15 Texas prospects to know in Class of '15 

December, 12, 2012
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It wasn’t until a few months ago that the Longhorns, for the first time under coach Mack Brown, changed their recruiting ways and started to officially offer juniors before they came down to Austin to Junior Day in February of their junior years.

Now, as of Dec. 6, Texas has started to offer sophomores. Gladewater (Texas) defensive tackle Daylon Mack is the first and only one to date but it’s only a matter of time until other offers are handed out to 2015 prospects.

Here are 15 names from across the state of Texas that the Longhorns might look at:

[+] EnlargeRodney Anderson
Max Olson/ESPN.comSophomore tailback Rodney Anderson rushed for 15 touchdowns this year as a backup.
RB Rodney Anderson | Katy (Texas) | 6-0, 189
Offers: None
Interest: Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas A&M, Baylor
Why Texas should look at him: Anderson broke onto the scene last year when, as a freshman, he became powerhouse Katy’s starting running back after Adam Taylor was lost for the season. Anderson rushed for 1,167 yards last year and has complemented Taylor this season with 839 yards and 15 touchdowns. He’ll have two more seasons of being Katy’s star feature back.

TE Jordan Davis | Houston Clear Lake | 6-4, 250
Offers: Florida State
Why Texas should look at him: The versatile tight end camped at Florida State this summer and has been on the Seminoles’ radar for a while. He was Clear Lake’s second-leading receiver with 338 yards and two touchdowns this season and split out at wideout at times as a freshman. He’s a big target, and finding legit tight ends at that age isn’t always easy.

QB Nathan Elliott | Celina, Texas/Celina | 6-1, 180
Offers: None
Interest: Texas, Georgia, Ohio State, Stanford, TCU and Oregon
Why Texas should look at him: Elliott, a left-hander, is a well-versed dual-threat quarterback with the type of toughness and drive you want under center. He completed 139 of 250 passes for 1,619 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions this season, and also rushed 88 times for 499 yards and 10 scores. Elliott is a huge Longhorns fan, camped at Texas last summer and will do so again this summer.

OL Aaron Garza | Sherman, Texas/Sherman | 6-4, 300
Offers: Baylor
Interest: Michigan
Why Texas should look at him: That’s one big dude. Garza has established himself, along with Rogers, as one of the state’s best young offensive linemen and is already picking up offers. He’s likely more of an interior lineman, but you can’t beat that size for a sophomore prospect.

DT Dominic Hill | Fort Worth, Texas/Boswell | 6-1, 275
Offers: None
Why Texas should look at him: Hill earned District 6-4A Newcomer of the Year honors as a freshmen with 35 tackles and four sacks. Considering Texas only has one defensive tackles commitment in 2013, who just took an official visit to USC, the Longhorns are going to need to stack up at DT in 2014 and 2015 most likely.

QB Christian Hutzler | Plano, Texas/Plano | 6-3, 190
Offers: None
Why Texas should look at him: Hutzler has had to sit behind Connecticut commitment Richard Lagow the past two seasons, but should earn Plano’s starting job next season. He’s shown off his athleticism as a receiver in the meantime.

DL Daylon Mack | Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater | 6-1, 305
Offers: Texas, Texas A&M, TCU
Why Texas should look at him: The Longhorns surprised a lot of people when they offered Mack on Thursday. The fact that Texas offered him isn’t the surprise. It’s that it offered anyone in 2015 so early. It’s very unlike the Longhorns to do something like that, which just goes to show how highly they think of him. 6-1, 305 and can run a 4.9 40. Yes, please.

QB Mickey Mitchell | Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian Academy | 6-7, 220
Offers: None
Interest: Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky
Why Texas should look at him: You know Texas’ basketball program will go after him, that’s for sure. Mitchell is No. 4 in the ESPN 25 for 2015 and the top small forward in the country. The five-star brother of Mike Mitchell plays quarterback in his spare time and was having an impressive sophomore season – 2,628 total yards, 32 touchdowns – before suffering a torn ACL last month.

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