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Old 12-15-2006   #1
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Important: This is NOT the official board for Texas. This board has been compiled by the staff at Orangebloods.com to give fans a general idea of the prospects UT may be pursuing. It will change as more information and new names become available.
The following chart lists each position, along with the number of players that we believe the Horns will attempt to get at that particular position. The percentages are our prediction of the chance that particular player will sign with Texas on National Signing Day. The arrow beside the number indicates if the percentage has gone up, down or stayed the same since our last update.

QUARTERBACK (2)
Texas inked two talented quarterbacks last year, but the staff was looking to sign one or two guys for 2007 that can compete for the starting job or help fill out the depth chart. They accomplished that goal early with commits from Chiles and Brantley.
- NAME STARS RR OFFER HOMETOWN FAVORITES VISIT ODDS SNAPSHOT
John Brantley 6.1 YES Ocala, FL Texas verbal - TEXAS Unofficial visit won Brantley over; unbelievable early pick-up

John Chiles 6.1 YES Mansfield, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Can play several positions, will get a look at QB

Other Offers With Less Than 20% Chance:
Committed to Another School: Ryan Mallett


RUNNING BACK (2)
Texas signed Vondrell McGee and Antwan Cobb last year, and the staff will look to add a couple more names to the stable.
- NAME STARS RR OFFER HOMETOWN FAVORITES VISIT ODDS SNAPSHOT

Lennon Creer 6.0 YES Tatum, TX list - 20% Numbers are too tight, and Creer never made it back down to Austin

Cody Johnson 5.9 YES Waller, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Some feel he's the state's best back

Foswhitt Whittaker NR NR YES Pearland, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Could play several different positions for Texas

Other Offers With Less Than 20% Chance: None
Committed to Another School: None


WIDE RECEIVER (1 or 2)
Texas has several good, young receivers, so this position isn't a huge need in 2007.
- NAME STARS RR OFFER HOMETOWN FAVORITES VISIT ODDS SNAPSHOT
Malcolm Williams 5.9 YES Garland, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS The Horns' top WR target committed early; will be the only player at this position

Other Offers With Less Than 20% Chance: None
Committed to Another School: None


TIGHT END (2 or 3)
With Steve Hogan and Peter Ullman facing injury issues, Texas will sign at least two and possibly even three if one prospect could help out elsewhere.
- NAME STARS RR OFFER HOMETOWN FAVORITES VISIT ODDS SNAPSHOT
Ahmard Howard 5.8 YES Brenham, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS The Horns' first TE commit; well-rounded player

Zack Pianalto NR NR YES Springdale, AR Texas verbal - TEXAS Really performed well at UT's summer camp

Blaine Irby 5.8 YES Ventura, CA list - 85% Stop in Austin this weekend looks good for Texas

Other Offers With Less Than 20% Chance: None
Committed to Another School: None


OFFENSIVE LINE (5 or 6)
A huge need position, and Texas grabbed five great ones early and then landed Tray Allen in April.
- NAME STARS RR OFFER HOMETOWN FAVORITES VISIT ODDS SNAPSHOT
Tray Allen 6.1 YES Grand Prairie, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS A perfect cap to the perfect OL class

Jerrod Gooch NR NR YES Vidor, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Played only eight games the last two years; tons of upside

Kyle Hix 5.8 YES Aledo, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Picked up an offer after Junior Day visit and committed right away

Michael Huey 6.0 YES Kilgore, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Another very early commit; an absolute mauler on the inside


Aundre McGaskey 5.9 YES La Marque, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Yet another big-time pick-up chose the Horns over A&M

Matt Nader 5.9 YES Westlake, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Drew rave reviews for his work at UT's camp

Other Offers With Less Than 20% Chance: None
Committed to Another School: None


DEFENSIVE LINE (4 or 5)
Texas has some young D-line talent on campus, but the staff will be looking to provide some depth, particularly at tackle.
- NAME STARS RR OFFER HOMETOWN FAVORITES VISIT ODDS SNAPSHOT
Joseph Barksdale 6.1 YES Detroit, MI list - 45% Some feel it could come down to Texas and Ohio State

Russell Carter 5.9 YES Houston, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Another player that dominated at the Texas camp

Brandon Joiner NR NR NO Killeen, TX list - 25% Did well at UT's camp, but numbers may not leave room

Andre Jones 6.0 YES El Paso, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS State's top DT picked Texas over A&M and Notre Dame

Richetti Jones 6.0 YES Dallas, TX list - 60% Still likes Texas, but wants to wait it out

Michael Wilcoxon NR NR YES Aledo, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Performed well at UT's camp and picked up an offer

Other Offers With Less Than 20% Chance: None
Committed to Another School: None


LINEBACKER (2 or 3)
Texas signed a very good linebacker class last year, and the staff will now look to cherry pick a couple for 2007.
- NAME STARS RR OFFER HOMETOWN FAVORITES VISIT ODDS SNAPSHOT
Brandon Herron NR NR NO Sugarland, TX list - 25% Could be an option if others fall through

Keenan Robinson 5.9 YES Plano, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS State's top LB committed at first UT junior day

Other Offers With Less Than 20% Chance: None
Committed to Another School: Derrick Stephens


DEFENSIVE BACKS (4 or 5)
Another need position, and the Horns have started off quickly.
- NAME STARS RR OFFER HOMETOWN FAVORITES VISIT ODDS SNAPSHOT
Antwoine Baker NR NR NO Los Angeles, CA list - 20% Not being able to work out at UT's camp could hurt his chances

Eric Berry 6.1 YES Fairburn, GA list - 30% Could get interesting if he visits Austin this summer

Ron Brooks 5.8 NO Irving, TX list - 20% Some interesting things would need to happen for this to work out

