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2011 Texas Big Board: The Wide Receivers

Wide receivers on the 2011 roster -- Malcolm Williams (2011), DeSean Hales (2012), Brock Fitzhenry (2012), Marquise Goodwin (2012), Greg Timmons (2013), Mike Davis (2013/14), John Harris (2013/14), Chris Jones (2013/14), Darius White (2013/14)

Needs -- Two or three. The needs at receiver will be partially dependent on any attrition that may occur during the spring, particularly if Brock Fitzhenry or DeSean Hales decide to transfer. The loss of Brandon Collins and Dan Buckner strongly impact the numbers at the position and gives the coaching staff more flexibility to take three receivers in the class instead of two.

Targets -- 

Name (School) JD invite? Offer? Commitment Odds
Favorites Quick Take
Jaxon Shipley (Brownwood) Feb. 13 No-brainer 99.9%
  • Texas
May not have the pure burst or change of direction ability of his older brother, but more refined at the same stage. Deeply grasps nuances of receiver position and has superb athleticism to match. Had 245 yards receiving against Graham.
Trey Metoyer (Whitehouse) Feb. 13 No-brainer 33%
  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas
  • Texas Tech
  • Texas A&M
Football speed. Playmaking ability. Draws comparisons to Michael Crabtree. Fantastic balance and body control. Oklahoma is his long-time favorite, but Texas and Texas A&M have both made up ground.
Miles Onyegbule (Arlington) Feb. 13 Highly likely 95%
  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State
Quick, agile, and possesses strong make-you-miss ability for such a big receiver. May not be done growing. Loves Texas.

Marquis Jackson (Fort Worth Arlington Heights)

Feb. 13 Possible 60%
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • USC
  • Alabama
Made a name for himself with Texas coaches following a fantastic performance against Darius White and Fort Worth Dunbar. Could be offered as an athlete, but is probably too talented with the ball to play on defense. Similar to Chris Jones with his straight-line speed and one-cut ability.


Overview -- Wide receiver isn't a major need in this class with so many commits from 2010, but Texas will assuredly take at least receivers and could choose to take a third who could fit as a slot receiver or safety, as there are several athletes who fit that mold and Marquis Jackson does as well. Likewise, there isn't a particular type of receiver the Longhorns desperately need.

Other names to know -- Keyarris Garrett (Daingerfield), Christian Jones (Spring Westfield), Marcus Vaughn (Pearland Dawson)

Wish list -- Shipley, Onyegbule, Metoyer. To pick up all three would be a major coup, but at some point the depth chart will begin to factor into the equation, particularly with Metoyer, who is higher on Texas than he was early in the process, but the Longhorns still probably trail his childhood favorite Oklahoma. The most likely scenario involves Texas locking up Shipley and Onyegbule quickly and then settling into a longer recruitment with Metoyer or opting to take a guy like Jackson or an athlete who can also play the position.