Allen offensive lineman Trey Stratford is a top Texas target.

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A dozen Texas targets expected to compete Sunday at Under Armour Camp

Posted March 24th, 2017

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  • A dozen prospects with Texas offers are expected to compete Sunday at the Under Armour All-America Camp Series.
  • Texas is in good shape with Carthage running back Keaontay Ingram, who is expected to compete.
  • The recent commitment of Chasen Hines to LSU has moved offensive lineman Trey Stratford up the recruiting board.

Future college players will converge on DFW for the second time in March Sunday for the Under All-America Camp Series at Cedar Hill High School. Many of these same players participated at The Opening regional in Dallas March 4. Here is the latest on the dozen expected attendees holding Texas offers.

Prospects with Texas offers expected to attend

Justin Rogers, quarterback, Parkway (La.)

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FYI: 6-3.5/198; 4-star

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: LSU, TCU, Louisville, Oregon, North Carolina

College: Undecided

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Latest on Rogers: Texas offered Rogers Thursday afternoon. The four-star quarterback from Louisiana visited Texas on junior day and left without an offer, which didn’t sit well with Rogers. It’s unknown at this point whether Texas remains a legitimate candidate to land the signal-caller, who put out a top seven list on Twitter earlier this month and it didn’t include the Longhorns since they hadn’t offered. Rogers was high on Texas early in the process and there is plenty of time for Tom Herman and his staff to repair the disappointment from junior day. Rogers fits the mold of a Herman quarterback because of his ability to run and throw.

Alston Orji, linebacker, Rockwall

FYI: 6-2/214; 4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Oklahoma, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska

College: Undecided

Hudl: 

Latest on Orji: Orji is one of two in-state linebackers with a Texas offer. The other is Byron Hobbs, who will also be in attendance Sunday. Orji is arguably the best inside linebacker prospect in Texas this cycle, but said at The Opening that Texas views him as a player who can play inside or outside. Orji is a gifted athlete with the ideal frame for a linebacker. He’s a sideline-to-sideline middle linebacker who is improving in coverage. He’ll be one of the more physically imposing players at the camp.

Keaontay Ingram, running back, Carthage

FYI: 5-11/190; 3-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Michigan, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma

College: Undecided

Latest on Ingram: Ingram remains Texas’ top target at running back and all signs point towards the Longhorns eventually landing the Carthage product. Ingram is a three-down running back with wide receiver hands, which serves him well at camps. His versatility is on full display in a camp setting. Ingram proved he can handle a large workload while leading Carthage to a state title as a junior. He’s the only in-state running back with a Texas offer and that likely won’t change unless Texas decides to take two running backs or Ingram starts leaning towards a different program. Ingram said at The Opening he wants to enjoy the recruiting process and likely won’t decide until his senior season approaches.

Trey Stratford, offensive tackle, Allen

FYI: 6-4/270; 3-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: UCLA, TCU, Ole Miss, Baylor

College: Undecided

Hudl: 

Latest on Stratford: Texas’ best shot at landing an offensive lineman early in the 2018 class likely lies with Stratford, who visited Texas for junior day and then again with his Allen teammates two weeks later. Stratford plays offensive tackle in high school, but projects to guard or center in college because of his lack of height. With Chasen Hines recently committing to LSU, Stratford became priority No. 1 on the interior for Texas in the 2018 class.

Rafiti Ghirmai, offensive tackle, Frisco Wakeland

FYI: 6-5/290; 3-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Alabama, Florida, UCLA, Oklahoma, LSU

College: Undecided

Latest on Ghirmai: Texas was one of the first major programs to identify Ghirmai as an elite offensive line prospect. Since the Texas offer in the winter, Ghirmai has collected offers from nearly every major program in the nation and recently took an unofficial visit to Alabama. Ghirmai was once considered Texas’ to lose, but the process has slowed some for the offensive tackle prospect since gaining more national attention. The Longhorns are still among his favorites and have placed a high priority on landing the Frisco product.

Byron Hobbs, linebacker, Eastern Hills

FYI: 6-3/208; 4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Oklahoma, TCU, Arkansas, Ole Miss

Latest on Hobbs: It is a down year for linebackers inside the state of Texas. Only Hobbs and Orji hold offers from the Longhorns. Hobbs flew under-the-radar for most of his junior season because he doesn’t play at a high school known for producing top talent. Hobbs’ frame and athletic gifts make him a project worth the risk. He was inconsistent at times at The Opening in Dallas earlier in the month, but it is clear to see why so many coaching staffs believe in his upside. Hobbs is likely an outside linebacker suited to rush the passer as much as cover tight ends and running backs.

Ron Tatum, defensive end, Putnam City (Okla.)

FYI: 6-4.5/269; 4-star

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas

College: Undecided

Hudl: 

Latest on Tatum: The lack of true defensive end prospects in Texas meant a wider net in the 2018 class. One of the players the Texas staff identified to target was Tatum, a big-bodied defensive end with the potential to play some defensive tackle on third down or later in his college career. Tatum impressed at The Opening regional in Dallas and is one of the most physically ready prospects in the area. Tatum is high on Texas, but getting premier Oklahoma products to turn down the Sooners is no easy task.

Gemon Green, cornerbacks, DeSoto

FYI: 6-2/170; 3-stars

Texas offer: No

Top offers: Michigan, Oregon, TCU, Oklahoma

College: Undecided

Latest on Green: Green recently earned an offer from Texas. He was one of the top defensive performers at The Opening regional in Dallas. His size is rare for a cornerback. Some think he’ll eventually translate to safety because of that length, but his hips are fluid enough to stay with top wide receivers in man-to-man coverage. Gemon’s brother, German, does not hold a Texas offer and it is rare for a set of twins to attend separate schools. TCU is considered the current leader to land the Green twins.

Casey Thompson, QB, Southmoore (Okla.)

FYI: 6-1/184; 4-star

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Oklahoma, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech

Latest on Thompson: There was a time when Texas appeared the likely destination for Thompson, but North Carolina now leads the charge. The recent offer to Rogers was an indication that both parties are likely looking in different directions. Thompson is a dual-threat quarterback with a strong arm, even if he can struggle with accuracy at times.

Chasen Hines, offensive guard, Marshall

FYI: 6-2/340; 3-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas Tech

College: LSU

Latest on Hines: Hines announced at The Opening in Dallas two weekends ago that Texas was his leader and that LSU would need to impress him on an unofficial visit to take the lead. Hines took that unofficial visit a week later and he’ll arrive at the Under Armour All-America Camp Series as an LSU commit. That’s recruiting in the modern age. Hines is a Fab 55 member who is more adept as a run blocker than a pass blocker at this stage in his career. He’ll play guard or center in college.

Atanza Vongor, safety, South Grand Prairie

FYI: 6-1/192; 4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: TCU, Alabama, Baylor, Clemson

College: TCU

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Latest on Vongor: Vongor placed Texas in his top three before finally settling on a commitment to TCU. Vongor was one of two in-state players to earn an invite to The Opening Final during this month’s regional. The other was Sterns. Vongor is a versatile safety who will fit nicely into TCU’s 4-2-5 defense because he’s a hybrid between an outside linebacker and a true safety.

Caden Sterns, safety, Cibolo Steele

FYI: 6-1/173; 4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan, Tennessee, TCU

College: LSU

Latest on Sterns: Sterns earned an invitation to The Opening Final in Oregon this summer with a strong performance at The Opening regional a few weekends ago. Sterns is the No. 4 ranked player in the Fab 55. He committed to LSU before the completion of his junior season and has given no indications that he won’t end up in Baton Rouge after his high school career concludes.

 

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