Texas fans during a Big 12 Conference football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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Commitment 101: Cornerback Joshua Eaton wastes no time pledging to the Longhorns

Posted August 23rd, 2019

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Texas added to its stable of defensive recruits in the 2020 class when four-star cornerback Joshua Eaton of Aldine MacArthur pledged to the Longhorns Friday.

Eaton, a 6-2, 175-pound prospect, is the 28th-ranked cornerback in the country on 247Sports’ composite ratings, and the nation’s 335th-overall prospect. He’s the 18th member of the 2020 class.

Eaton fits the mold of a current Texas cornerback. He’s long, tall and athletic, which is required to play man-coverage on the outside. Texas has yet to sign a cornerback under 6-feet tall since Tom Herman took the job.

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Skill set: The first thing that stands out about Eaton is his frame. It’s tough to find guys at 6-foot-2 who can flip their hips and run with fast wide receivers. Eaton excels in press coverage and is a truly physical corner who doesn’t mind helping in run support. His overall play earned him first-team all-district as a junior.

His recruiting profile took off in February when 11 different programs offered him before Texas did at junior day. Those offers included Oklahoma, Florida, TCU and Texas Tech.

Immediate impact: Texas is stocking up at cornerback and that’s the smart play in the Big 12. It’s now time for guys like Anthony Cook and Jalen Green to prove their potential with 2019 signees Kenyatta Watson II and Marques Caldwell joining the fold in the summer. A ton of time remains before Eaton arrives on campus and it’s hard to predict what the two-deep looks like in 2020.

The Longhorns tell every prospect that playing time is available to the best players and Eaton will get his chance to make an early impact on defense and on coverage units of the special teams.

Fitting into the program: Eaton is another Houston-based prospect ready to join the Longhorns. He won’t be without peers as Herman has relied on the region and his connections from his time as the head coach at Houston. Eaton, by all accounts, is a hard-nosed kid with a strong work ethic. That’s what Herman and his staff want to add to the program with each commitment.

Recruiting at the position: Texas took two cornerbacks in 2018 and 2019, and that’s not including D’Shawn Jamison who could move to nickel from wide receiver as a sophomore. The competition should be fierce at cornerback with the talent arriving in Austin since Herman’s hiring. Eaton is another one of those players who will vie for playing time. 

Texas' 2020 recruiting class

A list of Texas commitments in the 2020 recruiting class.
PLAYERPOS.SCHOOLSTARSCOMMITMENT DATE
Hudson CardQBLake Travis4May 25 (2018)
Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor4Oct. 28 (2018)
Jake MajorsOGProsper4Jan. 24
Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves4Feb. 17
Jaden HullabyATHBishop Dunne3March 30
Ja'Quinden JacksonQB/ATHDuncanville4June 3
Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler4June 21
Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park4July 9
Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge4July 17
Van FillingerDECanyon Court (Utah)3July 18
Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll3July 24
Bijan RobinsonRBSalpointe Catholic (Ariz.)5Aug. 2
Ethan PounceyCBWinter Park (Fla.)4Aug. 6
Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin4Aug. 11
Princely UmanmielenDEManor4Aug. 12
Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek4Aug. 16
Quentin JohnstonWRTemple4Aug. 17
Joshua EatonCBAldine Macarthur4Aug. 23
Ty JordanRBWest Mesquite3Sept. 15

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