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States of strength: Texas RBs 

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When it comes to running backs, the state of Texas is loaded. Ten running backs represent the Lone Star State in the ESPN 300. Of those 10, five are committed. A total of seven running backs in the state have reported FBS commitments.

ESPN 300 RBs from the state:

No. 50 Ronald Jones II: Ranked the nation’s No. 3 running back, Jones is an explosive, game-changing back who -- as scary as it might sound -- will only get better. Jones committed to Oklahoma State on April 6 and finished his junior season with more than 2,400 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns.

LEANDER, Texas — This summer hasn't been too eventful for Katy (Texas) High School 2015 running back Rodney Anderson.

He hasn't been attending any college camps, instead focusing on getting healthy for the fall. Anderson suffered a minor knee injury in May during a Katy spring practice that kept him out of the spring game, but his recovery has been fast. He already has been cleared medically for all football activities.

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Sam Khan Jr./ESPNClass of 2015 running back Rodney Anderson recently picked up an offer from LSU.
Even so, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect decided to continue resting and was a spectator at the Texas state 7-on-7 championships, rooting on his Katy teammates, who went 3-2 in the tournament. His preparation for the fall isn't different than it has been in the past.

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The legend of Dalton Santos was the talk of Van, Texas, a couple of years ago. Santos, a former Under Armour All-American, now is making his name even bigger as a Texas Longhorns linebacker. The Santos name continues to make waves around Van, as Dalton’s younger brother makes a case for being one of the state’s top offensive linemen.

Class of 2015 offensive guard Wyatt Santos has watched his stock rise in recent weeks after an outstanding performance at the East Texas Sports Network Combine on May 19 in Tyler, Texas.


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Lessons learned: ETSN Combine 

May, 19, 2013
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TYLER, Texas -- East Texas often is considered one of the nation’s most underrated areas in finding elite talent when it comes to college football recruiting. Sunday featured the inaugural East Texas Sports Network combine, which showcased more than 100 players from East Texas.

The event took place at the Accelerate Performance Enhancement Center (APEC) training facility, which has trained professionals such as quarterback Graham Harrell, running back Kendall Hunter and pro baseball pitchers Phillip Humber and Josh Tomlin.


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TEXAS CITY, Texas -- These days, it's all smiles for ESPN 150 receiver Armanti Foreman.

Life is good for the Texas City (Texas) High School star. Offers are coming left and right. He's preparing for a banner senior season with his twin brother, 2014 running back D'Onta Foreman. He's enjoying the final weeks of his junior year of high school. On Tuesday, Armanti was sprinting past defensive backs and juking defenders out of their shorts, showing the playmaking ability that has so many colleges at his doorstep.


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Texas juco tackle hopes for more 

May, 7, 2013
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For Navarro College offensive tackle Carter Wall, the ideal scenario would be to finish his college football career in the Lone Star State.

He has at least one option to do so at the moment, but there are two programs in particular that he'd especially be interested in, if the opportunity arose.


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Zeke Riser couldn’t pass up an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream and play for Texas, even if that means paying his own way.

The former Houston starting defensive end will join the Longhorns program this summer as a walk-on with one season of eligibility.

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Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesZeke Riser, who graduated from Houston in December, started 27 games for the Cougars.
Riser started 27 career games at Houston, including nine in 2013. He recorded 38 tackles, three sacks and eight tackles for loss as a junior for the Cougars and received his release from the school in February.

A Texas spokesperson could not confirm that Riser is joining the program because he has yet to enroll in classes, but the lineman said his plans to transfer are “a done deal.”

“I’m definitely pumped up about it,” Riser said. “If nothing else, I have a lot of experience to offer, especially with those younger guys. These guys are super talented -- otherwise, they wouldn’t be at Texas -- so me having already played three years, I can bring a lot of experience to the table.”

Riser attended his first Longhorns spring practice on Saturday and plans to move to Austin, Texas, in May. He graduated from Houston in December and is taking graduate courses at UH this spring.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end is making the move because he wants to play his final season of college football closer to his family. Riser grew up in La Vernia, Texas, a town located 75 miles south of UT’s campus.

“That’s really the driving force,” Riser said. “I think I would’ve regretted it if I hadn’t at least taken the chance. It’s really going to work out best for me as a player and then after college family-wise.”

The Longhorns lose starting defensive end Alex Okafor, a potential first-round NFL Draft pick, but bring back veteran starter Jackson Jeffcoat in 2013. Riser said he hasn’t been guaranteed any playing time, but he’s serious about competing for a starting job when he joins the team.

“I wouldn’t go to any place that I wasn’t expecting to compete for a starting spot,” Riser said. “I’ve never sat on the bench in my life and I don’t plan to at Texas. I’m definitely going to be fighting for a starting spot and at the very least in the playing rotation. I’m not coming to Texas just because it’s a big name. I’m coming to Texas to play.”

Riser’s head coach at La Vernia, Bo Robinson, lettered at UT from 1989 to 1992 and is friends with former teammate and current Longhorns defensive ends coach Oscar Giles. That connection helped get the ball rolling for Riser, who’d originally looked into transferring to UTSA.

