Texas Recruiting 2014: 'Horns Eye OOS Prospects Early

As the Texas coaching staff wrapped up the spring evaluation period, a handful of out-of-state prospects received visits from various assistant coaches, including players in Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

Here's a position-by-position look at which potential targets received evaluations*:

Quarterback

Edmond (OK)'s Justice Hansen. A lifelong OU fan, it would be a major upset to see Hansen end up wearing anything other than crimson and cream, but did tell Orangebloods that he's interested in visiting Texas ($) at some point. Listed as a pro-style quarterback, Hansen has above-average athleticism for that classification, but still excels standing in the pocket and delivering passes downfield with his easy, smooth delivery.

Offers: Arkansas, Missouri.

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Broken Arrow (OK)'s Coleman Key. Like Hansen, Key gets categorized as a pro-style quarterback and has similar size at around 6-3 and 200 pounds. Like Hansen, Key grew up a fan of Oklahoma. He hasn't yet started in his high school career, but he's already receiving interest and has plans to camp at Texas.

Running back

Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman's Nathan Starks. The latest in a long line of prospects to emerge from the Nevada powerhouse, Starks is a versatile player for Bishop Gorman . Extremely sudden both with his initial burst upfield and with his lateral quickness that allows him to explosively jumpcut, Starks is sometimes listed as an athlete because of his effectiveness as a receiver and because he could also play defense if necessary. However, the best guess here is that he sticks at running back in college because he absolutely has the feet and the size (5-11, 200) to stay at his primary high school position.

Starks grew up an Oklahoma fan because of Adrian Peterson and Bishop Gorman product Demarco Murray, but has also cited proximity as a factor in his recruitment.

Offers: Arizona, Colorado, Duke, Nebraska, Oklahoma, UCLA, Utah.

Nathan Starks : Bishop Gorman (LV) : Class of 2014 : 2011 Sophomore Year Highlights (via utrhighlightvideos)

New Orleans (LA) St. Augustine's Leonard Fournette. A prospect who already claims 105 offers (many of which much have come from FBS schools), Fournette received his LSU offer as a freshamn. At 6-0, 215 pounds, Fournette could fill the Texas need for a big back to replace Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron. A strong, tough runner with good balance, he consistently runs through arm tackles with his lower body strength and leg drive and though he looks like a 4.6 type of runner at the top end, he can cut with some suddenness at times.

Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida St., Georgia Tech, LSU, Notre Dame, SMU, Texas A&M, West Virginia.

Leonard Fournette 2014 RB - SunshinePreps (via SunshinePreps)

Broken Arrow (OK)'s Devon Thomas. Another Oklahoma product likely to stay in state at the flagship program, Thomas is a potential five-star prospect who would rank among the best running back prospects in the state of Texas with speed to burn and darting quickness. A Louisiana native, Thomas grew up an LSU fan.

Offers: Clemson, Houston, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, West Virginia.

Amazing running back! Devon Thomas! Broken Arrow Tigers! #26! HIGHLIGHTS! (via Drew12324)

Tight end

Scottsdale (AZ)'s Mark Andrews. A player who has the film to be one of the top prospects at his position in the Southwest, the 6-6, 225-pound Andrews has plenty of room for growth -- which will be necessary considering he's still thin, especially in his lower body. However, what makes him such a quality prospect is how well he moves, like the big wide receiver that he is. With that being said, it's still rare for a player of his size to possess legitimate quickness to stick at the position in college

Texas has expressed a desire to find players who have played the position in high school, but with what appears to be a weak in-state crop in 2014, the coaching staff may not have a choice but to take a player with little or no experience in a three-point stance.

Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah.

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Offensive line

Monroe (LA) Ouchita Parish's Cameron Robinson. A massive 6-6, 320-pounder, Robinson is already a five-star prospect by 247Sports and comes in at no. 5 nationally. As mentioned in a previous article, his highlights on Hudl are set on private, so evaluations at the moment can't advance past the stage of looking at his offer list.

Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, TCU, Washington.

Defensive end

Chandler (AZ) Hamilton's Qualen Cunningham. The high school teammate of 2013 Texas target Cole Luke, Cunningham is ranked no. 62 by 247Sports in the 2014 class. A 6-3, 220-pound Aggie legacy, Cunningham is listed as a weakside defensive end prospect, but most of his film shows him taking on and eventually beating blocks against the running game. There is also evidence of his speed off the edge, which can be impressive, as well as strong use of his hands for someone his age. His motor also runs hot enough to keep him from quitting on plays either in the backfield or downfield.

The biggest likely impediment to Texas seriously recruiting Cunningham? It's not his connections to Texas A&M, but rather the fact that the 'Horns could quickly fill their needs at defensive end with in-state prospects Derick Roberson and Solomon Thomas.

Offers: Arizona State, Boise State, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Washington.

Qualen Cunningham # 13 Sophomore Highlights class of 2014 (via Huskiesfootballis)

Linebacker

Hinesville (GA) Liberty County's Raekwon McMillan. An early five-star by 247Sports, the 6-3, 235-pounder is already a coveted national prospect who will be recruited by offensive line coach Stacy Searels, who has ties to the state after the time he spent at Georgia.

Offers: Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Ole Miss, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina.

Raekwon McMillan's Football Highlights 2011 (via ryn008)

Columbia (SC) Spring Valley's Christian Miller. Rated as a four-star prospect, the 6-3, 210-pounder is yet to receive his first offer, but has the pedigree to be a successful college player, as his father spent the better part of a decade playing in the NFL.

Athlete

New Orleans (LA) Edna Karr's Speedy Noil. A high school quarterback whose given name is Devante, the kid known as Speedy projects as a slot receiver in college at 5-10 and 165 pounds and reportedly ran a 4.35 40 ($) last summer at an LSU camp. He plans on visiting Texas for a camp with several of his high school teammates, but does not yet hold any offers. The primary in-state competition for Noil is probably Texas City wide receiver Armanti Foreman, who has comparable quickness and has more experience at the position.

Devante Noil Highlight Tape 2011 (via Mike12Dunn)

*Many of these names are courtesy of this article ($) from Hookem.com.

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