Five-star running back Bijan Robinson at Texas' Heat Wave event on June 22. (Mike Craven)

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Five-star running back Bijan Robinson picks Texas

Posted August 2nd, 2019

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Texas went into the 2020 recruiting cycle needing to land an elite running back after whiffing at the position in 2019, though Jordan Whittington, who moved to running back in the spring after signing in the 2019 class, eased that loss. The 2020 cycle was ripe for the Longhorns with five-star running backs Zachary Evans and Jase McClellan playing in-state. McClellan chose Oklahoma early. Evans left Texas off his finalists list. Tom Herman widened his net to land Bijan Robinson, a five-star from Salpointe Catholic in Arizona.

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This moment is one I’ve dreamt of my entire life. We all dream of things, but God, thank you for helping me see this dream become a reality. The process of choosing only one school to spend the next chapter of this reality, wasn’t easy. The last few months was more than just choosing a school. To me, it was a crossroad that could change the direction of my life, and my future. It was a decision that I couldn’t make on my own, or even with my family, but one I had to exclusively make with the help of God. I am forever grateful for every coach and organization for hosting my family and I, the recruiting process was one that I will never forget. Thank you to every single individual who has helped me along this journey. My family, my coaches, and the good ol’ city of Tucson. I feel and experience your love and support every single day, and I do not take it for granted. I am excited to announce, that I will continue to grow as a man, student, and athlete, at The University of Texas at Austin. #HookEm Thank you to @pbjpeg for the edit much love to you S/o to my auntie @mis_risssssss for helping me with the letter

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Robinson announced on Instagram.

Robinson is the No. 3-ranked running back in the 2020 class. He pledged to Texas on Friday afternoon. The 6-0, 200-pound prospect held 21 offers and picked the Longhorns over programs like Ohio State and UCLA. Robinson is entering his third year as a full-time starter on his team’s varsity squad. He’s rushed for more than 2,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. Robinson has also caught 30 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield, which is the versatility Texas craves at the position.

Robinson is unlikely to be the last running back to choose Texas in the 2020 cycle. The Longhorns also like third-down back Ty Jordan, a 5-7 three-star from West Mequite. Robinson is also not the only Arizona product considering Texas.

Texas' 2020 recruiting class

A list of Texas commitments in the 2020 recruiting class.
PLAYERPOS.SCHOOLSTARSCOMMITMENT DATE
Hudson CardQBLake Travis4May 25 (2018)
Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor4Oct. 28 (2018)
Jake MajorsOGProsper4Jan. 24
Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves4Feb. 17
Jaden HullabyATHBishop Dunne3March 30
Ja'Quinden JacksonQB/ATHDuncanville4June 3
Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler4June 21
Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park4July 9
Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge4July 17
Van FillingerDECanyon Court (Utah)3July 18
Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll3July 24
Bijan RobinsonRBSalpointe Catholic (Ariz.)5Aug. 2
Ethan PounceyCBWinter Park (Fla.)4Aug. 6
Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin4Aug. 11
Princely UmanmielenDEManor4Aug. 12
Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek4Aug. 16
Quentin JohnstonWRTemple4Aug. 17
Joshua EatonCBAldine Macarthur4Aug. 23

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