We asked some of the nation’s top recruiting experts the question: Which Texas commits are the most coveted players in the 2016 class?
Some of them were quick to say their top target for the Aggies will be quarterback Kenny Hill, a three-star recruit from Houston.
Others were quick not to rush to say that they think the No. 2 player will be linebacker Travis Corbin, a five-star prospect from Texas.
Some of the consensus top-ranked players on the Texas recruiting trail are already in the state.
But as the 2016 recruiting cycle draws to a close, we thought we’d revisit the debate to see how the consensus Top 25 players rank in terms of their impact on Texas’ 2016 class.
Here are our top five:Corbin, the Longhorn signal-caller who is considered the most talented quarterback in the nation, has been the most sought-after player among the Top 25 in recent years.
Texas’ offensive line was supposed to be an upgrade over last year’s unit, but after a tumultuous offseason in which star running back Eddie Lacy was injured, the depth chart was a mess.
The Longhorns were supposed to take the next step on the offensive line this year, but they have yet to produce an offensive line ranked in the top 25.
Corbin was one of the key players in Texas’ turnaround, and the Longhom secondary was expected to be one of their biggest strengths, but Corbin hasn’t played up to expectations this year.
Corbins talent level is just so high that it should make it easy for him to land at No. 1, but he’s not as high as some others on our list.
Corbin is also the most likely player to make the leap from the state of Texas to the NFL, according to some of our experts.
If he continues to improve as a passer and runner, he could end up as the No 4 quarterback on our board, according the 247Sports Composite rankings.
In fact, a lot of our top 10 quarterbacks from last year were from Texas and we ranked Corbin at No 5 in that order.
It’s not out of the question that he could be a No. 3 or 4 quarterback, and it could make him the second-ranked quarterback nationally this season behind USC’s Vernon Adams.
The Aggies are also expected to take another step forward on defense this year after they were one of only two schools to rank in the Top 20 in the AP Top 25 for the second consecutive year.
Texas has lost a ton of talent on defense over the past few years, including its two top tacklers from last season, safety Kevin Johnson and linebacker D.J. Jones.
That has to change with Corbin and fellow offensive linemen, according one of our nation’s best recruiting experts.
Corbins top-five rankings are as follows:1.
QB Kenny Hill: No. 6 on the list2.
OLB Travis Corbbin: No 6 on our Top 253.
LB Travis Corbis Jones: No 8 on our Big Board4.
CB Josh Wilson: No 7 on our top-255.
DE Kevin Jackson: No 10 on our recruiting list1.
LB Kenny HillNo.
6On the list.
Hill is the Longhomer signal-called player most coveted by Texas, with the 247 Sports Composite ranking him as the nation a two-time national champion.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder is expected to get even more of a shot at Texas this year thanks to the return of four-star wide receiver Devon Allen.
Hill also has the potential to be the Longhamer’s most talented defensive player, having a reputation as a playmaker in his senior year.
He was the top prospect in the country by the 247 Composite in the 2017 recruiting cycle.
Hill is one of two Longhomer quarterbacks in our Top 20 who has yet to get a chance to showcase his skills.
The other, quarterback Jake Fromm, is a four-year starter at Baylor.
Hill has had success in his first two years in Austin, completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,066 yards and 23 touchdowns with 15 interceptions.
Hill was a Heisman finalist in 2016, and he has been one of Baylor’s biggest stars this season, having thrown for 4,569 yards and 24 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.
Hill has been rated as one of every three players in our top 25, and that includes defensive tackle Terrance Cody, who also has a strong chance to land a Longhomer job next season.
Cody is a top-50 recruit in the 247Composite and is considered one of Texas’ top defensive linemen.
He is ranked No. 16 on our 2016 recruiting rankings.
Cody was one the nation’t-so-bright recruits from Texas who had a tough time landing his first offer.
Cody could be the first Longhomer to be