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The dead period is here and won’t end until July 9th so there won’t be as much recruiting news over the next two weeks. So I thought this was a perfect time to do some class breakdown posts for Texas’ 2018 class on the offensivee and defensive side of the ball and each position. Today I’m doing a defensive breakdown, and I’ll get an offensive one up either later this week or early next week.
DEFENSIVE BACK: Plan to take in 2018: 5-6
Current commits: 3 (BJ Foster, Caden Sterns, and DeMarvion Overshown)
Top Targets: CB’s Anthony Cook, Jalen Green, D’Shawn Jamison, and S/CB Trey Dean
Other Targets with Offers: CB Houston Griffith
I thought I’d start the post off with the most interesting position to follow at the moment, now that the slot WR positon has settled out a bit now. The first factor is that comes into play is DeMarvion Overshown, is he a safety or an outside LB? All I know right now is that the Texas staff is at least going to give him a shot to play safety, but he knows that he could end up at nickel or outside LB. So for recruiting class purposes I’m listing Overshown as a DB.
The next factor is Trey Dean. The 4-star DB from Georgia plans to visit Texas again on July 14th and will commit on July 31st. The other top school for Dean is Georgia and he was in Athens over the weekend for a visit. If Dean were to commit to Texas, and I’m not predicting that will happen right now, it could change things with Jamison and Green. But we feel really good about Texas’ chances with both of those guys as of today.
Anthony Cook is the best of the bunch, but he wants to see how Texas plays in 2017 before making any decisions. He has a Top 3 of Ohio State, Texas and Clemson, in that order.
LINE BACKER: Plan to take in 2018: 2-3
Commits: 2 (OLB Byron Hobbs and ILB Ayodele Adeoye)
Targets: OLB Amari Gainer (Florida State), OLB Xavier Peters, and ILB Alston Orji (Vanderbilt)
This is the most set position IMO for Texas on the defensive side right now. Todd Orlando has done a great job in getting Byron Hobbs and Ayodele Adeoye on board early, and they very well could be done at LB with those two. I say that because DeMarvion Overshown could very well end up at OLB, as I mentioned earlier.
Amari Gainer is someone they recruited very hard for awhile, before he committed to Florida State. He’s also from Tallehassee so I don’t think there’s much of a chance for anyone to keep him from FSU. Xaiver Peters was recently offered by the staff, so we’ll see if he starts to show legitimate interest. And Alston Orji made a surprising commitment to Vanderbilt over Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Texas. But I know the Longhorns were pushing for Adeoye harder than Orji.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Plan to take in 2018: 3-4
Top Targets: DT’s Keondre Coburn, Calvin Avery, Bobby Brown, and DE’s Joseph Ossai, and Ronnie Perkins
Other Targets with Offers: DE’s Daniel Carlson, Max Wright (TAMU)
While the DB class will be very fun to follow, the DL class is the one that has the biggest chance to disappoint in 2018. One reason for that is because they don’t currently have a commit and the other groups have multiple, another is that they aren’t in as of good of a spot with their Top targets like they are at DB.
DT Keondre Coburn could arguably be the most important target in 2018 on defense, as Texas lost DT’s Jordan Elliott and Marcel Southall to transfer. They’ve used that to their advantage and they lead for Coburn at the moment IMO. The other two DT’s in Calvin Avery and Bobby Brown are interesting. As Avery had a top two of Texas A&M and Nebraska for a long time, but it doesn’t look like either school has room to take him anymore. TCU looks like the leader for Avery as of today, but Texas or Oklahoma could have a shot here if they push. Bobby Brown has Alabama and Texas A&M ahead of Texas right now, and the Longhorn staff needs to get him back on campus this summer.
At DE it’s also looking interesting. As Texas has made a huge push for DE Joseph Ossai, and cut down Texas A&M’s lead for him but I still feel like the Aggies lead as of today. As for Ronnie Perkins, he was a heavy Oklahoma lean before Bob Stoops retired. Things changed a little bit after the retirement, but the Sooner staff did a good job of getting him on campus with Lincoln Riley and helped hold the lead for him. Perkins does plan to visit Texas with friend and Texas commit LB Ayodele Adeoye, and that would be his first trip to Austin.
This is a position group that I could really see Texas dipping into the JUCO ranks later into the cycle.