- Gerry Hamilton, RecruitingNation
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The Texas Longhorns, fresh off signing the nation's No. 2 class for 2010, are already focusing on the Class of 2011. The Longhorns will hold their first junior day with some of the top prospects in the state and country scheduled to attend. Among the group of approximately 20 prospects expected to attend, 19 are members of the ESPNU 150 Watch List and Texas is expected to receive between eight and 12 commitments over the weekend and the days following.
The headliners on offense are quarterback David Ash (Belton, Texas/Belton), running backs Malcolm Brown (Shertz, Texas/Cibolo Steele) and Aaron Green (San Antonio, Texas/Madison) and receivers Jaxon Shipley (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood), Trey Metoyer (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse) and Miles Onyegbule (Arlington, Texas/Arlington High).
Ash, 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, has thrown for nearly 4,500 yards and 38 touchdowns the last two seasons. Ash has offers from Houston and TCU in hand with Texas expected to offer Saturday. The Longhorns are the heavy favorite to land the right-handed quarterback.
Brown and Green are two of the top running back prospects in the country regardless of class. Brown, 6-1, 213 pounds, has more than a dozen offers with the Longhorns entering the weekend as the front-runners for his signature. Green is the younger brother of Nebraska corner Andrew Green and the son of former Baylor safety Tony Green. Nebraska, USC and Texas are at or near the top of the darting, elusive runner's list.
If Jaxson Shipley's last name on the list looks familiar, it should. He's the younger brother of Texas star receiver Jordan Shipley and the Horns are expected to gain a commitment from the 6-1, 175-pounder with 4.5-speed.
But while skill players might steal the spotlight, the Longhorns have made the offensive line the key focus of the 2011 class and are bringing in a handful of top prospects, including tackle Christian Westerman (Chandler, Arizona/Hamilton High), guard Sedrick Flowers (Houston, Texas/South Houston), guard Marcus Hutchins (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and tackle Taylor Doyle (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis).
Westerman has more than 20 offers with the Longhorns under consideration, along with Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, LSU and Arizona State.
Flowers, 6-3, 285 pounds, is an accomplished run blocker with a powerful leg drive and quick feet. He has offers from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Alabama, LSU, TCU and Houston. He played opposite Trey Hopkins the last two seasons. Hopkins, the No. 141 prospect in the 2010 ESPNU 150, inked with Texas on February 3.
A fifth offensive line prospect attending will be 6-6, 270-pound tackle Josh Cochran (Hallsville, Texas/Hallsville). Cochran, who has offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston and SMU, and Doyle are expected to commit to the Longhorns. Doyle has offers from Auburn, Texas Tech, Arizona, Baylor, Houston and Tulsa.
Texas will also host a number of talented defensive prospects, led by a strong contingent of linebackers. ESPNU 150 Watch List LBs Steve Edmond (Daingerfield, Texas/Daingerfield), Anthony Wallace (Dallas/Skyline) and Trevon Randle (League City, Texas/Clear Springs) will be in Austin along with inside linebacker Chet Moss (Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park).
Edmond is one of the fastest-rising prospects nationally with offers from Oklahoma, Auburn, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor and Houston with Tennessee expected to offer in the coming days. Texas is expected to offer the 6-3, 235-pound hard hitting, instinctive defender Saturday. Wallace has 14 offers including Florida, Miami, LSU, Notre Dame, UCLA and Tennessee to name a few. Randle, a two-time all-district selection, has offers from a number of programs such as Arizona, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA and Baylor among others.
Moss is most likely to commit this weekend. The 6-1, 220-pound downhill linebacker with 4.62-speed has offers from SMU and Rice.
But the Horns are bring in more than just top linebackers. 2011 Under Armour All-American DE Nathan Hughes (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) has double-digit offers as does Cedric Reed (Cleveland, Texas/Cleveland). Reed will likely receive looks at end and tackle on the next level with a quickly developing 6-5, 252-pound frame.
Defensive tackles Desmond Jackson (Spring, Texas/Westfield) features a ultra quick first step and a non-stop motor with relentless pursuit to the football, while and Marquis Anderson (Schertz, Texas/Cibolo Steele) has offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, among others.
Another position of need in the Class of 2011 for Texas is cornerback and Leroy Scott (Houston, Texas/South Houston) is one of the top corner/nickel prospects in the country. He has been a starter since his freshman year with body development well beyond his years. Scott has offers from LSU, USC, TCU, Baylor and Houston. The Longhorns are heavy favorites to land the hard-hitting defensive back.
Sheroid Evans (Stafford, Texas/Dulles) will be the fastest prospect in Austin Saturday. The 6-foot, 185-pound safety that will receive looks at corner has already recorded a 21.3 200-meter time at an indoor meet at Texas A&M recently. He is expected to break 21.0 this spring and make a return trip to the state meet. USC offered Evans on Thursday.
Gerry Hamilton has covered recruiting in Texas and the Southwest for more than a decade. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The Texas Longhorns, fresh off signing the nation's No. 2 class for 2010, could get a big start of its Class of 2011 with its junior day this weekend, writes Gerry Hamilton.