The Texas Longhorns will have plenty of time to convince Beaumont Central running back Devwah Whaley to don burnt orange in college, as the state's top running back won't announce his commitment until the Under Armour All-America game in early January, according to Horns Digest.
A consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 4 running back nationally and the No. 21 player in the state of Texas, according to a 247Sports Composite rankings, Whaley is a 6'0, 205-pounder who listed the Horns among his top five teams in June just days after an unofficial visit with several other top prospects.
Whaley's most recent trip was to Oklahoma over the weekend and the Sooners are considered a top contender for his services. However, it's Texas A&M that leads the way in his Crystal Ball predictions at 69 percent.
After taking three running backs in the 2015 class, the Longhorns will be selective in 2016 and Whaley is clearly the top target because of his combination of size and speed. The other running back targets don't possess both of those qualities to the same extent as Whaley -- hence his ranking as the state's top ball carrier.
If Texas does end up missing on Whaley, other uncommitted targets include Richmond George Ranch's Darius Anderson, Plano's Brandon Stephens, and Katy's Kyle Porter. One might include Southlake Carroll's Lil'Jordan Humphrey in that group, but he's 6'4 and will likely play a different position in college. And there's also Port Arthur Memorial's Kameron Martin, who is committed to Baylor, but the extent to which the staff continues to pursue him could depend on what happens this fall with 2017 La Grange all-purpose back JK Dobbins since the two have relatively similar skill sets and head coach Charlie Strong may not be willin to take both.
With the strong group from the previous cycle, there's not a ton of pressure on position coach Tommie Robinson to land Whaley, but it would be a significant coup, especially since the Horns are currently though to trail.