NCF On The Trail: Jacorey Warrick

Only three days after Texas coaches first contacted a Washington State commit, he has flipped his verbal pledge and will sign with the Longhorns.

Three-star Amarillo (Texas) Palo Duro receiver Montrel Meander confirmed to HornsNation in a text message that he's committed to Texas.

Meander originally committed to playing safety at Washington State on Jan. 20, but Texas receivers coach Darrell Wyatt stunned him by showing up at Palo Duro on Friday to inqure about his interest in visiting Texas.

After initially saying he was sticking with Washington State, Meander flew to Austin on Saturday for an official visit. Now he's the 15th member of Texas' 2013 recruiting class and its third receiver pledge, joining Jake Oliver (Dallas/Jesuit) and Jacorey Warrick (Houston/Cypress Falls).

As a senior at Palo Duro, Meander played safety and running back. He rushed for 572 yards and eight touchdowns this fall. Prior to committing to Washington State, Meander took official visits to San Diego State, UTSA and Colorado State.

Signing day primer: Texas

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Team needs: Texas hit the recruiting trail this year seeking improved depth on the offensive line and at linebacker. Its line got almost no production from backups in 2012, and an inexperienced linebacker group started six players last season and endured struggles throughout. With only nine seniors in 2012, the Longhorns don’t have many other holes that need to be filled by this class of recruits. The most irreplaceable cogs are safety Kenny Vaccaro and defensive end Alex Okafor. Both are potential first-round NFL draft picks whose production will be tough to match.

Help is on the way: The offensive line questions have been answered. Texas is set to sign one of the nation’s best classes up front with five commits, including No. 1 center Darius James (Killeen, Texas/Harker Heights) and No. 4 tackle Kent Perkins (Dallas/Lake Highlands). Contra Costa (Calif.) College tackle Desmond Harrison joined the class this week. Texas also landed ESPN 300 outside linebacker Deoundrei Davis (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods), who enrolled early and should contribute as a freshman.

Other key commits: Two more early enrollees, ESPN 150 lineman Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina) and Butte (Calif.) College tight end Geoff Swaim, should play right away. Texas also has pledges from ESPN 150 defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights), receiver Jacorey Warrick (Houston/Cypress Falls) and cornerback Antwuan Davis (Bastrop, Texas/Bastrop). The Longhorns will pair Warrick with Jake Oliver (Dallas/Jesuit), who broke the Texas state record for career receptions.

Other key targets: Holding on to Robinson is crucial. He has taken official visits to USC and Alabama and could make a late-second flip on signing day. With a pledge from Harrison, the biggest remaining priorities are finding another running back and wide receiver. ESPN 150 receiver Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) and Ole Miss running back commit Peyton Barber (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) could visit in January.
Wide receiver Jacorey Warrick made the biggest jump of any Longhorns commitment in the ESPN 150, which was updated today. Warrick, who has been out since tearing the meniscus in his right knee on Oct. 4, moved up from No. 114 to No. 59. He is now the No. 8 wide receiver.

Darius James remains the Longhorns’ top-ranked player at No. 17 overall, which also makes him the No. 1 center. Jake Raulerson dropped a spot to No. 56 and remains the No. 3 offensive tackle.
Every week through the football season, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson and Max Olson will break down five things they learned while on the road at Texas high school football games. From the latest on Longhorn commits and offers to game observations to players who caught their attention, they've got you covered. Here’s what they saw this weekend:

William’s game: Waco La Vega vs. Stephenville
Max’s game: Cypress Woods vs. Cypress Ridge

1. Tough night for Davis
Manny Diaz traveled down to Cypress, Texas, on Thursday night to watch his future linebacker Deoundrei Davis in action. He did not catch Cypress Woods on a good night.

[+] EnlargeDeoundrei Davis and his mother
Courtesy Davis FamilyLonghorns linebacker commit Deoundrei Davis is still on track to enroll at Texas in the spring.
Its foe, Cypress Ridge, put up 28 points and 299 total yards of offense in the first quarter en route to a 54-21 blowout victory. Once Ridge hit 21-0 with two scores in a span of two minutes, you knew this one was going to be ugly.

Davis recorded four tackles and a tackle for loss, at least by my count. He provided a few hard hits, but all in all it was a rough night for a Cy Woods defense that gave up 519 total yards.

The good news that Diaz will be happy to hear: Davis is still very firm in his pledge to Texas. According to his parents, he remains on track to graduate in December and will enroll at UT for the spring. -- Max Olson

2. Keep an eye on Arnett
Class of 2014 prospect Javon Arnett (Waco, Texas/La Vega) is billed as one of the top running backs in the state, and that’s presumably why Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite went to watch him on Friday.

Problem was, Arnett played strictly safety until he finally got his chance on offense -- as a slot receiver -- with 1:22 remaining in the first half. Applewhite, who watched from the La Vega sideline during the first half, appeared to leave at halftime.

