A Cayleb Jones levitation against Belton in 2010. Austin's own, Jones is the top WR target in the 2012 class for Texas (photo by the author).
Needs -- Two
||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.|
||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.
||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.
Other names to know -- Kiante' Griffin (Lewisville Hebron), Tremund Moore (Brenham), Trey Rabon (Dallas Skyline), Quan West (Willis), Jeffrey Thomas (Duncanville), Eric Hawkins (Longview)
Overview -- Jones, obviously the top target, is considered one of the players who might commit early at the first Junior Day on Sunday. However, Jones didn't sound ready to make an early decision in a recent interview ($) with Hookem.com's Jeff Howe, saying that he wants to take some visits this spring. As a deep threat due to his size, hands, and leaping ability, he would be an outstanding addition to the Harsinwhite offense. Does Connor Brewer's commitment help convince him to come to Texas?
Johnson is a no-brainer for an offer and is so a threat to score on every play that he may have an offer reserved for him as long as he wants to take. Unlike Jones, who was vocal throughout the early part of the process about his three favorites (Miami, Texas, and Texas A&M, at the time), Johnson is a much tougher read and is receiving similar national attention as Jones.
The wildcard in the process if the fast-rising Wheeler, who may actually be the most likely of the three to commit if offered. At the least, Texas has an advantage in that he doesn't have as many offers.
The big unknown is whether Wheeler gets an offer at the first Junior Day. Johnson and Jones certainly will, but what if Wheeler commits first? Do the Longhorns decide to take all three if they want to commit? Only Jones? That scenario developing is far from a guarantee, but it could provide an interesting twist to recruiting at the position.
Wish list --
- Cayleb Jones
- Thomas Johnson
- Dominique Wheeler
There's an outside chance that Texas could go three receivers in the class. The greater likelihood probably rests in taking an ATH like Bralon Addison and possibly playing them on offense, rather than taking someone who looks likes a wide receiver all the way in college like Wheeler. If the Longhorns can somehow land Johnson and Jones at JD1, recruiting could be done at wide receiver.