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Updating the odds of Texas signing 5 offensive targets remaining for 2018 class

Posted June 1st, 2017

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Story highlights
  • Tight end Malcolm Epps is trending towards Texas since de-committing from Alabama in February.
  • Two of the top three wide receivers in Texas -- Brennan Eagles and Al'Vonte Woodard -- could end up at Texas.
  • The Longhorns are still searching for at least one more offensive tackle commitment in 2018.

Texas enters June with 10 commitments. The Longhorns recovered from a slow start to the 2018 class and now rank No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in the Big 12. The 2018 class can’t consist of more than around 20 players because of scholarship limits. Five of the 10 commitments play offense, and one is a kicker.

It leaves Texas roughly halfway done with the 2018 recruiting class barring any de-commitments or unexpected changes to the current commit list. Texas currently holds commitments from two quarterbacks, a running back, a wide receiver, an offensive tackle, a defensive end, an outside linebacker, a defensive back and a kicker.

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Texas is likely done recruiting quarterbacks and running backs in the 2018 class, but here are five targets at different positions Texas wants to sign to help with the future offense.

1. Malcolm Epps, TE, Spring Dekaney

DeKaney’s Malcolm Epps is the top-rated tight end in Texas. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 6-6/214; 4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Competition: Texas A&M, Alabama, Michigan

College: Undecided

Latest on Epps: The Longhorns are trending upwards for Epps, a one-time Alabama commit. He de-committed at The Opening regional in Houston in February and Texas has slowly made an impression since. The odds of Epps signing with Texas seem high. The Longhorns hosted Cuero tight end Bralen Taylor for a recent camp, and the three-star left without an offer. That means Texas only wants to sign one tight end in the class of 2018, and the coaching staff must feel good about Epps, who plays 7-on-7 football and is close friends with Texas quarterback commit Casey Thompson. Epps likely ends up a Longhorn by national signing day.

Odds Epps signs with Texas: 85 percent

2. Brennan Eagles, WR, Alief Taylor

FYI: 6-3.5/4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Competition: Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU

College: Undecided

Latest on Eagles: There are three wide receivers in Texas with a worthy argument as the top dog. Texas has a shot with two of the three. Manvel wide receiver Jalen Preston is likely headed to LSU or Texas A&M. That leaves Texas aiming for Eagles and Al’Vonte Woodard. Eagles visited Texas’ junior day and is considered high on the Longhorns. Eagles is a big, physical wide receiver with elite speed. With slot receiver Justin Watkins already in the fold, signing Eagles and Woodard would provide Texas with a dynamic trio of wide receivers in the 2018 class.

Odds Eagles signs with Texas: 70 percent

3. Al’Vonte Woodard, WR, Houston Lamar

FYI: 6-1/182; 4-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Competition: LSU, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M

College: Undecided

Latest on Woodard: There are three Houston Lamar prospects in the 2018 class with an offer. Woodard is the lone member to play offense. Woodard is the best route-runner of the three top wide receivers in the state. Texas built a pipeline into Houston Lamar’s secondary, and the coaching staff is hoping those ties bring in Woodard. He’s an athletic receiver with an invitation to The Opening Finals in Oregon this summer. Landing Woodard would only help Texas land teammates D’Shawn Jamison and Anthony Cook.

Odds Woodard signs with Texas: 75 percent

4. Rafiti Ghirmai, OT, Frisco Wakeland

Offensive lineman Rafiti Ghirmai competes at The Opening in Dallas March 5. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 6-5/290; 3-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Other top offers: Alabama, Florida, UCLA, Oklahoma, LSU

College: Undecided

Latest on Ghirmai: It was long believed Texas would land Ghirmai without much of an issue. The Longhorns were one of the first teams to identify the 6-foot-4 prospect as a legitimate Power 5 prospect. More teams joined the fold in the spring and that makes Texas’ chances tougher to predict. Ghirmai was on campus a few times this spring and clearly enjoys Texas, the city and the coaches. But, other teams are starting to build momentum in his recruitment, and that may force Texas to search out other options on the offensive line, specifically at offensive tackle. Reese Moore is committed to the Longhorns, but Texas wants two offensive tackles in the 2018 class.

Odds Ghirmai signs with Texas: 25 percent

5. Sione Angilau Jr., OT, East Salt Lake City (Utah)

FYI: 6-6/297; 3-stars

Texas offer: Yes

Competition: USC, Oregon, Utah

College: Undecided

Latest on Angilau Jr.: With Moore committed, Texas only needs one, or maybe two, more offensive tackles in the 2018 class. Angilau Jr. is emerging as the leading candidate. He’s long and athletic at 6-foot-6 and under 300 pounds. He’s the No. 34 ranked offensive tackle in the 2018 class, per 247Sports. The Longhorns are trending in the right direction with Angilau and he might join the ranks as an out-of-state commit like Watkins, both quarterbacks and Ron Tatum III.

Odds Angilau Jr. signs with Texas: 60 percent

Other targets: Cameron Wire (OT), Nicholas Petit-Frere (OT), Jaylen Waddle (WR), Jaquayln Crawford (ATH)

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