Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson, left, and head coach, Charlie Strong come out onto the field for the second half against Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Texas expected to make powerful late push in recruiting

Posted January 29th, 2016

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With less than five days until national signing day, Kevin Lyttle breaks down the 2016 class situations for the Big 12 teams.

According to folks at recruiting sites 247Sports, ESPN, Scout and other places the Longhorns will shoot up the charts because they are finalists for eight to 10 uncommitted members of the American-Statesman’s Fab 55 list of the top state recruits and also have a reasonable chance to flip two or three blue-chip commitments their way.

On Thursday, the Longhorns received a commitment from four-star cornerback Eric Cuffee from Waco.

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Some Bevo highlights from Kevin’s write up:

On Texas’ chances of a big haul on signing day:

“Texas fans have got to be patient,” said Jeff Howe, recruiting analyst for 247Sports. “We hear a lot of things from kids, and Texas is looking good. A bunch of them are waiting until signing day. I think this big finish is going to happen. How big, we’ll see. If the Longhorns close the way we think they will, I expect 20 to 23 players and probably a top-15 rank, if not a bit higher.”

On flipping recruits already committed to other schools:

Houston Westside defensive tackle Jordan Elliott, 10th on the Fab 55, has decommitted from Michigan and is widely expected to sign with Texas. Southern Cal and Baylor appear to be his alternatives.

“The Longhorns have the most to gain with so many blue-chip prospects like Elliott and defensive tackle Chris Daniels heavily considering them,” said Jake Trotter of ESPN.com. “They could end up sniffing the top 10.”

Texas is in the picture for such premium uncommitted players as Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones, No. 3 on the Fab 55; Aldine Davis outside linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch, No. 16 on the Fab 55; and such four-star pledges as Manor OLB Erick Fowler (LSU) and Cibolo Steele defensive end Mark Jackson (A&M).

For the rest of Kevin’s Big 12 rundown, click here.

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