Katy High School defensive tackle Moro Ojomo, right, tackles The Woodlands' Kesean Carter during the 2017 season. (Ignacio Rodriguez/The Katy Times)

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The Dotted Line: What is left for Texas in the 2018 recruiting class?

Posted February 5th, 2018

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How can Texas finish the 2018 class?

A recruiting cycle is a grind for the coaches and the recruits. It all ends Wednesday with national signing day, which has lost some luster in this cycle because of the early signing period, which was utilized by most prospects.

Texas signed 19 of its 21 commitments at the time on Dec. 20. Texas now has 25 commitments following the addition of Yoakum wide receiver Joshua Moore on Sunday afternoon.

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Texas’ class is wrapping up and the targets are known. On top of holding on to the commitments not yet signed, here are the remaining targets for the Longhorns:

Joseph Ossai, defensive end, Conroe Oak Ridge

FYI: 6-4/220; 4 stars; No. 186-ranked player in 2018 class

Fabulous 55 ranking: 16

Texas’ chances: 90 percent

Ossai is the best pure pass rusher in the cycle. He’ll pick between Texas and Texas A&M at noon on Wednesday. Texas is in the pole position for him after trailing A&M for most of the cycle. Jimbo Fisher held on to defensive line coach Terry Price, but the head coaching change in College Station gave the Longhorns an opportunity and UT defensive line coach Oscar Price pounced. Now, it would be considered an upset if Texas doesn’t add Ossai to close out the class.

Moro Ojomo, defensive tackle, Katy

FYI: 6-3/280; 3 stars; No. 423-ranked player in 2018 class

Fabulous 55 ranking: 50

Texas’ chances: 90 percent

Ojomo is a young kid who was thrust into the recruiting cycle after a stellar senior season. The 16-year-old was awarded the defensive MVP in his district and he received attention from elite programs around the country. Texas offered him Dec. 6, while programs like Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Alabama followed. Texas led after a recent official visit and there’s no reason to think the Longhorns aren’t still the team to beat. He’s yet to announce when he’ll choose a school.

Christian Jones, offensive tackle, Houston Cypress Woods

FYI: 6-6/285; 3 stars; No. 758-ranked prospect in the class

Fabulous 55 ranking: N/A

Texas’ chances: 70 percent

UPDATE: Late Monday, Jones committed to Texas’ 2018 signing class

Jones made his way to campus this past weekend, the final one before signing day. That’s a good sign for the Longhorns after Cal made a big impression on him during an in-home visit. Texas likes Jones as a project at offensive tackle. Cal sees him as a potential defensive end. His position preference, plus proximity to home, give Texas an edge going into the final days of the cycle. Jones was late to football and has his best days as a player in front of him for a program willing to be patient.

Andrew Parker, inside linebacker, Wright High School (La.)

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FYI: 6-foot-2/215; 3 stars; No. 67-ranked linebacker in country

Texas’ chances: 90 percent

Parker received late attention from Texas and took an official visit to Austin over the weekend. There were rumors that he’d flip from his current commitment from Arkansas during the visit, but he’s yet to make an announcement. Parker isn’t as highly-ranked as the rest of the prospects in UT’s class, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t an important recruit to defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. Texas favors linebackers who can run and Parker is a physical player with athleticism for the position. Parker, who remains committed to Arkansas, will make his final decision at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Lawrence Keys III, wide receiver, McDonogh 35

FYI: 5-10.5/160; 4 stars; No. 283-ranked player in country

Texas’ chances: 45 percent

The lone true long shot on the list is Keys, who is likely headed to Notre Dame. Texas did its best during an official visit in January to make an impression on the slot receiver. The length of Keys’ relationship with the Notre Dame staff will likely be a factor if Notre Dame is the choice. Texas earned a commitment from Moore on Sunday but would still take a commitment from Keys.

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