Port Neches-Grove quarterback Roschon Johnson looks for an open receiver during a 2016 game versus Silsbee. He was the first commitment in Texas' 2019 signing class. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise)

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A look at every Texas offer for 2019 — so far: Offense

Posted August 16th, 2017

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Texas’ 2018 recruiting class is nearly complete. Tom Herman’s program sits at 17 commitments in the cycle; the Longhorns hope to sign around 22 players. They’re in good position with a handful of remaining targets, meaning a bulk of the staff’s attention during the season will be to scout 2019 and 2020 prospects.

The Longhorns already hold one commitment for 2019 in dual-threat quarterback Roschon Johnson of Port Neches-Groves. Per 247Sports’ composite, Texas has already offered 29 prospects for 2019. Let’s break down each offer, starting with the offense. We’ll do defense on Thursday.

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Quarterbacks

2019 needs: 1 or 2

Offers out: 2

Commitments: 1 — Roschon Johnson

Roschon Johnson, dual-threat quarterback, Port Neches-Groves

FYI: 6-0/192; four stars; No. 128 nationally; committed to Texas

Johnson became the leader of Texas’ 2019 class when he pledged at the Stars at Night recruiting showcase on July 21, along with 2018 prospect Jalen Green. Johnson is a true dual-threat quarterback, which Herman prefers at the position. He’s the second-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation and chose Texas over 14 other offers.

Spencer Rattler, dual-threat quarterback, Pinnacle (Ariz.)

FYI: 6-1/175; four stars; No. 30 nationally; committed to Oklahoma

Rattler chose Oklahoma on June 26 over 14 other offers, including Texas. He became a starter as a freshman and already has 5,274 career passing yards and 651 rushing yards in his career. He’s accounted for 55 touchdowns and has thrown just 19 interceptions.

Running backs

2019 needs: 1 or 2

Offers out: 3

Commitments: None

 

Noah Cain is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 RB for the Class of 2019. (Student Sports / Special)

Noah Cain, IMG Academy (Fla.)

FYI: 5-11/207; five stars; No. 13 nationally

Cain is a Texan who played the 2016 season at Denton Guyer. He was a second-team all-district selection as a sophomore and the District 5-6A offensive newcomer of the year as a freshman in 2015. Cain plans to finish his prep career at IMG Academy and that won’t stop Herman from recruiting the five-star running back. Cain visited Texas a couple of times over summer break and is high on the Longhorns despite getting attention from nearly every major program in the country.

Devyn Ford, North Stafford (Va.)

FYI: 5-11/185; four stars; No. 48 nationally

Texas doesn’t appear to be an early factor in Ford’s recruitment. That could change if the Longhorns can get him to a game as a junior. With Cain leading the pack, he’s not the top priority for the staff but Ford was offered by Texas in May. It’s assumed that Clemson and Virginia Tech are his current leaders.

Deondrick Glass, Katy

FYI: 5-11/190; four stars; No. 65 nationally

With Cain moving to IMG Academy, Glass becomes the state’s top running back prospect. Katy High is known for producing running backs, including current Longhorn Kyle Porter, and Glass might be the most talented of the bunch this decade. He’s an elusive runner with breakaway speed and enough toughness to run between the tackles. He suffered through minor injuries throughout his sophomore campaign.

Wide receivers

2019 needs: 2 or 3

Offers out: 4

Commitments: None

Theo Wease Jr., Allen

FYI: 6-3/189; five stars; No. 21

The state has become one of the top exporters of wide receiver talent. Its reliance on 7-on-7 and spread offenses changed the landscape of football across the state and also has changed the type of prospect the state has become known for producing. Wide receivers and defensive backs tend to lead the way these days and Wease is a legitimate five-star talent. Allen has been a top program in the state but doesn’t have much of a history in sending players to Texas.

Arjei Henderson, Fort Bend Travis

FYI: 6-1/179; five stars; No. 26 nationally; committed to Oregon

Henderson recently committed to Oregon. The electric playmaker posted 100 receptions as a sophomore. Texas will stay in pursuit of the Houston-area athlete, as he and Wease are the two best pure receiver prospects in the 2019 class.

