Big 12: Sedrick Flowers

Depth chart analysis: Texas

May, 1, 2014
May 1
Over the next two weeks, we’ll be analyzing the depth charts of every Big 12 team coming out of the spring, continuing Thursday with Texas. New coach Charlie Strong has yet to release an official depth chart, so this is only a projection:

OFFENSE (projected starter in bold)

QB: David Ash (Jr.), Tyrone Swoopes (So.)

David Ash
Max Olson/ESPNDavid Ash (left) and Tyrone Swoopes did little to answer Texas' QB questions this spring.
Texas had reason for optimism entering the spring when Ash returned with two years of eligibility and no signs of post-concussion issues. The foot fracture he suffered in April will sideline him for several months, and Strong hopes to have him back sometime in July. Swoopes showed flashes in the spring game. This group will look a lot better in June when Jerrod Heard enrolls, and Texas is still waiting on a decision from ex-USC QB Max Wittek.

RB: Malcolm Brown (Sr.), Johnathan Gray (Jr.), Joe Bergeron (Sr.), Jalen Overstreet (So.)

This group could end up being one of the Big 12’s best this fall, but there’s still work to be done this summer. Gray is still recovering from a torn Achilles but should be cleared in time for the season opener. When he’s back, he could be one of the conference’s most versatile rushers. Bergeron was held out of the end of spring practice to work on academics but is expected to rejoin the team this summer. Brown is in the best shape of his career and will be the workhorse as a senior. Overstreet thrived on outside runs in the spring game and could become a factor in the fall. Texas adds three freshmen to the mix this summer.

WR: Jaxon Shipley (Sr.), Daje Johnson (Jr.)

WR: Marcus Johnson (Jr.), Jacorey Warrick (RFr.), Jake Oliver (RFr.)

WR: Kendall Sanders (Jr.), Montrel Meander (RFr.), John Harris (Sr.)

TE: Geoff Swaim (Sr.), M.J. McFarland (Jr.), Blake Whiteley (So.)

The trio of Shipley, Marcus Johnson and Sanders received strong praise from Texas coaches this spring. Marcus Johnson and Sanders are both big-play threats and Shipley will be a four-year starter who’s one of the league’s best possession receivers. After disciplinary issues in his first two years, Daje Johnson is doing everything asked of him and will get the ball in a variety of ways. The depth behind them is young, with three second-year wideouts and five incoming freshmen fighting for playing time. Texas might not have a game-changing tight end, but Swaim had a great spring, McFarland reemerged as a pass-catching threat and Greg Daniels, who missed the spring, can set the edge as a blocker.

LT: Desmond Harrison (Sr.), Darius James (RFr.)

LG: Sedrick Flowers (Jr.), Alex Anderson (Fr.)

C: Dominic Espinosa (Sr.), Jake Raulerson (RFr.)

RG: Taylor Doyle (Jr.), Rami Hammad (RFr.)

RT: Kennedy Estelle (Jr.), Kent Perkins (So.)

After having one of the nation’s most experienced lines in 2013, Texas could roll with two seniors and three juniors this fall. There still could be lots of changes to this lineup, but Espinosa is a lock to start and the left side of the line is fairly established too. The 6-foot-8 Harrison disappointed last year but showed his potential this spring. Doyle was the surprise of the spring after playing in only two career games, but he still has to hold off Hammad, who has big potential. Curtis Riser could also be in the mix at guard, and Perkins -- who missed the end of spring ball with a knee injury -- is good enough to play anywhere on the line after working at guard this spring.

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John Albright/Icon SMIShiro Davis looks to have found a spot on Texas' starting defensive line.

DE: Cedric Reed (Sr.), Caleb Bluiett (So.)

DT: Malcom Brown (Jr.), Alex Norman (So.)

DT: Desmond Jackson (Sr.), Hassan Ridgeway (So.)

DE: Shiro Davis (Jr.), Bryce Cottrell (So.)

