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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
2015 ESPN 300 targets: Texas

By William Wilkerson and Max Olson

The Longhorns already have seven commitments in the 2015 ESPN 300, compared to two from Oklahoma and one from Texas A&M, but have high hopes of landing several more.

Here is a look at Texas’ top 10 targets from the list:

1. RB Soso Jamabo (Plano, Texas/West)
6-3, 200
ESPN 300 rank: 18

Soso Jamabo
Soso Jamabo is the top running back in the state of Texas for the Class of 2015.
Why Texas wants him: The state of Texas is loaded with running backs in 2015, and Jamabo is the best of the bunch. The No. 2 RB in the nation is the complete package and rushed for 1,697 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2012. Texas is the early leader in this recruitment, though he'll end up with a long, long list of offers.

2. DT Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater)
6-2, 307
ESPN 300 rank: 10

Why Texas wants him: For a long time, the No. 1 prospect in the state was a lock to commit to Texas A&M. Mack now says he's reopening his recruitment and will seriously consider Texas and several other programs. He'll visit UT on the 27th for Texas Stampede, and Mack has said the Longhorns could sway him with a big 2013 season.

3. LB Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet)
6-2, 215
ESPN 300 rank: 64

Why Texas wants him: There isn’t a lot that doesn’t have the Longhorns, or any other coaching staff in the country, drooling about Jefferson. He’s got ideal size for his position and better-than-average speed.

4. CB Kendall Sheffield (Fort Bend, Texas/Marshall)
6-0, 165
ESPN 300 rank: 19

Why Texas wants him: Simply put, he’s one of the best players in the country. He’s also one of the fastest athletes in the state, which bodes well for his prospects as a high-end defensive back. Sheffield brought home plenty of hardware from the Texas State Track and Field Championships a few months ago. He can also jump higher than most.

5. S Larry Pryor Jr. (Sulphur Springs, Texas/Sulphur Springs)
5-11, 192
ESPN 300 rank: 66

Why Texas wants him: Versatility. Pryor is ranked No. 6 among safety prospects but is also a playmaking wide receiver for Sulphur Springs. He's considered Texas his top school ever since they were the first to offer back in March, but his list of options has grown since then.

6. QB Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure)
6-4, 190
ESPN 300 rank: 42

Why Texas wants him: The No. 2 ranked pocket passer wowed the Texas coaching staff with his two-day performance at Texas camp in June and earned an offer. Just getting Town on campus was a victory for Longhorns, and they're firmly in his top three now -- though Alabama likely leads. Town is one of five 2015 QBs Texas has offered.

7. QB Chason Virgil (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite)
6-2, 169
ESPN 300 rank: 76

Why Texas wants him: Virgil is a dual threat quarterback who has sharpened his teeth practicing against his own secondary, which has been one of the best in the state the past two seasons. He fits the mold of Texas’ last two quarterback commitments (Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard) with the way he can run and also his strong arm. He completed 164 of 266 passes for 2,289 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season while also rushing 82 times for 400 yards and three scores.

8. S Justin Dunning (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse)
6-3, 190
ESPN 300 rank: 127

Why Texas wants him: The Longhorns have been trying to upgrade their safeties for a while now and are off to a good start in 2015 with the commitment of Johnny Shaw. But they could be in great shape is Dunning decided to come on board as well. With his size and speed, Dunning can cover more ground than most safeties.

9. OG Patrick Vahe (Euless, Texas/Trinity)
6-4, 286
ESPN 300 rank: 79

Why Texas wants him: The Longhorns are a heavy favorite to land Vahe, the cousin of 2014 commit Sione Teuhema and 2015 pledge Maea Teuhema and the No. 4 guard prospect in the nation. Texas is the only school to offer thus far, and he’s expected to visit Austin later this month after missing camp in June. Vahe is a powerful offensive lineman and has been on Texas’ radar throughout this spring. Don’t be surprised if he commits by the end of the month.

10. LB Anthony Wheeler (Dallas/Skyline)
6-1, 220
ESPN 300 rank: 72

Why Texas wants him: Texas’ pursuit of Wheeler makes sense for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, he’s extremely talents and has not even scratched the surface of how good he can be. He’s a hybrid defensive end-linebacker whose versatility is more than welcomed at the college level. This is also a no-brainer offer because of Skyline’s rich tradition of sending players to Texas. The Longhorns need to keep that going and have a good shot of doing so with Wheeler.