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Monday, May 13, 2013
DB report: A look at where Texas stands

By William Wilkerson

The Longhorns scored a huge coup with the commitment of four-star cornerback Jermaine Roberts (New Orleans/Saint Augustine) in April. But he sits alone as the only defensive back verbal pledge for Texas in 2014.

That’s going to change. Question is, when? And, who will join him?

The state of Texas has supplied the Longhorns with an abundance of quality choices to choose from. We take a look at those who have Longhorns offers (as well as one Oklahoman) and update where they stand with their recruitments.

Tony Brown
LSU is still seen as the favorite to land ESPN 150 cornerback Tony Brown, but Alabama and Texas are in contention.
CB Tony Brown
Beaumont (Texas) Ozen | 6-0, 179 | Offered: Aug. 2, 2012
Contenders: LSU, Texas, Alabama

The gist: Texas has more of a shot with Brown than many people believe. LSU is still considered the favorite here, but the Longhorns’ consistent courting is paying dividends and, at the very least, has inched them closer to the Crimson Tide for the No. 2 spot in his favorites list. There is some belief that Texas has even supplanted Alabama for that spot. Look for Brown to focus more on recruiting now that his track season has slowed down. He wants to enroll early, so expect a decision by the end of December.

CB Nick Watkins
Dallas Bishop Dunne | 6-1, 180 | Offered: Aug. 2, 2012
Contenders: Texas, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame

The gist: Mark Jan. 27, 2014, on your calendars as the day Watkins will make his commitment. He’s signified that day -- his birthday -- as the day many of the most storied programs in college football find out if they’ve hit the jackpot. Watkins is one of the tougher reads in 2014 so it’s hard to say where he’ll end up. If he stays in state, then Texas has to feel great about its chances. But Watkins has wondering eyes for the Crimson Tide, Wolverines and Irish. He recently visited Notre Dame and loved what he saw. He’ll get out to Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Ann Arbor, Mich., this summer.

CB Darrion Johnson
Navasota (Texas) | 5-10, 180 | Offered: Feb. 13
Contenders: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, TCU

The gist: Make no mistake about it: Johnson and Texas are moving in the right direction. He told HornsNation last week that the Longhorns recently came by his new school to check up on him, to which he said, “That’s my favorite school.” One hang up right now could be Johnson’s grades. He’ll need to show some improvement there. If he does, expect him to end up in Austin.

CB Arrion Springs
San Antonio Roosevelt | 6-0, 191 | Offered: March 23, 2013
Contenders: Oregon, Miami, Texas, OU, Texas Tech

The gist: The Longhorns are fighting an uphill battle right now with Oregon and Miami at the top. Springs has made no bones about the fact that the Ducks and Hurricanes are his top choices right now. He has a Miami offer but doesn’t have one from Oregon ... yet. Texas has the luxury of being in close proximity to Springs, which could help. They’ve also got 2014 Texas commitment Trey Lealaimatafao doing his best to get him to Austin.

Edwin Freeman
ESPN 150 safety Edwin Freeman likes Texas, TCU and Texas A&M.
S Jamal Adams
Lewisville (Texas) Hebron | 6-0, 195 | Offered: Aug. 2, 2012
Contenders: Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Alabama

The gist: Boy oh boy, do the Longhorns want Adams. They’ve got as good a shot as anyone. But Adams isn’t playing his hand right now as to which schools are truly in contention. Texas has several things going for itself, however. He’s friends with many UT commitments; he stays in contact with Longhorns DB Quandre Diggs and, perhaps most importantly, Texas has an opportunity for him to play early, which is supremely important to him. Don’t look for an announcement soon. It likely won’t come until one of the high school All-American all-star games.

S John Bonney
Houston Lamar | 6-0, 175 | Offered: Feb. 10
Contenders: Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU, Stanford, Auburn

The gist: The Longhorns have to feel good about where they stand with Bonney right now. He grew up a Texas fan and has long had the Longhorns atop his list of favorites. Bonney, though, would like to make sure Texas is the right fit before making a decision. He has already visited Auburn and wants to travel to Ohio State and Stanford at some point.

S Edwin Freeman
Arlington (Texas) Bowie | 6-1, 200 | Offered: Aug. 2, 2012
Contenders: Texas, TCU, Texas A&M

The gist: This is one of the more interesting cases of all of Texas’ defensive back targets. Freeman always has listed either Texas A&M or TCU ahead of the Longhorns until a trip to Austin over the spring game weekend changed his opinion. He fell in love with Austin and likes the fact that Texas wants him as a safety, and not a linebacker like TCU and Texas A&M. The Longhorns are in good shape here but the Horned Frogs and Aggies aren’t backing down.

S Steven Parker
Jenks (Okla.) | 6-2, 175 | Offered: March 15
Contenders: Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M
The gist: The Longhorns have had success with landing some of the state of Oklahoma’s top defensive talent over the past few years and would love to add Parker to that list. But it’s going to be a battle. Name a top program and he’s likely got an offer.