Board Meeting: April 3, 2012

Welcome to your daily Board Meeting. Each evening we’ll update you on the day’s hottest topics on the HornsNation forum.

1. Smith and Davis get offers: It was bound to happen sometime. Texas finally offered the two top in-state defense back prospects. Maurice Smith and Antwuan Davis were both in Austin for the Orange-White game. They got their offers Monday. Neither has committed, but at least the waiting is over for them. Whatever Longhorns defensive backs coach Duane Akina’s vetting process was, it must have been intense. However, maybe it was the right approach. There are few spots left and Texas can’t guess that its going after the right prospects. Furthermore, DB was such a huge area of need, and given the fact that luring two big prospects – Vonn Bell and Marcell Harris – out of SEC country would be no easy feat, getting the best in Texas was key.

Cole Luke, who visited this past weekend from Arizona, did not leave with an offer.

Do you think he should have? Are you happy with the pursuit of Davis and Smith?

2. Way too early top 25: Fresh off the end of March Madness, it is time to look ahead to which teams will be the elite next season. Andy Katz has Indiana as his top team and Texas made the early rankings at No. 16. Kansas checks in at No. 3 and Baylor at No. 10.

Katz looks at the return of Myck Kabongo and his pairing with recruits Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh as factors that will vault the Longhorns up the Big 12 standings. What can’t be underestimated is Kabongo’s year. It was rough and Barnes was hard on him. But he came back anyway and will be an experienced point guard who knows what Barnes expects. He’ll also have a big man this year with Ridley.

What do you think? Too low for the Horns?

3. Who will get drafted higher in 2013?: shilohseals posed the poll question looking ahead to next year’s NFL draft and which Longhorns might be drafted the highest. Lots of voters went with Kenny Vaccaro, which is probably a good guess since he might be the team’s best defender. However, you can’t overlook Alex Okafor. Defensive end is a position that is always coveted position in the draft. If Okafor shows more versatility within the defense and performs well in draft workouts, his stock could soar.

Let’s hear your pick.