AUSTIN, Texas -- In less than four months signing day for the class of 2013 will come and go, and the class of 2014 will take center stage in the eyes of football programs and fan bases everywhere.
This year is unique in that many of the Longhorns’ junior targets are already known. For the first time in Mack Brown’s tenure on the 40 Acres, Texas has begun offering juniors before Junior Day in February.
On Monday and Tuesday, we looked at 14 junior offensive prospects that either already have Texas offers or could be in line for one down the road. On Wednesday, we looked at 7 offensive prospects. Here are the next 7:
WR Lorenzo Joe (Abilene, Texas/Cooper)
6-foot-2, 190 pounds | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: Joe became the first commitment of Texas’ 2014 class when he committed to them on Aug. 2. Joe will be a receiver at Texas, but he is a quarterback right now. Going into last week he had thrown for 1,055 yards, nine touchdowns, and has 455 rushing yards and four scores.
Offers: Committed to Texas
Quotable: “Texas was always the school growing up. It was the right thing to do.” -- Joe
OT Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints)
6-4, 296 | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: Knox is Texas’ to lose. He has liked the Longhorns for a very long time and a teammate of his, Daniel Gresham, is already committed to Mack Brown’s program.
Offers: Alabama, Baylor, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA
Quotable: “It was pretty tough to watch. I stayed through the whole game and I called coach [Stacy] Searels up a little while after that and told him UT is still my No. 1 [school].” -- Knox after watching Oklahoma beat Texas.
TE Koda Martin (Manvel, Texas/Manvel)
6-6, 245 | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: Texas will be transitioning away from the crop of tight ends it has now by the time 2014 comes around. The only tight end that should be around after 2014 is 2013 commitment Durham Smythe. So the Longhorns will be in need of a tight end and Martin could be one in the mix of receiving an offer. But they’ll have some work to do if that happens. Martin seems smitten with the Sooners right now.
Offers: Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, UCLA
Quotable: “OU is probably my top choice right now, but I’m not looking to make a decision until after this season. I’m just trying to focus on my high school football a lot.” -- Martin
WR Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr)
5-10, 169 | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: The Longhorns flirted with offering Noil’s teammate Noel Ellis but decided not to and Ellis has since committed to Texas A&M. Texas wasted little time in offering Noil, but there are plenty of other schools it’ll have to fend off if it wants him.
Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, TCU, Texas
Quotable: "Coach [Darrell] Wyatt said to come down here and see how it is. He didn't tell me how it would be, but he said I would have fun here. And that's what I did, I had fun." -- Noil on how he enjoyed a Texas mini camp in June.
OT Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe)
6-6, 325 | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: Robinson is one of three offensive tackles Texas has offered already for 2014. Even though he resides out of state, the Longhorns should feel good about where they stand. Texas is in his top three with Alabama and LSU.
Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, Washington
Quotable: “I was hoping to form a better relationship with Coach Searels, and I got to see the facilities for the first time and I liked it a lot. They have some real friendly and enjoyable people down there. I liked it a lot.” -- Robinson said of spending time with Texas’ offensive line coach at Texas in June.
OT Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South)
6-6, 265 | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: Smith and his coaches have an agreement that his focus is to be solely on the team until the season is complete. So information from Smith himself is nearly impossible to get. His sister is on TCU’s track team, which helps the Frogs’ cause. Missouri and Notre Dame are going after him the hardest, according to his coach.
Offers: Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Virginia
Quotable: “He is extremely strong. He is a 475 bench press. He did 455 twice, which reps out to 475, and did 455 like it was a walk in the park. We’ve capped him at 525 on the squat. There’s no reason for him to go any higher.” -- Olathe South head coach Jeff Gourley
RB Nathan Starks (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman)
5-11, 200 | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: Starks is a big, sturdy back with plenty of suitors, who Texas wouldn’t mind adding to what should be a loaded backfield in coming years. Starks is appreciative that the Longhorns would recruit him, knowing they don’t do very much of that out of state for running backs. But he’s also aware of the history that Oklahoma has of recruiting his high school, which he appreciates. He’s a big Adrian Peterson fan, too. So OU seems to have a leg up right now in terms of the Red River Rivals.
Offers: Arizona, Colorado, Duke, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, Utah
Quotable: “I thought it was really cool. I’ve heard that they don’t go out of the state a lot, so I just think that if I keep working hard it could be another option for a school in a couple of years.” -- Starks on Texas coach Darrell Wyatt stopping by his school in June.