Texas Recruiting 2012: Defensive Back/Athlete Big Board Update

Needs -- Four

Name School JD invite? Offer?

Commitment/ odds

Favorites

Quick take
Bryson Echols
DeSoto
Feb. 26
Offered

85%

     

    • Texas
    • Arizona
    • Kansas
    • North Texas

     

     

    2/25: Could not attend JD2 because of track meet, came day early and received offer. Texas leads. Expects to make a decision soon, but wants to talk it over with his family. No other visits planned or schools he wants to hear from.

    2/12: Fast, can finish plays with interceptions. Breaks well on the football. Some evidence of being a solid tackler. Video. Prospect who has been getting increasing attention, but still relatively under the radar. Does not report any offers at this time. Texas connections at DeSoto could help Longhorns if they offer.

    Kendall Sanders
    Athens
    Feb. 26
    Possible

    Soft verbal to Oklahoma State

    (2/21/11)

       

      • Texas
      • Oklahoma State

       

      2/25: Committed to Oklahoma State on Monday. Decision not to continue recruiting Dominique Wheeler could impact Sanders getting an offer. Would probably receive offer as an athlete, but wants to play wide receiver in college. What the Texas coaches tell him about his future position probably impacts whether he switches his commitment.
      Corey Coleman
      Richardson Pearce
      Feb. 26 (unconfirmed)
      Possible

      60%

         

        • Texas
        • Baylor
        • Texas Tech
        • Oklahoma State

         

        2/25: Projects as a DB at Texas. Could attend Texas Tech Junior Day. Ran a hand-timed 4.28 at theoldcoach.com combine last year. Likelihood of offer could influence attendance. Would need developmental time as a CB, but looks like a take based on speed alone.
        Nick Coleman
        SA East Central
        Feb. 13/Feb. 26
        Possible

        85%

           

          • Texas
          • Baylor
          • Texas A&M

           

          2/25: Attended JD1 and will be back in town this weekend. Sounds interested in Texas. Could be an Akina guy. Would probably commit if offered.

          2/12: Another cornerback with good size at 6-1. Known as fast and physical. Supposedly has hips to play corner. Good high jumper. Reports a 3.2 GPA. No offers yet.

          LaDarrell McNeil
          A. Maceo Smith
          Feb. 13
          Unclear
          20%
          • Texas
          • Arkansas
          • Oklahoma
          • Texas A&M
          • TCU

          2/25: Has not spoken publicly about whether he has a Texas offer. Thought to be a Texas A&M lean at this point. Unclear if Texas is recruiting McNeil and whether or not he has an offer.

          2/12: Top pure DB in the state at this time. Big hitter from safety position, but versatile enough to play some in coverage, although he's not a CB in college. Video

          Will Hines
          Waco
          Feb. 13 (did not attend)
          N/A N/A
          • Texas
          • Oklahoma State

          2/25: Was invited to JD1 and did not attend. Not clear if he was invited to JD2, whether Texas is still recruiting him, or whether he is interested in the Longhorns. May be off the radar soon.

          2/12: Tall for a CB at 6-1. Listed 4.4 40 speed. Has good recovery speed. Video. Emerged on the Texas radar with Junior Day invite. Muschamp invited him down to Florida camp. 

          Damien Lawry
          A. Maceo Smith
          Feb. 13
          Unclear

          N/A

             

            • Texas
            • Clemson
            • Tennessee
            • Texas A&M

             

            2/25: Probably does not have an offer from Texas and wants to play WR in college. Unlikely that he will be recruited and he may drop off the Big Board on the next update.

            2/12: Plays receiver at Smith, but would likely be looked at as a DB at Texas. Can high-point football; good ball skills. Reaches top speed quickly. Good balance. Video. Could get an offer if Texas sees him as a CB. 

             

            Invited but could not attend -- Justin Thomas (West-Orange Stark CB), DeCarlos Renfro (West-Orange Stark CB)

            Moving forward -- Some big decisions at this position this weekend. The first big decision was already made on Friday afternoon with the offer extended to DeSoto CB Bryson Echols, a productive player as a junior who was probably expected in most circles to commit to Texas when offered. Echols will decide soon and it would be a major upset if he doesn't become a Longhorn in the near future.

            The next two decisions pertain to confirmed visitors: Kendall Sanders and Nick Coleman. Sanders is a favorite among Texas recruitniks who seems to place a high emphasis on playing receiver in college. Texas probably won't give him that opportunity, but there is a chance that an offer was an athlete could entice a switch from Sanders, whose future at the next level would be as a defensive back.

            Coleman is probably on the other side of the equation. His second visit in as many Junior Days is a clear sign of his interest and it's possible that he receives an offer with the return of Duane Akina. There isn't a lot of information available on Coleman, but he is known to be a strong athlete and he has the height to make him extremely valuable if he could play cornerback.

            Corey Coleman, on the other hand, is an unconfirmed attendee and whether or not he visits Texas Tech instead of Texas probably depends on the likelihood of receiving an offer from the Longhorns. Hard to say, at this point.

            As for McNeil, his situation is an odd one. The fact that he wanted to bring in his friend Lawry, who was unlikely to ever receive an offer, could make him a Darius White type in terms of his recruitment -- McNeil may be using the opportunity to get more exposure for his friend. The odd thing is that McNeil has made publicly commented on if he has a Texas offer or not. If he doesn't, it would be a surprise, as he's the top-rated pure defensive back in the class and it's hard to understand why Texas wouldn't offer the hard-hitting safety.

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