- Craig Haubert, RecruitingNation
Widely considered one of the premier states in the nation for talent, Texas is synonymous with football. Every year the Lone Star State produces a long list of elite prospects, and the 2010 class is no different. At this point the state has 24 ESPNU 150 watch list prospects and is home to the nation's top prospect in defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (Plano, Texas/West).
This look at talent in Texas focuses on offensive players. Although the talent pool is not as strong on this side of the ball in the 2010 class, there are still plenty of prospects. Texas boasts two top-10 wide receivers and several top-10 offensive linemen. What is a bit shocking is that the state that is home to recent quarterback prospects such as Matthew Stafford, Ryan Mallett, and Garrett Gilbert has no 150 signal-callers prospects this year.
Wide receiver Darius White (Fort Worth, Texas/Dunbar) is the top offensive player in the state and one of the premier prospects in the country. The top-rated receiver and No. 8 overall player in the ESPNU 150 is a physically imposing target with speed. In addition to his size and vertical speed, he has good leaping ability and can run after the catch. Also key for a receiver, he has strong hands and can attack the football and make tough grabs. White has many of the traits you look for in a receiver and the tools to be a playmaker in college. He is still uncommitted and a coveted prospect. The Under Armour All-American has already made a visit to Utah but seems focused on his season at this point, and a decision may be still a bit down the road.
Like its counterpart on the defensive side of the ball, the offensive crop in the Lone Star State's 2010 class is loaded with blue-chippers, writes Craig Haubert.