Texas’ 2020 recruiting class has lost three members over the past few weeks, including cornerbacks Ethan Pouncey and Joshua Eaton, who decommitted as the Longhorns sit at 5-3 heading into Saturday’s game against Kansas State. The Longhorns need to recover some of the momentum that Tom Herman’s program had before the season when dozens of recruits joined the 2020 and 2021 class over the summer.
Tyler John Tyler four-star Kitan Crawford is now the lone cornerback pledged after the departures of Eaton and Pouncey. The Longhorns need to add at least one more prospect before the end of this recruiting cycle considering the struggles Texas is experiencing opposite this season opposite Jalen Green.
Here are three options Texas could pursue, including two local prospects without offers. Texas has offered 13 cornerbacks throughout the cycle. The Longhorns will need to broaden their search because the only uncommitted prospects at the position with offers are the de-commitments and the main target left on the board:
Kelee Ringo, cornerback, Saguaro (Ariz.)
FYI: 6-2/205; 5 stars; No. 1-ranked corner in nation
The latest: The nation’s top-rated cornerback prospect remains uncommitted. That’s good news for the Longhorns because Georgia is currently considered the favorite. I watched Ringo play in his first game of the season. The Longhorns hope Arizona becomes a secondary home for recruiting with Jake Smith and Brayden Liebrock joining in the 2019 class and Bijan Robinson pledged for 2020.
Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck used to coach at Saguaro. Texas-ex Bryant Westbrook is currently a coach on the staff there. Ringo is aware of the immediate playing time available at Texas and that’s an intriguing option for a prospect who wants to play three years before leaving for the NFL.
Jahdae Barron, cornerback, Pflugerville Connally
FYI: 5-11/175; 4 stars; No. 27-ranked cornerback
The latest: Barron doesn’t hold a UT offer, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been in contact with the program throughout the recruiting process. The local product pledged to Baylor in June. He recorded 68 tackles, including six for loss, and two interceptions as a junior. Texas hosted him at the Red River Showdown against Oklahoma.
“I loved the energy in the stadium and it is a great rivalry,” Barron said after his experience at the Cotton Bowl.
Barron would be an excellent addition for the Longhorns, and an offer may appear soon.
Dajon Harrison, athlete, Hutto
FYI: 5-10/170; 3 stars; No. 140-ranked wide receiver
The latest: Harrison is a unique athlete. The one-time TCU commit is no longer pledged to a school and is on Texas’ recruiting radar as an athlete. He excels at wide receiver at Hutto and has spent time playing cornerback. Though he’s likely a slot receiver in college, he does possess the tools necessary to switch full-time to cornerback if given the development. Harrison is fresh off an official visit to Kansas State and was a guest of the Longhorns for the Red River Showdown.