Update [2008-3-5 12:27:4 by BMG]: Trey Graham, TE Waco Midway is the 14th commit
Update [2008-3-5 12:27:4 by BMG]: Tariq Allen, MLB LB Irving MacArthur is the 15th commit
Ken Vaccaro, DB Brownwood, becomes the 12 commit.
Barrett Matthews, TE Galena Park, is the 13th commit.
Update [2008-3-5 12:27:4 by BMG]: Allen is one of the top LB in the state, however the Graham recruitment is a bit of a mystery and was not on many radar screens. So far Mack has reeled in commits on most of the sholarships he has offered, but we're still waiting on a few big fish in-state --- Okafor and McFarland --- as well as a couple major out of state recruits.
Vaccaro is 6-1, 185 with 4.4 speed. He become Will Muschamp's 3rd DB in the 2009 class, and 6th defensive commit. Muschamp's third DB is similar to the first two in that he can play every position in the secondary.
Matthews is 6-2, 225, with 4.6 speed. His coaches label him as a hard nosed player - a good blocker with the speed to split out.
The Horns are still pursuing a few more defensive players (DT's McFarland & Calvin Howell, DE Okafor, & MLB Tariq Allen) as well as OL Mason Walters. Most expect the Horns will land 4 or 5 of these recruits and pick up the typical one or two more after the initial recruiting blitz in the spring.
In other news word out of spring practice is that John Chiles has worked hard to improve his accuracy. Make no mistake, he's not nearly the passer McCoy is, but apparently he's at a point where teams will need to respect his arm and will not be able to stack the line. Hopefully he continues to develop so that he can be a bigger part of the offense.
Colton (Cody) Johnson has been impressive and may see quite a bit of duty as a fullback and/or power back on short yardage and goal line situations next year. Johnson has bulked up 15 lbs to 245.
Also, Dan Buckner and Malcolm Williams are waging a pretty competitive battle in practice for roles in 2008. Lastly, Muschamp has been giving a serious look to Lamarr Houston, Aaron Lewis, and Henry Melton to help out at the DT position to create a steady pass rush by the front four. It is probably a forgone conclusion that one or two of these guys will see steady playing time rotating up and down the line.