The Dotted Line: Texas’ 2019 recruiting wish list for May includes in-state targets

Posted May 2nd, 2018


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The wish list

Texas erased the memory of a slow April with the May 1 commitment of four-star defensive back Kenyatta Watson II. The Grayson (Ga.) product became the fifth commitment for Texas in the 2019 class and the first since March. Watson, who was recruited to play cornerback, is the second out-of-state commitment in the 2019 cycle. He was the first defensive back to commit in the class.

The summer was when Herman did most of his damage during the 2018 cycle. The Longhorns want to follow the same recipe with summer approaching. The early signing period means prospects can take official visits before the start of their senior season. Texas hopes May and June bring multiple commitments and start momentum towards another top 10 class.


Here are five in-state priority targets that Texas wants to join the fold.

NaNa Osafo-Mensah, defensive end, Fort Worth Nolan Catholic

FYI: 6-4/227; 4 stars; No. 8 on the Fabulous 55

Texas offer? Yes

Top offers: Texas, Notre Dame

The state’s top pass rusher is set to pick between Notre Dame and Texas on May 19. Coincidentally, it is the same decision Watson recently made. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando hopes to outdo the Fighting Irish on the recruiting trail for the second time in May when Osafo-Mensah announces. He called the race ’50-50’ at The Opening regional and will start his official visit to Texas on Friday.

Tyler Johnson, offensive tackle, Conroe Oak Ridge

FYI: 6-5/308; 5 stars; No. 15 on the Fabulous 55

Texas offer? Yes

Top offers: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Alabama

Johnson is also set to take an official visit to Texas this weekend. The big offensive tackle recently earned five-star status on the 247Sports Composite. He’s now considered the state’s top offensive line prospect in the cycle. The Texas staff was high on Johnson during his junior season, watching him grow while recruiting teammate Joseph Ossai, who signed with Texas in the 2018 cycle. That long-standing relationship should help Texas, but Johnson indicated he might way until national signing day before picking a school.

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Marcus Banks, cornerback, Spring Dekaney

FYI: 6-0/170; 3 stars; No. 12 on the Fabulous 55

Texas offer? Yes

Top offers: Texas, LSU, Texas A&M

Banks will arrive for an official visit on Friday, joining priority targets like Osafo-Mensah and Johnson. Banks is the best pure cover corner in the state. He’s patient in coverage and can run with any wide receiver in Texas. Banks took an official visit to Texas A&M and the end of April and announced on Tuesday that he’ll take an official visit to LSU in June. Banks wants to decide before the start of his senior season and a three-team race is forming between the Longhorns, Aggies and Tigers.

Dylan Wright, wide receiver, West Mesquite

FYI: 6-3/192; 4 stars; No. 49 on the Fabulous 55

Texas offer? Yes

Top offers: Texas, TCU, Oklahoma, Alabama, USC

Wright is still learning how to play the wide receiver position after a position change before his junior season. He’s only played the position for a year, but that hasn’t stopped the best programs in the country from offering the big-bodied playmaker a scholarship. Wright is close with Texas wide receiver coach Drew Mehringer and that will keep the Longhorns in the mix throughout the process. Wright is raw, but he’s a first-off-the-bus prospect with an unlimited ceiling because of his size and athleticism.

David Gbenda, inside linebacker, Katy Cinco Ranch

FYI: 6-0/212; 4 stars; No. 10-ranked inside linebacker

Texas offer? Yes

Gbenda is the best linebacker in the state and the Longhorns are one of the numerous schools hoping to land the four-star talent. Gbenda is a sideline-to-sideline player who is fast on the field, but doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to settle his recruiting process. Gbenda was cleared for full-contact practice on Tuesday after suffering a broken hand in February. He said after practice that he’ll take his time and visit more schools in the summer before narrowing his list.

Other names to know: Javonne ShepherdKenyon Green, Branson Bragg, Jake Smith, Noah Cain, Trey Sanders, Elijah Higgins, Brayden Liebrock

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