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Texas still searching for final pieces
The Longhorns hold 19 signatures and two more commitments in the 2018 recruiting class, which ranks third in the nation and first in the Big 12. The early signing period treated Texas well, as Tom Herman locked in most of his elite prospects for 2018. Only Keondre Coburn, a defensive tackle from Spring Westfield, and Carthage running back Keaontay Ingram chose not to sign early. Both remain committed, however.
Texas wants to add more defensive linemen and at least one wide receiver before national signing day on Feb. 7. The Longhorns also wouldn’t mind adding an elite offensive tackle to the class. Here are the top remaining targets and their percentages of becoming Longhorns on Feb. 7, the next available date to sign national letter of intents.
Setting the percentages
Joseph Ossai, defensive end, Conroe Oak Ridge
FYI: 6-4/220; 4 stars; No. 25 on the Fabulous 55
Biggest competition: Texas A&M
Chances to sign with Texas: 65 percent
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Two months ago, Ossai was destined to become an Aggie. That changed when Kevin Sumlin was fired and questions began surrounding the status of the assistant coaches under Jimbo Fisher. That gave the Longhorns an opening and defensive line coach Oscar Giles swept in and raised the heat on Ossai, making him the top priority of the defensive staff before the second national signing day. It’s working and Ossai is now favored to become a Longhorn.
Joshua Moore, wide receiver, Yoakum
FYI: 6-1/170; 4 stars; No. 12 on the Fabulous 55
Competition: Texas A&M, Nebraska
Chances to sign with Texas: 70 percent
It was a wild 2017 year for Moore, who reached a state championship as a junior at Yoakum, then moved to IMG Academy in Florida for spring ball before moving back to Yoakum to play as a senior. His twin brother, Jordan, is committed to Texas A&M. Joshua maintains he isn’t a lock to end up at the same school as his brother and wide receiver coach Drew Mehringer helped the Longhorns get back into his recruitment after de-committing from Nebraska.
Jaylen Waddle, wide receiver, Bellaire Episcopal
FYI: 5-9.5/175; 4 stars; No. 13 on the Fabulous 55
Competition: Texas A&M, Alabama
Chances to sign with Texas: 20 percent
The Longhorns appear to be on the outside for Waddle, the state’s top slot receiver. Texas is in much better shape with Joshua Moore. The Longhorns need to add to a slot receiver to the class after losing out-of-state playmaker Rondale Moore to Purdue. Texas A&M and Alabama are in the driver’s seat for Waddle.
Nicholas Petit-Frere, offensive tackle, Berkeley Prep (Fla.)
FYI: 6-6/330; 5 stars; No. 17-ranked player in 2018 class, per 247Sports Composite
Competition: Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama
Chances to sign with Texas: 35 percent
Petit-Frere chose not to sign during the early signing period and it made him one of the top priorities at the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando. The Texas commits in attendance openly worked the 5-star offensive tackle, but the safe bet for Petit-Frere to end up at Alabama or Florida. Expect Texas to add a graduate transfer at offensive tackle if it loses out on Petit-Frere.
Moro Ojomo, defensive tackle, Katy
FYI: 6-4/2675; 4 stars; No. 36-ranked defensive tackle
Competition: Texas A&M, Oklahoma
Chances to sign with Texas: 30 percent
Texas offered Ojomo on Dec. 6 hoping it could swoop in late and add a defensive tackle to the group that signed during the early signing period. Ojomo waited and its paid off in terms of offers. Ojomo has picked up offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Oregon and Notre Dame since the early signing period and the Aggies appear to be the leader with three weeks left until the second national signing day on Feb. 7.
Jashaun Corbin, running back, Rockledge (Fla.)
FYI: 6-0/191; 4 stars: No. 247-ranked player, per 247Sports Composite.
Biggest competition: Florida State, Nebraska, Texas A&M
Chances to sign with Texas: 35 percent
Texas entered the race for Corbin late in the cycle, offering the 4-star prospect on Jan. 12. Corbin holds a Florida State offer and the Seminoles were the clear favorite before Fisher took the job at Texas A&M. Corbin plans to take an official visit to Texas A&M on Jan. 26 and he could easily follow Fisher to College Station. Nebraska is also in the mix.
Courtre Alexander, defensive end, Owasso (Okla.)
FYI: 6-4/260; 3 stars; No. 48-ranked defensive end
Chances to sign with Texas: 40 percent
Arkansas should be considered the favorite for Alexander entering crunch time. Texas is in the mix and some feel like the Longhorns and Razorbacks are even going into the final weeks of Alexander’s recruitment. He’s become less of a priority with Texas surging for Ossai, an in-state prospect at the same position.
Longhorns offer Oklahoma commit
Herman never admits defeat in recruiting and early commitments to other schools, even rival schools, won’t keep the Longhorns from attacking its priorities in the 2019 class. Texas proved that again Tuesday afternoon when it offered Aledo athlete, and Oklahoma commit, Jeffery Carter.
The 4-star prospect plays wide receiver and cornerback and is listed as an athlete on recruiting sites. The future Fabulous 55 member is the No. 230-ranked overall prospect in the country and the No. 21-best athlete in the nation, per 247Sports Composite. He committed to Oklahoma on July 29.
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