Famed recruiting battles in Texas

January, 22, 2013
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Our crack RecruitingNation staff broke down the top 10 recruiting battleground states and looked at some memorable battles in each of them.

Texas churns out the most talent of any state in the country, and it checked in at No. 3 on their list. The state is home to 18 members of the ESPN 150 this year, down from an average of 20 a year. The state also has 40 players in the ESPN 300.

Lately, the state has been churning out running backs and defensive ends like mad, and we've seen the battles take place. Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray were both big names on the recruiting trail, and the Longhorns landed both in consecutive years. Both led Texas in rushing as true freshmen.

In 2010, the Longhorns also landed the nation's No. 2 prospect, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat. He's been a huge contributor for the Longhorns, despite dealing with pectoral injuries in each of the past two seasons. Last year's No. 1 player, Mario Edwards, was also from the Dallas metroplex, but he signed on with Florida State.

Two players Texas didn't get: The last two Heisman winners. Both were famously recruited as defensive backs, but Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel both stayed in-state and won sports' best individual prize.

Who should we look out for in the future? Keep an eye out for 2014 guys like cornerback Tony Brown, defensive end Solomon Thomas, wide receiver K.D. Cannon and corner Ed Paris to be part of some major battles in 2013.

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