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How do rankings shake-up affect Texas?

Posted May 22nd, 2014

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When Charlie Strong was introduced as the new head coach of the Texas Longhorns he made it very clear he isn’t interested in star ratings when it comes to recruiting.

“It’s good I’ve got the media here for this one,” he said in early January. “Let’s not get caught up in the five stars, let’s not get caught up in the four stars. Let’s get caught up in the football players.”

Where’s the fun in that?

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We’ll let Strong and his staff worry about how players will actually fit into their system. While they do that, we’ll keep on looking at how the players they sign stack up against their counterparts, and where the top kids in the state of Texas elect to play their college ball.

Over the last week, recruiting services unveiled their spring rankings. The update resulted in a shift to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, a system using industry averages to rate players in an attempt to take potential bias out of the equation.

Here’s how the shake-up affected UT’s 2015 pledges and its top targets.

Five of ten Longhorn commitments landed in the updated Composite Top247 – offensive linemen Toby Weathersby (No. 129) and Patrick Vahe (143), quarterback Zach Gentry (187), safety Deshon Elliott (243) and running back Jordan Stevenson. (245)

– Of the five ranked pledges, only Vahe and Gentry rank in the top ten of their respective positions nationally. Vahe is listed as the 6th-rated offensive guard; Gentry also landed at No. 6 among pro-style quarterbacks.

– Weathersby, Elliott and Stevenson all rank in the top 20 of their positions. Weathersby comes in at No. 12 among offensive tackles, Elliott is the No. 14 safety and Stevenson currently sits 19th among running backs.

Three Texans cracked the national top 20. Mesquite Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson is the higest rated of the trio, coming in at No. 9, one spot in front of Kendall Sheffield, a cornerback out of Fort Bend Marshall. Gladewater defensive tackle Daylon Mack, who’s currently committed to Texas A&M, came in at No. 12. All three are considered five-star recruits.

Texas’ five Top247 players lead the Big 12. Baylor is second with three. Oklahoma and Texas Tech both have two. Stephenville quarterback Jarrett Stidham, a Texas Tech pledge, is currently the highest rated Big 12 commitment at No. 38.

Texas A&M tops the in-state schools with seven players ranked in the Composite Top247. The group, led by Mack, is currently ranked No. 6 in the class rankings. And it could be getting a big boost soon as the state’s top quarterback prospect, Allen’s Kyler Murray, is scheduled to announce his college intentions next week. The 22nd-rated prospect is expected to choose between the A&M and Oregon.

– The shake-up in the national rankings sent the Longhorns’ current class down to No. 11 in the country. It is still considered the best class in the Big 12 at this point with West Virginia, Baylor and TCU sitting at 17, 18 and 19, respectively. Oklahoma, with only four pledges so far, currently sits 7th in the Big 12 and 46th nationally.

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