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What is left for Texas in 2018 recruiting?
Texas passed its first early national signing day with flying colors. The Longhorns inked 19 commitments to national letters of intent, including the top four players on the 2018 Fabulous 55. The current class ranks third in the country and first in the Big 12.
The early signing period ends Friday. Prospects in the 2018 class who elect not to sign early also may sign Feb. 7. Tom Herman’s program signed 19 of its 21 commitments and can shift its focus in January to filling out the remainder of the class and getting a jump-start on building relationships with 2019 and 2020 prospects.
Hold on to Keondre Coburn, Keaontay Ingram
The only two Texas commitments yet to sign their national letter of intents are four-star running back Keaontay Ingram and four-star defensive tackle Keondre Coburn. Both players are long-time Texas pledges and critical members of the class because of their talent and the positions they play.
Ingram will play for a state title with his Carthage teammates Friday against Kennedale. He’s regarded as the best back in the state after accounting for more than 5,000 yards of offense in his high school career. He helped lead Carthage to the Class 4A, Division I title in 2016. There is a chance Ingram will sign with Texas shortly after Friday’s game.
Coburn announced on Twitter that he will wait until February to sign. The Houston Westfield star played for Texas assistant coach Corby Meekins as a freshman and now plays for Corby’s brother, Matt. Coburn committed to Texas in August and remains the lone defensive line pledge for the Longhorns in the 2018 recruiting class.
Add defensive line help
Texas signed a player at every position in the early signing period except for defensive tackle and defensive end. The defensive line remains the biggest need with six weeks left before the Feb. 7 signing day. The Longhorns plan to sign Coburn on that day, but they also want to add new names to the mix.
The top remaining targets at defensive end are Joseph Ossai of Conroe Oak Ridge and Courtre Alexander of Owasso, Okla. Ossai is likely headed to Texas A&M if Jimbo Fisher and he forge a relationship in the next month. Alexander received a late offer from Texas and is expected to pick the Longhorns. He visited campus Dec. 8 and received his offer on Dec. 17.
Texas would like to sign at least two defensive tackles, including Coburn. Arlington Lamar’s Bobby Brown is the best player available. The four-star de-committed from Texas A&M on national signing day and is a long-time fan of Oscar Giles, Texas’ defensive line coach. It appears to be an Oklahoma vs. Texas battle for his signature.
Another name to know at defensive tackle is Moro Ojomo, a three-star prospect from Katy. His stock is rising in December, and he’s picking up offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Oregon leading into national signing day. He plans to visit Austin in January.
Lock in one more linebacker
Longhorns fans let out a big sigh of relief Wednesday night when IMG Academy (Fla.) linebacker Ayodele Adeoye faxed in his national letter of intent. Oklahoma made a late push for Adeoye, whom Texas needs to compete for playing time at middle linebacker as a true freshman.
Texas also added a signature from Byron Hobbs, a three-star outside linebacker from Fort Worth Eastern Hills. Herman’s staff wouldn’t mind adding a third play-maker to the group and Nik Bonitto of St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) is one candidate. He trended towards Texas heading into national signing day and is set to announce his decision Jan. 4 at the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando.
DaShaun White, a four-star linebacker from North Richland Hills High also is an option. The Texas A&M pledge hasn’t signed with the Aggies in the early signing period and he’s close to a few Texas recruits, including Hobbs. Oklahoma is the leader for White if he ditches his Texas A&M commitment.
Replace Rondale Moore
The only glitch for the Longhorns during the early signing period was the de-commitment of four-star slot receiver Rondale Moore. The Louisville native was long rumored to be looking at Purdue, which is an hour from his home. Texas signed a duo of four-star wide receivers on Wednesday in Brennan Eagles and Al’vonte Woodard.
— Rondale Moore (@Rondale_Moore03) December 19, 2017
Eagles and Woodard are projected to play outside receiver. The Longhorns need to add a slot receiver to the mix by Feb. 7. Terrace Marshall Jr., a five-star wide receiver out of Louisiana, is set to announce Friday afternoon and his list includes the Longhorns, but LSU is the favorite.
Jaylen Waddle, a four-star slot receiver from Bellaire Episcopal, is the best remaining option in the state, but the Longhorns have ground to make up on Alabama and Texas A&M if Texas would like to add his signature to the mix in February. Yoakum wide receiver Joshua Moore is also an option, but he’s expected to join his brother, Jordan, at Texas A&M.
Outside receiver Tommy Bush of Schertz Clemens is another name to watch heading into the second national signing day. He’s high on the Longhorns and holds an offer from Texas.
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