The 2020 class was started when four-star quarterback Hudson Card pledged to the Longhorns on May 25. The 6-foot-2, 167-pound athlete from Lake Travis is the No. 2-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation, per 247Sports Composite, an No. 16 on the Next 25. Card spent his sophomore season at wide receiver. He’ll become the starting quarterback for the Cavaliers in 2018.
The 2019 class is essentially halfway done as the dead period ends. Tom Herman’s program holds 13 commitments. The targets for the rest of the class, for the most part, are already identified and offered. The Longhorns are beginning to identify their top targets in the 2020 class. Here is an early look at the top defensive target at each position for 2020.
Prince Dorbah, defensive end, Highland Park
FYI: 6-4/210; 4 stars; No. 21 on the Next 25
Other targets: Vernon Broughton, Alec Bryant, Jaquelin Roy
Defenders take longer to develop than offensive stars, especially along the defensive line. To date, Texas has offered three defensive ends and just one defensive tackle. Dorbah is an intriguing prospect with upside and a proven track record at a state-champion caliber high school program. He wreaked havoc in the 2017 state championship game against Manvel and helped Highland Park win back-to-back Class 5A Division II state championships. Dorbah was named the District 15-5A defensive newcomer of the year as a sophomore after recording 84 tackles and 10 sacks. Broughton is the only other in-state defensive lineman with a Texas offer, but Bryant expects one soon. Roy, a Louisiana native favored to pick LSU, is the nation’s top defensive tackle prospect.
Justin Flowe, inside linebacker, Upland (Calif.)
FYI: 6-2/225; 5 stars; No. 1-ranked inside linebacker in nation
Other targets: Derek Wingo
Texas defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Todd Orlando is picky when it comes to players at his position. Some of it is due to the Longhorns relying more on big safeties and versatile cornerbacks in the Lightning Dime package employed by the Longhorns. Texas needs fewer linebackers to be successful. Some of it is supply. It’s harder and harder to find true linebackers as football transitions to spread offenses throughout the prep levels in every state. It’s especially true in Texas, and that’s forced Herman to look elsewhere at the position. The only linebacker currently committed to the 2018 class is De’Gabriel Floyd, a four-star outside linebacker from California. Only two in-state linebackers picked up offers in the 2018 cycle, and no offers have been given to members of the 2020 class.
Jaylon Jones, cornerback, Cibolo Steele
FYI: 6-3/185; 4 stars; No. 10 on the Next 25
Other targets: Dwight McGlothern, Elias Ricks, Myles Slusher
There are two elite cornerbacks in Texas for the 2020 class and both are high on the Longhorns. Jones and McGlothern could easily be considered the top priority at the position and signing the duo is the goal for Herman. Jones plays at the same high school that produced Caden Sterns, a Texas signee in the 2018 cycle. Jones and Sterns are similar players. Texas sees Sterns as a possible cornerback because of his size and athleticism. Jones is also a big cornerback with fluid hips. It’s possible he outgrows the cornerback position and becomes an elite safety prospect. McGlothern, a five-star prospect, will play his junior season at Cedar Hill Trinity Catholic after starting high school at New Caney.
Bryson Washington, safety, C.E. King
FYI: 6-2/196; 4 stars; No. 2-ranked safety in nation
Other targets: Darius Snow, Chris Thompson Jr.
The state of Texas is stacked with elite safeties in the 2020 class and Washington is emerging as the top-rated of the bunch by the national recruiting sites. He already holds offers from elite programs like Texas, Alabama and Georgia. He was an Associated Press Class 6A all-state first-team selection as a sophomore after returning four of his five interceptions for touchdowns. He also recorded 23 pass breakups. Snow is a big, physical safety who could grow into an outside linebacker. Thompson is a natural safety with cornerback coverage skills.
Ja’Quinden Jackson, Duncanville, athlete
FYI: 6-2/200; 4 stars; No. 8 on the Next 25
Other targets: Joel Williams, Jovan Ferguson, Xavier Restrepo
Not every prospect transitions perfectly into a college position. Jackson is one of those players. He plays quarterback for a powerful Duncanville offense, though his college future is likely at receiver or in the secondary. He was the District 7-6A offensive MVP as a sophomore after accounting for touchdowns as a passer, rusher and a receiver. He also helps on defense. His size and play-making ability translate to the outside wide receiver position. Jackson is big enough to play safety and he doesn’t shy away from physicality. Williams could play running back or wide receiver, but he’s a player favored to stay in-state and choose LSU. Ferguson and Restrepo are out-of-state targets with offers from the Longhorns.
|1.||Zachary Evans||RB||Galena Park North Shore (6A)||Undecided|
|2.||Demond Demas||WR||Houston North Forest (6A)||Texas A&M|
|3.||Dwight McGlothern||CB||New Caney (5A)||Undecided|
|4.||Chris Thompson Jr.||S||Duncanville (6A)||Undecided|
|5.||Chad Lindberg||OT||Clear Creek (6A)||Undecided|
|6.||Darius Snow||S||Hebron (6A)||Undecided|
|7.||Jase Mclellan||RB||Aledo (4A)||Oklahoma|
|8.||Ja'Quinden Jackson||ATH||Duncanville (6A)||Undecided|
|9.||Alec Bryant||DE||Pearland Shadow Creek (6A)||Undecided|
|10.||Jaylon Jones||CB||Cibolo Steele (6A)||Undecided|
|11.||RJ Mickens||CB||Southlake Carroll (6A)||Undecided|
|12.||Lorando Johnson||CB||Lancaster (6A)||Undecided|
|13.||Drew Sanders||ATH||Colleyville Heritage (5A)||Oklahoma|
|14.||Logan Parr||OL||San Antonio O'Connor (6A)||Undecided|
|15.||Branard Wright||DT||Dallas Carter (4A)||Undecided|
|16.||Hudson Card||QB||Lake Travis (6A)||Texas|
|17.||James Sylvester||DE||Newton (3A)||Undecided|
|18.||Courtland Ford||OT||Cedar Hill (6A)||Undecided|
|19.||Troy Omeire||WR||Fort Bend Austin (6A)||Undecided|
|20.||Marvin Mims||WR||Frisco Lone Star (5A)||Undecided|
|21.||Prince Dorbah||DE||Highland Park (5A)||Undecided|
|22.||EJ Smith||RB||Dallas Jesuit (6A)||Undecided|
|23.||Collin Sullivan||WR||Round Rock (6A)||Undecided|
|24.||Trent Pullen||OL||Waco Connally (4A)||Undecided|
|25.||Jordan Jefferson||OL||Navasota (4A)||Texas A&M|