Houston.
RUNNING BACK: This is another position that’s looking like it will be a down year in 2018. RB coach Stan Drayton has ties all over the nation and it has shown with his first few offers. The one in-state RB that I really like is Carthage RB Keontay Ingram, who holds an offer from Texas. He was at Texas’ Jr day over the weekend, called Texas his childhood dream school and almost committed over the weekend.
One of the other in-state RBs I like is Craig Williams from Crosby HS. The other three RBs Texas has offered so far are out of state guys in IMG Academy (FL) TJ Pledger, University (FL) Lorenzo Lingard who recently committed to Miami, and Westerville (OH) Jalen Gill who recently committed to Ohio State.
WIDE RECEIVER: This is a position that I could talk about all day for the 2018 class. The in-state crop of WRs in this class is very very good, easily the strongest on the offensive side of the ball, though their lone commitment is from an out of state WR in Vanguard (FL) WR Justin Watkins. Texas has currently offered 10 WRs. The guys to know are Alief Taylor (TX) WR Brennan Eagles, who’s a top 5 player in the state IMO, Manvel (TX) Jalen Preston who probably has the most upside of the bunch as he’s basically an elite athlete playing WR right now. Hou. Lamar (TX) Al’Vonte Woodard is probably the fastest of the bunch, and Episcopal (TX) Jaylen Waddle is probably the most electrifying out of the bunch as he plays the slot.
IMG Academy (FL) WR Joshua Moore from Yoakum, TX is another name to watch even though he’s playing his senior year in FL. Texas has a good shot with him and like I mentioned above that those chances could go up if Texas can land QB Casey Thompson. One guy who has an offer that is just a play-maker is Rockdale (TX) ATH Jaquayln Crawford who could be an elite WR or DB at the next level. Texas likes him at both spots currently. Out of state WRs in Parkway (LA) Terrace Marshall, St. Louis (MO) Kamryn Babb, and Tulsa Union (OK) CJ Moore also have offers.
Two WRs I really like who don’t yet have Texas offers are Timber Creek (TX) WR Erik Ezukanma. The other is St. Pius X (TX) Bryson Jackson, who has elite speed and is a physical freak and he could also be an early round pick in the MLB draft next year.
TIGHT END: Tight end was a position that Tom Herman and company made a huge priority at the end of the 2017 cycle. Herman wants guys who can block on the end of the line, split out and catch passes, and block in an H-Back role. The two elite 2018 TEs in the state of Texas are Ridge Point (TX) Mustapha Muhammad and Dekaney (TX) Malcolm Epps. Both are exceptional pass catchers and are top targets of Tom Herman. Another guy to know is Cuero (TX) Braylen Taylor, who is 6’7 225 pounds. He has seen his stock soar over the last week or two. He plays QB and TE/WR for his HS which is why there isn’t much film of him as a TE. But he is certainly a name to remember.
OFFENSIVE TACKLE: A position that isn’t particularly deep but there is still some talent at OT in the state of Texas in 2018. Right now Texas has offered six OTs and only three from the state of Texas in Allen (TX) Trey Stratford, Frisco Wakeland (TX) Rafiti Ghirmai, and Seminole (TX) Reese Moore who some like as a bigger TE. Ghrimai and Stratford visited Texas over the weekend for Jr Day. Horns are in a nice spot for both of them. I believe they’re the clear leader for Stratford.
One guy I’d like to see land an offer from Texas in the near future is Katy (TX) OT Connor Galvin, who visited Texas over the weekend. At around 6’6 250 he’s a guy with upside. He had a good day at The Opening Houston regional camp. His stock will soar this spring. One guy that some are surprised hasn’t been offered by Texas yet is Northwest (TX) OT Darrell Simpson, who is a Top 100 player nationally. He’s raw but at 6’7 330, you can clearly work with that frame. Another guy to watch is out of state, OT, Owen Condon out of Oklahoma. Condon recently picked up a TCU offer and he tells us that coach Warehime has been in touch with him for quite some timee.
OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER: There are really only two clear options that I see at the top of the interior of the OL in the state of Texas in 2018. And those two guys are FB Marshall (TX) Barton Clement and Marshall (TX) Chasen Hines. Both visited Texas over the weekend, and Hines has Texas in his top 5 and it’s looking like a Texas-LSU battle. Clement seemed like a Texas A&M lean going into the weekend but stated that Texas took a big step and are now tied for the lead with the Aggies. It will be interesting to see who else rises from these positions in the state this spring/summer.
The two other recruits Texas has offered at the position are Pace Academy (GA) Jamaree Salyer and Houston County (GA) Trey Hill.