There was some concern in Austin, Texas when no prospects committed on the spot at the first Texas junior day. This is out of character for the Longhorns, who usually corral a bunch of recruits that weekend leading to the class being just about full by Easter.
It didn’t happen on in early February, but the commitments are now starting to roll in for Mack Brown and his staff, as Texas now has 11 commitments for 2013 with 10 of those coming in the past two weeks.
One of the most decorated early commits is wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones. The receiver from Sealy, Texas has great size at 6-foot-5, 220-pounds which will enable him to be a tough red zone match up. The ESPN 150 Watch List prospect had early offers from schools such as LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Auburn, and Texas A&M.
Throwing Seals-Jones the ball may be quarterback Tyrone Swoopes from Whitewright, Texas. Swoopes is the same size as Seals-Jones, checking in at 6-foot-5, 220-pounds. In 2011, he threw for 1,394 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 2,267 yards and 29 scores. His offer list included Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M.
Just about every player that has committed to Texas has big league offers and that puts Texas in their usual spot at the head of the class early in the process.
No program despises Texas more than Texas A&M. When the Aggies bolted the Big 12 for the SEC, they hoped that it would help bolster recruiting. Early on, the move seems to be paying off. A&M has 13 commitments, eight of which are on the ESPN 150 Watch List.
J.J. Gustafson, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive tackle from Jesuit High School in Dallas, is the most recent commitment. Gustafson is a good athlete that can probably play on the left side once he puts on about 40 pounds. He chose the Aggies over Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Baylor.
Ishmael Wilson is another offensive tackle from Dallas that will be heading down to College Station in 2013. The 6-foot-5, 292-pound Wilson committed on A&M’s Junior Day on February 18th. He had offers from Michigan, Nebraska, California, and Vanderbilt.
A similar scenario is playing out up north, as the two major programs in Michigan have both had recruiting success in the month of February. The Wolverines have 13 commitments at this time, including five from offensive linemen on the ESPN 150 Watch List.
Patrick Kugler is a 6-foot-4, 275-pound guard from Wexford, Pa. His father, Sean, is the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, so it should come as no surprise that he is considered one of the most technically sound linemen in this class. He picked Michigan over Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Florida State, and Miami.
At 6-foot-7, 295-pounds as a junior, there is no doubt that Logan Tuley-Tillman will be a tackle when he dons the Maize and Blue. But the Peoria, Ill. product is not just a big guy. He can move his feet and as a result, he should contend for playing time early in his career. His very impressive offer sheet included Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, Wisconsin, Illinois, and many others.
In East Lansing, the Spartans have four commitments, including one from ESPN 150 Watch List prospect Jon Reschke. A defensive end at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Heights, Mich., the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Reschke will probably shift to outside linebacker in college. At the time of his commitment his only other offer was from Toledo, but Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin were among the schools keeping a close eye on him.
Michigan State also secured a commitment from running back R.J. Shelton from Beaver Dam, Wis. Shelton had 34 touchdowns and over 2,000 yards on the ground this past fall. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Shelton picked Michigan State over Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.
And Florida, who just signed head coach Will Muschamp to a contract extension, took advantage of their Junior Day by getting six commitments to bring their total for 2013 to 10. Kelvin Taylor of Belle Glade, Fla. was one of the prospects that committed on Junior Day. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Taylor is the son of former NFL great Fred Taylor and he is obviously a chip off the old block. In 2011, the younger Taylor ran for 2,884 yards and 40 touchdowns. Since dad was a Gator, it was no surprise that he picked Florida over Florida State, USC, Alabama, and Miami.Click to view article