Baylor has the Big 12’s best defensive line, but Texas’ starting four could challenge for that crown this fall. Reed and Brown are two of the Longhorns’ best players. Davis emerged to take over for Jackson Jeffcoat. The depth behind them is young and inexperienced, especially at defensive tackle, but Bluiett and Ridgeway should play prominent roles. Don’t be surprised if true freshmen Poona Ford and Derick Roberson enter the rotation right away, and Ford will need to fortify the depth up the middle.

OLB: Jordan Hicks (Sr.), Timothy Cole (So.), Demarco Cobbs (Sr.)

MLB: Steve Edmond (Sr.), Dalton Santos (Jr.)

OLB: Peter Jinkens (Jr.), Naashon Hughes (RFr.)

With nearly all of Texas’ veteran linebackers dealing with injuries this spring, there’s still plenty of uncertainty about this group. Edmond made a big impression on the new staff and his teammates and should hold down the middle with help from Santos. Hicks is expected to be healthy in June and is hungry to make up for two lost seasons. Cole made the most of his opportunities this spring and worked with the first team defense, while Cobbs was a spring game revelation after missing the entire 2013 season with knee issues. Jinkens and Hughes showed they can be dangerous as pass rushers off the edge. Kendall Thompson and Tevin Jackson will provide depth when they get healthy.

CB: Quandre Diggs (Sr.), Bryson Echols (So.)

CB: Duke Thomas (Jr.), Sheroid Evans (Sr.), Antwuan Davis (RFr.)

S: Mykkele Thompson (Sr.), Adrian Colbert (So.)

S: Josh Turner (Sr.), Chevoski Collins (RFr.)

Seems like these starting jobs are fairly locked in coming out of spring ball. Diggs and Thomas are clearly the best option at cornerback. Behind them, the trio of Evans, Davis and Echols has big potential. Evans is coming back from a torn ACL and missed the spring, giving the two younger DBs an opportunity to get a lot of second-team reps. There’s confidence in the play of Thompson and Turner so far, though they’ve had up-and-down careers thus far. Colbert and Collins are very young but will get their chances this fall. Texas brings in four freshmen this summer and several could make an early impact.
Texas entered the 2013 season with one of the nation's most experienced offensive lines. That's no longer the case going into spring ball, though the Longhorns did add one of the nation's most respected offensive line coaches this offseason.

How's he going to put this group together? A look at the battle to replace four former starters:

Departed: Left guard Trey Hopkins (42 career starts), right guard Mason Walters (51) and left tackle Donald Hawkins (23) are graduating, and former starting right tackle Josh Cochran elected to end his playing career due to a recurring shoulder injury. The junior had started 23 of his 30 career games. Backup center Garrett Porter also graduates. Walters’ 51-game start streak tied for longest in the nation among lineman at the end of 2013.

Spring contenders: OT Kennedy Estelle, OT Desmond Harrison, OT Kent Perkins, OT Garrett Greenlea, OT Camrhon Hughes, OG Sedrick Flowers, OG Curtis Riser, OG Rami Hammad, OG Darius James, OG Taylor Doyle, OG Alex Anderson, C Dominic Espinosa, C Jake Raulerson

Summer contenders: C Terrell Cuney, OT Elijah Rodriguez

The skinny: Yep, that’s a crowded field. Lot of big bodies, not a lot of experience among them.

Espinosa is the elder statesman of the group, having started all 39 games of his career. He and Harrison are the only seniors of this group, and Harrison hasn’t played meaningful minutes yet.

We don’t know what many of these linemen are capable of entering spring ball because so few have seen the field, but the bar has been set high for the members of Texas’ 2013 signing class. Former Texas coach Mack Brown considered that group -- Harrison, Perkins, Hammad, James and Raulerson -- the best offensive line class he had ever signed.

Will new offensive line coach and OC Joe Wickline agree? He recruited several of his new pupils during his days at Oklahoma State, but he has no reason to stick to the plan laid out by the previous staff. If the younger linemen beat out the veterans, they’ll play.

