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Texas Football Recruiting Roundup: Jake Oliver, Injuries, 2014 Linebackers, And More

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Around the world of Longhorns recruiting in the 2013 and 2014 classes.

Wescott Eberts

Horns_bullet_mediumJake Oliver breaks Jordan Shipley's state receptions record. One future Longhorn passed a former Longhorn last Friday night, as 2013 Dallas Jesuit wide receiver Jake Oliver passed Jordan Shipley on the state all-time receptions list in a game against Lake Highlands.

Where Shipley combined with former A&M quarterback Stephen McGee at Burnet to produce numerous explosive plays in the passing game, Oliver earned the record as the consummate possession receiver, the role he's expected to fill at Texas with his big body and ball skills.

His 15 catches went for 174 yards against Lake Highlands, and the sixth of the evening broke the record. With three games left in the regular season, Oliver will have an opportunity to continue to stretch his lead over Shipley, currently sitting at 274 career receptions.

Horns_bullet_mediumInjuries continue to mount for 2013 class. Call them snake bit, call them a victim of bad luck, call them the victims of the GoBR curse. However one decides to slice it, the bottom line is that the 2013 high school football season has not been kind to Texas commits.

In Week Zero, Harker Heights offensive lineman Darius James broke his foot on a play just before half, the second foot injury for him in less than a year. The next day, Cibole Steele safety Erik Huhn tore his ACL landing after a leaping interception. Your boy was in attendance at both games.

Since then, the injury parade has continued, even without my presence. Cy Woods linebacker Deondrei Davis tore his ACL recently as well, which will slow development that was supposed to be aided by his early enrollment. Elsewhere in CISD, Cy Falls wide receiver Jacorey Warrick is out for the year as well with a torn meniscus.

Up in Whitewright, quarterback Tyrone Swoopes played through a hamstring injury in the month of September before making a full recovery, but it kept him out of a game against Callisburg and contributed to the team's 0-4 start.

So, it's not just the current Longhorns who are having injury issues -- the future 'Horns are having the same problems. Best of luck to all of them with their respective recoveries.

Horns_bullet_medium2014 linebacker recruiting starting to gain shape. With 2014 recruiting already in full swing at an unusually early date for the Longhorns, there's starting to become some clarity at the position. It just may not be good clarity.

On Thursday, the most recent linebacker offered by Texas in the 2014 class, Gilmer's Josh Walker, decided to commit to Texas A&M after visiting for the LSU game last weekend. It wasn't overly surprising, as Walker grew up a fan of the Aggies and former star Von Miller, while also paying close attention to the SEC.

He had been planning on visiting Oklahoma and Texas, as he had an offer from the Sooners as well, but decided to end his recruitment instead.

A 6-1, 220-pounder who would have fit well in the spread-centric Big 12, Walker was exactly the type of linebacker that Texas should be recruiting -- fast, agile, but with enough size and striking ability to be sound against the run.

A linebacker who doesn't quite fit that mold, but is still one of the best in the state is La Porte's Hoza Scott, who has a Texas offer and a top five that includes the Longhorns, Texas A&M, LSU, Florida, Alabama. It's obviously a list heavy on SEC schools, as Scott is a big fan of the conference.

Texas managed to work their way into the mix after Scott made it on campus, but he continues to maintain that the Aggies are the leader and since he hasn't taken any visits yet this fall, there will be a small window for the 'Horns to get him on campus after his season and before he makes his decision, which is expected to come down in

By the end of December, it's conceivable, and quite possible, that Texas could lose out on two of their top linebacker targets to the Aggies before the Junior Days even happen in February.

There's some confusion about whether other linebackers have offers. 247Sports doesn't list Galena Park North Shore's Zach Whitley or Dallas Carter's Cameron Hampton as guys who have been offered, but they were both approved back during the summer and Rivals lists them as recruits who do. Certainly, both are considered top 20 prospects in the state at this time.

Wtih Walker off the board and a possible A&M pledge by Scott looming, Texas may soon have to either explore other options or get serious about recruiting Hampton and Whitley.

One possibility is Jacorey Warrick's teammate Otaro Alaka, a 6-3, 200-pounder who fits that mold that Texas needs and already holds offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Ole Miss.

Horns_bullet_mediumNo real movement on wide receiver front. The Longhorns still seem to be in a holding pattern in regards to 2013 wide receiver prospects, with the coaching staff evaluating a handful of junior college prospects, none of whom appear to be realistic possibilities right now.

Illinois star Laquon Treadwell will be on his official visit to Oklahoma this weekend and is rapidly becoming even more of a pipe dream for Texas as the days pass without an offer. Robbie Rhodes is still happily committed to Baylor. There don't appear to be any other big-time vertical threats available around the state, which is the need that Texas would like to fill. Maybe Charleston White, one of HH's Unheralded Players of the Week, but it doesn't seem like he's on the radar, though he is now getting some interest from Washington State.

It's hard to say that the coaching staff isn't doing their due diligence here, because they seem to be with the feelers being put out around the junior college ranks, there just aren't any changes in a positive direction that would suggest Texas can finish with another receiver in the class.

It's hardly a huge need, but right now the only proven deep threat on campus is junior Mike Davis, the freshmen receivers are question marks due to their inexperience, and the coaches haven't filled it in the 2013 class yet. Right now, it's looking like it won't happen.