Head coach Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns are hoping the match the success of the first Junior Day last weekend by hosting the second and final such event of the spring on Saturday as several top prospects are expected to descend on Austin.
The organization and execution of the first Junior Day last week was heralded by recruits and the event helped secure two commitments last week, also vaulting the Longhorns into serious contention with several other prospects. Not only that, but it also helped secure the previous commitments of two prospects, though Hays offensive tackle Connor Lanfear was not one of them. He tripped to College Station on Friday to take in the first A&M spring practice and could switch his pledge to the Aggies while there.
Here are some of the prospects who should be in Austin:
- Quentin Dormady, Boerne quarterback
- Jaylon Henderson, Kingwood Park quarterback
- Tristen Wallace, DeSoto quarterback (2016)
- Derrius Guice, Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic running back
- Kirk Johnson, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian running back
- Damarkus Lodge, Cedar Hill wide receiver
- Kemah Siverand, Houston Cypress Ridge wide receiver
- Jaelen Austin, South Grand Prairie wide receiver
- Jalen Guyton, Allen wide receiver
- James Proche, Dallas Prime Prep wide receiver
- Conner Dyer, Mesquite Horn offensive tackle
- Tyler Higby, Houston Kinkaid offensive lineman
- Isaiah Edwards, Katy Cinco Ranch offensive lineman
- Bryce English, DeSoto defensive tackle (commit)
- Darrion Daniels, Dallas Bishop Dunne defensive tackle
- James Lockhart, Ennis defensive end
- Breylin Mitchell, Round Rock defensive end (TCU pledge)
- Riley Garner, A&M Consolidated linebacker
- Kahlil Haughton, Waco Midway safety
- Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse athlete
There should be a lower number of offers extended this weekend, with Dyer and Guyton the most likely to receive them.
Other than those two, the most important prospects on campus will be the highly-ranked prospects with whom the Longhorns need to make up serious ground -- Lodge, Siverand, Lockhart, and Daniels. A strong argument could be made that those players are the top in-state targets at their respective positions, with Lodge ranking slightly ahead of Siverand in the wide receiver group.
Since there aren't any commitments expected this weekend, even from the players who are offer candidates, the same type of surge that the Horns experienced with prospects like DeShon Elliott and Jordan Tolbert last weekend with the key targets this weekend would make the second Junior Day an unqualified success.