Defensive end Max Wright represents Katy Taylor at The Opening in Houston Feb. 4. (Mike Craven)

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Max Wright, Keondre Coburn add star power to Orange-White Game visitor’s list

Posted April 14th, 2017

Story highlights
  • Max Wright, the top-rated defensive lineman in Texas, is expected on campus Saturday.
  • The Longhorns are set to host multiple five-star 2019 prospects during the Orange-White Game.
  • Linebacker commit Byron Hobbs returns to campus for the first time since committing.

Ten expected visitors for Saturday’s Orange-White Game were previewed in this week’s Dotted Line. All 10 of those prospects hold Texas offers. But not every prospect expected in Austin over the weekend holds a UT offer, or is even in the 2018 class.

Tom Herman wants to use the day to showcase his program to the fans and to future recruits in the 2018 and 2019 classes. And DKR should be packed full of recruits. Here are more names to know heading into Saturday.

Byron Hobbs, linebacker, Eastern Hills

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FYI: 6-3/208; 4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Oklahoma, TCU, Arkansas, Ole Miss

College: Texas

Latest on Hobbs: The four-star linebacker became the second commitment in Texas’ 2018 class April 7 when he announced his pledge on his Twitter feed. Hobbs will help the coaching staff recruit this weekend and indicated last week that he was confident a few more top-flight prospects would be committing to Texas soon. Hobbs is a linebacker with a frame to add 30 pounds and keep his athleticism. He was recruited to play the Rover position in Todd Orlando’s defense.

Max Wright, defensive end, Katy Taylor

FYI: 6-4/270; 4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Texas A&M, Alabama, Miami, Oklahoma, Georgia

College: Undecided

Latest on Wright: Wright is the best in-state defensive lineman in the 2018 class. The No. 3 ranked player in the Fabulous 55 is considered a Texas A&M lean, but getting him on campus for the spring game can only help the Longhorns make up ground on the Aggies. Wright visited Texas for junior day and came away impressed. Wright is a defensive end with the frame to become a defensive tackle. His ability to play outside or inside makes him a perfect fit for Orlando’s preferred odd-man front.

Keondre Coburn, defensive tackle, Westfield

Houston Westfield defensive tackle Keondre Coburn competes at The Opening in Houston Feb. 4. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 6-1/326; 4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: TCU, Texas A&M, Florida, Arkansas, Colorado

College: Undecided

Latest on Coburn: The Longhorns are in good position with Coburn, even if the big-bodied defensive tackle isn’t in a hurry to commit or narrow his schools of choice. Coburn plays at Westfield High School and his head coach is the brother of Texas assistant Corby Meekins. Coburn played for Meekins as a freshman and built a strong relationship with Texas’ staff during their time at Houston. If Herman’s squad can win football games in the fall, Texas is in great shape to sign Coburn.

Jaylen Waddle, wide receiver, Bellaire Episcopal

FYI: 5-9.5/175; 4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Oregon, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Florida State

College: Undecided

Latest on Wadle: The state of Texas is chalked full of wide receiver talent and Waddle is one of the top five players in-state at the position. He might be the state’s best slot receiver and holds a Texas offer. The Longhorns already earned a commitment from a slot receiver when Florida athlete Justin Watkins flipped from Florida State, but Texas will take a player of Waddle’s ability regardless. He’s an electric player on offense and special teams.

Erik Ezukanma, wide receiver, Keller Timber Creek

Wide receiver Erik Ezukanma competes at The Opening in Dallas. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 6-2/175; 4-stars

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Arkansas, Texas A&M, Kansas, Ole Miss, TCU

College: Undecided

Latest on Ezukanma: Ezukanma might be the best wide receiver in the state without a Texas offer. He’s impressed this offseason at The Opening regional in Dallas and the Under Armour All-America Camp Series in Cedar Hill. Ezukanma is a productive prep player with the ideal frame for an outside receiver. If the Longhorns miss on targets like Brennan Eagles and Al’Vonte Woodard, Ezukanma would be one of the players likely to receive an offer down the road.

