Texas built recruiting momentum early for the 2018 class with offensive star power. Tom Herman’s first commitment happened at junior day in February when four-star wide receiver Justin Watkins flipped from Florida State. It continued with commitments from quarterbacks Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising, as well as with running back Keaontay Ingram and offensive tackle Reese Moore.
Texas sits at 11 commitments. Five play offense. The Longhorns are likely done recruiting quarterbacks and running backs; quarterback prospect Tanner McKee holds a UT offer and is considered a 2018 prospect, but wouldn’t enroll until 2020.
That leaves wide receiver, tight end and offensive line as the Longhorns’ focal points for Texas. Watkins is the lone receiver committed, but the staff is searching for two or three more. Here are five receiver prospects to watch:
Brennan Eagles, four-star, Alief Taylor
Fab 55 rank: 12th
Eagles is arguably the top wide receiver prospect in Texas. As a junior, he caught 55 passes for 1,069 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s uniquely athletic for a 6-3, 215-pound receiver. He earned an invitation to The Opening Finals in Oregon this summer and already has pledged to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio next January. Eagles is considered a Texas lean and has visited campus multiple times this offseason.
He recently tweeted that he’ll announce his decision on July 17. Other teams in the mix are Clemson, Florida, Ohio State, LSU and Georgia.
Al’Vonte Woodard, four-star, Houston Lamar
Fab 55 ranking: 13th
Woodard is another prospect that you can make the argument for being the best wide receiver in Texas. It’s either Woodard, Eagles or Manvel’s Jalen Preston, and not much but personal preference separates them as prospects.
Woodard is one of three Lamar players who have been offered by the Longhorns, and Texas should feel good about where it’s at with him. The 6-1, 193-pounder is set to make his announcement on July 16 — the day before Eagles makes his. Texas is competing with LSU, Ohio State and others for Woodard.
Tommy Bush, four-star, Schertz Clemens
Fab 55 ranking: 55th
Bush oozes potential. Texas offered the four-star prospect from the San Antonio area last weekend, when he was on campus attending a pool party with other top recruits. That wasn’t his first time on the UT campus, though. The uber-athletic receiver also attended Texas’ junior day at made it clear that he wanted a UT offer. The Longhorns were late to offer him compared to schools like Baylor, TCU, Texas A&M and Oklahoma, but proximity to home should play in Texas’ favor. Bush, along with Eagles and Woodard, will be at The Opening Finals in Oregon at the end of the month.
Rondale Moore, four-star, Trinity (Kent.)
Fab 55 ranking: N/A
Another relatively new name on Texas’ recruiting radar is Moore, a slot receiver prospect. The 5-8, 174-pound prospect is ranked as the No. 213 overall player in the country and the No. 1-ranked prospect from Kentucky, per 247Sports’ composite. Moore picked up a Texas offer on May 22 and made his way to Austin this past weekend for Texas’ recruiting pool party. The Longhorns want a second slot receiver for 2018 and Moore is emerging as a top target at the position for the staff.