Quarterbacks on 2011 roster -- Garrett Gilbert (2012), Connor Wood (2013/14), Case McCoy (2013/14)
Needs -- Zero or one. Philosophically, the Longhorns prefer to take one quarterback in every class, so they will certainly go after one.
|Name||School||JD invite?||Commitment odds||Quick take|
|JW Walsh||Denton Guyer||Will not attend||Committed to Oklahoma St. (2/1/2010)||The best combination of running ability and passing ability in the class -- big-time ability and has remarkable arm strength for a dual-threat quarterback.|
|David Ash||Belton||February 13||60%||Stock dropped during junior season as a result of an ankle injury that slowed him most of the year. Looked like no. 1 target after 2009 summer camp. Pro-style quarterback who can make some plays with his feet.|
|Lake Travis||Unconfirmed||50%||Undersized for a quarterback at around 6-0, but is a Texas legacy, as his father played quarterback for the Longhorns. Proven ability to lead after taking Lake Travis to a third straight state championship. Reportedly was offered a grayshirt by the Texas coaches and wasn't particularly happy about it.
Other names to know -- Dominic Merka (Crosby), Aaryn Sharp (Stony Point), Ryan Polite (DeSoto), Dexter Foreman (Manvel), Deuntre Smiey (Lufkin)
Overview -- Personal favorite Walsh committed to Oklahoma State without visiting for a Junior Day -- a big loss for the Longhorns, though Walsh might have been more inclined to head elsewhere anyway to pursue better opportunities. Hard to blame him for looking after his own best interests and the recent hire of former Houston offensive coordinator and Airraid expert Dana Holgorson probably played a large role as well.
In fact, with Wood and McCoy in the 2010 class, it will be extremely difficult for the Longhorns to land any of their top targets, even Ash, a player I'm not as high on as Walsh, but a guy who probably compares better to Garrett Gilbert than Walsh, who is more in the Colt McCoy mold, but much more highly considered coming out of high school. The overriding point here is that there will be limited opportunities for a quarterback in this class and even if the Longhorns do receive a commitment from one of their top targets, a transfer from a quarterback in the 2010 or 11 class is likely and even probable.
If Texas offers Ash and finds that he isn't wiling to commit, they may have to pursue targets not currently on the radar and the greater concern here is pure numbers rather than pure talent -- the 2011 quarterback will be the ultimate insurance policy.