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Friday, February 22, 2013
Roundtable: Biggest Texas JD2 visitors

By Max Olson & William Wilkerson

Every Friday, HornsNation recruiting writers William Wilkerson and Max Olson answer a question about the Longhorns.

This week’s question: Who is Texas’ most important visitor for Saturday’s second junior day?

William Wilkerson: This is a very intriguing question to me.

K.D. Cannon
Watch List receiver K.D. Cannon is one of the most-pursued prospects in Texas.
My original answer was going to be ESPN Watch List safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron). But he isn’t going to be able to make it down because of a track meet. He'll visit sometime next week (most likely March 2).

My second answer was going to be defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview) because Texas is in desperate need of DT targets, let alone commitments. But he told me on Saturday that he won’t be able to make it down because his parents won’t be in town to take him.

So I’ll go with K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) if he is able to make it because the Longhorns could really use the top wide receiver in the state for numerous reasons.

Sure they’ve already got commitments from Lorenzo Joe and Roderick Bernard, but Cannon is the type of player that offensive coordinators covet. He’s got the speed to beat you deep, which Major Applewhite would unquestionably put to good use in his revamped offense.

He seems to really be liking Texas Tech right now, especially after he saw with Kliff Kingsbury had to offer at a Red Raider junior day a few weeks ago.

That said, Texas really needs to sell him on being a focal point of its offense if he chooses to spend his college days in Austin. Mike Davis has been able to use his speed to become one of the best big-play receivers in the country. Cannon could have a similar career I believe.

He’ll get the opportunity to see Texas practice, which is an ideal situation for the Longhorns.

Max Olson: I have to agree with William here. Cannon is no question the most important visitor this weekend.

The kid is smart. Every recruiter is going to promise him he’ll get a chance to catch 100 passes a year, but Cannon knows a school’s offensive scheme and style is just as important, if not more so.

Kliff Kingsbury can back up the talk. Art Briles can back up the talk. What can Texas prove to Cannon this weekend, just off one practice session and a limited amount of meeting time?

Texas can say all the right things about an up-tempo offense that throws the ball around more. Cannon wants to see it. So did Robbie Rhodes and Ricky Seals-Jones. The Longhorns can’t lose out on another one of these game-changing receivers.

Beyond Cannon, two names stand out to me: Defensive backs Darrion Johnson and Nick Watkins.

The fact that Johnson, the ESPN Watch List corner from Brenham (Texas), is making a return trip for Texas’ second junior day after already visiting on Feb. 10 is huge. That he’s sending tweets to Quandre Diggs to tell him he’ll be on campus just goes to show you how much Johnson is a fan of the Longhorns.

Is he coming back with the intentions of delivering his commitment this weekend? I definitely would not rule it out. Johnson has said in the past he’d like to announce his decision at an All-America game after his senior season, but this definitely could be it.

As for Watkins, he reiterated to HornsNation this week that he’d ideally like to make a decision in January of 2014. So while this visit isn’t expected to swing him closer to becoming a Longhorn, I do think Texas has a great chance to make a move here with the Dallas Bishop Dunne corner, particularly if his teammate Jovan Pruitt receives an offer on Saturday.