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Texas Recruiting 2013: Junior Day Invites

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[Update]: This list will continue to grow and change over the coming days, so I'm going to go ahead and just update this post whenever a new name emerges. The most recent additions will be in bold. --Wescott

Even though the Longhorns aren't yet finished with 2012 recruiting with Dorial Green-Beckham and Mario Edwards still on board, as well as the decision still looming whether the staff wants to pursue a replacement in the class for the de-committed Thomas Johnson, the quick turnaround after Signing Day for the February 12th Junior Day means that the names are the prospects who will be attending the single biggest recruiting event for the 2013 class are starting to trickle out.

As usual, none of these players have been officially offered yet, but odds are high that nearly every one will receive an offer if they do indeed make it to campus. The question then becomes which of those players will commit during that weekend and if that number is closer to the four commitments secured last year or the 13 secured the year before.

Here's the current list of confirmed invites:

JD1 -- February 12th

  • Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright QB
  • Keith Ford, Cypress Ranch RB (unlikely to attend)
  • James White, Pearland Dawson RB (may attend either)
  • Dontre Wilson, DeSoto APB
  • Jake Oliver, Dallas Jesuit WR
  • Ra'Shaad Samples, Dallas Skyline WR
  • Durham Smythe, Belton TE
  • Darius James, Harker Heights OL (could visit for JD2)
  • Kent Perkins, Lake Highlands OL
  • A'Shawn Robinson, FW Arlington Heights OL
  • Ishmael Wilson, Dallas Bishop Dunne OL
  • Jake Raulerson, Celina OL/DL (committed)
  • DJ Ward, Lawton (OK) DE (undecided on attending)
  • Justin Manning, Dallas Kimball DT
  • Isaiah Golden, Elysian Fields DT (committed to Texas A&M, unlikely to attend)
  • Vincent Taylor, San Antonio Madison DL
  • Naashon Hughes, Harker Heights OLB/DE
  • Kameron Miles, West Mesquite OLB/S
  • Marcel Harris, Groveland (FL) S (invited but will not attend)
  • Ricky Seals-Jones, Sealy ATH
  • Kyle Hicks, Arlington Martin ATH
JD2 -- February 26th
  • JT Barrett, Wichita Falls Rider QB
  • Kenny Hill, Southlake Carroll QB
  • Eldridge Massington, West Mesquite WR
  • Jeremiah Gaines, Red Oak TE
  • Patrick Morris, Denton Guyer OG
  • Josh Thomas, Shreveport Evangel OL (date switch)
  • Kerrick Higgins, Dallas Skyline DT
  • Christoper Robinson, Shreveport Woodlawn DT
  • Deon Hollins, Fort Bend Marshall DE (date switch)
  • Mike Mitchell, Plano Prestonwood Christian DE/OLB
  • Brett Wade, Kennedale LB
  • Kameron Miles, West Mesquite OLB (date switch)
  • George Baltimore, Mansfield S
  • Maurice Smith, Sugarland Dulles DB
  • Jacorey Warrick, Houston Cy Falls ATH
There should be more confirmations breaking in the coming days and each one of those players is likely to receive an offer. A couple things to keep an eye on -- will Texas bring JT Barrett in and/or offer him? At this point, with the invite out only to Swoopes, it looks like he could be the top target in a strong in-state quarterback class.

Look for an edge player to be brought in as well, with Sharptown's Reggie Chevis looking like a strong candidate and Deon Hollins, although Texas hasn't recruited the Fort Bend area much recently. There's also been talk that Dallas Skyline WR Ra'shaad Samples is the second wide receiver on the Texas board -- seeing him attend one of the Junior Days and receive an offer is probably more likely than not, though there are no current reports of him being extended an invite.

Also, if there's one position where the Longhorns could get off to a strong start, it's along the offensive line. Maulerson has so many offers even if he does end up at Texas, a JD1 commitment doesn't seem like a strong possibility, but securing one or more commitments from the group of James, Perkins and Robinson hardly seems like a stretch at this point.

Any early predictions for JD1 commits?