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Texas tidbits: Not so fast

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There are numerous top flight prospects in the state of Texas that are still looking to make late visits and very late decisions.
While there is a large group of Rivals100 and Rivals250 prospects who have already pulled the trigger on their commitments, several Lone Star prospects like five-star wide receiver Terrance Toliver, four-star running back Lennon Creer, and others like speedy athlete William Cole are still waiting for a variety of reasons to make their final commitment.
Toliver, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound five-star, is one of the most highly touted prospects in the country let alone the state of Texas. Figuring out his favorite school has been quite a challenge for outsiders.
The Hempstead, Texas pass-catcher is taking his fourth official visit this weekend to Southern Cal this weekend after visiting Florida, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. LSU will be his final official visit and that looks to be it. No more visits will leave schools like Ohio State, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech off the "official" visit schedule.
As for who has the edge, Florida and LSU have at one point been his leaders. Presently, Toliver denies having any leaders whatsoever. At this point, it's anyone's guess.
The story is a little clearer for prospects like Creer and Cole. Creer, the Tatum, Texas four-star runner says that his favorite three schools are Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Georgia.
Tennessee and Oklahoma probably hold a small edge considering that Creer has yet to visit the SEC favorite yet and probably won't until the playoff run ends for his team. Rumors have swirled that the Sooners were the silent leader for Creer but the 6-foot-1, 202-pounder says that all three schools are even.
Four-star Cedar Hill, Texas receiver Cole has a top group of favorites as well. Cole says that his top five includes Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma State. It will be a while before he sets up visits with his high school team moving through the post-season.
Other prospects that still seem a ways away from deciding include four-star offensive tackle Jarvis Jones who will take visits in December or January along with outside linebacker Jermaine Love, safety Christian Scott, and speedy athlete Ron Brooks.
While there are many Lone Star prospects already committed, there are still numerous storylines to follow as Signing Day inches closer.
Huskers add another Texan, looking for more
It was considered a surprise commitment, but three-star linebacker/safety Travis Lewis made his pledge to Nebraska over Oklahoma this past week.
While the addition of Lewis is big in itself, it's also a great example what the Nebraska coaching staff has been trying to do since the beginning of the 2007 recruiting cycle.
Lewis makes the seventh Lone Star prospects to give a pledge to Nebraska. The Huskers are also sitting well with prospects like defensive tackle Chris Perry, wide receiver Hubert Anyiam, and Texas Tech commit Jacob Amie.
Head coach Bill Callahan spoke about making Texas a priority and it looks like he's at least laying the foundation for the next few years with seven commitments from the talent-rich state.
Who's tops in 2008?
It's pretty early, but talk is already starting about who may be the state's top prospect in the class of 2008. There are already a handful of prospects who are making their case to be No. 1 in the Lone Star state next year.
Paris, Texas offensive lineman Stephen Good may not have gotten the early praise like some of his in-state counterparts, but he may end up being not just one of the best lineman in Texas but the country.
Good's frame is already getting near the 6-foot-6 mark and he's also growing closer to 300 pounds. Regardless, of size, he possesses skills and technique that many high school juniors don't have. As a run-blocker, he's extremely physical and really finishes every single play when you watch him on film. He's a guy that could really fit in early at the college level because of his ability to not only run block, but be a great pass blocker.
Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge defensive end R.J. Washington may have the most upside of any of the junior prospects in the state. Washington is already fast and physical off the edge, but when he gains more experience and refines his technique, he's going to be scary good at the next level. Washington is a definite edge player who already has a handful of early scholarship offers.
Van, Texas running back Jermie Calhoun keeps the tradition going of top Texas running backs. Representing East Texas well, the big-bodied, 200-pound running back isn't just an inside runner. His footwork and speed make him hard to stop. Armed with great vision, cutting ability, and the ability to outrun the secondary, Calhoun certainly is a prospect that makes a great argument to be No. 1 for 2008.
Klein, Texas offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts may be the most well-known by far. His scholarship offers come from all corners of the country and has the nastiness on the field and the strength to maul high school defenders. Both in pass protection and run blocking, Shugarts excels. There is no reason to think he won't be in the mix for the discussion of the state's top player.
Others that will definitely be in the mix for that ranking include Justin Johnson and Andrew Luck.
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Sleeper offensive tackle Mickey Okafor has certainly been one of the bigger surprises in the state this year and seems to keep adding scholarship offers. … Okafor is still committed to Houston, but is making his next visit Oklahoma State this weekend for the annual rivalry game versus Oklahoma. Rumors continue to swirl about committed prospects like Patrick Witt and Lonnie Edwards. Edwards, a Baylor commitment, recently visited Texas Tech and may take more trips as he "compares" different schools to the Bears. … Witt denied the rumors that he was looking around and says he's still committed to Nebraska. Four-star safety Christian Scott will join Okafor this weekend in Stillwater for an official visit to see Oklahoma State. … This was a bit of a surprise considering that LSU and Florida State were to be his second and third official visits after visiting Oklahoma in late October.
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