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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Texas: 2014 prospects to watch

By William Wilkerson

With signing day 2013 having wrapped up, it's time to turn our attention to 2014 recruits. Here are five players the Longhorns are really keying on, be it players who are already committed or top targets who will determine the direction Texas’ next class goes in:

Jamal Adams
Watch List safety Jamal Adams has several offers to choose from.
1. QB Jerrod Heard - Texas commit
Denton (Texas) Guyer
Texas’ quarterback situation has been one of the resounding questions of this program since 2010. Texas fans are optimistic that Heard’s commitment will put an end to all of that. He put together one of the all-time great postseasons in Texas high school football, which ended with a state championship. As a junior, he threw for 2,090 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 2,138 yards and 35 scores.

2. OL Demetrius Knox - Texas commit
Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints
Texas made offensive linemen a priority in 2013 with five commitments and is off to a good start in 2014 with Knox, perhaps the top junior offensive lineman in the state. He’s not the biggest lineman you’ll find, but he is sound in his technique and morphs into an absolute animal when the lights come on. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban stopped by his school to visit recently and see if Knox would be interested in visiting Alabama, which tells you plenty about how good he is.

3. S Jamal Adams
Lewisville (Texas) Hebron
The Longhorns have missed out on their top safety target the past two years (Landon Collins and Marcell Harris), so bringing in someone like Adams, who is one of the top safeties in the country, would be a huge plus. He is mature beyond his years on and off the field. It’s going to be tough, though. Adams likes Texas a lot, but he also has a deep admiration for Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Florida, Ohio State and others.

4. DE Solomon Thomas
Coppell (Texas)
Texas already has one defensive end commit in Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan), but it would be giddy if Thomas opted for the Longhorns instead of Stanford, Oklahoma and various other offers. For as mild-mannered and quiet as he can be, make no mistake, Thomas is one of the top defensive ends in the country for 2014. He has the offers to prove it.

5. WR K.D. Cannon
Mount Pleasant (Texas)
Mike Davis is going to be gone come 2014, and Jaxon Shipley will enter that year a senior. Texas has plenty of young players ready to make an impact and already has two WR commitments in 2014 in Lorenzo Joe and Roderick Bernard. But Cannon is a special talent and would add instant playmaking ability. He is being courted from all corners of the country, so it’ll be a tough sale. But Texas has let him know he’s a priority.