Texas Recruiting 2012: Defensive End Big Board Update


Needs -- Two or three

Name School JD invite? Offer?

Commitment/ odds

Favorites

Quick take
Mario Edwards
Denton Ryan
Visited Feb. 12
Offered
5%
    1. Florida State
    2. Texas

      2/15: Unexpected Feb. 12 visit was good news for Texas, but still a lot of ground to make up for Longhorns.

      2/10: Possibly the best player in the state, the 6-5, 260-pound Edwards is an elite athlete at his position and solid technically for his age. Video. Only planned visit this spring is to Florida State, his current leader and his father's alma mater.

      Hassan Ridgeway
      Mansfield
      Feb. 13
      Offered
      85%
      • Texas
      • LSU
      • Texas A&M
      • TCU

       

      2/15: Did not commit as expected, but his coach does not think his recruitment will draw out very long.

      2/10: Also on the TE Big Board, but mostly as filler there. Young for his class and his coach believes he has some physical upside left. Good athlete. Video. Plans on committing soon.

      Devonte Fields
      Arlington Martin
      Feb. 26
      Likely ?
      • Texas
      • Baylor
      • Kansas
      • Oklahoma
      • Texas A&M
      2/15: Missed JD1 due to transportation issues. Perhaps strongest candidate to receive offer of JD2 attendees because of JD1 invite. Former teammate Danzel Williams is a 2011 Oklahoma commit. 6-2, 220. No film is available for Fields.
      Taiwan Johnson
      Manvel
      Feb. 26
      Possible ?
      • Texas
      • Texas A&M
      2/15: Surfaced on the radar with news of his Junior Day invite. Good size at 6-3/225. Good first step and top-end speed. Has the motor to fight through blocks. Good striker with some natural knee bend. Lateral quickness not as good as his straight-line speed. Video. Strong offer candidate.
      Glynn Cheeks
      Manvel
      Feb. 26
      Unlikely ?
      • Texas
      • Missouri
      • Texas A&M
      • UTSA
      2/15: Like his teammate, Cheeks surfaced on radar with news of Junior Day invite. 6-3, 205. Not quite as quick as Johnson, but shows strong ability to read and react by disrupting pass lanes and diagnosing screens. Takes a couple steps to reach top speed. Can re-direct to make plays. Smart player. Video
      Caleb Bluiett
      Beaumont West Brook
      Feb. 26
      Possible

      ?

        ?

          2/15: Mr. Bluiett was nice enough to contact me and let me know that film on Caleb should be up soon. Looking forward to seeing it.

          2/10: Well, Scout says he's quick. And Rivals says he's 6-3, 235. So there ya go.

          Michael Richardson
          DeSoto
          Feb. 26 (likely will not attend)
          Unlikely  Committed to Texas A&M? 2/15
          • Texas
          • Oklahoma
          • Oklahoma State
          • Texas A&M
          • Texas Tech
          • Tennessee

          2/15: May have committed to Texas A&M, but it's not clear if that's official yet.

          2/10: Explosive athlete who can change direction well, but undersized at 6-2, 230. Video. Projects better as a Buck end like Dravannti Johnson than as a pure 4-3 DE. Reportedly an excellent student.

          Eric Davis
          Tyler John Tyler
          No
          N/A N/A
          • Texas
          • LSU
          • Oklahoma
          • Oklahoma State
          • Texas A&M

          2/15: This one sounds like it's down to A&M and Oklahoma State. Still no interest from Texas.

          2/10: As quick as Richardson, but with better size at 6-3, 240. Seems like a take based on his combination of size and athleticism, so it's strange he doesn't have Junior Day invite.

           

          Outstanding offers -- Mario Edwards, Hassan Ridgeway

          Timetable --

          1. Edwards -- Whichever post-season all-star game he attends.
          2. Ridgeway -- Soon.

          Initial update

          Moving forward -- Edwards will have a scholarship offer until he makes his decision and Ridgeway will decide quickly enough that he won't impact other offers going out. The question now is which of the three Feb. 26 invites get an offer. Without knowing much about Bluiett, it's impossible predict what will happen with him, but the thought here is that one of Cheeks and Johnson will get an offer, with Johnson looking more likely based on film. Once again, without knowing much about which schools they favor, it's difficult to get a read on which one will commit.

          The odds are, however, that by the end of the second Junior Day, Texas has at least one defensive end commitment. On top of that, the defensive end position appears deeper now than it did several weeks ago, so it looks like the Longhorns should have some options at the position.

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