Texas still in mix for national recruiting championship

February, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas has a late chance to claim the mythical national recruiting championship or move up in the final ESPNU national rankings with a fast finish Wednesday on National Signing Day.

The Longhorns' chances will play out Wednesday and you can follow it during a nine-hour broadcast of "ESPNU Recruiting Insider: National Signing Day," which will start at 10 a.m. ET to 7 p.m.

Lowell Galindo will host the Signing Day special along with ESPN's Scouts, Inc. national recruiting director Tom Luginbill, ESPNU college football analyst Charles Arbuckle and former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville. David Amber will anchor another news desk at the Charlotte studios tracking news and developments from across the country with two other Scouts Inc. analysts -- Bill Conley and Craig Haubert. The show will also integrate fan comments from ESPN.com and ESPNU.com and will feature a matrix graphic that will display constant updates of school recruiting classes.

The Longhorns could jump from their current spot at third in ESPNU's current rankings behind No. 1 LSU and No. 2 USC. Texas is still in play with two of the top 60 players on the recruiting list -- No. 4 national prospect cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of Gasden, Ala., and outside linebacker Jarvis Jones of Carver High School in Columbus, Ga., the 60th best prospect in the country.

Oklahoma currently ranks ninth in ESPNU's national rankings. No other Big 12 team is in the top 25.

Here are the current remaining recruiting battles involving Big 12 teams among the ESPNU's 150.

  • Kirkpatrick is considering Alabama, Texas, Florida, LSU and USC. He will make his announcement live on ESPNU.
  • Wide receiver Rueben Randle of Bastrop, La., is considering LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn and Mississippi. Randle is ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the country.
  • Jones is still weighing scholarship offers from Georgia, Texas, Florida, LSU and USC.
  • Wide receiver Byron Moore Jr. of Narbonne High School of Harbor City, Calif., is still considering Colorado, Notre Dame and USC. Moore, the No. 71 prospect in the country, will make his announcement on ESPNU.
  • Wide receiver Denard Robinson of Deerfield Beach, Fla., is considering Kansas State along with Florida, Michigan, Georgia and Rutgers.
  • Running back Eddie Lacy of Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La., is considering Oklahoma among finalists including Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and Ole Miss. Lacy is the 144th ranked prospect in the country.

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