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Big recruiting weekend on tap for the Texas Longhorns

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A few of the nation's top prospects will be on campus.

The nation's top running back will be in Austin this weekend.
The nation's top running back will be in Austin this weekend.
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There will be some big names on campus this weekend when the Texas Longhorns play the Oklahoma St. Cowboys in Austin. The most notable is Leonard Fournette, a five-star running back and second-best player in the country, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. First reported by 247 Sports' Kipp Adams, Fournette plans on taking an unofficial visit ($) along with his New Orleans (LA) St. Augustine teammates cornerback Jermaine Roberts (a Texas commit) and tight end Charles Jones.

Fournette holds a Texas offer, and visited Austin previously this summer. He's an extreme longshot, with hometown LSU considered the heavy favorite and Alabama the only other serious contender. Still, getting prospect buzz is never a bad thing, and Mack Brown rightfully should swing for the fences.

Another heavy LSU lean, cornerback Tony Brown of Beaumont (TX) Ozen, will take his official visit to Texas ($), as will safety Jamal Adams of Lewisville (TX) Hebron. Brown and Adams are top 100 players in the class of 2014. The Longhorns have by and large missed on its top defensive back targets this year. Top 100 offered recruits Arrion Springs (Oregon), Nick Harvey (Texas A&M), and Ed Paris (LSU) have all committed elsewhere.

Like Fournette, Brown will be a hard sell for the coaching staff. Also like Fournette, Brown is too talented to simply give up on. Adams, on the other hand, will be a key recruit to close coming down the stretch. Last year, Adams arguably had the Longhorns atop his list, but Texas' early losses this year gave recruitniks the impression that Adams was backing off the Longhorns. With Texas rolling again, Adams may be back on board. He recently cut his list to four, including co-favorites Florida (where his godfather Joker Phillips is a coach), Ole Miss, and Ohio St.

To help out with these recruitments, quarterback Jerrod Heard from Denton (TX) Guyer will be on hand for an unofficial visit. Heard, Texas' top-rated prospect in the class, needs to be mighty convincing come Saturday. Also, it would not suck if Texas posted a W. GET 'ER DONE, CASE.