Texas hosted an invite-only camp Friday night attended by some of Longhorns’ top recruiting priorities of the 2020, 2021 and 2022 cycles. July proved successful for Tom Herman’s program, as it added high-profile names to the 2020 and 2021 classes. Texas holds 11 commitments for 2020, and five in 2021.
Two names Texas hopes to add to 2020 are Bastrop Cedar Creek defensive lineman Alfred Collins and Temple wide receiver Quentin Johnston. At the camp, the duo participated in the slam dunk competition, with Johnston taking home the top prize after going under both legs for a dunk. The 6-4, 180-pound four-star wide receiver is also a star in basketball and track.
“This summer has been real busy with recruiting. Coming to Texas is a home feel with an electric atmosphere,” Johnston said. “Texas is in great shape. It’s close to my home. It’s only an hour away from my parents. They love that part of it.”
Johnston, who wants to pick a school by the end of the summer, mentioned Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, and Baylor as his finalists. His former high school quarterback, Jared Wiley, is now a tight end for Texas. Johnston admits the two are still close.
“Jared (Wiley) is always in my ear,” he said. “He says it is difficult, but it is a good place to be.”
In an age of attention seeking on social media, Johnston stays away from the limelight. He doesn’t post much on Twitter. He doesn’t do many phone interviews. It’s just not his style. Johnston said his commitment won’t come with much buildup. Once he knows, he’ll announce on Twitter and go back to focusing on football at Temple.
“I got an old soul,” he said. “I don’t search out the attention.”
Collins is another quiet personality with big potential. He began his athletic career figuring basketball was his path. His mom, Benita Pollard, played college basketball for Texas. Collins wanted to follow in those footsteps and try his luck on the hardwood. That changed when football recruiters took note of the big, athletic sophomore.
“I never thought this would be my path,” he said. “I’m up to 284 pounds and hope to keep improving my motor and stamina as I get bigger.”
Collins doesn’t plan on picking a school until after his senior season. The four-star wants to take his official visits throughout the season and in December before pulling the trigger. The proximity to Texas coupled with his family history make Texas an obvious player in his recruitment. The camp was the third time Collins visited Texas this summer.
“It went good. They’re always consistent with the family vibe,” Collins said about the UT visit. “It’s still about building relationships and researching my options.”
“It is a good feeling to have the decision done and be part of the future at Texas,” said the Everman product. “They compared me to Lil’Jordan Humphrey and that’s a great role for me.”
Davis enjoyed Texas’ approach to recruiting, and feels the 2021 class could rival the 2018 group that signed in Herman’s first full cycle.
“Texas showed me a lot of love. They were constantly on me and asking me about life,” Davis said. “This 2021 class can be great. Texas can help me get to that next level. I’m just excited for the next step.”
It was the first time McRee was on campus since the Lake Travis product pledged on July 9. He plays with Hudson Card, Texas’ 2020 quarterback commit, and got a chance to meet 2021 quarterback commit Jalen Milroe. McRee plays in a similar system at Lake Travis as he will at Texas, and he’s hoping to improve his impact as a junior.
“Hope to be a threat as a traditional tight end or flexed out and be a mismatch nightmare no matter where I am on the field,” McRee said. “I take pride in my versatility.”