Each weekend in the summer carries weight for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail. Texas’ 2020 class is taking longer to form than rivals like Oklahoma and Texas A&M. That should change with numerous targets expected to pick schools before the start of the 2019 football season. A few of those priority targets are in town this weekend, as is four-star quarterback Hudson Card of Lake Travis, who was the first pledge of the cycle for Tom Herman’s program.
Prince Dorbah, outside linebacker, Highland Park
FYI: 6-2.5/208; 4 stars; No. 19 on the Fab 55
Top schools: Texas, LSU
Texas likes the similarities between Dorbah and current B-Backer Joseph Ossai. Both players were defensive ends in high school. Dorbah is an anchor on the edge for the three-time defending Class 5A Division I state champions. He’s recorded 30 sacks and 58 tackles for loss over the past two seasons. Texas offered early and is the favorite to land Dorbah. LSU came on late, and he’s said that gives the Longhorns an advantage.
Jase McClellan, running back, Aledo
FYI: 5-10/201; 5 stars; No. 7 on the Fab 55
Top schools: Committed to Oklahoma
Texas can still land a five-star running back from Texas despite missing the cut for Galena Park North Shore star Zachary Evans, who is the top-rated player in the country. McClellan is in play for the Longhorns despite an 11-month commitment to Oklahoma. The Longhorns landed the last five-star running back from Aledo in Johnathan Gray. McClellan is also a state champion. He’s rushed for 5,200 yards and 95 touchdowns through three seasons as a varsity starter.
Latham Ransom, safety, Salpointe Catholic (Ariz.)
FYI: 6-0.5/200; 4 stars; No. 4-ranked safety
Top schools: LSU, Notre Dame, Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma
Texas’ search for a top-flight safety in the 2020 cycle is leading the Longhorns back to Arizona. Texas signed two four-star prospects from that state in the 2019 class, and are honing in on a trio of targets from Arizona in the 2020 class. Ransom could help Texas fill a need at safety and build momentum to land running back Bijan Robinson and cornerback Kelee Ringo. Ransom already took official visits to Oklahoma, LSU, and Notre Dame. Texas is this weekend. Ohio State gets the last impression on June 21.
Mookie Cooper, wide receiver, Trinity Catholic (Mo.)
FYI: 5-8.5/193; 4 stars; No. 11-ranked wide receiver
Top schools: Illinois, Ohio State, Texas, USC, Miami
The former Texas recruit is back on campus this weekend, starting Sunday. It’ll give Cooper a chance to re-connect with the coaching staff and his former high school teammate, Marcus Washington. Cooper remains a top priority for Texas at the slot position. He’s one of the most electric players in the country once the ball is in his hands. He can play some running back on third-down situations and help in the return game, as well. Cooper always maintained that Texas was still among his top schools and that he de-committed in order to go through the recruiting process, not because of anything negative between him and the Longhorns. A summer visit proves he’s still serious about Texas.
Preston Stone, quarterback, Parish Episcopal (2021)
FYI: 6-2/205; 5 stars; No. 1-ranked dual threat quarterback
Top schools: 46 offers
Stone is clearly the top quarterback target for Texas in the 2021 class. The more time he spends on campus, the better for the Longhorns. Stone is the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country, and the only in-state quarterback in the 2021 class to hold an offer from Texas. Stone is already a two-year starter entering his junior season. He’s already accounted for more than 7,000 yards and 86 touchdowns in his prep career.