SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Saguaro High is the six-time defending Class 4A state champions in Arizona, knocking off Texas wide receiver Jake Smith and Notre Dame Prep the past two seasons. The road to number seven started last Friday night at home in a one-sided contest against Posted Butte, which ended 63-0. The game wasn’t as important as the players on the field, specifically five-star cornerback Kelee Ringo.
The 6-2, 205-pound prospect is the top-ranked cornerback in the country and the eighth-ranked prospect in the entire 2020 class. He’s the top-rated player in the cycle that Texas is still actively pursuing, and he remains uncommitted.
“It felt good to get back on the field with my teammates. This program makes football feel like a privilege,” Ringo said. “There are so many talented football players here that you have no choice but to get better or get left behind. Practice is harder than the games.”
He’s bucking the trend of early commitments and doesn’t plan to pick a school until after he takes all five official visits.
“I’m still working through recruiting. I’m not ready to make a decision, but I’ll start taking my officials during the season and maybe a couple after it ends,” Ringo noted. He holds more than 30 offers but it’s down to Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Oregon, and Ohio State.
It feels like a two-team race between Georgia and Texas with the Bulldogs currently favored to land Ringo. The Longhorns already hold pledges from three cornerbacks, so Ringo is more icing on the cake than a necessity.
“Texas is on a huge come-up and their recruiting classes have been great recently. I’ll take an official to Austin at some point this year,” Ringo declared. “It’s one of the schools I could definitely see myself playing at in college.”
Texas ties exist at Saguaro. Offensive coordinator Tim Beck once coached there, and former Longhorns standout Bryant Westbrook is currently employed there as an assistant coach. Texas is striking gold in Arizona under Tom Herman with the in-state schools floundering and the normal Pac-12 powers like USC struggling. It has allowed Texas to scoop up Smith, Brayden Liebrock and Bijan Robinson in the past two cycles. Ringo is noticing.
“I’m cool with those guys going to Texas or already at Texas and they love the program. It’s no secret I also like Texas with me going there a few times,” he said. “It’ll be a tough decision, but it’ll come down to my relationship with the coaching staff and where I want to live for the next few years.”
Robinson, the five-star running back from Salpointe Catholic in Tucson, isn’t the only target for Texas at his school. Junior offensive tackle Jonah Miller also holds an offer from Texas. He’s a close friend of Robinson’s and the two took in UT’s spring game together in April. The 6-6, 285-pounder is a four-star prospect with double-digit offers entering his junior year.
“Texas is great. I love that school. I had an amazing time,” Miller said Wednesday after practice. “Coach (Herb) Hand is a really cool guy to talk to and is someone I’d love to get coached by in college.”
Miller leans on older teammates like Robinson and Lathan Ransom, a safety committed to Ohio State, to learn how to navigate the recruiting waters.
“It makes it 100 times easier because I can ask those guys how to go through the recruiting process,” he said. “I can ask what I should wear and how I should talk to the coaches. It’s a huge resource and one of the special things about playing at a program like Salpointe Catholic. They’ve helped me a lot.”