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Review of Expected Longhorn Football Recruits

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With just hours, I mean minutes, left until Signing Day, let’s take a quick look at the list of those expected to join the 2009 Recruiting Class for the Longhorns.

Tariq Allen, LB
Irving High School, Irving, Texas
Enrolled for spring semester

Big strong kid with surprising speed. Allen will fit in well with Muschamp’s blitz packages.

FBO: 2009 Under Armour All-American Game JAN 4

Thomas Ashcraft, OL
Ceder Hill High School, Cedar Hill, Texas
Enrolled for spring semester

Big, strong, and fast enough to contribute on the O-line immediately, a year or two under Maddog’s care will turn Ashcraft into a monster.

Eryon Barnett, CB
Trinity High School, Euless, Texas
Signed

The size of a safety with the speed of a cornerback. If he can learn to turn his body with the receiver he could shutdown his side of the field.

Marcus Davis, DB
Clear Creek High School, League City, Texas
Enrolled for spring semester

Another corner back built like a safety, Davis is great in zone coverage, but has shown some weakness in man-to-man. Do your magic, Akina.

Garrett Gilbert

Garrett Gilbert, QB
Lake Travis High School, Lake Travis, Texas
Signed

Already anointed by many as the next great quarterback at Texas, Gilbert may have the talent to deliver. He certainly learned how to win at Lake Travis. Can he put it all together and lead the team?

Marquise Goodwin, WR
Rowlett High School, Rowlett, Texas
Signed track scholarship

A track star that will have to decide between football and track in the near future. Size may be a concern in football.

Trey Graham, TE
Midway High School, Hewitt, Texas
Signed

A bit of a project, but Graham has the potential to be the first true tight end Texas has fielded in a couple of seasons.

PREP FOOTBALL: DEC 29 U.S. Army All-American Bowl West Team Practice

Calvin Howell, DT
Warren High School, San Antonio, Texas
Signed

Howell is going to give opposing quarterbacks nightmares. Big, fast, and incredibly athletic, he will draw many a double team.

Derek Johnson, DT
Hoxie High School, Hoxie, Arkansas
Signed

Johnson already has the size and strength to play at the college level. He does need some work on the hand- and footwork.

Dominique Jones, DE
Kilgore High School, Kilgore, Texas
Enrolled for spring semester

A lightly redshirt, Jones has a lot to learn, but has considerable upside.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: JAN 04 Under Armor HS All-America game

Paden Kelley, OL
Lake Travis High School, Lake Travis, Texas
Signed

Big and fast, and already knows how to block for our future quarterback. Has the hair of a wannabe rock star.

Kyle Kriegel, DE
Elysian Fields High School, Elysian Fields, Texas
Enrolled for spring semester

A real project that will need to put significant effort in on the practice field and in the weight room if he hopes to crack the two deep.

Barrett Matthews, TE
North Shore High School, Galena Park, Texas
Signed

May split time between tight end and h-back.

Tevin Mims, DE
Stony Point High School, Round Rock, Texas
Signed

With some effort in the weight room, Mims may convert to defensive tackle, which would likely provide him with more playing time.

Patrick Nkwopara, OLB
South Grand Prairie High School, Grand Prairie, Texas
Signed

Undersized but over-quicked for a linebacker, Nkwopara may help Muschamp break down the spread offenses of the Big 12 Conference. Before he’s done at Texas, we’ll all know how to pronounce his name properly.

PREP FOOTBALL: DEC 29 U.S. Army All-American Bowl West Team Practice

Alex Okafor, DE
Pflugerville High School, Pflugerville, Texas
Enrolled for spring semester

Okafor is the heir apparent to Orakpo. Those are mighty big shoes to fill, but he may be able to do it.

Garrett Porter, OL
Permian High School, Odessa, Texas
Signed

Huge, strong, and fairly athletic, Porter may compete for playing time from the start.

Greg Timmons, WR
Aldine Eisenhower High School, Houston, Texas
Signed

The best hands that Texas had brought onto campus in a couple of seasons. The best high top fade that Texas has brought onto campus in quite a bit longer than that.

Kenny Vaccaro, S
Brownwood High School, Brownwood, Texas
Enrolled for spring semester

Although sometimes guilty of over-pursuit, Vaccaro has the skills to continue the long line of great Texas safeties.

Mason Walters, OT
Frenship High School, Wolfforth, Texas
Enrolled for spring semester

While large enough to play tackle at the college level, Walters has the quickness and athletic ability to play center.

PREP FOOTBALL: JAN 03 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Chris Whaley, ATH
Madisonville High School, Madisonville, Texas
Signed

His size makes many think he won’t stay at running back, but I’d sure love to see a strong, fast running back at Texas again. It’s been a long time. C’mon, Greg Davis! All the other schools get to have productive tailbacks. Why can’t we?

I’ll update this page as details on signatures come in tomorrow.

Update #1: Edited to reflect those already on campus, and those that have sent in their paperwork today.

Update #2: All signatures that were expected to come in, did come in. Now we’re just waiting on our two potential bluebirds, Dre Kirkpatrick and Jarvis Jones.

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