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Texas Recruiting 2013: JUCO Targets Emerging?

Two of the most important early-impact members of the 2012 recruiting class came from the junior college ranks, a rare move for Mack Brown, who indicated that Texas would consider continuing to recruit those players to fill needs. It appears that

In recent days, Dodge City (KS) Community College defensive lineman Marcus Hardison and Pierce College tight end Beau Sandland have both surfaced on the radar and though neither has an offer yet, both have significant interest in the Longhorns.

Hardison has expressed a desire to play defensive end despite checking in at 6-4 and 290 pounds, though the need for the 'Horns is at defensive tackle. With nearly 25 offers, including nearly every Big 12 program, Hardison is a highly-sought prospect.

Hardison has indicated that he's been a Texas fan since watching the Rose Bowl game against Michigan and went as far as to say that he would commit if offered ($):

If Texas offered, I'd probably commit in a heartbeat. That would be a dream come true for me. I'd love to play for them and play in that defense. I really hope it all works out. I'm counting on it.

A defensive end for Dodge City, Hardison slides inside at times as a pass-rushing defensive tackle. In high school, he was a solid strongside defensive end with good quickness off the ball and though he still moves well up roughly 40 pounds from that weight, he projects best as a 3-4 defensive end or three-tech defensive tackle.

After expressing a desire to take two tight ends in the 2013 class, the Longhorns have held off on offering another prospect other than commit Durham Smythe of Belton, as JD2 invites Jeremiah Gaines (Red Oak) and Trent Gow (Mansfield) have fallen off the radar.

As a result, the interest in Sandland could be legitimate. At 6-6 and 255 pounds, Sandland has the size the Texas coaches are looking for and plans on taking his official visits in the fall, a timetable that doesn't put any serious pressure on the 'Horns to offer in the immediate future. The ability to play early at Texas should play well with Sandland ($) if he does receive an offer.

A strong athlete for his size, Sandland has the speed to stretch the seam and create yardage after the catch, though he admitted that he's more of a threat there than in the blocking game. In looking at him physically, he looks like he needs some work on his upper body, but the mass is there to keep from being pushed around too much as an in-line blocker with a little bit effort.