The Longhorns dipped out of state to land four-star safety Chris Adimora. The Mayfair High School (Calif.) product chose Texas over 15 other offers, including Alabama, Michigan and Oregon. He is the 11th commitment for Tom Herman’s program in the 2019 cycle and the first at safety. Adimora is one of five out-of-state prospects committed to the Longhorns and the second from California, joining four-star outside linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd.
Skill set: Adimora is a playmaker at safety who excels on both sides of the football for Mayfair. He’ll focus on safety in college where his combination of size and athleticism make for a high ceiling as a prospect. He’s also a physical presence who can roam the middle of the field and help against the run game. Versatile safeties are needed in the Big 12 and Adimora will fit well into a safeties group that is loaded with talent after the 2018 recruiting class.
Immediate impact: It’s unlikely Texas needs Adimora to contribute at safety as a true freshman if players like BJ Foster and Caden Sterns pan out. That doesn’t mean snaps aren’t available if Adimora proves himself to useful to leave on the bench, especially with new rules allowing programs to play true freshman for four games without losing eligibility. Adimora is a potential ace on special teams early in his career with a shot at logging snaps on the two-deep early in his career.
Fitting into the program: Adimora won’t feel alone in the locker room with Texas constantly adding a bigger West Coast presence to the squad. Floyd and current Texas quarterback Cam Rising both went to high school north of Los Angeles, which is only an hour from Mayfair. Those three represent monster recruiting wins in California for Herman and his staff. The focus of recruiting will also be Texas athletes, but the 2019 cycle is proving Herman isn’t afraid to explore outside the borders for the right talent at need positions. Five of the 11 players currently committed to Texas in the 2019 class play prep football outside of Texas.
Recruiting at the position: The ideal class would involve three safeties. Adimora is the first piece. The next two prospects on the board are Jalen Catalon and Lewis Cine. Both players are members of the 2019 Fabulous 55. Texas likes Catalon, a four-star from Mansfield Legacy, as a nickel back and return option. Cine, a recent move-in to Cedar Hill Trinity Christian, is a natural free safety with elite range. Cine is from Massachusetts and could return north to play for a team in the Big 10.
2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class
|Roschon Johnson||QB||Port Neches-Groves||4||July 21 (2017)|
|T'Vondre Sweat||DE||Huntsville||3||Feb. 28|
|Jordan Whittington||WR||Cuero||4||March 10|
|De'Gabriel Floyd||OLB||Westlake Village (Calif.)||4||March 31|
|Kenyatta Watson II||DB||Grayson (Ga.)||4||May 1|
|Brayden Liebrock||TE||Chandler (Ariz.)||3||May 8|
|Tyler Johnson||OL||Conroe Oak Ridge||5||May 25|
|Jared Wiley||TE||Temple||3||May 26|
|Jake Smith||WR||Notre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)||4||June 3|
|Peter Mpagi||DE||George Ranch||3||June 16|
|Chris Adimora||S||Mayfair (Calif.)||4||July 1|
|Marques Caldwell||CB||Alvin||3||July 7|
|Demariyon Houston||WR||Millwood (Okla.)||4||July 7|
|Marcus Tillman Jr.||OLB||Jones (Fla.)||3||July 28|
|Javonne Shepherd||OT||North Forest||4||July 29|
|Derrian Brown||RB||Buford (Ga.)||4||Sept. 16|
|Tyler Owens||S||Plano East||4||Sept. 24|