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Alvin Shadow Creek safety Xavion Alford at The Opening Final in Frisco. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Examining Texas’ options in the secondary for the 2020 recruiting class

Posted August 6th, 2019

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Texas’ 2020 recruiting class now ranks 16th in the nation and consists of 12 commitments. It’s a dead period until the end of August, meaning no visits to campus and no late-night phone calls for college coaches. It’s a time for the 2019 season to become the focus for high school prospects and college programs.

The dead period doesn’t mean recruiting stops, however. 

John Tyler cornerback Kitan Crawford pledged to Texas in June. (Mike Craven)

The Longhorns suffered a recruiting loss on Sunday when four-star Duncanville safety Chris Thompson Jr. picked Auburn over Texas. It was another blow for the recruiting efforts in the secondary. Tyler John Tyler cornerback Kitan Crawford remains the only defensive back pledged to Tom Herman’s program for the 2020 cycle. That must change in the coming months, and here are some candidates:

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Jerrin Thompson, safety, Lufkin

FYI: 6-0.5/183; 4 stars; No. 45 on the Fab 55

Thompson is the safest bet to join Texas’ 2020 class, and it’ll likely happen before the end of the week. The newly-minted four-star is finally getting the recruiting attention he deserves from coaches and those responsible for the rankings. He’s always been a Fab 55 member. Thompson is a ballhawk with a nose for the ball. He’s excellent in coverage and more than willing to help in run support. 

Xavion Alford, safety, Alvin Shadow Creek 

FYI: 6-0.5/185; 4 stars; No. 31 on the Fab 55

Alford was pegged for Alabama during the summer, but the longer his recruitment goes without a commitment to the Crimson Tide, the better Texas feels about landing him. Versatile is the key word. He can play cornerback, safety or slide inside to nickel. Alford is a winner who helped lead Shadow Creek to a state title appearance in 2018 after recording 61 tackles and six interceptions. 

Johua Eaton, cornerback, Fort Bend MacArthur

FYI: 6-2/190; 4 stars; No. 41 on the Fab 55

Eaton remains in play despite many prognosticators expecting him to pledge to Texas A&M by the end of the summer. Texas re-emerged as one of the favorites after a recent visit on campus. He remains one of Texas defensive backs coach Jason Washington’s favorite prospects in the cycle. He’s raw, but his 6-2 frame is an advantage the Longhorns like in corners. He’s also capable of moving to safety. He was a first-team all-district selection as a junior. 

Kelee Ringo, cornerback, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro

FYI: 6-2/205; 5 stars; No. 1-ranked cornerback 

Ringo is the best cornerback prospect in the country and Texas won’t give up until he signs with another school. Georgia is the heavy favorite, but the recent commitment of fellow Arizonan Bijan Robinson could get Texas back into the mix, especially if the Longhorns continue to build on the victory over Georgia in last season’s Sugar Bowl. The key is getting Ringo on campus for a game before he picks a different program. 

Ethan Pouncey, cornerback, Winter Park (Fla.)

FYI: 6-1/160; 4 stars; No. 10-ranked cornerback 

Pouncey is familiar with Texas’ program since his older brother, Jordan, plays wide receiver for Texas. Pouncey is a long, lean four-star with plenty of upside. Texas likes length at the cornerback position and Ethan provides plenty, though he does need to add strength to his frame before he can handle the bumps and bruises of college football. Florida and Auburn lead for the productive corner who broke up 21 passes as a junior. He also recorded 43 tackles and eight interceptions. 

RANK (PREV.)PLAYER POS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. (1)Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Uncommitted
2. (2)Ja'Quinden JacksonATHDuncanville (6A)Texas
3. (3)Demond DemasWRTomball (5A)Texas A&M
4. (7)Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Georgia
5. (13)Jaylon JonesCBCibolo Steele (6A)Texas A&M
6. (19)Drew SandersATHDenton Ryan (5A)Alabama
7. (8)Jase McClellanRBAledo (5A)Oklahoma
8. (6)Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge (6A)Texas
9. (5)Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Texas A&M
10. (10)RJ MickensSSouthlake Carroll (6A)Clemson
11. (32)Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
12. (12)Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Auburn
13. (22)Alfred CollinsDEBastrop Cedar Creek (5A)Uncommitted
14. (26)Jalen Kimber CBMansfield Timberview (5A)Georgia
15. (17)Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
16. (9)Malik Hornsby QBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Uncommitted
17. (4)Dwight McGlothernCBKlein Oak (6A)Uncommitted
18. (51)Haynes KingQBLongview (6A)Texas A&M
19. (28)Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park (5A)Texas
20. (18)EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Uncommitted
21. (15)Alec BryantDEAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)LSU
22. (16)Courtland FordOTCedar Hill (6A)Uncommitted
23. (23)Seth McGowanRBMesquite Poteet (5A)Oklahoma
24. (14)Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Texas
25. (NR)Nate AndersonOTFrisco Reedy (5A)Oklahoma
26. (11)Lorando JohnsonCBLancaster (6A)LSU
27. (27)Jake MajorsCProsper (6A)Texas
28. (31)Princely UmanmielenDEManor (5A)Texas
29. (43)Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWRRockwall (6A)Ohio State
30. (24)Bryson WashingtonSC.E. King (6A)Oklahoma
31. (36)Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek (5A)Uncommitted
32. (NR)Jahari RogersCBArlington (6A)Florida
33. (20)Branard WrightDTDallas Carter (4A)Uncommitted
34. (29)Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Purdue
35. (25)James SylvesterDENewton (2A)TCU
36. (30)Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Uncommitted
37. (21)Darius SnowSCarrollton Hebron (6A)Michigan State
38. (45)Brennon ScottLBBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Kansas
39. (52)Quentin JohnstonWRTemple (6A)Uncommitted
40. (40)Devon AchaneWRFort Bend Marshall (5A)Uncommitted
41. (NR)Joshua EatonCBAldine MacArhur (6A)Uncommitted
42. (54)Ken SealsQBWeatherford (6A)Vanderbilt
43. (46)Michael HendersonATHCarrollton Ranchview (4A)Oklahoma
44. (NR)Ty'Kieast CrawfordOTCarthage (4A)Arkansas
45. (NR)Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin (6A)Texas
46. (NR)Garrett HayesOTAthens (4A)Uncommitted
47. (42)Josh WhiteOLBCy CreekLSU
48. (49)Parker WashingtonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Penn State
49. (NR)Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler (6A)Texas
50. (NR)Ryan WattsCBLittle Elm (5A)Oklahoma
51. (37)Akinola OgunbiyiOGFort Bend Kempner (6A)Texas A&M
52. (55)Loic FouonjiWRMidland Lee (6A)Uncommitted
53. (33)Damieon GeorgeOTGalena Park North Shore (6A)Alabama
54. (NR)Avery HelmCBFort Bend Marshall (5A)Florida
55. (47)Trent PullenOGWaco Connally (4A)Oklahoma State

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