Horns' 2011 Class Takes Shape

5-Star DT Desmond Jackson

Texas Longhorns is a recruiting machine and it has been able to secure commitments so early in the process that potential pledges are forced to make a quick decision when presented with an offer. Saturday was the first Jr. Day and the first Longhorn offers were extended and a high percentage of the players have already accepted.

So far Texas has reeled in 12 2011 commitments….

1. WR Jaxon Shipley – Brownwood – 6-0/170

Shipley got the engines running on the Class of 2011 for the Longhorns as he wasted little time in making a commitment when presented with his offer. Many people like to compare him to his brother but his talents speak for themselves. But he has the hands that you would expect to see when you read the name Shipley on the back of his jersey. He is a talented and efficient receiver and runs some of the best routes that you will see out of any other top receiver. He also has the ability to make some of the more athletic plays. He will need to develop some more strength to combat some of the more physical college level defenders.

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2. MLB Chet Moss – Cedar Park – 6-1/220

Moss is an instinctual linebacker that has good size, strength, and speed. He plays well laterally, moving sideline to sideline, but he is very tough when the play is coming right at him. He has the ability to fights off blockers well and finds the ball. Once he gets to the ball carrier he brings a physical attitude and lowers the wood. He is aggressive and plays with a nasty streak and plays hard on every down. He could be looked at as a complete backer because he tackles well and shows good instincts to go along with a nice frame.

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3. OT Taylor Doyle – Lake Travis – 6-5/270

Doyle has a nice reach and is great in pass protection while playing tackle in high school, but he has the look of a college guard. He has a nice lower half and can move around and looks tremendous getting down field to run block. Doyle has good size, is quick off the ball and uses his hands well. He has a powerful lower body and just drives people off the ball. He also finishes very well and tries to throw his man to the ground.

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4. WR Miles Onyegbule – Arlington – 6-4/200

Onyegbule could play wide receiver or be a Flex-TE at the next level. He has a large frame and looks like he could become even bigger by the time he hits the field in college, but he is very athletic and can cause match-up problems for defenders. He uses his body well to shield would be defenders away from the ball. Onyegbule is a great weapon in the red-zone with his size and leaping ability. He is not a fast-twitch athlete, but he is an excellent possession receiver.

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5. QB David Ash – Belton – 6-4/195

Ash has great size and he is a quarterback that can also run with the ball. He has a strong arm and can hit a receivers in-stride down the field. He does a great job of throwing to the outside shoulder of a receiver making it highly unlikely a defensive back could intercept the ball. Though he is not particularly speedy, he has great vision in the pocket and picks great spots where he can run with the ball making him more of a dual threat. He will need to work on his mechanics and get the ball at a higher point to be successful in college, but he has a quick release and has many of the tools necessary to become a success on the next level.

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6. RB Joe Bergeron – North Mesquite – 6-0/235

If you like the big pounding type of running back then look no further than Joe Bergeron. He has great size and is a bruiser that runs extremely hard in between the tackles. He hits the hole with good speed and runs with balance. Because of his tackle breaking ability he could also be looked at as a guy that can take it to the house on the high school level. Heading in to college some programs may prefer him as a fullback or H-Back because of his size and ferocity. But because of his burst even if he winds up at fullback he will likely be a tremendous weapon in the red-zone.

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7. OG Josh Cochran – Hallsville – 6-6/270

Cochran is used to run blocking and smashing defenders back off the line to open up holes for a powerful rushing attack. He fits the new guard mold of a guy that has great reach but still has the frame to be big enough and strong enough to take on defensive tackles in the interior, but is nimble enough to get outside and make blocks on swifter players on the edge.

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8. DT Desmond Jackson – Houston Westfield – 6-2/270

Jackson dominates in the middle of the field and can get in the backfield early and often. Plus he has the ability to rush the passer. He is also good at backside pursuit, he puts a lot of effort into his play and because of his athleticism on the interior he sometimes requires double teams to keep him somewhat in check. He understands how to use his hands well and has an understanding of how to use his technique to cause offensive linemen to become off balance. Once he gets moving and gets his hands on the lineman he is hard to stop.

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9. WR Mykkele Thompson – SA Stevens – 6-1/170

Thompson is a speedy receiver that is going to be a real threat in the return game. He is raw as a receiver but he has some serious upside because you just can't typically find many players with his type of speed. He is a fluid guy who is fast as they come in and out of his breaks. There may be some worry about his physicality, but what he lacks in size he more than makes up it up with his heart, technique, and raw speed.

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10. CB Leroy Scott – South Houston – 5-10/190

Leroy Scott has been a man-child ever since he first set foot on a high school football field. He has great coverage abilities and has the strength and power to jam his man up on the line and the speed to recover if he is not able to slow him up on the jam. He takes very good angles when making a tackle and is not afraid to get inside the box and light up a ball carrier. Scott does an outstanding job at sticking with the receiver and making plays on the ball. Corners who can cover and play the run like Scott are a rarity.

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11. TE M.J. McFarland – 6-5/235 – Eldorado

Not a whole lot was known on the big pass catching tight end until he hit the ground at the U.S. Army all-American Combine to work out with the country's elite prospect. And right off of the bat it was easy to see that not only was he one of the most physically impressive players in the country, but he also has some great ball skills to go with the impressive frame.

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12. S Sheroid Evans – Sugarland Dulles – 6-1/185

Evans has excellent cover skills and good hips for a bigger defensive back, so he could realistically play corner or safety on the next level. He tackles well but his length is another strength factoring in to his safety projection. There will also not be too many players in the country that can even sniff his speed as he is one of the top track stars in America and has posted an indoor time of 21.3 in the 200-meter. At this time Evans is more of a track star playing football but the potential to become a dominant force is there.

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