College Football Recruiting 2014: Texas Longhorns Off To Hot Start

By Rick Stavig

The Texas Longhorns are always a dominant force on the recruiting scene.

It’s a powerhouse program in the middle of high school football utopia, and talent can be found all over.  The class the Longhorns are assembling for the 2013 class is typical and should be ranked in the top ten when it’s all said and done.

But what’s really impressive is the group of guys they’re putting together for the 2014 class.  They are on an absolute warpath right now with juniors in high school.

Currently the Longhorns have five players verbally committed to the 2014 class, which is very impressive at such an early stage.  Not surprisingly, all five players are born and bred in the fine state of Texas.

Donald Catalon, from Eisenhower High School in Houston, is a complete back at 6’0” 200lbs.  He’s regarded as one of the more talented junior tailbacks in the country.  Then the ‘Horns have a bruising fullback/tailback to pair him with in 240lb Daniel Gresham.  Gresham, from All Saints Episcopal in Fort Worth, is an absolute load coming through the line.  Those two should make a fantastic combination together in college.

Lorenzo Joe, from Abilene Cooper High in Abilene, is being recruited as a receiver, even though he’s been playing quarterback in high school.  Joe is truly a playmaker, and is electrifying with the ball in his hands.  At 6’3” 185lbs, he has the frame, but will need to put on some weight.  He’s a fantastic athlete who should excel whichever position he plays at.

Derrick Roberson, from Brennan High School in San Antonio, is an elite pass rushing prospect at defensive end.  The 6’3” 215lb Roberson is lighting off the ball, but needs to get stronger because he sometimes struggles to get off blocks.  He’s a fun player to watch, and some of his hits are truly highlight worthy.  He could be the next great Longhorn edge rusher.

The pièce de résistance of the class is quarterback Jerrod Heard.  Heard could be the most athletic quarterback in the country, and has offers from all the big boys.  Keeping him will be of the utmost importance for the Longhorns.  The next 14 months will be heavily devoted to retaining the star signal caller from Guyer High School in Denton.

As good of a class as the Longhorns have now, I expect it to only get better.  It’ll be very interesting to follow this class if there’s a coaching change as rumored.  But even if the ‘Horns change things up, elite Texas talent will always be inclined to head to Austin.

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