The best of the bunch, at least based on 2013 performances, could be Estelle and Perkins. Estelle, a junior, started eight games in place of Cochran and had some promising moments. Perkins was too good to redshirt as a true freshman. Harrison is the wild card of the group and has been an enigma during his time in burnt orange.

As for the guards, Flowers had the full respect of Walters and Hopkins and is finally getting his chance. The highly-touted James redshirted as a freshman, as did Hammad. They’ll battle Riser this spring. Anderson, an early enrollee from New Orleans, could challenge them as well.

That’s how it looks on paper, but keep this in mind: Wickline isn’t afraid to move linemen around and cross-train them at other positions. That preparation paid off for several of his Cowboy linemen over the years. The way this group looks today could be very different come August.

Prediction: Expect movement and possibly a few surprises. It’s all up to Wickline and who makes an impression on him in spring ball. The safest bets to start are probably Espinosa, Estelle and Flowers. Don’t be surprised if James or Hammad win out for the other guard spot, and for Perkins to take a lead over Harrison exiting spring ball. These second-year linemen are legit.
2012 record: 9-4
2012 conference record: 5-4 (third in the Big 12)
Returning starters: Offense: 10; defense: 9; kicker/punter: 1

Top returners: QB David Ash, RB Johnathan Gray, WR Mike Davis, WR Jaxon Shipley, LT Donald Hawkins, RT Josh Cochran, G Mason Walters, DE Jackson Jeffcoat, LB Jordan Hicks, CB Quandre Diggs, CB Carrington Byndom

Key losses: P Alex King, S Kenny Vaccaro, DE Alex Okafor, WR Marquise Goodwin

2012 statistical leaders (*returners)

Rushing: Johnathan Gray* (701 yards)
Passing: David Ash* (2,699 yards)
Receiving: Mike Davis* (939 yards)
Tackles: Kenny Vaccaro (107)
Sacks: Alex Okafor (12.5)
Interceptions: Quandre Diggs* (4)

Spring answers:

1. Under center: Texas has finally ended all the debate about its quarterback situation and settled on David Ash. While Ash has yet to be stellar in his first two years at Texas, the junior has steadily improved -- he was top 25 in pass efficiency rating in 2012 -- and has won the trust of new quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite. Applewhite believes Ash is the quarterback best suited to run the new up-tempo, spread attack.

2. Loaded at linebacker: One year after being the worst tackling team in the Big 12, Texas went into the spring looking to shore up its linebacker position. And it had plenty of options. Texas has seven linebackers who have started at least one game. Included in that group is Jordan Hicks, who is back after missing 10 games last year because of a hip injury. Hicks will team with true sophomores, Dalton Santos and Peter Jinkens for what should be a much faster and aggressive unit in 2013.

3. Along the lines: While there were a sprinkling of injuries along the offensive line this spring (Josh Cochran and Trey Hopkins), Texas appears to have finally solved the depth riddle at that position. Tackle Kennedy Estelle was able to get quality snaps and should prove to be a solid backup and Sedrick Flowers finally emerged as an option at guard. While Texas returns all five starter from a year ago along the line, the Longhorns know that in the new up-tempo offense it will have to lean heavily on these backups.

Fall questions

1. Speed thrills: Texas wants to move the ball fast. So fast that the offensive players were even taught how to quickly get the ball back to the official so that they could put it down and Texas could line up and run the next play. But Texas only decided it wanted to play this way in mid-December when there was a change in playcallers from Bryan Harsin to Applewhite. So Texas has only had a handful of practices to get up to speed. With a schedule that has Texas at BYU for the second game of the season there doesn’t appear to be much time to get things perfected.

2. Safety dance: Texas’ defense was the worst in school history and that was largely due to the play of the back seven on defense. And now the best player in that back seven, Kenny Vaccaro, is gone. He was a first-round draft pick. That has left Texas wondering who will step up and make some stop at the safety position. Adrian Phillips takes over for Vaccaro, but he was inconsistent last season. The coaches blamed a shoulder injury and the fact he missed the spring. Mykkele Thompson and Josh Turner also missed their share of tackles but both are being called on to be possible starters.

