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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Luginbill: Texas gets a home run threat

By Tom Luginbill

Brothers Armanti and D'Onta Foreman of Texas City, Texas, committed Thursday evening to sign with the Longhorns.

Here's how our scouts think Armanti, an ESPN 300 talent, will perform in Austin:

What he brings: Speed and explosiveness in all three phases of the passing game. This is something the Texas offense has been lacking to some degree -- a home run threat with the ball in his hands. He could serve many roles, including that of a Wildcat quarterback and return specialist. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands and is an excellent space player.

How he fits: Versatility is the key word here. From an athleticism standpoint, he could be a guy that lines up just about anywhere -- almost like Tavon Austin did at West Virginia. Certainly a guy to contend with as a return specialist early. On the outside, he isn’t a physical presence that gives you much in the red zone or on the jump ball. Could become a utility weapon in spread sets.

Reminds us of: A bigger Marquis Goodwin, only more polished as true receiver. He might not be quite as fast as Goodwin (few are), but he is just as explosive, has better hands and might be a more well-rounded player.

History at position: It has been hit and miss for the Texas Longhorns. For every Jordan and Jaxon Shipley or Mike Davis, there have been plenty of big, physical receivers Texas has signed who couldn't run or separate and never amounted to much. The Longhorns have had few jets in their receiving corps, so this is a nice get.

How the class is shaping up: It has been your typical fast start for the Longhorns, although at this point there are not as many highly graded guys as in past years. The fourth-ranked class certainly has its fair share of quality prospects, but only two in the ESPN 150 at this time.