A home game for the Longhorns means Tom Herman’s program gets another chance to host current commits, 2018 targets and prospects from the 2019 and 2020 classes. As the season draws closer to an end, and with a new early-signing period available in mid-December for all 2018 recruits, more prospects will take official visits.
An official visit is paid for by the school and each prospect can take a maximum of five. Four 2018 prospects are taking visits to Texas this weekend. Two of the four are out-of-state commitments the Longhorns hope to make one final impression on.
Cameron Rising, quarterback, Newbury Park (Calif.)
FYI: 6-foot-2/209; 4 stars; No. 157 player nationally, per 247Sports Composite
Rising is arguably the most important recruit in the class since he’s the best quarterback currently committed to the Longhorns. There was a time in the summer when Oregon was making a pitch toward flipping Rising, but the 4-star quarterback has remained committed and Texas can nearly lock his commitment in with an impressive visit this weekend.
Rondale Moore, wide receiver, Trinity (Ky.)
FYI: 5-8.5/174; 4 stars; No. 200 player nationally
Moore is another player Texas fans will sweat out until national signing day. It never feels like out-of-state recruits are as committed to a program as ones inside the state’s borders, mainly because of distance and a lack of accessibility for coaches and reporters. Moore was trending toward Purdue earlier in the month and Texas hopes a return trip to Austin will ease him of any distance concerns.
Badara Traore, offensive tackle, ASA College (NY)
FYI: 6-8/315; 4 stars: No. 5 ranked JUCO prospect in nation, per 247Sports Composite
It’s no secret that Texas needs offensive linemen. The Longhorns hold commitments from two 2018 prospects in Rafiti Ghirmai and Reese Moore. However, neither of those players should be expected to contribute right away in an ideal world. A JUCO offensive tackle would help the depth chart immediately in 2018 and Traore is the top JUCO tackle in the nation.
Nik Bonitto, outside linebacker, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
FYI: 6-2.5/204; 4 stars; No. 177 player nationally
Louisville is the leader for Bonitto, a 4-star outside linebacker with speed and pass-rushing skills. Oklahoma is also in the mix after an official visit on Oct. 7. The Florida native didn’t receive a Texas offer until September, but an official visit to Austin means the Longhorns stand a chance to add another playmaker on the defensive side of the ball capable of playing multiple positions.
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