 

Miles Battle, wide receiver, Cypress Creek

FYI: 6-4/188; 3-stars

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Auburn, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Arkansas, Arizona State

College: Undecided

Latest on Battle: Much like Ezukanma, Battle is the type of wide receiver who would already hold a Texas offer if not for so much talent inside the state during the 2018 cycle. Battle is an outside receiver with height, length and consistent hands. He’s raw compared to some of the higher-rated wide receivers in the class, but his upside is high.

Starrland Baldwin, cornerback, Cy Falls

FYI: 5-10/172; 3-stars

Texas offer: No

College: Oklahoma, Arizona, TCU, Oklahoma State

Latest on Baldwin: It isn’t a deep year at most positions inside Texas. The 2018 class isn’t as deep as it was in 2017 or it will be in 2019, but there are a few positions loaded with talent. Cornerback is one of those positions and it is why Baldwin is yet to hold a Texas offer despite contact between he and the staff. Baldwin needs to physically develop before handling stronger wide receivers, but he’s a speedster who could wind up with a Texas offer if players like Jalen Green and Anthony Cook wind up at other programs.

2019

Roschon Johnson, quarterback, Port Neches-Groves

FYI: 6-0.5/192; 4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Baylor, Florida, Houston, North Carolina

College: Undecided

Who is Johnson? Johnson is a four-star talent who will be ranked as a top-20 player in the 2019 class. He’s the only quarterback in the class Texas has offered to date and his trip to Austin this weekend will be his second in April. Johnson is a dual-threat quarterback with 11 offers. As a sophomore, he passed for 2,318 yards and rushed for 1,650, accounting for 56 total touchdowns.

Kenyon Green, offensive tackle, Atascocita

FYI: 6-5/315; 5-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: LSU, Georgia, Texas A&M, Oklahoma

College: LSU

Who is Green? Green is the best offensive lineman in the state, and not just for the 2019 class. Green would be ranked the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the 2018 class despite being a sophomore. He’s that good. Green is already committed to LSU, but it is early in the process and Texas has plenty of time to talk him into staying in-state.

Tyler Johnson, offensive tackle, Oak Ridge

FYI: 6-5/293; 4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Baylor

College: Undecided

Who is Tyler Johnson? Johnson is a four-star prospect and the second best offensive tackle in Texas for the 2019 class. He and Green are the only offensive tackles in 2019 with Texas offers. Getting both on campus for a spring game this early in the process can help the Longhorns down the road.

Kardell Thomas, offensive guard, Southern University Lab School (La.)

FYI: 6-4/320; 5-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Iowa State

College: LSU

Who is Thomas? The top interior offensive line prospect in the 2019 class will be in Austin for the Orange-White Game, meaning Texas will host the top offensive tackle and offensive guard in the 2019 class on the same weekend. Herman believes in building programs with quality linemen, and while Thomas and Green are committed to LSU, getting them on campus can’t hurt with over 18 months left until their national signing day.

Lloyd Murray Jr., defensive tackle, Wichita Falls Hirschi

FYI: 6-1/320; 3-stars

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Florida State, Auburn, Oregon, Florida

College: Florida State

Who is Murray Jr.? Murray is committed to Florida State and is a bowling ball in the interior of a defensive line. He plays with a low center of gravity, is strong enough to take on double-teams and uniquely athletic for a young prospect carrying 300+ pounds. Texas is yet to offer a defensive tackle in the 2019 class, but Murray might be the first.

Arjei Henderson, wide receiver, Richmond Travis

FYI: 6-1/179; 5-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Baylor

College: Oklahoma

Who is Henderson? Texas is playing catchup in the 2019 class and Henderson is another example. Just like Green and Thomas on the offensive line, Henderson is committed to another school. An Oklahoma commit, Henderson will be a top five player in Texas once his cycle becomes the focal point. He’s the type of player Texas needs to keep in state, and away from its rivals, moving forward. Saturday presents a chance to show the 2019 prospects a glimpse at the future at Texas.

 

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