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Five-star running back Bijan Robinson at Texas' Heat Wave event on June 22. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Five 2020 prospects trending toward Texas

Posted August 1st, 2019

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Texas’ 2020 recruiting class is expected to grow by the end of the weekend with top priorities expected to announce over the next few days. The current class ranks 20th in the nation and consists of 11 prospects. It’s not a class full of prospects, but the ones committed are highly ranked. The Longhorns hope to add more members and creep toward a top-10 class by the end of the summer. 

West Mesquite running back Ty Jordan is among a new breed of three-dimensional talents. (Mike Craven)

Bijan Robinson, running back, Salpointe Catholic (Ariz.)

FYI: 6-0/200; 5 stars; No. 3-ranked running back 

No. of offers: 21 offers

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Robinson is expected to announce on Friday and Texas is surging in his recruitment. The Longhorns need a win at running back and Robinson would provide Tom Herman’s program with a three-down back to build the running game around when Keaontay Ingram departs. Robison took an official to Texas on June 21. 

He’s rushed for more than 2,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. Robinson’s commitment would eliminate the sting felt by losing out on in-state five-star running backs Zachary Evans and Jase McClellan.  

Ty Jordan, running back, West Mesquite 

FYI: 5-7/183; 3 stars; No. 11-ranked all-purpose back 

No. of offers: 23

Jordan isn’t a traditional running back, but he’s a modern weapon Texas can deploy on third-down situations, at slot receiver, and in the return game. He’s a true scat-back in the mold of Darren Sproles. Jordan was a first-team all-district performer as a junior after rushing for 1,236 yards and 16 touchdowns. 

Recent official visits to USC and Tennessee give the Longhorns plenty of high-powered competition for Jordan’s eventual signature. Jordan would be a perfect complement to a three-down running back like Robinson, who is expecting to join the class by Friday night. 

Jerrin Thompson, safety, Lufkin

FYI: 6-0.5/183; 4 stars; No. 16-ranked safety 

No. of offers: 18

Thompson is shooting up the rankings and the Longhorns are the leaders for the East Texas athlete. Thompson was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore. He earned Defensive MVP honors in District 8-5A Division I in 2018. Thompson is a ball hawk who recorded at least 90 tackles in the last two seasons on varsity. He also has five interceptions and ranks No. 45 on the 2020 Fabulous 55

Chris Thompson Jr., safety, Duncanville 

FYI: 6-2/195; 4 stars; No. 18-ranked safety 

No. of offers: 36

Thompson was scheduled to announce his college decision today before recently pushing it back to Sunday. The Longhorns are the longtime leaders for the big-bodied safety. He showed strong coverage skills at The Opening Finals, though he doesn’t possess fantastic straight-line speed. Texas wants him to play the Joker position, a hybrid safety position tasked with helping against the run. 

Quentin Johnston, wide receiver, Temple 

FYI: 6-4/180; 4 stars; No. 11-ranked wide receiver 

No. of offers: 8

Johnston keeps his thoughts close-lipped, though three visits to Texas’ campus this summer is a good sign for the Longhorns. He’s the best in-state wide receiver left with Demond Demas and Troy Omeire committed to Texas A&M. Johnston was a first-team all-district selection as a junior. He’s a three-sport star also competing in basketball and track. 

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