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Thursday, April 18, 2013
ESPN 150 targets: Texas

By Max Olson

The Longhorns have two commits in the 2014 ESPN 150, which was released today. Here's a look at Texas' top 10 targets in the ESPN 150, listed from highest to lowest ranked:

1. RB Leonard Fournette
6-foot-1, 232 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 1

Why Texas wants him: Why wouldn’t Texas want the nation’s top prospect? The Longhorns are a dark horse right now but have a chance to land a No. 1-ranked back for the second time in three years. His short list is heavy on SEC schools, but Fournette did take an unofficial visit in March and two New Orleans St. Augustine teammates are UT commits.

Jamal Adams
Jamal Adams is ranked as the No. 3 safety in the country.
Who else wants him: Most assume LSU is the favorite and quite possibly a heavy favorite. Alabama will battle the Tigers but have an awful lot of big-time backs on the roster already.

Odds Texas gets him: 10 percent

2. S Jamal Adams
6-0, 199
ESPN 150 Rank: 23

Why Texas wants him: He’s one of the Longhorns’ most important remaining targets, and Adams has already taken several trips to Austin. The Lewisville (Texas) Hebron star has all the tools to be a big-time college safety.

Who else wants him: Adams holds nearly 30 offers and visited Texas A&M last weekend for the Aggies' spring game. He's hoping to check out several out-of-state schools before narrowing down his options this summer.

Odds Texas gets him: 50 percent

3. CB Tony Brown
6-0, 179
ESPN 150 Rank: 27

Why Texas wants him: Who doesn’t want him? The Beaumont (Texas) Ozen cornerback and track star has taken several visits to Texas in the past year and has a chance to be one of the next great members of “DBU.”

Who else wants him: LSU still seems like the favorite, especially considering Brown’s sister Bealoved signed with the Tigers’ track and field program. But a lot of schools are still in the hunt for official visits.

Odds Texas gets him: 25 percent

4. DE Solomon Thomas
6-3, 265
ESPN 150 Rank: 30

Why Texas wants him: Texas has relied on top DE Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat over the past few years, but both will be gone in 2014. Thomas would have a chance to contribute right away for the Longhorns and has long been a key target on their board.

Who else wants him: Thomas has been eyeing several big-time out-of-state programs – including Stanford, Oklahoma, Arkansas, UCLA and Alabama – and will likely visit several of them before reaching a decision.

Odds Texas gets him: 40 percent

5. CB Arrion Springs
5-11, 190
ESPN 150 Rank: 44

Why Texas wants him: Springs is talented enough to play anywhere in a secondary – he’s even a outside linebacker in high school – and Texas has been making a strong push in recent months to land the San Antonio Roosevelt product. He might’ve flown under the radar a bit in this loaded 2014 DB class, but that sure isn’t the case these days.

Who else wants him: Neither has offered, but Miami and Oregon already have an early edge for Springs. Texas Tech and Arizona are also on his short list and have offered.

Odds Texas gets him: 33 percent

6. WR K.D. Cannon
5-10, 163
ESPN 150 Rank: 58

Why Texas wants him: Texas has worked hard in the past six month to get Cannon on campus as much as possible, and its new up-tempo spread offense would be a perfect fit for the home-run threat from Mount Pleasant (Texas) High who can make plays from any receiver position.

Who else wants him: Cannon isn’t talking favorites just yet, but Baylor appears to be at or near the top of his list. So does Texas Tech, and both schools also offer appealing offensive schemes for Cannon’s skill set.

Odds Texas gets him: 30 percent

7. DE Derick Roberson
6-4, 235
Derick Roberson
Defensive end Derick Roberson is Texas' top-ranked commit in the first edition of the ESPN 150.
ESPN 150 Rank: 77

Why Texas wants him: The Texas commit from San Antonio Brennan is a speedy pass rusher who’s being recruited to play strongside end. He could have a chance to play right away when he joins the program.

Who else wants him: LSU was his most recent offer. Roberson has talked about going outside the state for college but is currently solid.

Odds Texas gets him: 95 percent

8. S Edwin Freeman
6-1, 200
ESPN 150 Rank: 78

Why Texas wants him: Freeman brings scheme versatility as a safety who’s also capable of playing linebacker, and that makes the Arlington Bowie standout the kind of weapon UT secondary coach Duane Akina covets.

Who else wants him: TCU may be the favorite after hiring Bowie coach Kenny Perry onto its staff. But Freeman insists Texas and Texas A&M are still high on his list as well.

Odds Texas gets him: 20 percent

9. WR Armanti Foreman
5-11, 175
ESPN 150 Rank: 115

Why Texas wants him: A former Oklahoma commit, Foreman has shown strong interest in Texas and visited Austin three times this spring. He’s a big-play threat and could end up being the Longhorn’s third receiver commit.

Who else wants him: It’s all going to come down to who offers his brother, D’Onta Foreman. They’re determined to play together in college, so whoever offers the running back has a very good chance of signing the receiver.

Odds Texas gets him: 30 percent

10. QB Jerrod Heard
6-1, 193
ESPN 150 Rank: 136

Why Texas wants him: The Denton (Texas) Guyer star has a chance to be the future of Texas’ spread offense and is even considering enrolling early to improve those chances. He’s a leader, a state title winner and makes up for his not-prototypical height with dynamic play in the run game.

Who else wants him: Heard committed to Texas last August and has shut down his recruiting process.

Odds Texas gets him: 100 percent

More Texas targets: CB Nick Watkins (No. 63 in ESPN 150), OLB Dillon Bates (No. 88), WR Trey Quinn (No. 39), DE Myles Garrett (No. 6), DE Gerald Willis III (No. 31), WR Speedy Noil (No. 8), RB Nathan Starks (No. 142).