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Who's off to a fast start

Updated: September 20, 2011, 3:50 PM ET
By Damon Sayles
Here are five teams from across the Midwest that are off to a good start for their 2013 classes.

Texas A&M Aggies
A&M is one of the few schools in the region with a small handful of committed 2013 players. DE Christian Lacouture (College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated) began the run for the Aggies after committing in January. At 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, he can be effective at defensive end and possibly outside linebacker. DB Ty Slanina (East Bernard, Texas/East Bernard) is a quick safety who looks to make the big hit. Offensively, QB Kohl Stewart (Houston, Texas/St. Pius X) has a strong arm and is capable of making excellent decisions in the pocket. He could be a starter within a couple years of being in the system. WR Jamar Gibson (Houston, Texas/Sterling) has quickness and elusiveness, and he runs crisp routes, making him a potential prime target.

Texas Longhorns
Texas doesn't have any reported 2013 commitments as of yet, but they're coming. If history repeats itself, look for the Longhorns to have an influx of talented players commit beginning in February, immediately after signing day for the 2012 class. One name to keep in mind is Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy). A versatile, 6-5, 220-pound standout, Seals-Jones can line up at quarterback, receiver or even tight end on offense, and is quick enough to be an intimidating safety or rover on defense. Another name to consider is athletic QB Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright) also is a high-end recruit for the Longhorns. Swoopes, also 6-5 and 220 pounds, has the physical attributes and overall football savvy of another former Longhorn, Vince Young.

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