Texas’ 2021 recruiting class ranks 12th in the nation and first in the Big 12. Head coach Tom Herman hopes the Longhorns can sign another top-10 class and lead the Big 12 for the fourth cycle in a row. Texas holds 14 commitments, including a player at every position group as well as a punter. Here are five prospects Texas wants to add. The Longhorns hope to a player from this list by the end of the week:
Gunnar Helm, tight end, Englewood, Colo.
FYI: 6-5, 225; three stars; No. 26-ranked TE
Top schools: Auburn, Georgia, Iowa, LSU, Texas
Wow!!!!! After an amazing, in depth conversation with @CoachJ_Boulware I am excited, honored, and blessed to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Texas! Thank you @TexasFootball for the opportunity!@CCNextLevelFB @sheridanswag pic.twitter.com/ix3a5C0Fw6
— Gunnar Helm (@gunnar_helm) June 9, 2020
Helm’s offer sheet is more impressive than his recruiting ranking. He holds 28 offers and most are from the elite programs in the Big Ten, SEC and Big 12. The Longhorns joined that list on June 9. Helm is a big-bodied tight end who can move. He’s a solid receiver with the right frame to become a dominant blocker. He’s clearly Texas’ top target among the three uncommitted tight ends with an offer, given the timing. Herman wouldn’t have extended another offer at the position if he didn’t want another tight end and if he thought the Longhorns were in great shape with an existing offer. Helm is set to announce his decision this afternoon. Texas is in the lead.
Terrence Cooks, outside linebacker, Alvin Shadow Creek
FYI: 6-2, 210; three stars; No. 26-ranked OLB
Top schools: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Alabama
Texas was one of Cooks’ last unofficial visits before the travel restrictions were put into place and he left that visit favoring the Longhorns due to his growing relationship with Houston-area commitments like Derrick Harris Jr. and Jalen Milroe. Cooks hasn’t pulled the trigger and is likely to wait until he can take official visits. Texas is also home to his former teammate Xavion Alford, who signed with Texas in December. Cooks plans to trim his list to six schools on Tuesday.
Jaden Alexis, wide receiver, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Monarch Prep
FYI: 5-11, 175; three stars; No. 62-ranked WR
Top schools: Texas
Alexis appears like a lock to eventually join Texas’ class. He holds 36 offers, including in-state powers like Florida and Miami, as well as Alabama and other prominent schools. He has never visited Texas’ campus, but a virtual tour and his growing relationship with the coaches have him trending toward Austin. Alexis is a slot receiver candidate with strong bloodlines considering his father, Rich, played for several NFL teams as a running back.
Alexis would be Texas’ second wide receiver pledge, joining Casey Cain of Louisiana. Long-time commitments Billy Bowman Jr. and Ja’Tavion Sanders also could play receiver considering they’re two-way stars at the high school level and listed as athletes on recruiting services. Alexis caught 49 passes for 894 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.
Andrew Mukuba, safety, Austin LBJ
FYI: 6-0, 185; four stars; No. 12-ranked S
Top schools: Texas, Clemson, LSU, Alabama
Texas landed a four-star safety in Coffey in June. Bowman also could wind up at safety. Mukuba is Texas’ top remaining target in the defensive backfield and lives within a dozen miles of Texas’ campus. The main competition is Clemson; if the Tigers have room and prioritize Mukuba, he could be destined for the ACC. Texas is right there due to the proximity and the Longhorns’ current stable of defensive backs. Mukuba trains with some of the local defensive backs like Jahdae Barron, who joined the 2020 class late from Pflugerville Connally.
Albert Regis, defensive tackle, La Porte
FYI: 6-1, 300; three stars; No. 33-ranked DT
Top schools: Texas, Minnesota, Arkansas, Texas A&M
Regis has emerged as the clear-cut favorite to fill the lone defensive tackle spot open in the class. The Longhorns offered on June 19 and immediately jumped the other 18 programs on Regis’ list. He possesses a similar body build to former UT defensive tackle Poona Ford and current nose guard Keondre Coburn. Regis is low to the ground at 6-1, but he uses his lack of size as an advantage in leverage. He’s strong at the point of attack and disruptive in the backfield.