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Texas Longhorns recruiting: All-American games update

The Longhorns appear to be in good shape with several key targets and will receive official visits from a number of other recruits.

Texas running back target Chris Warren
Texas running back target Chris Warren
All American Games

Numerous Texas Longhorns commits and targets will participate in either the Under Armour All-America game on Friday or in the US Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.

As the recruits have arrived in Orlando and San Antonio, respectively, relevant updates have trickled out all day regarding where the Horns stand.

Horns trending with Florida athlete Tim Irvin

One of the key commitments that will take place over the coming days is that of Miami (Fla.) Westminster athlete Tim Irvin, who would likely play defensive back at Texas. He'll announce his decision at the Army Bowl on Saturday.

For months, Irvin's 247Sports Crystal Ball remained heavily in favor of the home-town Hurricanes, but in recent days, the Longhorns have been trending heavily with the 5'9, 186-pounder, as 10 projections to Texas have come in since December 22, with five on Sunday alone.

And also with running back Chris Warren

An official visit to Austin has already taken place for Rockwall running back Chris Warren, so the Longhorns won't have much opportunity to further sway the nation's No. 7 ball carrier.

Of course, it may not really be necessary. In advance of January official visits to Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Washington, Warren still looks like a heavy Texas lean -- three more big predictions came in for Texas in Warren's 247Sports Crystal Ball on Sunday.

National defensive backs remain in play

Though much of the focus here has been on the in-state cornerbacks like Kris Boyd and Holton Hill or the Florida prospects like Irvin and Davante Davis, Texas remains in the mix to receive visits from several other defensive backs.

LSU cornerback commit Xavier Lewis still wants to take an official visit to Texas, though it's not clear when that visit will happen. He's currently scheduled to take his paid trip to Baton Rouge on January 23. A consensus four-star prospect, Lewis has been committed to the Tigers since last July.

Another planned visitor will be Georgia cornerback commit Deandre Baker, who hauls from Miami (Fla.) Northwestern. A consensus three-star prospect, Baker plans on visiting Austin on January 23. He's been pledged to the Bulldogs since June and doesn't have any other official visits planned at this time.

With both prospects, the Longhorns will face an uphill battle for their services, especially since both are still committed to other schools.

Mack sets Texas official visit

The Longhorns won't get the last visit from five-star Gladewater defensive tackle Daylon Mack, who decommitted from Texas A&M hours after five-star linebacker Malik Jefferson pledged to the Horns.

Mack told ESPN on Sunday that he'll take his official visit to LSU on January 16 and close out his visit schedule with a planned unofficial visit to TCU on January 30. In between, he plans on taking his crucial official visit to Austin on January 23.

The difficulty for Texas will be the fact that he's spent so little time on the Texas campus -- when he trips to Central Texas in several weeks, it will be the first time since early 2013. LSU and TCU meanwhile, will have each received two visits in the several months before National Signing Day when Mack makes his decision.

So Jefferson and the coaching staff better make a big impression on the big defensive tackle when he visits.

Star offensive tackle also plans visit to Austin

With the decommitment of four-star offensive tackle Toby Weathersby, the Longhorns are back in the market for another high school offensive tackle and should receive an official visits from one of the top prospects in the country at that position:

The 6'5, 310-pound offensive tackle has been committed to Ole Miss since August, but he's taken two visits to Tennessee and another visit to Alabama this fall -- so he's clearly been wavering in that verbal pledge.

As with any national prospect who has taken more visits to other schools, landing Richmond based on one trip to Austin is a long shot, but getting him in on a visit is certainly good news.

Kai Locksley may also use official visit to Texas

In the days before Maryland athlete Kai Locksley committed to Florida State in late July, there was some thought that he could end up at Texas. It didn't happen, but the door may still be slightly open for the Longhorns after he told Rivals on Sunday that there's a chance he could take an official visit to Texas.

There haven't been any signs of wavering from Locksley in terms of taking other visits, but the Seminoles also have two other quarterbacks committed in the 2015 and the Longhorns could provide some potential for early playing time as the coaches seek to get four scholarship quarterbacks on campus for the fall semester.

let's ride