AUSTIN, Texas -- In less than four months Signing Day for the class of 2013 will come and go, and the class of 2014 will take center stage in the eyes of football programs and fan bases everywhere.
This year is unique in that many of the Longhorns’ junior targets are already known. For the first time in Mack Brown’s tenure on the 40 Acres, Texas has begun offering juniors before Junior Day in February.
On Monday and Tuesday, we looked at 14 junior offensive prospects that either already have Texas offers or could be in line for one down the road. Here is a look at 7 offensive junior prospects that either already have Texas offers or could be in line for one down the road. Part 2 will be out Thursday:
• WR Nick Alexander (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster)
6-foot-3, 195 pounds | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: Alexander’s stats won’t jump out to you – 10 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns in six games – but that’s just because he doesn’t get a lot of opportunities in a run-based offense. However, his size and potential make him one receiver Texas is glued in on. The Longhorns have let him know about it too. He’s been pretty quiet about things to date, but it seems like OU has made a good impression on him.
Offers: Oklahoma, SMU
Quotable: “It went very, very well. I thought I did very well. I did everything I was taught. I met all of the coaches. I gave them respect and they gave me respect.” – Alexander on when he attended a Texas mini camp in June.
• OT Ty Barrett (Dallas, Texas/Skyline)
6-foot-5, 285 pounds | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: The Longhorns have already identified their top offensive line targets for 2014, but Barrett is one they are keeping a close eye on. Barrett has a strong bond with UT co-recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers, which could help Texas’ chances if an offer is extended. He says Texas, Texas A&M and Boise State are recruiting him the hardest right now.
Offers: Louisiana-Lafayette, Morgan State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, West Virginia
Quotable: “They have a great tradition. I love coach Mack Brown. When I went down there to camp my freshmen year I loved everything about it. He was always straight-forward. He’s not going to sugarcoat anything.” – Barrett
• WR K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant)
6-foot-1, 165 pounds | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: When it comes to the top junior receivers in the state Cannon is at or near the top, and Texas has let him know that he’s of major importance in 2014. Cannon has showed the Longhorns that he’s really interested too. He’s already attended three of Texas’ games this season and has been impressed by the home field atmosphere Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium has provided.
Offers: Baylor, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, West Virginia
Quotable: “I want a team that has a great fan base, and they have a great fan base and a whole lot more,” he said. “And they have a great quarterback who’s committed already for their 2013 class.” – Cannon said of Tyrone Swoopes.
• RB Donald Catalon (Houston, Texas/Eisenhower)
5-foot-10, 193 pounds | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: Catalon committed to the Longhorns on Aug. 3, the day after Texas officially offered he and numerous other 2014 prospects. Going into last week Catalon had rushed for 740 yards and five touchdowns, and caught seven passes for 116 yards and a score.
Offers: Committed to Texas
Quotable: “I like how Coach [Major] Applewhite really shows you how to run your plays.” – Catalon
• RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, LA/Saint Augustine)
6-foot-1, 232 pounds | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: Texas is facing an uphill battle with Fournette. He has offers from some of the country’s elite and seems like he has his eyes set on LSU. The Longhorns need to get him on campus if they want to have any chance with him.
Offers: Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M, West Virginia
Quotable: "He's one of those rare combinations. He's 6-foot-1, 232 and he's a 4.3 guy. And he has that get-it-and-go. He can change directions, cut on a dime. He's very elusive. They don't realize [it] until he gets on top of him. He can run you over, run around you, or have you grasping for air as he puts the shakes on you. He's a young man that has it all." – St. Augustine head coach Cyril Crutchfield told TideNation.
• FB Daniel Gresham (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints)
5-foot-11, 220 pounds | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: Gresham committed to the Longhorns five days after it officially offered him. Going into last week Gresham has 889 yards rushing on 73 attempts and 15 touchdowns.
Offers: Committed to Texas
Quotable: “Coach [Major] Applewhite told me to pay attention to how they used running backs last year. He said I’d block but I’d also get a lot of carries and a bunch of receiving yards. They like to run routes with their backs and he likes that I have soft hands.” – Gresham
• QB Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer)
6-foot-2, 185 pounds | ESPN Watch List member
The Latest: Heard was the lone quarterback offered by Texas when it began officially offering juniors on Aug. 2. He committed to the Longhorns 12 days later and should be the only quarterback Texas takes in 2014. Going into last week, Heard had passed for 829 yards and seven touchdowns and had rushed for 616 yards and 10 scores.
Offers: Committed to Texas
Quotable: “One thing Harsin told me was I would play. There is going to be competition there but I just have to come in and compete to get that spot. Any Division I school I would have gone to, there is going to be a big-time quarterback in front of me so I just have to work to get a spot.” – Heard