Houston Lamar cornerback D'Shawn Jamsion is a four-star prospect with a Texas offer. (Mike Craven)

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Key dates approaching for Longhorn recruiting targets at OL, QB and DB

Posted August 18th, 2017

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Texas is a handful of pieces away from finishing its 2018 recruiting class. The Longhorns sit at 17 commitments and the class ranks No. 2 in the nation. Tom Herman built this recruiting momentum without coaching an official snap as the head coach at Texas.

August is a dead period in recruiting, meaning in-person contact is prohibited. That hasn’t stopped Texas from continuing its march toward a possible recruiting national championship. The Longhorns added JUCO tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson on Aug. 1, following it up with commitments from four-star Houstonians Keondre Coburn and Malcolm Epps.

Texas is assumed to have room for five or six more prospects in the 2018 class and a few of those targets are approaching important dates as it pertains to their recruitment:

August 21

Fabulous 55 member, Rafiti Ghirmai is set to announce his college destination on Monday. The Longhorns are in the mix along with UCLA. Ghirmai, a 6-4, 290-pound offensive tackle out of Frisco Wakeland, is ranked No. 33 on the Fab 55 and is a four-star prospect, per 247Sports’ composite.

Texas was long considered the leader for Ghirmai. That changed this summer as UCLA made a push toward the lead. It’s a two-team race heading into the weekend before his decision and both schools likely feel there is a chance to land him.

If Ghirmai picks UCLA, Texas will need to find at least one more offensive lineman. The Longhorns’ lone offensive line pledge is Reese Moore, a three-star prospect out of Seminole.

October 7

Texas wouldn’t appear to still be in the market for quarterbacks; the Longhorns already hold commitments from two four-star prospects in the cycle. But Tanner McKee, a five-star quarterback from California, is a unique case because of a two-year mission he’ll take upon high school graduation.

That means the 6-6, 220-pounder wouldn’t officially enroll in school until 2020. McKee is set to take his official visit to Texas for the Kansas State game Oct. 7. Stanford and BYU appear to be the strongest competition to land him.

Technically, McKee’s national letter of intent will be void by the 2020 season. He could then sign with any team he chooses, but it’s rare for recruits in this situation to not end up at the school chosen on signing day.

October 14

Houston Lamar cornerback D’Shawn Jamison’s recruiting stock rose throughout the offseason as the undersized defensive back impressed at elite camps like The Opening throughout the spring and the summer. Jamison checks in at No. 17 on the Fab 55, moving up 19 spots from our original rankings in February.

Jamison is the No. 146-ranked prospect in the nation and the No. 19-ranked cornerback. The 5-10, 174-pounder is set to announce his college decision Oct. 14; the Longhorns are in a two-team race with TCU. Jamison’s teammate, wide receiver Al’vonte Woodard, has already committed to the Longhorns.

Texas is also still pursuing Houston Lamar cornerback Anthony Cook, who included Texas in his top three along with LSU and Ohio State. Cook isn’t expected to choose until late this season.

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