Texas Recruiting 2012: Wide Receiver Big Board Update

Several reports have Austin High WR Cayleb Jones becoming a Texas Longhorn sooner rather than later (photo by the author).

Needs -- Two or three

Name School JD invite? Offer?

Commitment/ odds

Favorites

Quick take
Cayleb Jones
Austin High
Feb. 13
Yes
90%
  • Texas
  • Auburn
  • Miami
  • Texas A&M

2/23: Reports from Recruitocosm and Hookem.com have Jones as a strong Texas lean, also believe he could commit soon. Publicly, Jones has said he could take more visits this spring and is taking things "day-to-day."

2/8: One of the top players at his position in the country. Fluid athlete with exceptional hands, leaping ability, size (6-3). Not a burner. Scouting report. One-handed catches. Miami has fallen off after firing of Randy Shannon, but Auburn coming on strong, school at which cousin Emory Blake plays. Currently no timetable for decision.

Dorial Green-Beckham Springfield Hillcrest (MO)
No
Yes
15%
  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
2/23: Probably one of the top players in the entire country. Track and basketball star who goes 6-6, 220. Outstanding leaping ability, hands, and pure speed. Video. Recruited by Darrell Wyatt while at Kansas. Will narrow list to 5-6 schools before senior season. Named Rivals Junior of the Year. Offers from everyone in the country.
Thomas Johnson
Dallas Skyline
Feb. 13
Yes

Committed to Texas (2/21/11)

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  • Texas
  • Auburn
  • Notre Dame
  • Oklahoma
  • USC

2/23: Johnson became the 7th 2012 commit on Monday.

2/8: Missed much of junior season due to ankle injury. Explosive athlete/home-run threat still adjusting to receiver position. Some concerns about his hands. National recruit with tons of offers.

Dominique Wheeler
Crockett
Feb. 13
Yes N/A
  • Texas
  • LSU
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas A&M
  • TCU

2/23: Wheeler received word on Tuesday from the Texas coaching staff that they would no longer be recruiting him. Serious drama at the Texas A&M Junior Day over the weekend. TCU looks like leader by a wide margin.

2/8: Recent addition to the radar. Better size than Johnson at 6-2, not as quick. Has vision, speed, balance. Long strider with some shake in his hips, great feet. Successful high school long jumper, triple jumper, and 110 m hurdler. Video.

 

Moving forward -- Major news on this Board since the last update. Where to even begin? How about with the offer to Green-Beckham, a kid who has drawn comparisons to everyone from Calvin Johnson to AJ Green to Julio Jones. Flat-out stud. The Longhorns are a longshot with him and, as always, getting him to campus will be the first step.

Other big news? The commitment from Johnson, for one. The news that Cayleb Jones could quickly make a decision, for another, with the Longhorns being his likely destination if he does decide to make a decision soon. And dropping Dominique Wheeler from consideration is the other news. The coaching staff reportedly did not contact Wheeler after his offer at JD1, a relatively common tactic by the Longhorns when multiple players at a position receive an offer but the coaching staff prefers one over the other. In this case, Johnson was the preference.

If the coaches believe that Cayleb Jones will indeed give his verbal pledge to Texas in the near future, his decision could also have influenced the decision to move on from Wheeler. Originally, the guess was two wide receivers in the class, but it looks like the Longhorns would make room for a transcendent talent like DGB even if Jones becomes the second 2012 receiver to commit.

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