Texas Longhorns: Trey Quinn

Big 12 recruiting mailbag

August, 16, 2013
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It’s time to open the mailbag and answer some questions about Big 12 recruiting. We encourage all to send questions each week, either via Twitter to @DamonSayles or @ESPNWilkerson or via email at dsaylesespn@gmail.com or wilkerson.espn@gmail.com.

@hammerheel: Which Big 12 team can improve their recruiting ranking the most with a big season on the field? Which team has biggest upside?

Damon Sayles: I think Texas Tech can really improve its ranking down the road if it can score a few clutch victories. This is Kliff Kingsbury’s first year as head coach, and if he can lead the Red Raiders to a great season, it will result in getting some top-notch commitments for the future -- the same way Texas A&M picked up stud commits after a strong 2012 season.

@LeeRagland: Never asked before, but did Ty Barrett to TCU surprise you? Enjoy your work.

DS: Thanks, Lee, and honestly, Barrett’s decision did not surprise me. I’ve always known Barrett to be a shock-the-world type of player. Several of the players from Dallas Skyline think similarly (remember, Victor Evans surprisingly chose Ole Miss over Texas). Barrett should be a major asset to the Horned Frogs’ offensive line -- and trouble for opposing Big 12 defenders.

@CLadyjags31s: As a parent, I want to know the reason for committing so early. Things change day to day. Why is it such a rush to commit?

DS: Unfortunately, it’s one that doesn’t have a conventional answer. Some commit early because they’ve been set on going to one school for quite some time; perhaps, it’s their favorite school. Others commit early because they jump on the first school to offer. That’s frowned upon by many, because you want a player to have time to weigh all options, but it happens. Then you have some players who commit early for the glamor and glitz of the event. They make a deal out of it either by way of a school ceremony or per an announcement on Twitter. One thing’s for sure: If a player commits, almost every college coach would agree that you should honor that commitment.

garrettjelley@yahoo.com: Other than Steven Parker, what ESPN 300 prospects do you see Oklahoma State ending up with? Also, does Oklahoma State have a shot at Malachi Dupre, Trey Quinn or Cameron Sims?

DS: I’m sure that Oklahoma fans would beg to differ on Parker going to Stillwater and not Norman. Those are the two favorites, but whether or not he ends up a Cowboy is still to be determined. As for Dupre, Quinn and Sims, I think Oklahoma State is in the running for all three. However, it’ll be tough to steer Dupre and Quinn from LSU and Sims from Alabama. The process isn’t over until it’s over, right?

@ElmoSledd: Where do you think Dakota Allen will land?

DS: Allen is supposed to make a decision Friday night, and he is down to Texas Tech and TCU. While he’d look good in TCU purple, I think the relationship he’s built with the Red Raiders coaching staff will be the ultimate decider. Plus, Texas Tech is in dire need of a linebacker for its 2014 class. Allen is one of the best-available inside linebackers around, and whichever school ends up with him gets a steal.

@RL1_Era: Which Big 12 team needs a big recruiting class the most?

DS: A team like Kansas really could use a big class strictly for the confidence boost. The Jayhawks only have seven commitments entering the weekend. Fortunately for Jayhawks fans, three of the seven are four-star players, and two -- OLB Kyron Watson and OL Jacob Bragg -- are ESPN 300 players. A strong 2014 class will help change the image of Kansas football. Charlie Weis and Co. understand that with recruiting in Lawrence, it’s all about taking small steps.

tuxjackson@ymail.com: When does Jamardre Cobb plan to make his decision, and if you were to guess today, who would you say has the upper hand out of his top 3?

DS: Right now, Cobb is focused on winning a state championship for Los Angeles Salesian. Recruiting isn’t necessarily taking a back seat, but it’s far from the forefront. The ESPN 300 linebacker has an official visit scheduled for Oklahoma in early October, and the Sooners have had success landing players from the west coast. Arizona and Arizona State also are teams to watch in the Cobb sweepstakes.

Welcome to The Heard, HornsNation’s weekly in-depth look inside the never-ending world of Longhorns recruiting with news, notes and interesting tidbits on the latest happenings around the program. We release this every Friday.

Talk about it in our forum and, if there’s a recruit out there you’d like to hear more from, let us know.
  • A look at visitors for Texas' camp this weekend
  • Texas in top 5 for juco wide receiver
  • Campbell will miss junior season
  • Texas still an option for Clemson commit?
  • 2015 in-state receiver set for huge season
  • Schools still pursuing DT Garnett
  • WR Joe '100 percent' on pledge

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The Longhorns aren’t messing around anymore. Their coaching staff is out in front on a lot of evaluations, which was made possible by their ability to get ahead of the game while dealing with a smaller class in 2013.

That’s enabling them to offer recruits at a much faster pace than in past years.

One of the latest to receive an offer is 2014 wide receiver Dorian Leonard from powerhouse Longview (Texas) High School. He picked his up during Texas’ recent monster recruiting weekend.

Leonard, who is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, also has offers from Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Texas Tech. He joins K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant), Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City), Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) as 2014 uncommitted wide receivers with Texas offers.

Lorenzo Joe (Abilene, Texas/Cooper) and Roderick Bernard (Houston/Sharpstown) are the Longhorns’ WR commitments thus far for 2014.

HornsNation caught up with Leonard to get his thoughts on what this offer means.


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Welcome to The Heard, HornsNation’s weekly in-depth look inside the never-ending world of Longhorns recruiting with news, notes and interesting tidbits on the latest happenings around the program. We’ll release this every Thursday.

Talk about it in our forum and, if there’s a recruit out there you’d like to hear more from, let us know.

A few of the notes in today's 2014-heavy edition of The Heard:

  • Spring game comes at right time
  • Gators commitment will visit Texas
  • ESPN 100 G talks official visit
  • Visit an important one for Alaka
  • Louisiana DT making trip to Austin
  • Louisiana DT likes Longhorns
  • UT commit unwavered by OU offer
  • DB Johnson back for spring game

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Speedy NoilMax Olson/ESPN.comNew Orleans wide receiver Speedy Noil is being pursued by some of the best programs in the nation, so Texas has its work cut out for it in its attempt to make him part of the 2014 class.
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Longhorns are extremely fortunate to reside in one of the most fertile recruiting states in the country. And, for the longest time, they’ve reigned supreme when it comes to keeping the cream of that crop in Austin.

They are still getting their fair share, but the success of Texas A&M and the SEC moving in on even more in-state prospects has made it increasingly more difficult.

So far this recruiting cycle, more so than in years past, the Longhorns have targeted numerous out-of-state recruits with hopes that they’ll choose Texas.

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Welcome to The Heard, HornsNation’s weekly in-depth look inside the never-ending world of Longhorns recruiting with news, notes and interesting tidbits on the latest happenings around the program. We’ll release this every Thursday.

Talk about it in our forum and, if there’s a recruit out there you’d like to hear more from, let us know.

A few of the notes in today's 2014-heavy edition of The Heard:

  • Adams impressed by Longhorns
  • Thomas, family enjoy Texas
  • Texas still in it for Brown
  • Roberson still solid
  • Hammad ready to play right away
  • Big offer complicates Roberts’ decision
  • DE transfer Riser ready to help
  • D. Foreman holding out hope
  • Louisiana WR setting up visits

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10 prospects Texas should offer 

March, 7, 2013
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The Longhorns are off to a solid start on the recruiting trail with eight commitments for 2014. The early evaluations/offers seem to be paying off. That said, Texas’ coaching staff still has a ton of work to do.

With offered prospects committing elsewhere -- namely Texas A&M -- new targets need to be identified and offered. Here are 10 that should:


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