Texas commit Lorenzo Joe - Wescott Eberts (SB Nation)
The second Junior Day is looming and the Longhorns should have a few excellent prospects on campus.
The second Junior Day for the Texas Longhorns has traditionally been a smaller event than the first, with fewer offers extended and fewer high-profile targets.
While the coaches are changing that emphasis and inviting some bigger targets in for the second day in an effort to allow them to see practice, the two prospects that it would have made the most difference with either won't be in attendance or probably won't be in attendance, mitigating the positive impact of having the ability to showcase the team working out with the coaching staff.
Here's the list of prospects invited and expected to attend, though the list will be fluid throughout the week.
Lorenzo Joe, Abilene Cooper wide receiver (new)
Leonard Fournette, New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine running back
Comment: One of the top prospects in the entire country, Fournette drew a comparison to Willis McGahee from SB Nation Recruiting's Bud Elliott, but may also have a little bit of Adrian Peterson in him as well. Fournette was at the LSU Junior Day last weekend and is considered to be an LSU lean.
Devante "Speedy" Noil, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr wide receiver
Comment: With two wide receivers committed already and likely only one spot left at receiver, the top target is still Kd Cannon, but Noil is an excellent prospect and someone Texas will probably continue to pursue as long as he is interested in case things go poorly with Cannon, who seems legitimately open right now. Noil is considered a strong LSU lean.
Gerald Willis, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr defensive end
Comment: The strongside defensive end prospect is a consensus five-star recruit in the 247Sports composite and holds offers from many of the SEC's elite programs. He took in the LSU Junior Day last weekend -- one of numerous trips to Baton Rouge -- so he would be an incredibly tough pull for Texas. Obviously, getting him on campus is the first step to having a shot in his recruitment.
DeShawn Washington, Nederland defensive tackle
Comment: Insert obligatory comment about recently-emerging defensive tackles. Washington currently holds offers from Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech -- the offer from the Aggies came on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Washington received his offer from Texas, a bit curious in that it came only days before he's set to be on campus.
Darrion Johnson, Brenham cornerback
Comment: On Thursday, Johnson tweeted that he's going to be back in Austin on Saturday to take in the Texas practice, his second trip in the last several weeks after attending JD1. The confusion about his offer status was finally cleared up last week and he now holds an official offer from the 'Horns. Johnson kept Texas in the mix even while he waited since August for his offer, so with the two visits in such a short period of time, the 'Horns may be emerging as the team to beat.
Nick Watkins, Dallas Bishop Dunne cornerback
Comment: Watkins missed JD1 because of some type of family emergency. One of the many prototype defensive backs in the class, his recruitment is a little bit of a mystery right now, so it's difficult to assess whether or not Texas has a strong chance of eventually securing his commitment.
Prospects without an offer
Cody Ennis, San Antonio Madison quarterback
Comment: Ennis was originally slated to attend JD1, but didn't make it. Texas continues to evaluate quarterbacks in the 2013 class, but an offer isn't likely until there is some attrition at the position.
D'Onta Foreman, Texas City running back (new)
Comment: D'Onta isn't receiving as much attention as his twin brother, but benefits from having better size and a thicker frame. He's unlikely to receive an offer this weekend.
Armanti Foreman, Texas City wide receiver (new)
Comment: Committed to Oklahoma since last fall, it was a bit of a surprise not to see the dynamic slot prospect receive an offer when they went out to juniors in August. Texas is looking for speed at the wide receiver position above all else and Foreman provides it. The expected visit from the brothers was confirmed by Hookem.com on Friday.
Fonzale Davis, South Oak Cliff wide receiver
Comment: A slot prospect at around 5-11 and 175 pounds, Davis doesn't have elite speed and is currently searching for his first offer.
Marcus Perkins, Garland Naaman Forest wide receiver
Comment: Yet another slot prospect, Perkins is even smaller at 5-9 and 165 pounds. A consensus three-star prospect, Perkins has attended Junior Days at Boise State and Texas State, earning an offer from the Bobcats in the process. He was the wide receiver MVP at a recent Next Level Athletes event in the Dallas area.
Terrell Cuney, Jasper center
Comment: Light at 260 pounds, but highly mobile, Cuney has seen his recruitment heat up in recent days with new interest from Florida State, LSU, and Oregon to go along with recent offers from Texas Tech and TCU, which both offered in recent days. There's been some confusion about whether Cuney has a Texas offer. Whether or does or not at the current time, he'll receive one on Saturday and it may not take him that long to become a Longhorn after that.
Jovan Pruitt, Dallas Bishop Dunne offensive tackle
Comment: One of the few high-level tackle prospects in the state for 2014, Texas should probably take the opportunity to offer Pruitt, even though he's considered a bit of a project. With the strong 2013 class helping depth over the next several years, the 'Horns could afford to wait on the development of a player like Pruitt.