3. Receiving praise: Texas has not had a 1,000-yard receiver since Jordan Shipley in 2009. Mike Davis had 939 yards last year and appears poised to break the 1,000-yard mark this season. But to do that he will need help. And right now there are some questions as to where that help will come from. Texas wants to go with four wide receivers but two of the four players expected to fill those roles -- Cayleb Jones and Kendall Sanders -- are currently suspended because of legal issues. Both will probably be back. But even then, Texas is very thin at wide receiver and needs some other players to step up to help take the double teams away from Davis.

Roundup: Red River, Garrett Gilbert lands

April, 2, 2012
Here's a couple snippets you missed over the weekend.

Texas, Oklahoma want Cotton Bowl upgrades for Red River

The Red River Rivalry's annual home in the Cotton Bowl needs major upgrades if the game is going to stay there, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News.

A deal to keep the game at the State Fair of Texas through 2020 could be hammered out soon, but improvements must be made if it's going to be signed.

To make those, City Hall would need to take on $25.5 million more debt that would renovate the stadium fašade of the Cotton Bowl, modernize the press box, add club seating and more.

From my perspective, all three of those are badly needed. The newly enclosed bowl looks great and provides room for nearly six-figure crowds, but the outside looks metallic and unappealing.

Those changes may or may not happen, but even if Dallas stands its ground, it has the leverage here. If Texas or Oklahoma tried to move the game out of the fair, it'd have a big issue on its hands, and neither administration wants to move the game to campus sites or Cowboys Stadium.

The upgrades are needed, but don't be surprised if all the upgrades don't happen.

Good news for former Longhorn Gilbert

Former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert's career in Austin came to an end with boos in a first-half benching against BYU last season. After shoulder surgery, however, he'll be ready to go for 2012 at his new home in Dallas.

Gilbert announced plans this winter to transfer to SMU, and was given an injury waiver by the NCAA, meaning he didn't lose a year of eligibility in 2011, when he played less than two games before being benched and undergoing surgery.

He'll compete for a starting job next fall after finishing his undergraduate degree in May, and have two remaining years of eligibility when he gets to campus in Dallas.

"It's great for Garrett that he did a tremendous job for us, and sorry it didn't work out where he wanted to stay, but we wish him good luck and really glad that he's a Texas grad or will be a Texas grad this summer and wish him well at SMU," coach Mack Brown said.

Great news for a good guy whose career just hasn't gone like most predicted. He showed so much promise in the 2010 national title game in relief of Colt McCoy, but in the following season, was one of several reasons for the Longhorns' fall to 5-7. For whatever reason, it didn't work out in Austin, but it's nice to see he'll get a fresh start as a Mustang.

Texas offensive lineman Sedrick Flowers was also granted an injury waiver.

Looking back on the 2011 ESPNU 150

December, 9, 2011
It's always fun to keep track of the ESPNU 150, the list of the nation's top recruits. Last year, we took a look back at what each had done before the 2011 season, and now, with a year under their belts, here's how the 2011 ESPNU 150 did in their first year on campus, courtesy of ESPN Recruiting.

Also, here's how the last few years of Big 12 ESPNU 150 recruits shaped up:

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Ray Carlin/Icon SMITexas' Malcolm Brown rushed for 707 yards in nine games as a freshman.
No. 7: Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas: Brown led the Longhorns in rushing with 707 yards despite playing in just nine games because of various injuries. Brown averaged 4.4 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. Clearly, Brown showed he can be a go-to tailback at Texas, but he'll need to get bigger and stronger to withstand a full season in the Big 12. Knee and toe injuries affected his productivity late in the season.

