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Cornell, No. 1 in 2015 class, narrows list 

November, 20, 2013
Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin Derham-Hall), the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2015, has narrowed his top list. After much deliberation, Cornell has cut the list of schools in the running down to 15.
LEANDER, Texas — After a late-June and early-July trip to the West Coast that included elite camp appearances and unofficial visits, Houston Lamar four-star safety John Bonney was back with his teammates recently for the Texas 7-on-7 state championships.

The Redskins performed well, going 3-0 in pool play in day one of Division I action, then making a run in bracket play to the quarterfinals before bowing out to eventual Division I tournament champion, Southlake (Texas) Carroll.

Bonney, a 6-foot, 182-pound prospect who has 32 offers, was glad to be back with his team. Now his focus is shifting to the start of fall practice in August and a potential decision on his college future.

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Lessons learned: Texas State 7-on-7 

July, 13, 2013
LEANDER, Texas -- The 2013 Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament saw a number of college football targets put on a show. It also saw some of the lesser-known players make a case for more publicity.

Graham (Texas) High School won the Division II (small-school) competition, while Southlake (Texas) Carroll claimed the Division I (large-school) prize. Carroll won the first 7-on-7 state tile 15 years ago in College Station, Texas.

Here are five things we learned from the state tournament:

2015 has one over former Carroll QBs

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Damon Sayles/ESPN.comClass of 2015 QB Ryan Agnew showed poise in leading Southlake Carroll's aggressive passing attack to the Division I title.
Southlake Carroll has a tradition of producing quality quarterbacks. Chase Daniel, Greg McElroy and Kyle Padron all have NFL experience, and Daniel, McElroy, Chase Wasson, Riley Dodge and incoming Texas A&M freshman Kenny Hill have won state championships. Ryan Agnew hopes to follow those footsteps.

The 2015 quarterback did something that the others hadn’t, and that’s lead Carroll to the state 7-on-7 title. Agnew connected with receivers such as Luke Timian and Keaton Duhon en route to an undefeated run in the tournament.

Agnew, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound quarterback, has early looks from Northwestern, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Ole Miss.

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UT offer a big deal for 2014 RB Anderson 

April, 18, 2013
When Texas offered Plano (Texas) West 2015 running back Soso Jamabo earlier this month, his teammate Auston Anderson assumed that meant the Longhorns were done recruiting junior backs.

Anderson was in for a pleasant surprise then when Texas co-offensive coordinator Darrell Wyatt stopped by Plano West on Wednesday with the hopes of seeing him.

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ESPN Watch List safety John Bonney hasn't had a break since football two-a-days started last August, and he likely isn't getting one in the near future.

First, Bonney went through football season and helped his Houston Lamar teammates on a magical 16-week run to the Texas Class 5A Division I state championship game. Then he quickly shifted to the hardwood, where he played basketball for the Redskins. And now, Bonney is busy on the track, sprinting with his teammates -- several of whom also played football with him.

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DE Jarrett Johnson talks TAMU, UT 

March, 8, 2013
KATY, Texas -- After a visit to Texas for its junior day and a flurry of offers that followed, Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes defensive end Jarrett Johnson had a good feel for where he stood in the recruiting process.

In mid-February, Johnson tabbed Texas as his favorite school and Texas A&M as his No. 2 choice. At the time, he hadn't yet visited the A&M campus.

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2014 safety Bonney on Texas junior day 

February, 10, 2013
Houston Lamar safety John Bonney's trip to Texas for its first junior day of the year started out well.

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Longhorns 11th in Way-Too-Early Top 25

January, 8, 2013
Alabama CheerleadersStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesAlabama, with three of the past four national titles, is No. 1 in the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

There's still seven months before the start of the 2013 season, and the teams and their order figure to change frequently, but it's never too early to take a look at the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

And with three national championships in the past four years, there's no reason to change the team that's on top. Texas, with plenty of talent returning, is 11th in the rankings.

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Four-star WR Clark ready for busy month 

January, 4, 2013
The month of January should go down as a memorable one for James Clark. That is, if he’s not too exhausted by the end of it.

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Courtesy James ClarkFour-star Florida receiver James Clark is taking a visit to Texas on Jan. 18.
The four-star New Smyrna Beach, Fla., receiver prospect is taking official visits to Nebraska, Texas and Rutgers this month. Each trip will be critical to his final college decision, and once the month ends he won’t have much time to make up his mind.

