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June 7, 2006

Texas tidbits: Horns find room for more

Though it appeared Texas was done with more commitments from in-state, the Longhorns' one-day camp changed all that early this week.

Two more prospects showed well at the one-day camp this past weekend and earned scholarship offers. Neither waited very long to make their decision. First it was Aledo, Texas defensive tackle Michael Wilcoxon followed by Brenham, Texas defensive back Brandon Collins who both gave quick commitments.

Wilcoxon's offer came and it took little more than an hour to give the Longhorn coaches his decision.

"Coach Mack Brown told me that they were going to offer and as soon as they told me that they were offering, I knew I was going to commit," Wilcoxon said. "But, I wanted to talk to over with my parents first. When I told my mom, she was very excited."

Then Collins pulled the trigger.

What makes his pledge even more interesting was that it appeared the Horns were going to offer Christian Scott from Dallas (Texas) Skyline despite not making it to the camp.

Texas: Targets on the board
Even with two more commitments, there are still several prospects that Texas appears to be recruiting heavily going into the summer. Here is a look at who's left on the board with an offer:
Name Position
Joseph Barksdale DT
Eric Berry CB
RB
Blaine Irby ATH
Richetti Jones DE
James Scott CB
However, Collins' performance appears to have washed away any rumors about the Dallas safety. Collins was looking at both TCU and Miami, but neither offer could beat out the one that came from UT.

"I knew that I wanted to go to Texas if I got the offer," Collins said Tuesday afternoon. "I talked with coach Brown last night and went ahead and did it.

"I had a pretty good camp, I guess I did well."

Sitting at 21 commitments, several questions now arise as to how the class will be finished. One of the more popular ones is how much will the Wilcoxon commitment affect the recruitment of five-star defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale?

Apparently, it doesn't factor in that much. Texas still sits in good position with Barksdale and will continue to recruit him as one of their top overall targets still on the board.

Another question that arises is will there be any more defensive backs taken in this class?

Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze cornerback James Scott still holds his Texas offer and it's still not completely clear about the supposed offer to Skyline's Christian Scott. At this point, it doesn't look like the offer to Christian is official and though it's not impossible for the Horns to take another defensive back, it doesn't look as probable.

Four-star running back Lennon Creer didn't make it to the camp (his deadline given to him by the Texas coaches), but it was also due to a family emergency. The status of Creer and Texas is still unknown.

Blaine Irby apparently will make his way to the camp this weekend and that will tell a lot about his recruitment by Texas.

Rivals100 defensive end Richetti Jones also didn't make the camp but it appears that he may be one guy that the Texas staff will wait on in the 2007 class.

Green not going to wait

Corsicana offensive guard Courtney Green seems to be adding new offers by the day, but he's probably going to be wrapping things up sooner than expected.

North Carolina and Iowa State have now both sent written offers and Notre Dame has verbally offered the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder. Green has a top three and isn't looking to wait much longer.

"I'm probably going to commit somewhat soon actually," Green said. "My top three is really LSU, Oklahoma State, and Baylor."

Those are not the final three, however, for the talented Green. He's going to wait to see on a few offers this week and also wants to take trips to Baylor, TCU, and Texas A&M before deciding.

Aggies get two more

During summer camp season, it's not hard for schools to really pick up some early commitments after getting several prospects to campus. That helped Texas A&M grab two prospects this past week.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle Daniel Baker took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M this past weekend and returned home to make his pick.

"Going into the visit, I made up my mind that I wasn't going to do anything," Baker said. "I wanted to make sure I made the right decision before doing anything.

"I had been thinking since I got home though that I would be crazy if I didn't take this opportunity. I picked up the phone and called coach Helduser. I told him I wanted to be part of it."

Then Houston Cy Falls wide receiver Roger Holland got the chance to complete his dream of playing for the Aggies. With his high school teammate Derrick Stephens committed there and telling the coaches about Holland's talents, the offer came after a great camp.

Holland didn't wait either.

"I went up there and all the coaches seemed to like me a lot," Holland said. "Derrick had been telling them about me and it just worked out. I found out about the offer and I didn't want to wait."

Though Holland may have a ways to go since he could play several positions, his speed is definitely something that should give him a bright future.

Arizona State gets their second Texan

After grabbing a commitment from Austin, Texas quarterback Nick Foles, the Sun Devils picked up their second Lone Star prospect with defensive back Jonathan Clark.

The Arlington (Texas) Seguin defender is part of a loaded team in the North Texas area. Clark registered 57 total tackles, two interceptions, and nine pass breakups as a junior. That earned him first-team all-district honors.

Wisconsin was also on the radar for Clark. However, having four cousins, two aunts, and two uncles near ASU, the decision was easy.

"Having family in the area was big and my coaches talked up ASU a lot as well," Clark said. "I've never actually been to ASU before. I'm planning to take an unofficial visit to Tempe pretty soon here to meet with the coaches and check out the campus."

Another talented Wilson

Most North Texas high school football fans remember Oklahoma wide receiver Travis Wilson when he played at Carrollton Creekview. Now his brother, Corey Wilson, who plays at the same school is making noise.

Though they're a little different body types (Travis at 6-foot-3, Corey at 6-foot), the younger brother certainly has the ability clocking a 4.47-second 40-yard dash at the NIKE Training Camp in College Station.

That is good reason why scholarship offers have flown in from Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech.

One from Oklahoma doesn't look that far out of the question after he shined this past weekend at the camp in Norman.

"I wasn't getting any phone calls, no offers, nothing really before the camp," Wilson said. "Since then, I have had a bunch of coaches coming by the school, picked up some offers, and a bunch of phone calls (in May)."

Oklahoma recruiter Kevin Sumlin told Wilson that he was the "kind of player they were looking for."

Texas Tech will also get a camp visit from the talented Lone Star receiver. However a Sooner offer could shorten the process.

Bears loading up at receiver

So far, Baylor has opened some eyes with their early commitments from some very highly recruited players such as Lonnie Edwards. Two more wide receivers came down the pipe for the Bears and gave three talented pass-catchers for the more spread out offense.

First it was Cedar Hill speedster Romie Blaylock. Blaylock definitely is one of the smaller wide receivers in the state, but had a solid NIKE camp performance and several offers. Then it was Houston receiver Stacy Williams who will be the starting quarterback for his senior season at Yates High School.

Both Williams and Blaylock now join Mesquite sleeper Krys Buerck who though rumored to be a soft verbal, is a solid commitment to the Bears despite adding another offer from Tulsa.

It appears a wide open offense will have plenty of receivers in it. Also, the addition of quarterback G.J. Kinne would definitely be huge for the scheme as well. Kinne is planning to decide in the very near future and the Bears sit in good position.

Etc.

Texas A&M running back recruit Michael Goodson has been cleared to play at Texas A&M after taking a pass/fail test to complete his one-needed class for graduation...He had already enrolled at A&M but was waiting on that one class...Nothing is completely done with the NCAA Clearinghouse, but at this point it looks to go through fine...The Longhorns apparently were close to offering two prospects after their camp - linebacker Brandon Herron and defensive end Brandon Joiner. Apparently, nothing new has developed if any new in-state offers go out, those are the ones to expect from UT. Five-star wide receiver Terrance Toliver is headed to LSU for a camp after visiting Texas A&M this past weekend...Toliver has been in consistent contact with quarterback commit Jarrett Lee and apparently is excited to attend the camp with him.



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