Thursday, March 21, 2013
15 (more) Texas prospects to know for '15
By William Wilkerson and Max Olson
The Longhorns are embarking on new beginnings on March 23 with their inaugural sophomore day, which, in essence, is going to be a lot like a junior day.
We’ve compiled a list of those that are expected to attend, which you can find here.
To give you an idea of some of the top names you should be aware of not only this weekend but in the future, we’ve put together our second list of 15 players to watch for 2015. Here is our original list.
Clas of 2015 defensive back Kendall Sheffield already has offers from Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
DT Davious Ballard | Irving (Texas) | 6-4, 290
Interest: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech
Why Texas should look at him: Ballard is already on the radar. He visited for the Longhorns’ second junior day in February. The big man earned high praise from UT signee Rami Hammad for the improvements he made in 2012 and could be a force up the middle. Ballard won’t be at the sophomore day this weekend, but he will be one lineman to keep an eye on.
CB Jalen Campbell | Corpus Christi (Texas) Flour Bluff | 5-9, 174
Interest: LSU, Oregon, Georgia
Why Texas should look at him: It’s hard to justify calling anyone in the 2015 class a sleeper considering most have only been playing varsity football for one season, but word is starting to get out about the small, speedy corner with the Honey Badger-style blonde mohawk. Campbell is getting lots of mail right now but said he hasn’t heard much from recruiters yet. That should change, especially considering Duane Akina likes to evaluate as many in-state DB options as possible.
QB Trey Cumbie | Lufkin (Texas) | 6-2, 200
Interest: Texas, TCU, Texas A&M, Baylor
Why Texas should look at him: Cumbie and a cadre of Lufkin standouts made the trip for Texas’ first junior day this spring. There doesn’t appear to be a clear-cut favorite in terms of Texas quarterback targets in 2015 -- names like Nathan Elliott and Chason Virgil have been on the radar a while -- but Cumbie could be in the mix as a dual-threat quarterback with fairly good size.
S Justin Dunning | Whitehouse (Texas) | 6-3, 190
Interest: Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Baylor, SMU
Why Texas should look at him: Dunning got in touch with Akina this week and will be at the Longhorns’ sophomore day this weekend. Texas is looking at Dunning as a safety prospect after he picked off five passes and recorded 61 tackles in 2012. Dunning will also likely be at the spring game and has said Texas was one of his favorite schools growing up.
DT Bryce English | DeSoto (Texas) | 5-10, 280
Interest: Arizona State, LSU, Texas, Texas Tech
Why Texas should look at him: The Longhorns are going to be in need of interior linemen in 2015, and English is one of the best there will be in the state. It doesn’t hurt that Longhorns tight ends coach Bruce Chambers is his godfather.
RB Soso Jamabo | Plano (Texas) West | 6-2, 195
Offers: Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma
Interest: Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M
Why Texas should look at him: Jamabo is a big, sturdy back who rushed 225 times for 1,697 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2012. He also caught 20 passes for 453 yards and four scores. He has a chance to be one of the top running back recruits in the country in 2015.
OLB Malik Jefferson | Mesquite (Texas) Poteet | 6-2, 212
Offers: Oklahoma, Ole Miss
Interest: Texas, Texas A&M, Florida State
Why Texas should look at him: Jefferson was the only sophomore to earn Class 4A all-state honors, but that was no surprise considering his stats: 92 tackles (20 for loss), seven sacks, five forced fumbles and four blocked kicks. He already holds two offers, and the Longhorns would most likely move up to No. 1 on his list if they join the list. And that could be a long, long list one year from now.
QB J.W. Ketchum | Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall | 6-0, 180
Interest: LSU, Texas, Texas A&M
Why Texas should look at him: Athleticism for days. He threw for 744 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012 while also rushing for 1,165 yards and 28 touchdowns.
WR Damarkus Lodge | Cedar Hill (Texas) | 6-1, 175
Interest: Alabama, LSU, Texas
Why Texas should look at him: His skillset has forced a predominant running program at Cedar Hill to open up its playbook to utilize his talents. One of the fastest-rising wide receivers in the state, Lodge’s athleticism is off the charts.
DE Breylin Mitchell | Round Rock (Texas) | 6-3, 230
Interest: Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M
Why Texas should look at him: The District 16-5A Newcomer of the Year, Mitchell already possesses a college-like frame with two years to go in high school. He’s a natural end but has the versatility to play inside as well. College coaches covet that ability. He has it.
WR James Proche II | Dallas Prime Prep | 5-11, 170
Interest: Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
Why Texas should look at him: He’s as polished a sophomore receiver as you’ll find. Prime Prep only played five games last season, he only played in three, and had 11 catches for 310 yards and four touchdowns. He and Jamal Adams, perhaps the top 2013 safety in Texas, practice against each other regularly.
Alabama commit Deionte Thompson said he will visit Texas and Texas A&M this spring.
DB Kendall Sheffield | Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall | 6-0, 170
Offers: Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M
Why Texas should look at him: Because he could be the top CB in the state in 2015. He’s got ideal size for his position and has the speed to match. Sheffield’s personal-best time of 14.09 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles is No. 1 nationally among high school sophomores and fourth in all classes this outdoor season, according to Dyestat.com. He earned first-team all-district honors last season for a team that went 13-1 and reached the Texas Class 4A Division II quarterfinals.
RB Jatory Sparks-Brown | DeSoto (Texas) | 6-0, 190
Interest: Notre Dame, Texas
Why Texas should look at him: The backup to ESPN 150 standout and Ohio State signee Dontre Wilson in 2012, Sparks-Brown rushed for 333 yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries. He’s in line for an expanded role for the Dallas-area powerhouse this fall. Sparks-Brown and several teammates have been invited to sophomore day.
OT Maea Teuhema | Keller (Texas) | 6-5, 335
Offers: Baylor, Oklahoma State, Washington State
Interest: Texas, Texas A&M
Why Texas should look at him: The reasoning is pretty simple for Teuhema. He’s huge and absolutely bullies opponents on the field. The state of Texas should be stacked with offensive linemen in 2015, and he’s definitely one of the top ones.
S Deionte Thompson | Orange (Texas) West Orange Stark| 6-2, 175
Offers: Committed to Alabama
Interest: Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Baylor
Why Texas should look at him: Whenever Texas starts offering 2015 prospects, it’s a safe bet Thompson will be one of them. He committed to Alabama on Feb. 23 during a visit but has told HornsNation that Texas was his dream school growing up, especially thanks to Earl Thomas and the West Orange Stark grads who thrived in Austin. Thompson will visit Texas for the spring game next weekend. Expect the Longhorns to be in the mix throughout his recruitment.