Prospects in the 2019 recruiting class can sign a national letter of intent on Dec. 19, the start of the three-day early signing period. Nineteen of the 21 commits Texas held on that date in the 2018 class elected to sign early instead of waiting until February. The 2019 class should follow a similar trend. The Longhorns hold 20 commitments and hope to close strong. Texas hosted a pair of national top 100 prospects last weekend for the West Virginia game and also extended a new offer to an offensive tackle.
Here is the Longhorns’ current recruiting wish list.
Bru McCoy, athlete, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
FYI: 6-2.5/212; 5 stars; No. 9-ranked player in country
Top teams: USC, Texas
McCoy is the top player on the board. The five-star wants to play wide receiver and linebacker at the college level and the Longhorns broke down how he’d be used in Austin during his official visit to Texas for the USC game.
Ironically, USC is the team Texas has to beat. Knocking off the Trojans with McCoy there, coupled with the uncertainty at USC, means the Longhorns possess a real shot at landing a top 10 national prospect. McCoy would instantly become Texas’ highest-rated recruit of the class. Right now that’s Tyler Johnson, the four-star offensive tackle from Conroe Oak Ridge.
Noah Cain, running back, IMG Academy (Fla.)
FYI: 5-10, 212; 4 stars; No. 6-ranked running back
Top teams: LSU, Ohio State, Texas
Cain reemerged as the top remaining running back target after he took an official visit to Austin last weekend. He began his high school career at Denton Guyer before spending his junior and senior seasons at IMG. He’s also a native of Baton Rouge, which places LSU firmly in the mix. Trey Sanders, Cain’s running back partner at IMG, appears to be favoring Alabama. The Longhorns want to pair a star running back with current UT commit Derrian Brown and Cain is the ideal target.
Elijah Higgins, wide receiver, Austin Bowie
FYI: 6-3/214; 4 stars; No. 23 on the 2019 Fabulous 55
Top teams: Stanford, Texas, Florida
Texas hopes to load up at receiver in 2019 and Higgins is still a major target despite the feeling that Stanford is leading for the big-bodied playmaker from Austin. He was born in Florida, so he doesn’t have the long-term ties to the area like some do, but he does consider Austin his home and the Longhorns hoped to lean on that advantage during his recent official visit to campus. Texas already holds commitments from four receivers plus athlete Peyton Powell. Its still in the mix for McCoy and Melissa receiver Kennedy Lewis also was on campus for the West Virginia game.
Isaiah Hookfin, offensive tackle, Fort Bend Dulles
FYI: 6-5/270; 3 stars; No. 57-ranked offensive tackle
Top teams: Texas, Houston, Arizona State
The big tackle with a cool last name took a visit to Austin for the West Virginia contest and left with an offer. It’s likely that he’ll become the third offensive tackle to pick the Longhorns. He liked Texas leading into the visit and the offer probably will seal the deal. He isn’t as highly touted as current commits Tyler Johnson or Javonne Shepherd, but that means little with offensive linemen since most need a year or two to develop in the weight room. The Longhorns also want a JUCO offensive tackle.
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Caleb Johnson, outside linebacker, Fullerton College (Calif.)
FYI: 6-1/215; 3 stars; No. 2-ranked JUCO outside linebacker
Top teams: Oregon, Texas, Arkansas
Texas appeared to be the destination for Johnson once the JUCO linebacker de-committed from Iowa State in October. He’s become a hot commodity since then and picked up an offer from childhood favorite Oregon. He also took an official visit to Arkansas. The Longhorns desperately need more bodies at linebacker next season with the looming departures of Gary Johnson and Anthony Wheeler. Johnson would be the fourth linebacker commit of the 2019 cycle.