He didn’t miss much in the second half as Arnett didn’t factor much into a game Stephenville easily won 43-22. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedster was only targeted a handful of times and didn’t record a reception. But his athleticism was easy to see on the throws that were intended for him, including in the endzone late in the first half when he nearly hauled in a touchdown over two defenders.

Even though he didn’t do much on Friday I believe he and Applewhite will be having plenty of conversations down the road. –- William Wilkerson

3. Warrick is the real deal
With Ricky Seals-Jones, Robbie Rhodes and Torii Hunter Jr. no longer options for Texas, there’s an awful lot of attention right now on who the Longhorns will pursue to fill the third receiver spot in this class.

Don’t overlook one of the guys who’s already in this class, though: Jacorey Warrick.

On Saturday, with his quarterback injured and his team in need of a leader, Warrick stepped up. He caught five passes for 44 yards and a touchdown and even ran for 68 yards and another score on five carries out of the Wildcat formation. Thanks to those big contributions, Cy Falls pulled off a 29-7 win over Cy Creek despite having two quarterbacks sidelined by injuries. I got to visit Warrick and Cy Falls on Friday, and his coaches vow he has been the real deal this season.

Through three games, Warrick has 424 receiving yards, 104 yards on the ground and six touchdowns. He’s averaging 16.3 yards per play on his offensive touches and has scored touchdowns on nearly a fourth of them.

Warrick told me he hoped Hunter Jr. would be Texas’ third receiver pledge -- they met at The Opening in Oregon this summer -- but the Longhorns might be fine without him. In Warrick, they already have a talented ESPN 150 slot receiver. -- Max Olson

4. Texas State commitment shines
It makes you wonder why Class of 2013 wide receiver Brice Gunter (Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville) only has offers from Texas State and Air Force when you see him perform like he did Friday.


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Longhorns shine at The Opening 

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Opening has come to a conclusion, and Texas fans learned a couple of things.

First, Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina) is pretty versatile. Second, and perhaps the bigger story, A’Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights) is a lot better than advertised.

While Raulerson showed his worth among the best as an offensive lineman, even he had to yield to the play of Robinson, particularly during the lineman drills on Sunday. Raulerson watched Robinson shred through offensive linemen and said Robinson is highly underrated on a national level.

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Ricky Seals-Jones, the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver recruit, has de-committed from Texas.

The five-star recruit from Sealy, Texas, confirmed his decision to back out of his pledge in a text message to HornsNation.

A 6-foot-5, 220-pound receiver ranked No. 7 in the ESPN 150, Seals-Jones originally picked Texas over LSU on Feb. 22.

Prior to his decision to decommit, there were no signs Seals-Jones was wavering in his decision. He joined the rest of UT’s 2013 recruiting class in attending Texas’ first summer camp on Sunday.

With the loss of Seals-Jones, Texas now has 14 verbal commits for its 2013 class, including pledges from receivers Jacorey Warrick (Houston/Cypress Falls) and Jake Oliver (Dallas/Jesuit).

Read the rest of the story from Max Olson and William Wilkerson.
Jacorey Warrick (Houston/Cy Falls) lives by one particular sentence on his Twitter page, a sentence that tends to separate the good from the elite.

“When you want to succeed as bad as you wanna breathe, then you’ll be successful,” the page reads.

Success fuels Warrick, which easily explains why he is an ESPN 150 player and a Texas commitment. With all of his accolades, Warrick added to his resume Wednesday night, as the 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide receiver earned an invitation to The Opening, a four-day training and competition event featuring the nation's top 150 players July 5-8 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

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Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor) won’t join Deoundrei Davis (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods) and Jacorey Warrick (Houston/Cypress Falls) as players that committed to Texas on Sunday. But he could if he wanted to.

Prevot (6-foor-4, 220 pounds) took part in Texas’ second junior day on Saturday and, like most everyone else, left without an offer. But he spoke with Longhorns defensive ends coach Oscar Giles a short time ago and picked one up.

“It gives me another option, a good option and they are in my top three schools,” Prevot said. “I don’t know the other schools but I do know Texas is one of them.”

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WR Jacorey Warrick commits to Texas 

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Jacorey Warrick planned to keep quiet when it came to his recruitment. He didn't want to reach a decision without visiting all of his top colleges.

But on Saturday, a visit to Austin was just what Warrick needed to make up his mind. The Houston Cypress Falls athlete got his offer and became commit No. 8 for Texas on Sunday.

Longhorn coaches have recruited the 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior to play slot receiver.

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Kirk Eaton wouldn’t be surprised at all if Jacorey Warrick came home from Austin with a Texas offer on Saturday night. The Houston Cy Falls coach is confident his speedy junior is one of the best receivers in the state of Texas.

“He’s the best I’ve ever seen, the best we’ve ever had,” Eaton said. “I don’t know how many great slot receivers there are in the state, but I promise you he’s the best one.”

Warrick picked up two more offers on Friday, from Missouri and Oklahoma State, and now has 11 total. While Eaton was in Austin today for the state wresting tournament, he also spoke with Texas coach Mack Brown and defensive ends coach Oscar Giles.

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