Johnathan Gray (left) and Jake Raulerson (right)
We take a deeper look at the 13 Longhorn verbal commitments for 2013.
With the 2012 football season only a few months ahead, most Texas fans are well aware of all the new faces that will be on the team. But in case you haven’t heard, the Longhorns have already started to establish a formidable recruiting class for the 2013 season.
And even though these recruits won’t be playing for the burnt orange and white until 2013, the gawking over them has already begun.
Here’s a look at the recruits:
Kyle Hicks, ATH
Hicks sees most of his time at running back, shouldering over 200 carries in his Junior season, but he also showcased his hands by being versatile out of the backfield. With the talent that Texas already has at the RB position, expect Hicks to be utilized in different ways.
Daeshon Hall, DE
Hall is still a relatively raw talent, but holds all the physical tools necessary to be a strong defensive end. Hall has the rare ability to outrace you or flat-out run you over, with more football under his wing he could become the next Brian Orakpo.
A’Shawn Robinson, DT
Robinson has shown that he has the strength to play the defensive tackle position, and for a Junior he is already good with his hands. Robinson also plays on the offensive line at his high school, which could give the Longhorns another way to utilize him.
Deoundrei Davis, LB
As the top linebacker that Texas went after, Davis is set to join an already stacked defensive unit. Davis fits the mold of linebacker well thanks to his quick feet and well formed tackling, but at only 16 years old his recognition needs to be improved.
Naashon Hughes, LB
Hughes is a rare situation as Texas did not offer him a scholarship, but he still committed to Texas. If the Longhorns do not offer him a scholarship before Signing Day next year, Hughes will be given a grayshirt. In this situation, Hughes would not be able to practice with the team until January 2014.
Darius James, OL
James has been touted as the top center recruit in the country and has already shown the skill-set to be a starter as a true freshman. With Dominic Espinosa already manning the center position, you’ll most likely see him making a shift on the line.
Kent Perkins, OL
Perkins will be entering Texas with a ready to play frame at 6-foot-5 and 300-pounds. The technique is still under construction for Perkins, but given his size and ability he could become a gifted blocker when it all comes to fruition.
Jake Raulerson, OL
Raulerson has shown he can excel at the high school level due to his great technique, but at 250 pounds he isn’t ready to assume a huge role on the line. Once Raulerson attains more of the prototypical lineman frame he should be a mainstay for this Texas offense.
Tyrone Swoopes, QB
This 6’4” dual-threat quarterback is already drawing comparisons to Texas-great Vince Young. Swoopes is poised to take over a Longhorn quarterback situation that has been lacking since the departure of Colt McCoy. Swoopes can still improve on his passing game, but his athletic ability is undeniable.
Durham Smythe, TE
After missing out on a tight end in the 2012 recruiting class, Smythe’s verbal commitment becomes even more important. Smythe has the perfect ratio of receiver-blocker that you search for in a tight end and will be filling a definite void for Texas.
Jake Oliver, WR
The Longhorns have missed a tall, physical wide receiver for years now, and it appears that Oliver could mark the end of the wait. Oliver has showcased his great hands and ability to stretch the field. When Oliver grows into his body more he could become extremely dangerous.
Ricky Seals-Jones, WR
Much like Tyrone Swoopes, Seals-Jones already has Texas fans drooling over his upcoming arrival. Seals-Jones has been ranked in the top five athletes for the 2013 class, and given his already developed stature (6’5” 220 pounds) he will wreak havoc on defensive backs.
Jacorey Warrick, WR
Although Warrick doesn’t have the size of Seals-Jones or Oliver, he still has shown himself to be an impressive wide receiver. At just under six-foot, Warrick won’t see many jump balls, but he holds that quick speed that can stretch the field.