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Recruiting Sundry: Marcell Harris, James Clark, and Junior College Prospects

A few quick bullets on the latest news.

Cooper Neill

Just a few quick news & notes to catch up all who are recruiting-inclined.

  • As expected, 2013 S Marcell Harris from Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips picked the Florida Gators over the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners. He made the official announcement today, but this one had been out of the bag for quite some time. The "No Fly Zone" is a nice touch. Meanwhile, the Texas staff had already moved on a while ago.
  • The Longhorns may not be done with the state of Florida, however. Wide Receivers Coach Darrell Wyatt has reportedly reached out ($) to 2013 WR James Clark from New Smyrna Beach (Fla.). Clark is a speedster who has increasingly received interest after a strong senior season. Somewhat surprisingly, none of the "Big 3" Sunshine State schools have offered, though Florida has also contacted him.
  • The eyes of Longhorn nation have turned to junior college prospects, and Wescott Eberts of Burnt Orange Nation has a nice rundown of the recruits getting offers and interest. Basically any and every position is up for grabs as Texas tries to restock for a more favorable 2013 season. It also appears that the coaching staff is aggressive in SEC territory, as most of the prospects are playing juco ball in SEC states, with a couple even currently committed to SEC schools. Troll hard, Mack.
  • Almost immediately following the good news of Demetrius Knox's pro-Texas decision, the Texas A&M Aggies countered with another commitment, plucking 2014 RB Vershaun Nixon from Lake Travis. Nixon, a likely top 250 recruit, wasn't offered by Texas.
  • More concerning to the Longhorns, ESPN's Max Olson is reporting that it's a matter of when, not if, 2014 LB Hoza Scott commits to the Aggies. Scott is arguably the best in-state linebacker in the class, and would be a big loss for Texas.
  • Erstwhile Texas offer 2013 DT Justin Manning from Dallas (Tex.) Kimball will announce December 7. The brother of former Oklahoma Sooner DeMarcus Granger, Manning will pick from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and the TCU Horned Frogs.
  • Any good news? Well, 2013 power forward Julius Randle from Plano (Tex.) Prestonwood Christian broke his foot and will be out three months. Wait, that's bad. What's good is that rumblings from recruitniks appear to have Texas leading Randle's recruitment. Randle is expected to visit Austin on December 15, and hopefully the hoops program keeps up the momentum through the spring.