“Coach Giles is awesome,” Riser said. “Seeing the way he coaches and what he expects out of his players, I can really relate to his coaching style. We’re on the same page. I think it’s going to work out real well. I’m excited to get to work.”

Connections with Jeffcoat -- whose father, Jim, coached Riser and UH defensive linemen through 2010 -- and Texas defensive end Logan Mills, a fellow La Vernia native, made the final decision even easier for Riser.

He said he’s been told a scholarship is still a possibility if the Longhorns have any roster attrition this summer, but if that doesn’t work out Riser is fine with paying to be a Longhorn for one year.

After talking with Giles and Mack Brown on Saturday, Riser knows he’ll have plenty of catching up to do when he gets on campus. He’s confident his decision will end up being worth the risk.

“They’re expecting me to come in and play,” he said. “They told me I need to be ready as soon as I get here because I don’t have time to slow down and pick up the scheme. That’s OK with me, I know how things work. Again, I’m not going there to sit on the bench, and they’re not expecting me to.”

Rising WR Gray takes in UT practice 

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Texas’ spring practice on Friday featured multiple highlights, and 2014 wide receiver Garrett Gray (Marble Falls, Texas/Marble Falls) was one of the athletes on hand as a witness.

In fact, Gray described the practice in two words: “Very impressive.”


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Watch List LB Whitley talks junior days 

January, 30, 2013
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Texas A&M has already made significant progress at the linebacker position in its 2014 recruiting class.

With commitments in hand from ESPN Watch List prospect Hoza Scott and Gilmer (Texas) High School outside linebacker Josh Walker, the Aggies got a jump start at the position.

There's another target they have their eyes on and he was on campus for the Aggies' junior day on Sunday: Houston/North Shore inside linebacker Zac Whitley.


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TAMU remains favorite for Edwin Freeman 

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MIDLAND, Texas -- For those who had any concerns about ESPN Watch List athlete Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/Bowie) playing safety, all questions were answered Saturday afternoon.

Freeman is projected to play safety in college, but for the first time this season, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete lined up at free safety -- and it happened to be in Bowie’s biggest game of the year. Freeman, who has been playing linebacker for the Volunteers the majority of the season, was a big-time playmaker in Bowie’s 31-14 win over El Paso (Texas) Franklin.

“I thought it’d be pretty tough,” Freeman said. “When I did play safety, I used to play the other position, the Pistol. I just had to face it.”

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OU-Texas a big deal for Charles Walker 

October, 12, 2012
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Defensive tackle Charles Walker (Garland, Texas/South Garland) is one of the many college football recruiting prospects making the trip to the Cotton Bowl for Saturday’s Texas-Oklahoma showdown.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound tackle claims an offer from Oklahoma and has received some interest from Texas. Like most of the uncommitted players there, he’s hoping for Saturday to offer an idea of what he wants in a winning program.

“I’m ready to see them get after it,” Walker said. “I want to see how the offenses execute and if the defenses can be on lockdown.”

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ESPN 150 CB Smith gets 15th offer 

April, 17, 2012
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The spring has been very good to cornerback Maurice Smith (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles). He has received offers from some of the nation’s elite programs, has been invited to The Opening in July, and on Tuesday afternoon, found out he was included in the initial ESPN 150 for the Class of 2013.

Tuesday evening, the four-star cornerback picked up his 15th offer, as Houston added itself into the Smith sweepstakes. Smith said he had received interest from the Cougars for several months now, and it was exciting to receive an offer from the hometown university.

“Earlier this year, when [Texas A&M] Coach [Kevin] Sumlin was still there, I got a couple of letters from them,” Smith said of Houston. “I didn’t hear anything from them for a while after he left, but I understood because of the coaching changes.

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If you haven’t caught on yet, ESPNU Watch List defensive tackle Justin Manning is taking his time with this whole recruiting thing.
Popular opinion as to his eventual choice hasn’t changed much. But the fact that he hasn’t already chosen Oklahoma, where his brother Demarcus Granger once played, is somewhat alarming.

Manning (6-foot-2, 275 pounds) said he would already be committed to the Sooners if they would have starting recruiting him earlier than they did.

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Texas, OU, others on Huhn's list 

March, 15, 2012
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Defensive back Erik Huhn (Cibolo, Texas/Steele) is up to seven offers, and there’s a possibility two of the nation’s biggest rivals could be fighting for him when the proverbial dust settles.

Huhn has an offer from Oklahoma, but Texas is showing heavy interest. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound safety also has offers from Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, Houston, UTSA and Duke.

Huhn has been to both Texas and Oklahoma’s junior days, as well as junior days for Baylor and TCU. While he has stressed that he is wide open, Huhn said he has a lot of interest in both the Longhorns and the Sooners.

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Shreveport (La.) Evangel offensive tackle Josh Thomas has Texas at the top of his list, and let Longhorns coaches know that during his time at their junior day on Saturday.

He didn’t get an offer on Saturday, but, to his understanding, that was the case for most everyone else as well.

“[The coaches] are going to meet tomorrow morning sometime and pick whose who and go from there.” said Thomas, who stands 6-foot-7 and 335 pounds. "They are going to see if people really want to go there or not, and narrow down the list.”

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