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Friday, March 8, 2013
Roundtable: Must-offer Texas prospects

By William Wilkerson & Max Olson

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

This week’s question: Who's one prospect you think Texas must offer a scholarship to right now?

William Wilkerson: Yesterday I put together a list of prospects that Texas should offer right now, which you can read right here.

Of those, the one I most believe the Longhorns should offer is already committed to TCU: defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview).

My reasoning is fairly simple.

The state of Texas isn’t blessed in 2014 with big-time defensive tackle prospects like it is with defensive backs and defensive ends. Henderson is one of the few I’d consider as must-gets within the borders. There is no reason to give up on him this early.

He was scheduled to make it down to Texas’ second junior day but was unable to because it was his parents’ wedding anniversary (Feb. 23) and he didn’t have a way to get to Austin.

Well, guess where he went Feb. 24? TCU’s junior day, where he committed on the spot.

So who knows what could have transpired had he made it down to Austin the day before. A trip to Fort Worth might never have happened had he been offered by Texas.

The Longhorns need to offer Henderson right now to give him reason to want to visit their campus. Once he’s there let Mack Brown work his magic, explain to him how big a need defensive tackles are in 2014, especially after not getting any in 2013, and how likely it is he could see the field early on as a freshman.

If they bypass on Henderson, I think Ty Barrett (Dallas/Skyline), Jovan Pruitt (Dallas/Bishop Dunne) and Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) would be next in line for me.

Max Olson: You’re right, defensive tackle is the no-brainer choice here. In addition to Henderson, I would suggest Texas take a long look at offering San Antonio Warren defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao.

Koda Martin
At 6-foot-6, Koda Martin could play tight end, defensive end or offensive tackle at the next level.
It's not because I enjoy typing that last name (I do not). It's because he might end up being one of the best defensive tackles in this state. Oklahoma is already high on his list after offering, and eight other schools have joined the mix as well.

Beyond defensive tackle, though, a discussion must be had about the tight end position. Texas brought in junior college blocking specialist Geoff Swaim in its last class, but don’t forget about the one UT missed: Durham Smythe.

Had the Belton, Texas, standout stuck to his pledge instead of signing with Notre Dame, you’d feel pretty good about the Longhorns’ depth and future at that spot.

Anthony Jones (New Orleans/Edna Karr) is a target who might or might not have an offer, but beyond that it’s hard to see where Texas is going at tight end in 2014.

I’m a bit surprised an offer has not been extended to Manvel, Texas, jumbo athlete Koda Martin by now. He can project out as a tight end, tackle or defensive end, but either way you’re getting a strong 6-foot-6 prospect with good hands. Truthfully, it’s probably way too late for Texas to get into the mix. He’s already high on Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M and Oklahoma, and has offers from each.

Another guy Texas ought to look into offering is Houston Kinkaid tight end Mavin Saunders. The 6-foot-6 prospect recently picked up an offer from Florida State and has basketball offers from UConn and USC.