Texas’ 2020 recruiting class consists of four members, all of which play offense. Three of the four play offensive line. The state is rife with offensive talent and the Longhorns are in great position with a handful of top targets, including the best running back in the state and two key offensive tackle prospects.
Here are five UT offensive targets that are trending toward the Longhorns:
Chad Lindberg, tackle, Houston Clear Creek
FYI: 6-6.5/327; 4 stars; No. 7 on the Fab 55
Top competition: Stanford
Lindberg is the best offensive lineman in the state and a player that the current Longhorns commits talk to on a daily basis. He’s a big, physical tackle with long arms and an athletic frame. He doesn’t carry a ton of bad weight and could be an instant impact player for the college he chooses. Texas and Stanford are the front-runners with Texas holding the home-field advantage. His older brother attends UT as a student.
“I talk to those guys daily as friends. They pitch me, but they know how to not be annoying about it,” Lindberg said after the Under Armour regional in Houston. “I know people at Texas, so I can talk to them about the classes. I also like the coaching staff at Texas a lot, and their facilities at Texas are second to none.”
Damieon George, tackle, Galena Park North Shore
FYI: 6-6.5/348; 4 stars; No. 33 on the Fab 55
Top competition: LSU, Georgia
George is a high-upside tackle with his raw skills beginning to ooze out of his monstrous frame. He’s a big, tough kid with a strong work ethic, and he attends one of the best programs in the state. The best football is ahead for George; he continues to grow into his body and eliminate bad weight with more time in the weight room. George recently said that he and five-star running back and teammate Zachary Evans are going to the same college. Texas was named among his potential top five schools. It’s no secret that offensive line coach Herb Hand’s ideal class is his three commits plus Lindberg and George.
“I really like coach Hand and coach (Tom) Herman. It’s close to home. I talk to coach Hand and (Corby) Meekins every day,” George said at The Opening regional in Houston. “Alabama, Georgia and LSU will be in the top five. Alabama and Georgia win and help you get to the league. LSU is home. I’m from Louisiana.”
Zachary Evans, running back, Galena Park North Shore
FYI: 5-11/200; 5 stars; No. 1 on the Fab 55
Top competition: LSU, Clemson, Georgia
Evans doesn’t plan to pick a school until the early signing period at the earliest, but if he is truly a package deal with George, the Longhorns are trending in a great direction for the best prospect at the position in the country. Texas’ best chance to land Evans is to gain the commitments of Lindberg and George. There’s no way to understate the importance of Evans to the Longhorns in the 2020 cycle. He’s considered the best player from Texas since Herman took over at UT. Evans would nearly guarantee the Longhorns another top-three class.
“I want to get to know a team’s strength and conditioning coach because that who I’ll spend the most time with. I like (Yancy) McKnight at Texas,” Evans said at The Opening regional in Houston. “He’s loud. I’m an energy guy and he brings energy.”
Quentin Johnson, wide receiver, Temple
FYI: 6-4/180; 4 stars; No. 52 on the Fab 55
Top competition: Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU
Texas enjoyed success with a pair of big wide receivers in the 2018 season and Johnson is in the same mold as Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey. He’s a big target with surprising speed to get over defenses vertically. He high-points footballs and is a real threat on third down and in the red zone. Texas spent time recruiting at Temple to gain the pledge of Jared Wiley in 2019 and is in good position to add another Wildcat to the fold. Johnson is still a raw prospect but with immense potential because of his speed, quickness and consistency as a pass catcher.
Ja’Quinden Jackson, quarterback, Duncanville
FYI: 6-2/219; 4 stars; No. 2 on the Fab 55
Top competition: Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU
Jackson isn’t an easy recruit to read and is on record saying he won’t announce a college decision until the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando. Jackson is the best pure athlete in the state. He plays quarterback for Duncanville and recently stated at The Opening regional that he wants to remain a quarterback. He visited Texas for a spring practice with his teammate and fellow Texas target, Chris Thompson, which is a good sign for the Longhorns. Texas would take Jackson no matter what position he wants to play, even with the commitment of Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card.
Tomorrow’s Dotted Line: Five 2020 defensive targets that are trending toward Texas