Young prospects become priority at camp
Texas’ 2019 recruiting class is essentially halfway done with Texas holding 13 commitments as August approaches. Tom Herman’s program readies for the end of dead period with a camp to be held Friday on campus. The expectant visitors include some 2019 commitments and a trio of top targets. The camp will also feature numerous 2020 and 2021 prospects hoping to catch the eye of the Texas coaching staff. As with every camp and event involving teenagers, some players hoping to make it won’t, and some players who have yet to confirm if they will show, will make their way to campus.
Zachary Evans, running back, Galena Park North Shore (2020)
FYI: 5-11/203; 5 stars; No. 1 on the Next 25
Top offers: Texas, Georgia, LSU
Evans is the crown jewel of the 2020 class. If he doesn’t head to Georgia for a camp this weekend, he’ll be in Austin. He’s the best running back this state has produced since Adrian Peterson. He’s bigger and faster than most defenders. And more confident than most players on the field, regardless of classification. Evans is that good. He’s the top target for Texas in the 2020 class and the key to signing Evans will be to surround him with a great offensive line class. This recruitment is far from done and is sure to take twists and turns before national signing day for the 2020 class, but Texas is in good position early.
Jaylon Jones, cornerback, Cibolo Steele (2020)
FYI: 6-3/185; 4 stars; No. 10 on the Next 25
Top offers: Texas, Texas A&M, Florida
Jones is the next great cornerback at Cibolo Steele. Texas signed former teammate, Caden Sterns, during the 2018 class and plan on using him at cornerback to start his career in Austin. Jones has a similar body type to Sterns. Jones is a tall, lean cornerback who can play safety if he outgrows the position. He didn’t get a ton of starting snaps on varsity as a sophomore because of a loaded secondary. That will change as he becomes a mainstay of the defense as a junior. He’s from a military family and spent time living in Japan as a youngster.
Bryson Washington, safety, C.E. King (2020)
FYI: 6-2/196; 4 stars; No. 8-ranked safety
Top offers: Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma
Washington is one of a handful of safeties in the 2020 class to hold an offer from Texas. He’s a big, fast safety in the mold of a B.J. Foster. Washington was named an Associated Press first-team all-state selection as a sophomore after recording 56 tackles, five interceptions and 23 pass breakups. He returned four of the five interceptions for touchdowns. Washington holds 13 offers from top programs across the nation.
Lorando Johnson, defensive back, Lancaster (2020)
FYI: 6-1/181; 4 stars; No. 12 on the Next 25
Top offers: TCU, Oklahoma State, Baylor
Johnson flirted with an early commitment in July but backed off that inclination to see more schools and see what offers come his way as a junior. Johnson is a raw, athletic cornerback with ideal size and length. He’s yet to pick up an offer from the Longhorns, but a strong showing at camp on Friday could change that quickly. Texas hopes to build a DFW pipeline to match its recruiting success in Houston and places like California. Lancaster is always filled with raw speed, and Johnson is the best prospect to come out of the high school in years.
Landyn Watson, outside linebacker, Hutto (2021)
FYI: 6-2/226; 5 offers
Top offers: Baylor, Houston, TCU
Watson is already picking up offers from Big 12 powers, and he’s in constant communication with Texas defensive line coach Oscar Giles. The Longhorns wait longer than most programs to offer young players, and it might take Watson through his sophomore campaign to solidify an offer from Herman. He was named the District 19-5A newcomer of the year as a freshman, recording five sacks and seven tackles for loss. Watson will be a superstar recruit from the Austin-area once his time comes, and the Longhorns will utilize camps like the one Friday to build a relationship with the young defensive edge rusher.
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