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Texas Longhorns recruiting: Tracking upcoming visits

Prospects from Florida who received offers in mid October are starting to make visit plans.

Ronald Martinez

The rash of injuries and attrition for the Texas Longhorns has showcased the team's lack of depth, putting an increased emphasis on a strong finish to the 2015 recruiting class.

To that end, which prospects will the Longhorns have on campus in the near future? The last several days have resulted in some important plans being made.

After sending out a host of offers to prospects in Florida several weeks ago, the coaches have been working to get as many of those prospects on campus as possible.

One of the more highly-ranked players to pick up a Texas offer during that stretch was Miami (Fla.) Westminster Christian athlete Tim Irvin, who could play defensive back in college or could find himself in a role as an all-purpose back.

After visits to Florida and Miami, the two perceived favorites at this time, Irvin will visit Morgantown this weekend to see West Virginia when the Moutanineers host TCU.

He also has an official visit scheduled to Texas for November 8th, when the Mountaineers travel to Austin for the second time ever, according to his 247Sports profile page.

One question surrounding his recruitment by the Longhorns is where the coaches seen him. At the time of his offer, it was reported that Texas wants him as a defensive back, but given the dearth of playmakers offensively and especially the lack of a running back/wide receiver hybrid to eventually replace junior Daje Johnson, it might make sense to afford Irvin the chance to play on either side of the ball.

Since some schools are giving him that opportunity, the staff at Texas could be reducing the odds of landing his services by pegging him as a defensive back only.

Texas has been thought to have a chance with Miami (Fla.) Killian cornerback Shedlrick Redwine, a former West Virginia commit who took an official visit earlier this month to Minnesota. There have already been two projections in the 247Sports Crystal Ball that Redwine will end up in burnt orange -- one from a 247Sports Minnesota contributor and one from a 247Sports South Florida contributor.

Redwine told Orangebloods that he plans on making a trip to Texas, but he has not yet set a firm date for those plans.

Louisville is currently considered the leader for his services, having received four of the six predictions in Redwine's Crystal Ball to this point.

The other Florida prospect planning a visit to Texas at this time is Pompano Beach Monarch's Ronnie Hoggins, the lowest-rated recruit among the offers that went out. The 5'9, 155-pound consensus three-star prospect is planning a December trip to Austin and the Longhorns have already surged to the perceived lead in his recruitment, currently holding 69% of the projections in his Crystal Ball.

There has also been some less than ideal news emerge in the last several days, as East Mississippi CC offensive tackle Brandon Hodges had to cancel his official visit that was scheduled for the West Virginia game. He's excepted to reschedule and one date to watch is December 6, the same weekend that Michigan tight end commit Chris Clark will visit.

The first step after extending the offers was to start getting some of the prospects on campus. And while Hoggins and Redwine looked like strong possibilities to take official visits to Austin, the odds of getting a guy like Irvin on campus were less likely.

Now, assuming all the visits do happen, it will be about the staff closing on prospects who will probably only visit campus once before National Signing Day in February.