Jacob Bragg, Nacogdoches
Comment: A pure guard prospect who is known as a mauler in the run game, Bragg is still looking for his first offer and isn't rated by the services, even though he was one of the early names on the 2014 LSR when it came out nearly a year ago.
Obi Anozie, Dallas Bishop Lynch defensive end
Comment: Another prospect on the small side for his position at 6-2 and 215 pounds, Anozie is a bit of a mystery at this point in the process -- he doesn't have a Rivals page and isn't ranked by any of the services.
Silvester Hayes, South Oak Cliff defensive end
Comment: Like Torrodney Prevot in 2013, Hayes has a long way to go physically to reach a college playing weight -- he's currently listed at 6-2, 212 pounds, measurables more fit for a linebacker. The SOC product currently holds an offer from Texas Tech.
Greg Roberts, Nacogdoches defensive end
Comment: Listed variously as a defensive end or outside linebacker, the 6-4, 225-pound Roberts doesn't yet hold an offer and is a consensus two-star prospect.
Jake McMillon, Abilene defensive end
Comment: A consensus three-star prospect, McMillon holds an offer from Texas State and is ranked as a weakside defensive end even though he's 6-4, 240.
CJ Reese, San Antonio Madison defensive lineman
Comment: A tweener right now at about 6-3 and 250 pounds, Reese doesn't appear to have any offers yet.
Cedric Johnson, Rowlett defensive tackle
Comment: A three-star prospect at 6-2 and 265 pounds who is still rather light for the position, Johnson isn't an elite prospect, but he's one of the best in Texas and could be in line to receive an offer and end his recruitment this weekend.
Otaro Alaka, Cy Falls linebacker
Comment: The former teammate of Jacorey Warrick, Alaka now holds offers from Arkansas, California, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, and a handful of others, he's seeing his recruitment really take off. A rangy linebacker with the athleticism to excel in the Big 12, Alaka is a strong candidate for an offer and could end his recruitment shortly thereafter.
Dylan Sumner-Gardner, West Mesquite safety
Comment: One of the fast-rising defensive backs in the state, DSG is believed by some to be an Aggie lean. If Texas is serious about recruiting him, they probably need to extend an offer while he's in town.
Jyaz Jones, South Oak Cliff safety
Comment: Yet another prospect who is seeing his stock increasing seemingly by the minute is Jones. Mack Brown went by South Oak Cliff before Signing Day to show his interest in Jones, who just picked up an offer from Texas Tech and was invited to an Alabama Junior Day. His older brother signed with Iowa this year as a wide receiver.
Not expected to attend/may not attend
Kd Cannon, Mount Pleasant wide receiver
Comment: Along with some of the top defensive backs and Solomon Thomas, Cannon ranks as a must-have in this Texas class. Baylor has been in hot pursuit and is putting in the work on Cannon, so wide receiver coach Darrell Wyatt may need to step his game up a little bit if he wants to land the speedy vertical threat.
Cannon has expressed the desire to play in a pass-heavy offense, so what he sees at spring practice will be extremely important to the future of his recruitment by the 'Horns. Unfortunately for Texas, that spring practice showing may have to come at another time.
Emanuel Porter, Dallas Lincoln wide receiver
Comment: The TCU commit got an invitation back at the start of the year and was listed as a possible attendee for a while. Now it looks like he won't be making it, perhaps at the behest of the TCU coaching staff.
Willy Ivery, Sulphur Springs wide receiver (no longer attending)
Comment: Ivery isn't the biggest prospect around at under 5-9, but has a sturdy build -- he goes about 180 pounds or so. A consensus three-star prospect, Ivery's recruitment hasn't really gotten off the ground yet, as he only holds a single offer from Texas State. If the Longhorns opt to take another all-purpose type of player offensively, Ivery looks like a possible target, though it's not clear how if that is still a need after taking Roderick Bernard, who can do a lot of the same things as Ivery and is faster than the Sulphur Springs standout.
Zaycoven Henderson, Longview defensive tackle
Comment: Henderson was a strong possibility to receive an offer with the massive need for several defensive ends in the class. The Longview product already holds offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, and TCU, though it's not clear from reports why Henderson is missing the Junior Day.
Jamal Adams, Lewisville Hebron safety
Comment: The words that come to mind with Adams are leadership and scheme versatility, both attributes that defensive back coach Duane Akina probably loves. Adams has been careful about his public comments and isn't tipping his hand, though he does seem to like Texas and has been a fairly frequent visitor since last summer. The problem for Texas is going to be that his recruitment is fast becoming a national one and he's open enough to end up anywhere.
Adams missed JD1 and then had a track meet come up for JD2, so he won't be making it to Austin for either Junior Day. The coaching staff will now have to work to get him on campus some time this spring for a practice.
This list is compiled of visitors confirmed by multiple services or, occasionally, those who tweet out their intentions of visiting.