No. 21: Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas: Diggs led the Longhorns in interceptions with three and tied for the team lead in passes defended with 16. He also had 43 tackles, including four for loss, and two forced fumbles. Diggs was the Longhorns' kick returner, with 17 returns for 324 yards, and returned 8 punts for 181 yards and a 22.6-yard average "You just keep adding more and more [to Diggs' responsibilities], and he seems to be handling it all," secondary coach Duane Akina told the Austin Statesman. "All of this is on top of him being a very productive defensive player in a very explosive offensive conference."

No. 31: Desmond Jackson, DT, Texas: Jackson was originally planning to redshirt in order to add some size to his 6-foot-1, 280-pound frame but ended up playing in all 11 games. Jackson had a big fall camp and was able to get into the rotation at tackle, although he was never able to crack the starting lineup. He finished the year with eight tackles and a sack and is expected to compete for a starting job next fall.

No. 35: Brandon Williams, RB, Oklahoma: Williams was able to graduate high school early and enrolled at OU in time for spring ball. His playing time increased each game this year and he finished the year with 46 carries for 219 yards, averaging almost 5 yards a carry. He had his breakout game against Iowa State, rushing 11 times for 80 yards.

No. 51: Trey Metoyer, WR, Oklahoma: Metoyer, who committed to Oklahoma, was declared academically ineligible for the 2011 season and played at Hargrave Military Academy this fall.

No. 55: Steve Edmond, LB, Texas: Playing in 10 games, Edmond was an ace on Texas' special teams. He made five tackles on the unit, which was fourth on the team. He also forced a fumble and had two tackles for loss this season for the Longhorns.

No. 64: Danzel Williams, ATH, Oklahoma: Ranked as an athlete, Williams is at Oklahoma playing running back, a position the Sooners have always stockpiled with talent. Fellow freshman back Brandon Williams did see some time this season for the Sooners, so Danzel Williams will be a little behind the eight ball, as the Sooners aren't scheduled to lose any of their backs going into next season.

No. 87: Josh Turner, ATH, Texas: Turner was recruited as an athlete, and he has found a home as a defensive back and special teams contributor. As a gunner, Turner has blocked a punt, which was returned for a touchdown, and has six tackles and a fumble recovery.

No. 93: Sedrick Flowers, OL, Texas: Flowers has played in three games for the Longhorns, and he is expected to compete for a starting job next season. It won't be easy, though, as Texas will lose only three of its 18 linemen to graduation at the end of the year.

No. 101: Nathan Hughes, DE, Oklahoma: Hughes redshirted for the Sooners.

No. 103: Jordan Wade, DT, Oklahoma: Wade was academically cleared in October and will be in Norman, Okla., in January.

No. 119: Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma: Phillips, who wasn't cleared to play until just before the start of the season, redshirted this year.

No. 124: Herschel Sims, RB, Oklahoma State: Sims played in eight games, and finished as the Cowboys' third-leading rusher with 242 yards and two touchdowns. He was also a standout on special teams.

No. 133: Leroy Scott, CB, Texas: Scott played in eight games, mostly special teams, and had 10 tackles and a blocked punt.

ESPNU 150: Looking back and forward

June, 9, 2011
Yesterday, we offered a first look at the ESPNU 150 for 2012, but fans will have to wait eight months to see those players officially become future players, and over a year before any of them take the field.

But the wait will only be a couple of more months for the top recruits in the 2011 class. We took a brief look at this group on signing day to cap our review of the ESPNU 150's history, but a few have made headlines even since signing.

Since you won't have to wait long to see these guys, here's where each sits as they begin summer workouts at their respective campuses:

Texas (Seven signees)
  • No. 7: Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas -- The incessant hype has increased the intrigue for Brown, but we'll see what kind of impact he can make when he joins the Longhorns this fall.
  • No. 21: Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas -- Diggs, the younger brother of NFL corner Quentin Jammer, made a big impact this spring with his instincts, and it wouldn't surprise anyone if he opened 2011 as a starter.
  • No. 31: Desmond Jackson, DT, Texas -- The Longhorns are well stocked on the defensive line, but Jackson joins the team this fall.
  • No. 55: Steve Edmond, LB, Texas -- Edmond will have a chance to learn from two good ones this year: Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho, both leaders on Texas' team.
  • No. 87: Josh Turner, ATH, Texas -- One of the top players in Oklahoma, Turner kept his future position coach, Duane Akina, who came back to Texas after taking a job at Arizona this offseason.
  • No. 93: Sedrick Flowers, OG, Texas -- Flowers, meanwhile, will have a new coach in Stacy Searels when he arrives to campus. The Longhorns' coaching shake-up cost them just one commit, OT Christian Westerman, an Arizona native who signed with Auburn.
  • No. 133: Leroy Scott, CB, Texas -- Like Turner, Scott will try to become the next great at Texas, where Akina has turned the program into DBU.
Oklahoma (six signees)
  • No. 35: Brandon Williams, RB, Oklahoma -- Williams was the nation's No. 5 running back, and turned heads after he enrolled early this spring. He's already a likely contributor in the Sooners' rotation, alongside Roy Finch and Brennan Clay.
  • No. 51: Trey Metoyer, WR, Oklahoma -- Metoyer hasn't officially qualified yet, but could add more depth to Oklahoma's receiving corps, among the best in the nation.
  • No. 64: Danzel Williams, ATH, Oklahoma -- Williams is expected to play running back when he starts camp this fall.
  • No. 101: Nathan Hughes, DE, Oklahoma
  • No. 103: Jordan Wade, DT, Oklahoma
  • No. 119: Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma -- Hughes, Wade and Phillips should give Oklahoma some solid depth on the defensive line in the future.
Oklahoma State (one signee)

  • No. 124: Herschel Sims, RB, Oklahoma State -- Sims was the Cowboys' lone ESPNU 150 signee, but he'll join a crowded backfield behind Jeremy Smith and Joseph Randle when he arrives this fall.

Texas recruiting analysis

February, 3, 2011

The class

Signees: 22 (four enrolled early)

Top prospects: Running back Malcolm Brown is the big headliner, the nation's No. 2 running back and No. 7 overall prospect. Cornerback Quandre Diggs gives the Longhorns the nation's top corner and No. 21 overall prospect. Defensive tackle Desmond Jackson and linebacker Steve Edmond are also two of the nation's best at their positions. Josh Turner, Sedrick Flowers and Leroy Scott give the Longhorns seven ESPNU 150 commits.

Needs met: Texas isn't starved for talent at any position. Its biggest problem in 2010 was a lack of talent at the skill positions, so it needs to find some solutions there, be it from talent already on campus or with incoming recruits. Brown gives the Longhorns a running back with their two other backs, Fozzy Whittaker and Cody Johnson, set to be seniors in 2011. Diggs and Scott also give them depth at cornerback, where Aaron Williams, Curtis Brown and Chykie Brown left openings.

Analysis: Part of me feels bad for Malcolm Brown. There might not be another player in the country with more expectations in his first year on campus, and that's not necessarily fair. Brown seems like he's embraced them, and hasn't wavered much since committing to the Longhorns in August. Texas couldn't run the ball in 2010. Brown is expected to help them do it in 2011. I just hope fans realize that offensive lines have just a little bit to do with that, too. The Longhorns did what they usually do, and hauled in the best recruiting class in the Big 12, narrowly beating out Oklahoma. They got a nice balance of offensive and defensive talents, but most other recruits will offer depth early on in their careers. Also, I wouldn't put much stock into Texas' drop from No. 1 to No. 5 nationally in the recruiting rankings. They lost just one recruit (granted, it was their top recruit, offensive tackle Christian Westerman of Arizona, who signed with Auburn) after replacing six assistants and Texas already had 22 commits in late June. The drop was precipitated by SEC teams Alabama and Auburn and USC gaining late signees from uncommitted prospects.

ESPN recruiting grade: A

Tracking Big 12 ESPNU 150 signees: 2011

February, 2, 2011
We've taken a look the past few days at what's happened to the best recruits across the Big 12 the past four years. Here's a refresher:
And signing day has arrived, so here's who'll begin their career with plenty of hype and expectation next fall.

