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Marcus Banks moves his decision date
Four-star cornerback Marcus Banks planned to announce his decision in March. He decided earlier in the week to postpone that and recently visited Texas for a junior day. The 6-foot, 170-pound Spring Dekaney product is the highest-rated cornerback in the state and the No. 12-ranked player on the 2019 Fabulous 55.
“I proved that I can come up and tackle. I proved that you can’t catch a ball on me and that I can compete at the highest level of Class 6A football in Texas,” Banks said. “I believe I’m the best cornerback in the state.”
Texas is in the mix for Banks. He received an early offer from the Longhorns as a junior. The UT coaching staff was a frequent visitor to Dekaney in 2017 because of 2018 signee Malcolm Epps. The 4-star tight end and future Longhorn already has talked to Banks about the Longhorns.
“Malcolm is always in my ear about Texas,” Banks admitted. “He told me if I didn’t commit to Texas that he’ll be mad at me. It means a lot to know a possible future teammate and to know the Texas coaches. They’re probably the school that comes by and sees me the most.”
Tom Herman and the UT staff won’t be discouraged by Banks postponing his commitment. Herman wants prospects to take it slow and only commit when the process is over. The Longhorns want recruiting to be more marathon than sprint.
“I pray on my decision a lot,” Banks said. “I know I won’t second-guess God. I hope to early enroll, so an early commitment makes sense.”
Versatile defensive back gives Horns high marks
Three-star defensive back Jonathan McGill was one of several prospects who attended Texas junior day without an offer. The Longhorns are slower to offer players and the coaching staff tries to relay that message to recruits during events like junior day.
McGill is a name that Texas fans should remember, however. The 5-9 prospect doesn’t possess ideal size for a safety or cornerback, but does possess the ideal skill-set to play nickel back. McGill will be likened to 2018 signee D’shawn Jamison.
— Jonathan McGill (@OriginalMcGill3) February 20, 2018
“Texas talked to me about the safety position. They said I’d be a perfect candidate for their nickel position and that they like to use six defensive backs at a time and do a lot of rotating,” McGill said. “Coach (Craig) Naivar got us in the film room and showed me what my role would be.”
The reputation of the Big 12 as a passing conference helps Texas recruit defensive backs; the Longhorns signed the best three cornerbacks and safeties in the 2018 class.
“The Big 12 throws a lot, and even in the NFL teams are starting to throw the ball a lot and spread the ball around,” McGill said. “It makes you an all-around defensive back in the Big 12, especially at the nickel. You have to tackle, cover in space and blitz.”
McGill noted that he spent time with former UT great Michael Huff during his junior day.
“Texas has a great history and tradition of producing defensive backs,” McGill said. “When you think of DBU, you think of Texas.”
Cal and Stanford lead for McGill. An offer from the Texas would put them near the top, he said.
Texas hosts potential defensive line targets
There are only six in-state defensive linemen in the 2019 class currently holding a Texas offer. The Longhorns recently hosted a handful of potential offers during last weekend’s junior days. One of the more intriguing prospects was three-star defensive end Isreal Isuman-Hundley.
The 6-5, 230-pound prospect is a product of Argyle Liberty Christian. Isuman-Hundley holds offers from Baylor, Oklahoma State, Washington and SMU. He’s a raw player who didn’t grow up around football, but his natural frame and athleticism make him an intriguing prospect at the college level.
“Texas talked about me playing the 4i position. I’m a big defensive end and like to mix it up,” he said after junior day. “Education will be important to me in the recruiting process. I’m also looking for a close relationship with the staff and team.”
Isuman-Hundley indicated defensive line coach Oscar Giles told recruits the Longhorns would take five defensive linemen, which includes tackles and ends. No new offers were given out at the position despite the presence of players like Isuman-Hundley, Allen tackle Jayden Jernigan and Manvel lineman Kori Roberson, who committed to Texas A&M later in the day.
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