“It’s going to be a lot of flights, I can say that,” Clark said.

And then there’s the in-home visits. Clark is expecting plenty of those from recruiters over the next few weeks, too.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound slot receiver has already been to Northwestern, and that December trip gave him a good sense of what he’s looking for when checking out college campuses.

“They want you to have fun while you’re there, but what you have to consider is if this where I want to spend the next four years,” Clark said. “You have to consider if it’s a place you can call home, as far as the people around you and the resources and finding a good fit.”

For Clark, finding that perfect fit has plenty to do with what kind of offense a school offers. He likes what he’s been seeing lately from his top five schools.

The Nebraska visit comes first on Jan. 11. Clark attended one of the Huskers’ practices in Orlando leading up to the Capital One Bowl and was surprised to see Nebraska put up 31 on Georgia in a loss.

“From watching their game and looking at them, I’m loving how their offense is moving the ball against a top SEC team,” Clark said. “They can compete with anyone in the country.”

Next up is Texas on Jan. 18. The Longhorns already have a pledge from ESPN 150 slot receiver Jacorey Warrick but are seeking more speed for their receiving corps.

“They’re a great team also,” Clark said. “I feel that there’s pieces they need and are looking for in this upcoming class. I want to see how I can fit.”

Texas might be far from home, but Clark has no qualms with leaving the state of Florida for his college career.

He’s heard lots of good things about the Longhorns and is looking forward to that official visit.

“I imagine that’d be a great experience,” he said. “A lot of people have told me that’s a great school with some of the best facilities in the world. I want to get a chance to see it what all the hype is about.”

Clark will take an official visit to Rutgers the following weekend. While he does have some questions about playing in a more pro-style offense if he were to choose the Scarlet Knights, he’s hoping that school also offers a good fit.

And then there’s Florida. Clark does not have an offer from the Gators yet and doesn’t know if he’ll ever get one, but he’d like to answer that question soon. It’s possible his offer status might depend on whether the Gators land ESPN 300 receiver Demarcus Robinson.

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Q&A: 2014 OLB Otaro Alaka 

January, 2, 2013
Other 2014 linebackers might get more hype in the state of Texas, but Otaro Alaka doesn’t need it. He’s already got the offers to back up his talents.

The 6-foot-3, 196-pound outside linebacker from Houston Cypress Falls has already picked up eight verbal offers and is excited to see how his recruitment plays out this spring.

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Max Olson/ESPN.comClass of 2014 LB Otaro Alaka says Northwestern, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are his top three schools right now.
Alaka has been in contact with Manny Diaz and Texas, but several other schools are in the lead at this point. Here’s the latest on his recruiting process.

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WR James Clark eyeing Texas official visit 

December, 11, 2012
While former commit Ricky Seals-Jones ended his recruitment Monday with a commitment to Texas A&M, Texas is still searching for another receiver to take his place in its 2013 class.

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Junior defensive back Jordan Thomas (Klein, Texas/Collins) has lived in Texas his entire life, and he’s looking to experience something new when he goes to college.

“And I hate the weather here,” Thomas said. “I can’t stand it.”

Put two and two together and the Longhorns would have their hands full if they decide to pursue the 6-foot-1, 175 pounder, who doubles as a wide receiver.

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UCLA offer a game-changer for Benenoch 

September, 3, 2012
Caleb Benenoch (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) received an unexpected surprise on Monday, one that might throw off his original decision plans.

The four-star offensive lineman picked up an offer from UCLA. He has more than 20 offers already, but this one is a big one for Benenoch.

“I’m excited,” he said. “[UCLA is the] No. 25 ranked academic school nationally, and we talked about me starting as a true freshman.”

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Since reopening his recruitment last month, four-star offensive guard Caleb Benenoch (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) has been enjoying the process on all angles. Part of his fun has been hearing from the already-committed players on a regular basis.

“I hear from Jake Raulerson a lot,” Benenoch said of the Celina, Texas, offensive lineman who has committed to Texas. “We’re pretty good friends and very good competitors. It’d be fun to be teammates with him. I’m probably going to let him know which school I’ll commit to before I announce it.

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Texas Longhorns Show Out On Pro Day
The Texas Longhorns produced several eligible NFL Draft athletes who participated in Pro Day Tuesday afternoon in Austin, Texas.