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Texas Longhorns bombard Florida with offers to seven defensive backs

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The Horns got serious about recruiting in the Sunshine State.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns have commitments from three likely safeties in the 2015 recruiting class and are in hot pursuit of more prospects for the secondary, extending seven offers on Tuesday.

How quickly did it all go down? The offers all went out within an hour of each other.

Here's the list, in order of ranking:

  • Shawn Burgess-Becker, Pompano Beach Monarch safety -- The 6'1, 185-pounder has been committed to Alabama since April. A four-star prospect and top-10 athlete nationally, Burgess-Becker has taken visits since his pledge to the Crimson Tide.
  • Tim Irvin, Miami Westminster Christian athlete -- At 5-9 and 180 pounds, Irvin is on the small side for a defensive back offer for head coach Charlie Strong, but that's apparently where the Horns want the consensus four-star prospect. He's considered a heavy Miami lean, but Florida is also in the mix and he has an official visit scheduled to Georgie for November.
  • Jaquan Johnson, Miami Killian safety -- Like Irvin, Johnson is also a smaller defensive back at 5'10 and 180 pounds. The problem is that he's been committed to Miami since August and does not appear to have any other visit scheduled at this time.
  • Davante Davis, Homestead Booker T Washington cornerback -- Davis is ranked as a cornerback, but has the build of a safety at 6'3 and 200 pounds. With a near four-star grade of 89 from 247Sports, Davis is just visited Florida and will trip to Florida State this week. Miami leads for him in the Crystal Ball, but there's an odd lack of both consensus and picks for him -- the Hurricans have 57% of his projections, but there are only seven predictions overall.
  • Carlton Davis, Miami Norland cornerback -- A big prospect at 6'1 and 182 pounds who could end up at safety, Davis is a consensus three-star prospect committed to Ohio State, though Miami was considered the favorite before his pledge.
  • Sheldrick Redwine, Miami Killian defensive back -- The lower-rated teammate of Johnson goes 6'1 and 183 pounds and is a mid three-star prospect thought to be a Louisville lock. He just visited Minnesota and has the profile of a guy Texas could steal with only one visit.
  • Ronnie Hoggins, Pompano Beach Monarch cornerback -- Another smallish cornerback at 5'10 and 165 pounds (Rivals lists him at 5'8), Hoggins recorded nine interceptions in the first four games of his senior season. Louisville, TCU, and Wisconsin are his only other big Power 5 offers and he appears to have put off a planned July announcement to one of those schools, then told Rivals Akron was his leader in August. Since the offer, Texas has taken a lead in his Crystal Ball with 57% of the predictions.

On the whole, it's hard not to see al these offers as an official death knell for at least one in-state recruitment at defensive back.

Five-star Fort Bend Marshall cornerback Kendell Sheffield has been to Ohio State and Texas A&M so far this fall and plans on visiting Florida State this weekend. At this time, it doesn't appear as if a visit to Texas is in the works -- even if a school manages to displace Texas A&M, the perceived leaders, it's probably not going to be Texas.

The news is better with Houston Lamar cornerback Holton Hill, as the Horns still lead in his Crystal Ball. Given the lack of recent predictions, though, some analysts are probably waiting for his next several visits to unfold. A trip to College Station went down last weekend, which may be good for Texas considering the current state of the defense in Aggieland, but the Horns need to get him on campus for that official visit.

The same is true for Gilmer's Kris Boyd, who may be an Aggie lean at this point with Texas A&M dominating his Crystal Ball and having received three visits from the athletic cornerback since early August. All of that suggests that the Horns are working from behind at the moment with him.

So it appears that in the state Texas is still in a good spot with Hill, less so with Boyd, and out with Sheffield pending any important fall visits.

if the new prospects offered had been closer to Texas and offered during the summer, going after two sets of teammates could have paid off in tandem, tag-along visits from the higher-rated prospects, but since the trips would almost certainly be official visits, there's no added value there at the moment.

In looking at the seven offers, the industry thinks that there's a surging chance to Hoggins. Of the other six offers, though, Redwine looks the most likely to visit Texas and possibly commit at some point. Even a visit seems relatively unlikely from the others and probably wouldn't be enough given the competition level and late stage of the recruiting process.

At a time when Texas is working hard not to lose wide receiver commit John Burt of Tallahassee Lincoln to Auburn, can Strong and his staff use their ties to the Sunshine State to land a needed defensive back or two?