Anyone who follows recruiting on a national scale knows that prospects from the Lone Star State usually commit earlier in the process than prospects anywhere else. This year, however, the number of prospects that are already committed is higher than ever.
The trend of early commitments all starts with the University of Texas. The Horns got out and offered the top in-state prospects in February and March and got commitments from most of them within a week. The Longhorns currently have 24 commitments and appear to have closed up shop with the exception of one or two out of state prospects.
The Baylor Bears have taken a page from Mack Brown’s book of recruiting and have collected 25 commitments already as well. The Bears are now down to spot recruiting, but for the most part have closed up shop.
The Texas A&M Aggies have already garnered 16 commitments and are over half way full. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have already picked up 13 commitments in what will likely be a small class for the Raiders. Even the non-Big 12 schools in Texas are filling up fast. UTEP has picked up 13 commitments, Houston has 12, TCU has seven, Rice and SMU have four a piece.
This of course does not include the many prospects from Texas that are committed to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU and others. So the question begs, who are the top players still available from Texas.?
Four of the top five and seven of the top ten prospects are already committed to a school. The top player from the Lone Star State still left on the board is Hempstead, Texas wide receiver Terrance Toliver, followed by Irving (Tx.) MacArthur wide receiver Ron Brooks and Tatum running back Lennon Creer.
Toliver is ranked as the nation’s No. 3 wide receiver and has a top five of Florida, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma and USC. Brooks is ranked as the nation’s No. 6 running back and has Florida, Nebraska, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Texas Tech at the top of his list. Creer has announced a top three of Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
Perhaps no prospect in the state of Texas has more upside than Rosenberg (Tx.) Lamar Consolidated offensive lineman Jarvis Jones, who seems to be favoring Texas A&M. Two more of the top uncommitted prospects are Round Rock wide receiver James Kirkendoll, who just missed the national top 100 and will probably find his way in by signing day and Dallas Skyline wide receiver Christian Scott. Kirkendoll remains wide open while Scott seems to be favoring Oklahoma, Texas and LSU.
By analyzing the numbers many schools are now beginning to realize that if you want to recruit successfully in Texas you had better get in the door early, because it won’t be open long. Over 75-percent of the players in the state of Texas with a Division I scholarship offer are already committed.
Many schools, including, but not limited to Texas and Baylor are already beginning to focus on the top prospects from the Lone Star State in the class of 2008. The Horns and Bears are practically finished with the class of 2007 and Texas A&M and Texas Tech are past the halfway mark.
Scout.com is committed to becoming the authority on recruiting in the state of Texas. We are scouting and collecting information on the top Lone Star State stars in the class of 2008 and will be rolling out a list of the top 100 Texans to watch in the class of 2008 in the coming weeks.