Texas head coach Tom Herman smiles as he waits with his players to take the field before an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Commitment 101: Four-star wide receiver Marcus Washington provides height, consistency

Posted October 26th, 2018

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The raid on foreign talent continued Friday when the Longhorns landed a commitment from four-star wide receiver Marcus Washington from Trinity Catholic in the St. Louis area. He is the ninth out-of-state pledge in the 2019 cycle. Washington is also the fourth wide receiver to commit to Texas in the 2019 class. The 6-foot-2 playmaker offers height and the ability to play on the edge. He was a finalist at The Opening over the summer in Frisco and is ranked as the 202nd-best player in the nation.

Skill set: Washington catches everything thrown in his radius. He’s a tall, lanky wide receiver who can contort his body and uses his hands to catch passes instead of letting the ball reach his body. Washington recorded a verified vertical of 32 inches and a shuttle of 4.28 at The Opening Final. He’s a crisp route-runner who knows how to create just enough separation to find the football when defenders can’t. Washington isn’t a burner, but he’s fast enough to get vertical on defenses.

Crafty might be the best word to describe Washington. He’s not the biggest or the fastest wide receiver in the country, but he understands his position more than most prep wide receivers. His body control is outstanding, and he might be the best pure pass catcher Texas has added since Tom Herman took over as head coach.

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Immediate impact: Wide receiver is a tough position to make an impact at as a freshman because of the complexity of the position in college compared to high school. Combination routes and the responsibilities as a blocker tend to prove hard to pick up for young wide receivers. Instead of a consistent role, expect Texas to find a way to mix him into the occasional set in the same way the Longhorns have used true freshmen Joshua Moore, Brennan Eagles and D’Shawn Jamison.  

Fitting into the program: Under Mack Brown onlookers would wonder how out-of-state commits would fit into the program. Not under Herman. The second-year head coach wants to make the Longhorns a true national program and the only way to do that is to recruit nationally. The Longhorns will remain Texas heavy on personnel, but Herman shows no fear leaving the state when the right prospect is available. Washington took a visit to Austin for the USC game and left with the Longhorns as his leader. He should fit well into the future for the Texas offense even if he doesn’t see a ton of playing time in 2019.

Recruiting at the position: Washington is the fourth wide receiver to pledge to Texas, joining fellow four-stars Jordan Whittington, Jake Smith and Demariyon Houston. Washington is the biggest of the bunch and will play outside receiver. Recent commit Peyton Powell plays quarterback at Odessa Permian, but he’s just as likely to end up as a wide receiver as he is a quarterback. The Longhorns are still in pursuit of five-star athlete Bru McCoy.

2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge5May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16
Tyler OwensSPlano East4Sept. 24
David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch4Sept. 30
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26
Myron WarrenDEMany (La.)3Nov. 19
Jacoby JonesDEButler C.C.3Nov. 21
Caleb JohnsonOLBFullerton College (Calif.)3Dec. 17

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