The first Junior Day over the weekend failed to produce any commitments, in stark contrast to the past, but that may simply be a part of the changing narrative as the new staff makes changes to approach in recruiting and also a result of the smaller 2013 class that has led to fewer offers going out early.
Of course, the question on the minds of Texas fans perhaps still a little shocked by the new reality of so many recruitments stretching past JD1 is who will join Celina OL/DL Jake Raulerson in the fledgling 2013 class and when those commitments will go down.
Here's a look at the prospects most likely to make a decision in favor of the Longhorns in the near future:
- Kyle Hicks, Arlington Martin RB -- Expected to begin receiving more national attention in the coming weeks, Hicks received some encouragement to commit on the spot Sunday from friends and family members in attendance and it sounds like the lifelong Longhorn fan could make a decision in the coming days.
- Ricky Seals-Jones, Sealy WR/TE -- Given that his father told Orangebloods that his son could make a decision this week, while Hicks hasn't set any type of timetable for his decision, RSJ could easily rank at the top of this list. LSU is a contender, but the sense is that his parents want him at Texas, so if a pledge does go down this week, Texas is the heavy favorite.
- Ra'Shaad Samples, Dallas Skyline WR -- Samples has a call planned to the Texas coaches this week to inform them of the results of the discussion he plans on having with his father, the head coach at Skyline, about his visit to Texas, which seemingly put the Longhorns firmly in the lead for a commitment from him.
- Jake Oliver, Dallas Jesuit WR -- Another prospect who planned on discussing a possible decision with his family after returning to the Metroplex, a commitment from Oliver this week would almost certainly go in favor of the Longhorns.
- Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright QB -- Texas has been in strong shape with Swoopes ever since his summer camp visit prior to his junior season and the weekend visit to Austin seemed to impress his mother (always a good thing). With recent offers from Alabama and Ohio State, it appeared that his recruitment was on the verge of taking a national turn, which could have significantly lengthened his timetable. However, Swoopes told Orangebloods on Sunday evening that he will stay in state ($) or only go as far as Oklahoma, significantly brightening the picture for the Longhorns. A decision probably isn't imminent, but the decision to stay in state should allow him to make it sooner than if he wanted to take visits to Columbus or Tuscaloosa. Also, keep an eye on what RSJ decides to do, as a commitment from the Sealy star could help convince Swoopes to become a Longhorn too.