2011 Texas Recruiting Big Board Update: Defensive Back

Needs: Three

Name (School) JD invite? Offer? Commitment odds Favorites Quick take
Leroy Scott (South Houston) Feb. 13 Offered

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Committed to Texas 2/13/10)

  • Texas
  • LSU
Top pure cover corner in the class -- no question about where he will play in college. Physical in press coverage with elite recovery speed. Ball skills are his only major weakness -- has trouble finishing plays and intercepting the football.
Sheroid Evans (Sugarland Dulles) Feb. 13 Offered

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Committed to Texas (2/13/10)

  • Texas
  • Texas A&M
  • Oklahoma
  • LSU

3/30 -- One of the fastest kids in his age group in the country. Won the 200m and 400m in March at the national meet. Solid tackler who often uncoils at the ankles of defenders. Coaches will look at him at cornerback first, but could have incredible range at safety. Will run track in college.

2/12 -- Runs track and would like to continue to do so in college -- ran a 21.37 200m. Texas A&M has a legitimate shot with him because of their indoor track facility and overall quality of their track and field program. Interested in majoring in engineering. Incredible range at safety, but he's a football player all the way.

Charles Jackson (Klein Collins) Feb. 27 Not offered/possible
N/A
  • Houston
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Michigan

4/14 -- Jackson impressed at the Nike camp at TCU over the weekend, increasing buzz. Texas coaches will likely want to see better ball skills from Jackson, but his stock is going up. Fantastic frame with upside as a physical, press corner.

3/30 -- Physical and a hard hitter at the cornerback position, but does not appear to have elite top-end speed or ability to break on the football.

2/12 -- Just recently surfaced on the Texas radar.

Franklin Shannon (Dallas Skyline) Did not attend Feb. 27
Not offered
N/A
  • Texas
  • Miami
  • USC
  • Oklahoma

3/30 -- Appears to lack the pure speed and burst to play safety in college. Looks like a second-tier player on film.

2/12 --Big safety with the frame to add weight and spin down to linebacker. Could end up being the smaller, rangy linebacker the Longhorns take in the class -- played linebcker as a sophomore. Strong tackler in space -- possesses tackling range -- and takes good angles.

Eric Agbaroji (Midlothian) Feb. 27 Not offered
N/A
  • Texas
  • Texas A&M
  • Texas Tech
  • Kansas State
  • Oregon
  • Miami

 

2/12 -- Stock took a hit this fall because of a knee injury that slowed his progress and, according to Agbaroji, dropped him on the Texas board ($). Has the potential to play nickel back because of his size at 6-1. Loves Texas.

Kolby Griffin (Houston St. Pius X) Did not attend Feb. 27 Not offered
Committed to TCU (2/15/10)
  • Texas
  • Baylor
  • TCU
  • Texas Tech
  • Texas A&M

4/1 -- Perhaps did not perform as well as thought at the Texas camp paired with the 2010 commits. Lifetime Longhorn fan -- commitment to TCU without visiting seems to indicate he knew a Texas offer was not imminent.

2/12 --Good size and solid speed -- his lack of elite speed may keep him from receiving an offer. Strong competitor. Young for his age, as he won't turn 16 until the fall. Performed well at the Texas summer camp, eventually playing alongside Texas commits Bryant Jackson, Adrian Phillips, and Adrian White. Loves Texas.

Josh Turner (Oklahoma City, OK)
Unable to attend
Offered 50%
  • Texas (co-leader)
  • Miami (co-leader)
  • Ole Miss
  • Nebraska
  • Alabama
  • Ohio State
  • Oklahoma

4/14 -- Finally made it down to Austin for the spring game and came away extremely impressed with the program -- exactly the expected impression. The closer proximity of Austin to Oklahoma could greatly help the Longhorns against da U and Turner's recruitment continues to look better for Texas by the day. Blessed with remarkable speed and instincts.

3/30 -- Turner onto the radar.

Nick Waisome (Grove City, (FL))
Unable to attend
Offer if he visits
10% Has close to 20 offers, plans on releasing list of favorites soon.

 

4/15 -- In danger of falling off the Texas radar unless he visits soon.

3/29 -- Doesn't have the elite speed of Turner, but is known as an instinctive player who has improved his strength and ability to play in press coverage. Strong in zone coverage. Will need to make it to Austin to receive an offer and demonstrate serious interest in the Longhorns.

Avery Walls (McDonough, GA)
Visited Feb. 18
Not offered
15%
  • Texas
  • LSU
  • Georgia
  • Tennessee
Note: Has not released list of official favorites

4/15 -- Off the radar at this point with the coaches targeting cornerbacks.

3/29 -- Since the Texas staff is targeting a pure cornerback for the last member of the defensive back class, an offer doesn't look likely for Walls, who projects as a pure safety in college. Thoughts on Walls. Film.


Outstanding offers: Josh Turner

Timetable:

  • Turner -- The talented corner plans on taking visits to Miami, Oklahoma, and possibly Alabama during the summer before making his decision. Call it late summer, early fall.

Moving forward: Turner continues to be the top target on the board and sounds even more high on Texas than he did before visiting Austin over Easter weekend, with the Longhorns now vaulting to the top of his list, tied with childhood favorite MIami. Since the talented Oklahoma City cornerback still plans on taking more visits this summer. Conventional wisdom holds that Texas would shut down recruiting at the defensive back position if Turner committed.

For any defensive backs in the state of Texas hoping for that coveted Longhorn offer, the April evaluation period and the Texas summer camps will be the first opportunities to impress the coaching staff. Klein Collins cornerback Charles Jackson appears to be the second-ranked cornerback on the board at the moment and impressed at the Fort Worth Nike camp over the weekend with his athleticism, body structure, and backpedal.

Defensive back is also a position where prospects can make a major impact on the camp circuit. Keep on eye on a teammate of Sheroid Evans, Dulles cornerback Zoey Williams, a former running back with good size now making the transition to the defensive secondary. Another sleeper could be Mansfield Legacy corner Tevin Mitchel, who has the physical makeup of a top-flight defensive back. Neither is currently on the Texas radar, but strong camp performances could land them a look from Duane Akina and company.

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