Jordan Whittington, Cuero

FYI: 6-1/198; five stars; No. 27 nationally

Whittington is the third best receiver prospect in the state and the Longhorns should feel good about eventually landing him. He’s a playmaker on both sides of the ball and has included Texas in his top four. He scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams as a sophomore.

Kam Brown, Colleyville Heritage

FYI: 6-0/165; four stars; No. 76 nationally; committed to UCLA

The son of former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Larry Brown, Kam committed to UCLA early in the process. He’s a smooth route-runner with great technique for a prep player, which shouldn’t be surprising considering he grew up around NFL football. Expect Brown to put up monster numbers as a junior in Heritage’s passing offense.

Tight ends

2019 needs: 1 or 2

Offers out: 2

Commitments: None

Blake Hinson, Deltona (Fla.)

FYI: 6-6/240; four stars; No. 116 nationally

Texas has yet to offer an in-state tight end for 2019 and it’s unclear how important the position will be in the cycle — Texas signed two tight ends in 2017 and currently holds two commitments for 2018. Hinson is ranked as the No. 7 tight end prospect in the country.

Grayson Boomer, Collinsville (Okla.)

FYI: 6-5/230; four stars; No. 124 nationally

It’ll be difficult to get a four-star prospect with the last name of Boomer out of the state of Oklahoma. The Sooners are after him and appear to be the clear leader for the No. 8-ranked tight end in the class. He also plays defensive end in high school and has the frame to stick to that side of the ball if wanted.

Offensive linemen

2019 needs: 3 or 4

Offers out: 5

Commitments: None

Kenyon Green, tackle, Humble Atascocita

FYI: 6-5/315; five stars; No. 11 nationally; committed to LSU

Green is undoubtedly the best in-state offensive line prospect of the 2019 class. He’s committed to LSU but that won’t keep Herman’s staff from pursuing the Houston-area five-star. Green would be the top-ranked in-state offensive tackle in the 2018 class if he was entering his senior season instead of his junior season. He’s that dominant.

Tyler Johnson, tackle, Conroe Oak Ridge

FYI: 6-5/293; four stars; No. 149 nationally

Johnson’s frame makes college coaches drool because he moves his feet incredibly well for a prospect his size. He has long arms, quick hips and good flexibility for a junior approaching 300 pounds. Texas is in good shape with Johnson, who’s a teammate of 2018 target Joseph Ossai.

Javonne Shepherd, tackle, Houston North Forest

FYI: 6-6/275; three stars; No. 370 nationally

Shepherd is the lowest-rated player in the 2019 class to currently hold a Texas offer. He’s flown under-the-radar as a recruit, but Herman’s ties to the Houston area likely means he knows something about Shepherd other coaches don’t yet know. Shepherd is a big-bodied tackle with solid athleticism for his size.

Kardell Thomas, guard, Southern University Lab School (La.)

FYI: 6-4/320; five stars; No. 18 nationally

Thomas is a bully, and he’d take that assessment as a compliment. A nice guy away from the field, he can flip a switch on the field. His raw power and strength set him apart from most prep athletes. But he doesn’t possess the length to play on the edge at the college level. Thomas is the only guard currently holding a UT offer.

Branson Bragg, center, Crandall

FYI: 6-4/280; three stars; No. 348 nationally

Bragg is the best center prospect in the state and the only player at the position with an offer from the Longhorns. He was on Texas’ campus this summer and likely will include Texas among his top schools throughout his recruitment. He’ll be Texas’ Plan A at center unless he commits to another school.

Athletes

Isaiah Williams, Trinity Catholic (Mo.)

FYI: 5-10/160; four stars; No. 35 nationally

Williams plays quarterback in high school. His lack of height and arm strength means he’ll likely move to a new position at the college level if he wants to play Power 5 football. Texas is one of his many options, but the Longhorns don’t appear to be one of his current front-runners. It’s likely Williams plays slot receiver in college.

Marquez Beason, Dallas Bishop Dunne

FYI: 5-11/173; four stars; No. 102 nationally

Bishop Dunne is loaded with 2019 and 2020 talent. It’s a school that Texas has yet to tap into consistently and Beason would be a good start to a pipeline. He’s listed as an athlete because he could potentially play slot receiver, running back or in the defensive secondary. The safe bet is receiver and the Longhorns are currently in good shape.

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