Texas commit Lorenzo Joe - Wescott Eberts (SB Nation)
The most important weekend so far for 2014 recruiting gets underway on Sunday.
[Update]: This list now reflects all the players and prospects who did or did not make it in for the Junior Day. Changes are marked in bold. --Wescott
The first Junior Day for the Texas Longhorns, traditionally held shortly after the previous class signs, will go down on Sunday.
A more in-depth preview of what will happen will follow, but for now, here's the list of players who plan on attending or have been invited:
Roderick Bernard, Sharpstown wide receiver
Donald Catalon, Aldine Eisenhower running back
Daniel Gresham, Fort Worth All Saints running back/fullback
Jerrod Heard, Denton Guyer quarterback
Lorenzo Joe, Abilene Cooper wide receiver
Demetrius Knox, Fort Worth All Saints offensive lineman
Derick Roberson, San Antonio Brennan
Offered prospects in attendance
Solomon Thomas, Coppell defensive lineman
Comment -- Thomas has been saying that he's been open for some time. Given the need for defensive lineman in this class and the fact that he's the top possible defensive tackle prospect in the state, Thomas is a must-have in the class.
Jarrett Johnson, Katy Seven Lakes defensive end
Comment -- Not familiar with Johnson. He was probably a player Texas noticed when they were recruiting Caleb Benenoch. Johnson received his offer on Sunday and will visit LSU next week.
Cameron Hampton, Dallas Carter linebacker
Comment -- Linebacker is a big position of need in 2014 and Texas got off to a poor start. Fortunately, Texas A&M backed off of Hampton or he might be committed there already, leaving an opening for Texas and Oklahoma to battle for his services. Hampton committed to Texas on Sunday.
Zach Whitley, Galena Park North Shore linebacker
Comment -- Like Hampton, Whitley is an important target. It's not quite clear if he has a Texas offer -- 247Sports says that he does not. Interestingly enough, it seems that the Aggies are still recruiting Whitley, so the North Shore product could end up as a big-time head-to-head battle between the two dominant recruiting powers in the state of Texas for a prospect who comes from a school that has sent three players to Texas in recent years.
John Bonney, Houston Lamar defensive back
Comment -- Duane Akina apparently liked what he saw from Bonney from a live viewing at a Lamar playoff game to extend an offer to the 6-0, 180-pounder on Sunday. Bonney has offers from the likes of Baylor, LSU, Ohio State, and Oklahoma.
Tony Brown, Beaumont Ozen cornerback
Comment -- Brown's older sister just committed to run track at LSU, likely vaulting the Tigers into the lead for his services. Right now, Texas is just one of a handful of teams he's looking at, making a Junior Day visit at some point a must for the 'Horns to stay in the race. It is not clear which J-Day Brown will attend.
Edward Paris, Mansfield Timberview defensive back
Comment -- One of the top defensive backs in the state and a player considered an LSU lean, getting Paris on campus was a big step for the 'Horns.
Unoffered prospects in attendance
Ty Barrett, Dallas Skyline offensive tackle
Comment -- Barrett has seen his stock increase over recent weeks and now has offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, and West Virginia. The 6-5, 300-pounder may be one of the few quality tackle prospects in the state, so he's a strong candidate to receive an offer. Barrett did not receive an offer, as Texas continues to evaluate along the offensive line.
Mychealon Thomas, Dallas Skyline defensive tackle
Comment -- The MVP of a recent Next Level Athlete event in Lancaster, Thomas is one of the emerging defensive tackles in the state, though it appears the Longhorns want to continue to evaluate at the position.
Tay Evans, Allen linebacker
Comment -- One of the rising prospects in the state, Evans is a 6-3, 200-pound Oklahoma legacy who could end up as a possible Texas target down the road.
Victor Evans, Skyline linebacker
Comment -- Evans made the journey with his Skyline teammates and isn't a strong candidate to receive a Texas offer at this time.
Cordell Dorsey, Abilene Cooper linebacker
Comment -- Like the other two Skyline prospects, Dorsey was visiting with his teammate, Texas wide receiver commit Lorenzo Joe, so he's not expected to be a Texas target.
Darrion Johnson, Brenham cornerback
Comment -- The younger brother of a notable Texas message board poster, Johnson has elite physical skills and finally started receiving more interest from the coaches recently after he didn't get an early offer, which was something of a surprise. As a result, it's not clear how high on the recruiting board he is for the 'Horns, though he's a strong candidate to receive an offer on Sunday.
Derrick Dixon, Dallas Skyline defensive back
Comment -- Dixon has a West Virginia offer and is a recent player to emerge on the Texas radar. If the 'Horns end up missing on other prospects, he's a guy they could come back on because an offer doesn't seem imminent.
Did not attend
Jamal Jeffery, Lufkin wide receiver
Comment -- The Lufkin coaches said on Friday that the A&M commit will not be visiting, perhaps at the behest of the Aggie staff.
Speedy Noil, New Orleans Edna Karr wide receiver
Comment -- Texas has offered. There's not a big need for Noil now with Bernard's commitment, so the coaches could turn all of their efforts to Kd Cannon, especially since Noil is considered a heavy LSU lean.
Orlando Brown, Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge offensive tackle
Comment -- A massive tackle prospect who has been working to lose weight, Brown has struck up a friendship with Demetrius Knox and holds a Texas offer. It's possible that
Jovan Pruitt, Dallas Bishop Dunne offensive lineman
Comment -- Another of the legit tackle prospects in Texas, Pruitt has better height than Barrett at 6-6 and is still pretty lean at less than 300 pounds. He has Baylor, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma offers, so he's one to watch as well. Pruitt did not attend because Watkins was his ride.
Nick Watkins, Dallas Bishop Dunne cornerback
Comment -- A major target in the 2014 class, Texas is in solid shape with Watkins, though he is taking his recruitment slowly and hasn't tipped his hand much publicly. If the 'Horns could make a big move with him this spring, it would go a long way towards making the coaches feel better about their positioning to land a couple of the big defensive backs in this class. Watkins did not attend because of a family emergency, but is expected to make it in for JD2.
Jamal Adams, Lewisville Hebron safety
Comment -- The son of the former Giants running back may be the most important target at defensive back, because of his scheme versatility and advanced leadership skills. Physical skils, make up, Adams has it all. The problem facing Texas is that while he likes the 'Horns, his recruitment is quickly going national. Adams will be in for JD2.
Dylan Sumner-Gardner, West Mesquite safety
Comment -- A big, physical prospect, Sumner-Gardner took a bus to Clemson to commit last summer, then backed off after he started receiving interest from many other major programs. The coaches declined to offer the good West Mesquite prospects in the 2013 class, so it will be interesting to see if they pursue DS-G. The former Clemson commit had to cancel because he couldn't find a ride, though he is expected to be at JD2.