Curtis Brown 6.0 YES Gilmer, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS One of the top overall athletes in the state of Texas

Brandon Collins NR NR YES Brenham, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Picked up an offer after performing well at mini-camp

Earl Thomas 5.9 YES Orange, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Versatile athlete that will play corner for Texas

Christian Scott 5.9 NO Dallas, TX list - 20% Didn't make it to UT's camp, hurting his chances

James Scott 5.9 YES Daytona Beach, FL list - 20% Chances here will shoot through the roof if he's brought in for a visit

Ben Wells 5.9 YES Beaumont, TX Texas verbal - TEXAS Premier athlete that chose Texas early

Other Offers With Less Than 20% Chance: None
Committed to Another School: Phelon Jones
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yup yup, they got an amazin recuitin year, Brantley will red shirt, and be the startin QB when colt enters the draft in 2 years, and john chiles, got a chance to beat out both of them for the job, and i always gotta metion sherrod harris, all good QB's, although i here chiles is very raw at QB

but they got some good athletes that can play multple positions so its gonna be fun next season
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Colt's not entering the draft in two years.
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The best out of the group to me will be:

John Chiles (type of athlete that can play in any offense, just give him the ball)

Ben Wells (very athletic, outstanding agility)

Foswhitt Whitaker (underrated by many before this year...isn't even 100rivals.com ranked)

Michael Huey (will be a beast, makes huge holes and pancakes his man almost everytime)

John Brantley (excellent arm and nice touch, Colt will be pushed)
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Brantley could still wind up at Florida, and don't forget that all comits at this point are verbal and mean nothing. Remember Ryan Perileuax (sp?)
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The real question is which one will all of you Longhorns fans be crying about the Texans not drafting next?

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2006 Vince Young
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Brantley could still wind up at Florida, and don't forget that all comits at this point are verbal and mean nothing. Remember Ryan Perileuax (sp?)
Yes I remember RP but RP never said this...


Brantley, who is still receiving heavy recruiting interest from Florida, continues to say that he's solid for Texas. With ties to the Gators, the Ocala, Fla., quarterback says he hears about the in-state school everyday and there is constant pressure. Regardless, he says that he's a "Longhorn."

"Really, I have the same feeling I had after I visited the first time," Brantley said. "I'm going down to make sure I haven't lost it and talk with the coaches."

This visit will most definitely have a huge effect on where Brantley ends up on Signing Day. While it looks like Texas will be the obvious choice, it's also clear that Florida is not giving up without a fight.
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The smoke has been building for the past two weeks, and on Wednesday afternoon Longhorn fans finally saw the dreaded fire.

John Brantley has switched his verbal commitment from Texas to Florida.



John Brantley switched from Texas to Florida on Wednesday.
A five-star prospect out of Ocala, Fla., Brantley had been weighing his options between the two programs ever since taking his official visit to Austin earlier this month. After a sitdown with his family on Tuesday night, a final decision was made and a call was placed to the Texas staff on Wednesday morning.

"It's a tough decision. It's a big decision and it sounds like (Texas assistant) coach (Greg) Davis was fantastic, as he has been all along," said Brantley's father, also named John. "The Texas coaches have been class about everything so nothing surprises me about them."

The final decision is one that Brantley has been agonizing over privately for the past week, and it's one that Mr. Brantley said repeatedly that the family didn't take lightly.

"It all kept coming back to home and Ocala being so close (about 40 miles from Gainesville). But I've really got mixed emotions about it," Mr. Brantley said. "We're going to support our son too, but it's been tough on him. I know it's tough, but hopefully everyone at Texas understands. Everyone has to realize he's a young guy with a tough decision. He hasn't even turned 18 years old yet. I know he dreaded that call, but we wanted to do it as soon as possible."

As tends to be the case with high-profile quarterback recruits, the rumors about Brantley wavering on his Texas commitment began to surface over the past couple of months. The speculation really picked up steam after Brantley's Dec. 8 visit to Austin, and the family confirmed on Sunday night that Brantley was in fact weighing his options. Proximity seemed to become a bigger factor with each passing week, and it ultimately tipped the scales in Florida's favor.

"It's all about distance. When you've got two sets of grandparents still living that live right here, little things like that start adding up," said Mr. Brantley. "Johnny couldn't even go out in public without someone doing the Gator chomp. That's no excuse or reason for change, but it tends to wear on you after a while. But the distance was the biggest factor."

The loss of Brantley's commit stings the Longhorn fan base for obvious reasons Brantley's the second-rated pro-style quarterback prospect in the country but it also brings up a memory that Longhorn fans would rather not revisit. In 2005, Ryan Perrilloux, another five-star quarterback prospect from outside the Texas borders, decommitted from the Longhorns in favor of the home-state LSU Tigers on National Signing Day.

Brantley's switch, while still a bitter pill to swallow, does give Texas some time to look at other options if it so chooses. The Longhorns still have a commitment from five-star athlete John Chiles, who is expected to get a shot at quarterback, but the team quit recruiting a handful of other top prospects once Brantley committed. The most notable example is Ryan Mallett, who committed to Michigan shortly after Brantley gave Texas his verbal.

"We didn't want to hang out Coach (Mack) Brown and Texas," Mr. Brantley said. "Let's get it done so Texas can make other arrangements. Is there a perfect time? No. But we needed to make the call so everyone can move on.

"We're going to get through it and hopefully Texas understands. They're disappointed, and we're disappointed. We appreciate the time we had to be a part of that and we're so fortunate to have met some great people over there. All I can say is the University of Texas staff has been class with a capital C."

I was wwwwwaaaaayyyy wrong on this guy...but we should just stick to TEXAS kids anyway.
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