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Chat wrap: Recruiting and running backs

12/28/2011

William Wilkerson chatted with SportsNation on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, Dorial Green-Beckham and Mario Edwards' names came up.

Read the full chat here.

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Here is some of the best questions from the chat:

Josh (VA)

I see Mario Edwards is off our considering list. Does that mean he's done with his visits and is staying at FSU? Also this DGB character, any status on that? I see he's been tweeting on Oklahoma's Sooner Nation site, seems like he's getting cozy and leaning that way.

William Wilkerson

Mario is still considering Texas. The same goes for OU and LSU (to a lesser extent in my estimation). The thing that Texas must be concerned with is the fact that FSU has been told it will receive the last official visit, which I think will come the weekend of Jan. 14. However, expect Mack to make his way up to Denton for an in-home visit in the next couple of weeks, most likely the second week of January. DGB is a tough one to read. I know Texas sits in a pretty strong position with him right now. Expect Arkansas to get an OV from him Jan. 21, and for Bobby Petrino to make an in-home visit before that.

Eddie Molina (San Antonio)

So is it official yet that Landon Collins is down to just Alabama and LSU? If, and when, he commits to a school other than Texas, will Texas begin to chase Leo Thomas more?

William Wilkerson

It's about as unofficially official as it can get, if that makes sense. Collins looks to be headed to LSU or Bama. Here is a quote he told ESPN Recruiting Nations Jamie Newberg recently: "It's a very difficult decision. How do you decide between these schools? I have to figure out what school I feel more at home. I am wanted by both and feel good at both. Both Alabama and LSU have everything I ever wanted in a school and a football program. I still don't know.” Thomas and Texas have been in contact with each other in the past months but I don't see it happening. That being said, he and Akina have a pretty strong relationship. Akina was the main reason he originally committed to Arizona.

Matt H (Oklahoma City)

With Johnathan Gray coming to Austin next year, what are your thoughts on the RB position for 2012? Do you think he will be as impactful as Malcolm Brown was this year? Do you see a "by committee" approach? Will Joe Bergeron stick around?

William Wilkerson

JGray has done nothing over his career to make me believe he won't come in and be a productive back as soon as he steps foot on campus. Yes, he took a pounding in high school with all of his carries. But he can dish it out as well. If he stays healthy, which is something Brown was unable to do this season, I think Gray will be much more productive than Brown next season. His feet and change-of-direction are insane, and his breakaway speed is as good as you will find. I do think it will be a "by committee" approach and fully expect all three backs to get carries early. But it wouldn't surprise me if Brown and Gray separated themselves by the OU game.

Childish Gambino (Austin, TX)

What's up Will?!? Do you think the outcome of the Holiday Bowl will affect commitment decisions for DGB and Edwards? Do you think a win will have them wearing burnt orange next season? Better work on that jumper, it’s broke. Happy New Year!

William Wilkerson

What's up Childish. I dig that new album. I don't think the outcome of this game will have that big of an impact on either player. They are looking big picture here, and Texas' picture appears to be looking pretty good for the next couple of years. That being said, don't underestimate the importance of this game. This is a huge game for Texas to carry some sort of momentum into next season. Losing 4 of their last 5 wouldn't be good. The All-American games will be a big recruiting tool for Texas in regards to these two.

Riley (KS)

Update on DGB and Mario Edwards. If we were to get those prospects then would that give us the number one class? And what are some 2013 kids that will be looked at?

William Wilkerson

If Texas lands either prospect I think it locks up the top spot without question. I still think it has a chance if it lands neither. 2013 kids to look at -- RB Keith Ford, WR Jake Oliver, DE/OT Jake Raulerson, OT A'Shawn Robinson, OL Darius James, TE Ricky Seals-Jones, RB James White, QB Tyrone Swoopes, QB JT Barrett, S George Baltimore, TE Christian Morgan. I'll have more on 2013 guys on Thursday.

barron tryon (Dallas)

What is the deal with Thomas Johnson and these quotes on Twitter and Facebook? Does he want to play for Texas or not?

William Wilkerson

Thomas told me a few weeks ago that nothing has changed in regards to he and Texas. I think the Longhorns pursuit of DGB and the two late commitments it got at the WR position ruffled his feathers a bit.

Eddie Molina (San Antonio)

Why is Javonte Magee being so quiet with his recruitment? I've had the pleasure of meeting the guy and watching him play. He's a beast. What are the chances Magee eventually commits to Texas?

William Wilkerson

Magee wants to make the best decision for he and his family. They've been through a lot with Hurricane Katrina and having to relocate on two separate occasions. He wants to play somewhere close to where his mother can travel and watch his home games. That won't be at Texas though.