Mansfield Legacy defensive lineman Taurean Carter at the Texas Heat Wave in June. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: A trio of players trending towards Texas in the 2019 class

Posted July 19th, 2018

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Prospects trending towards Texas

Texas will exit dead period with 13 commitments unless something changes before July 27. The Longhorns plan to sign a full class, meaning the work of the coaching staff on the recruiting trail is only halfway done. Tom Herman’s program managed to claim three new pledges in July, including cornerback Marques Caldwell, safety Chris Adimora and wide receiver Demariyon Houston.

Javonne Shepherd particpates at The Opening in Frisco. (Mike Craven/ American-Statesman)

The Longhorns are done at quarterback and tight end. Caldwell’s addition could mean the staff closes shop at cornerback unless a big-time star comes back into the mix late in the cycle. Three wide receiver commitments mean Texas is close to securing its four-player crop it wanted in 2019. The glaring needs remain at running back, offensive line, defensive line and linebacker.

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There are prospects trending towards Texas, whether publicly or on 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions.

Javonne Shepherd, offensive tackle, North Forest

FYI: 6-6/346; 4 stars; No. 27 on the 2019 Fabulous 55

Main competition: Texas A&M

Texas’ lone commitment at offensive tackle is five-star Tyler Johnson of Conroe Oak Ridge. Texas needs at least one more offensive tackle in the class and Shepherd is the best available with Kenyon Green picking Texas A&M. Shepherd is raw and won’t be ready to contribute as a true freshman, but his athletic upside surpasses any other offensive lineman in Texas. He moves like a tight end and is starting to translate that natural talent to the football field. It’s a legitimate in-state battle between Texas and Texas A&M. Right now, the Longhorns are the favorite.

Taurean Carter, defensive end, Mansfield Legacy

FYI: 6-3/260; 3 stars; No. 71-ranked in Texas

Main competition: TCU

Herman wants to build a connection into Dallas-Fort Worth as he gets more experience under his belt at Texas. His roots are in Houston and out-of-state, so that is where Herman spent most of the 2017 and 2018 class. The Longhorns are still leaning heavily on those same areas in the 2019 class, but Carter represents a DFW product the Longhorns need to land over the likes of TCU to reignite a true pipeline to DFW. Carter is also teammates with one of Texas’ top targets in safety Jalen Catalon. Carter is a big, athletic defensive end who can grow into a defensive tackle or remain on the edge in Texas’ preferred odd-man front.

Jacoby Jones, defensive end, Butler C.C. (Kans.)

FYI: 6-4/250; 3 stars; No. 1-ranked strong side JUCO defensive end

Main competition: North Carolina State

There is no secret that Texas needs instant help along the defensive line and Jones, a JUCO product, would provide instant depth at multiple positions. He can play either defensive end position or stand-up and play outside linebacker as a pass rusher. Herman doesn’t want to rely on the JUCO players in every cycle, but dipping into the pool a few times a cycle, especially early in his tenure, is simply a must to rebuild the roster after attrition.

Other players to know: Makiya Tongue, Jalen Catalon, Noah Cain, Elijah Higgins, Jaylen Ellis

2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge5May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Demariyon Houston WRMillwood (Okla.)4July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16

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