Texas’ 2020 recruiting class consists of four members now that four-star athlete Mookie Cooper de-committed and is expected to wind up at Illinois. Cooper fit a role in the cycle for the Longhorns that is now open. He was a hybrid running back-wide receiver who can play H-back and move around the offense.
The Longhorns signed two players like that in 2019 in Jordan Whittington and Jake Smith. Texas wants a Cooper-type athlete in 2020 to add more dimensions to Tom Herman’s evolving offense.
Here are three candidates to fill the void left by Cooper’s de-commitment that already hold an offer from Texas:
Ty Jordan, running back, West Mesquite
FYI: 5-7/181, four stars, No. 7-ranked all-purpose back
Top offers: Texas, TCU, USC
Jordan tore up two consecutive elite DFW camps with strong performances at The Opening regional and the Under Armour event. His quickness is unmatched and he’s simply too athletic for linebackers and safeties to guard in space.
“Coach (Stan) Drayton is recruiting me the most,” Jordan said last month. “I really mess with Texas. They’re recruiting me hard and showing me a lot of love.”
His smaller frame means he’s not likely to carry the ball 20 times a game, but that isn’t what Texas needs. Jordan can play running back on third downs, plus slot receiver and also help in the return game.
“The one-dimensional back that just runs isn’t valued anymore,” Jordan said. “Coaches want backs who are dynamic and are three-dimensional with running, blocking and receiving. It’s a mismatch for a defense. I can go out in the slot and we don’t need to change personnel and that’s an advantage against defenses.”
Kelvontay Dixon, wide receiver, Carthage
FYI: 5-11.5/173, three stars, No. 48 on the Fab 55
Top offers: Texas, Arkansas
Dixon is the younger brother of UT running back Keaontay Ingram. That gives the Longhorns an advantage. Dixon is another player capable of playing running back and wide receiver. He was his district’s MVP as a junior. He caught 84 passes for 1,288 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.
“Texas is a strong family tie for me. I’ve known those coaches a long time because of my brother,” Dixon said after the Under Armour camp in February. He also took an unofficial visit to Texas for junior day.
Dixon is an incredible athlete who excels after the catch. He’s also solid as a returner. Texas should remain in great position because of his existing relationship with the coaches and the impact of his brother. He is a potential slot receiver with versatility to run the football.
Kitan Crawford, running back, Tyler John Tyler
FYI: 5-10/170, three stars, No. 60-ranked athlete
Top offers: Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee
Texas offered Crawford in February. He’s an all-around athlete who plays some running back, wide receiver and defense. He’s rushed for 566 yards and two touchdowns in two years on varsity, adding seven receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown. Crawford could end up as a cornerback, but he possesses the skills and size to fill an offensive role.