No. 7: Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas

No. 11: Aaron Green, RB, Nebraska

No. 21: Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas

No. 31: Desmond Jackson, DT, Texas

No. 35: Brandon Williams, RB, Oklahoma

No. 50: Jamal Turner, ATH, Nebraska (QB)

No. 51: Trey Metoyer, WR, Oklahoma

No. 55: Steve Edmond, LB, Texas

No. 64: Danzel Williams, ATH, Oklahoma

No. 87: Josh Turner, ATH, Texas

No. 93: Sedrick Flowers, OG, Texas

No. 101: Nathan Hughes, DE, Oklahoma

No. 103: Jordan Wade, DT, Oklahoma

No. 109: Charles Jackson, CB, Nebraska

No. 115: Bubba Starling, QB, Nebraska

No. 119: Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

No. 124: Herschel Sims, RB, Oklahoma State

No. 133: Leroy Scott, CB, Texas

Nobody knows how any of these players' careers will play out, but as we've seen in the past, there might be some guys from this group who never see this field, and there might be a Heisman winner. Right now, you never know.

I learned quite a bit in going over the past five years in recruiting across the Big 12, so I'll have some thoughts and observations later this week from what I saw from the ESPNU 150 from 2006-11.

Who's recruiting Texas best on offense?

November, 18, 2010
ESPN Recruiting's Billy Tucker surveyed the landscape and saw lots of talent -- on offense, specifically -- in the state of Texas. Texas is always rich recruiting soil; that's nothing new to anyone in the Big 12.

That's especially true on offense for the 2011 class. Seven of the top 20 running backs nationally hail from Texas, and most of them have already committed to Big 12 schools.

Head over to see his full take, but here's a short sampling of his comments on who's getting it done when it comes to grabbing the top of the heap in offensive talent in Texas.


"... the Longhorns could have the next great Texas running back in [Malcolm] Brown and a good supporting cast around him up front. Four-star guard Sedrick Flowers (Houston, Texas/North Shore) and fellow ESPNU 150 offensive tackle Garrett Greenlea (Klein, Texas/Klein Collins) will be clearing future holes in Austin."


"The Cornhuskers currently claim the No. 15 class, due in large part to their ability to recruit Texas for offensive players. [Running back Aaron] Green is Bo Pelini's most heralded commitment and one of the more significant pickups for the program in recent memory. He combines every-down RB qualities with breakaway speed."


The Sooners also loaded up on talented pass-catchers out of the Lone Star State. Max Stevenson (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) is a 6-foot-6, solid route-running tight end, and he is joined by three four-star receivers, including ESPNU 150 prospect Trey Metoyer (Whitehouse, Texas), a playmaker with sough-after size and speed.

Texas Tech

While they lack an ESPNU 150 prospect, the Red Raiders boast a lot of quality in-state commitments on offense with a three-star grade or higher. Two four-star running backs, Kenny Williams (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) and Bradley Marquez (Odessa, Texas), lead their in-state offensive class.

Oklahoma State

The Cowboys have commitments from the No. 1 quarterback and No. 4 RB in the state of Texas in 2011. [Running back Herschel] Sims is a quick and speedy back with great feet, and is a weapon as a pass-catcher. J.W. Walsh (Denton, Texas/John H. Guyer) is a sound, accurate passer with a quick release and a competitive nature coveted at the position.

Head over to Tucker's article for more on the top prospects in Texas and each school.

Texas, Oklahoma dominate ESPNU 150

June, 3, 2010
The 2011 ESPNU 150 was finalized this week, and four Big 12 teams have secured a handful of commits from the list.

Texas has the most of any team in the nation, with eight of the nation's top 150 recruits pledged to the Longhorns eight months before signing day.

Oklahoma has the nation's second-most, with six commits. Here's how the Big 12 stacked up.

Texas (8):
Oklahoma (6):
Nebraska (1):
Oklahoma State (1)



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