The need for an influx of wide receiver talent in the 2020 class will increase if Bru McCoy enters the NCAA transfer portal for the second time this year. Texas signed four receivers in 2019 — five if current running back Jordan Whittington is included. His role is likely to evolve into a running back and slot receiver. Marcus Washington, Jake Smith and Kennedy Lewis arrive on campus next week.
Two things are true: McCoy is an ultra-talented prospect who possesses NFL upside. A true freshman receiver also doesn’t make or break a program. It does leave an unexpected void at the position with McCoy penciled in to start for the next three to four years before the news Monday that he’s likely headed back to USC.
Texas holds 2020 commitments from five players, all of which play offense. None are true receivers, however, and the Longhorns enter the summer knowing they need to add more top-end talent to a position set to lose Collin Johnson after the season. Here are four big-bodied wide receivers Texas is recruiting:
Troy Omeire, Fort Bend Austin
FYI: 6-3.5/217; 4 stars; No. 5 on the 2020 Fabulous 55
Top schools: Texas A&M, Texas
It’s a two-team race for Omeire, who is expected to pick between Texas and Texas A&M by the start of his senior season. This one was trending toward Texas early in the spring, but the Aggies are right back in it after a recent visit to College Station. A&M already possesses the pledge of the state’s top wide receiver in Demond Demas. Landing Omeire is priority No. 1 at the position for both programs.
Quentin Johnston, Temple
FYI: 6-4/180; 4 stars; No. 52 on the Fab 55
Top schools: Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor
Johnston continues to evolve as a football prospect. His participation in basketball and track kept him away from recruiting camps and early visits during the spring. He wants to utilize the summer to see campuses and continue his research. He likes Texas and the Longhorns are a possible landing spot if they push for the signature of the talented athlete from Temple.
Loic Fouonji, Midland Lee
FYI: 6-4/194; 3 stars; No. 55 on the Fab 55
Top schools: Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma State
Fouonji is the most recent offer at the wide receiver position in the 2020 class. He’s built similarly to Omeire and Johnston. All three are long, athletic receviers with plenty of upside. The Fab 55 member was a first-team all-district selection as a junior after recording 51 receptions for 903 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Johnny Wilson, Calabasas (Calif.)
FYI: 6-6/220; 5 stars; No. 4-ranked wide receiver
Top schools: Oregon, USC, Ohio State, Texas
Wilson is the ideal candidate to replace Johnson because of their shared size and abilities. Wilson overwhelms defenders with his size, and he’s an above-average route runner for his length. He’s entering his fourth year as a varsity starter. He’s already racked up 150 catches for 2,426 yards and 35 touchdowns in his prep career.