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Safety a big need in 2012

Texas answered its QB need, but has other holes to fill

Updated: November 2, 2011, 11:38 AM ET
By William Wilkerson | HornsNation
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Longhorns filled a big need this past weekend when they received a verbal commitment from dual-threat quarterback Jalen Overstreet (Tatum, Texas/Tatum).
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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comAdding Landon Collins would help the Longhorns at safety.
His arrival, alongside ESPNU 150 member Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) next season, will give Texas four scholarship quarterbacks to work with, two more than it has this season in freshman David Ash and sophomore Case McCoy. Overstreet's commitment also gives the Longhorns 19 commitments in a class that is already No. 1 in the ESPNU rankings. But Texas isn't quite finished, because there are still needs to fill. HornsNation takes a look at the remaining needs in the 2012 class:

Safety

Be it injury or a decision to leave the team due to injury, Texas has been thin at this position all season. And it might remain that way next season if the Longhorns don't bring another safety into the fold. At the top of Texas' wish list would be the nation's top safety, Landon Collins (Geismar, La./Dutchtown). LSU and Alabama are thought to be the teams to beat -- he will be at their game this weekend -- but Texas is one of his favorites and will get an official visit from him in December. The Longhorns also have an offer out to Adrian Colbert (Mineral Wells, Texas/Mineral Wells). He received the offer Saturday, one day after Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina watched him score three touchdowns in the first half of Mineral Wells' game. Texas has also put a flyer out on Tennessee commitment LaDarrell McNeil (Dallas/Wilmer Hutchins).
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Tye Eckert/UnderArmourScottsdale (Ariz.) offensive lineman Andrus Peat is one of the offensive linemen Texas is targeting.

Offensive linemen

The Longhorns have done a nice job of stockpiling top offensive linemen for the past few seasons. They'll have a nice group of young but experienced players coming back next season. However, a program can never have enough big bodies up front, and Texas would like to add at least one more to the mix. The Longhorns are actively pursuing Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol), the No. 16 recruit in the ESPNU 150 and No. 3 offensive tackle. He has said that he will make an official visit to Texas after his season. Texas also has a longstanding offer out to Georgia commitment John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School), the No. 28 overall recruit and No. 6 offensive tackle. But Paul Theus, John's father, has said that his son will stay committed to Georgia as long as Mark Richt is the head coach. The Longhorns have offered Oklahoma State commitment Donald Hawkins (Senatoba, Miss./Northwest Mississippi Community College). He will take an official visit to Texas on Nov. 19 for the Kansas State game.

Defensive linemen

The Longhorns are in the running for Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove), who has completely reopened his recruiting after decommitting from USC a few weeks ago. Armstead, the No. 15 overall recruit in 2012, is a versatile big man who can play on either side of the ball, and it looks like Texas wants him as a defensive lineman. He wants to make an official visit and will likely do so during the team's banquet weekend in December. Texas is also heavily recruiting LSU commitment Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La./Woodlawn), who has the Longhorns listed just after the Tigers on his list of favorites. He speaks with Texas defensive tackles coach Bo Davis weekly, and was in Austin a few weeks ago for the Oklahoma State game. He is scheduled to be at Alabama for the LSU game this weekend. He plans on taking an official visit to Texas on Dec. 9. Denico Autry (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi Community College) has also been offered by the Longhorns.