A figurative bow was placed on Texas’ 2019 class when five-star athlete Bru McCoy officially transferred from USC to Texas. It was the last major piece of the cycle outside of keeping four-star offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd committed through national signing day on Feb. 6. Texas also plans on hosting JUCO linebacker Lakia Henry before then and expects to add a grad transfer offensive lineman or two before the start of the season.
The main focus shifts to building the 2020 class and the Longhorns are off to a fast start with three commitments on the offensive side of the football in quarterback Hudson Card and offensive linemen Logan Parr and Jake Majors. It’s clear the Longhorns want to set the pace in 2020 and gobble up the top targets as early as possible with official visits allowed in the spring.
Here are five players speaking highly of Texas:
Jaylen Garth, offensive lineman, Port Neches-Groves
FYI: 6-4/285; 3 stars; No. 37-ranked offensive tackle
Top offers: Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama
Garth is still relatively new to football. He didn’t truly start playing organized sports until his freshman year in high school. He quickly went from untapped potential to one of the state’s top offensive line prospects. Much like UT commit Jake Majors, Garth plays tackle in high school but could play outside or at guard in college because of his lack of ideal height. He’s athletic for his size and is a mauler in the run game. His former teammate and quarterback, Roschon Johnson, signed with Texas in December and is already enrolled.
Jaylon Jones, cornerback, Cibolo Steele
FYI: 6-3/185; 4 stars: No. 12-ranked cornerback
Top offers: Texas, Florida, Texas A&M
A former Cibolo Steele star is currently making his mark on the Texas program with Caden Sterns emerging as a star in his freshman season. Jones is considered the next great secondary player from Steele, a program known for producing defensive backs. He’s a long, lean cornerback with the frame to add weight and move to safety. His size and length can’t be taught and he’s growing as a cornerback at each major camp. Jones says he speaks to Sterns on a daily basis and considers the Longhorns star a mentor and brother.
Princely Umanmielen, defensive end, Manor
FYI: 6-4/240; 4 stars: No. 19-ranked strong-side defensive end
Top offers: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M
He wants to play end in college, though his frame suggests he could reach nearly 280 pounds with ease. Umanmielen is a powerful player who bullies offensive lines and abused double-teams. He lived near the quarterback on passing downs and should be a four-star prospect by the spring. His motor was impressive for a guy his size. Umanmielen reminds me of Texas defensive line signee T’Vondre Sweat. He’s one of two elite defensive ends in Texas’ backyard and the Longhorns can’t lose both like they did the local wide receivers in 2019 like Garrett Wilson and Elijah Higgins.
Alfred Collins, defensive end, Bastrop Cedar Creek
FYI: 6-5/245; 3 stars; No. 19-ranked strong-side defensive end
Top offers: Texas, Oklahoma, LSU
Collins is the other local defensive end Texas hopes to sign. His mom, Benita Pollard, played basketball at Texas. Collins maintains that it is his decision and the Longhorns don’t hold an inside advantage because of his family ties or location, but those are factors that prospects tend to contemplate as a decision lingers. Collins is a true edge rusher with the ideal length and body type for either end spot. He’ll be a four-star by the end of the cycle.
Ja’Quinden Jackson, athlete, Duncanville
FYI: 6-2/200; 4 stars; No. 2-ranked athlete
Top offers: Texas, Alabama, Texas A&M
Jackson is the best athlete in the state. He plays quarterback for Duncanville and nearly led his program to an upset win in the Class 6A Division I state title game against Galena Park North Shore. Jackson likely moves in college to either wide receiver or outside linebacker. He possesses a similar build and skill set as new Longhorn Bru McCoy. Landing Jackson is important for Texas as it hopes to build a better pipeline through DFW in the fourth recruiting class under Herman.
Other names to know: Mookie Cooper (RB), Chad Lindberg (OL), Vernon Broughton (DE), Prince Dorbah (DE), Chris Thompson Jr. (CB)
Tomorrow’s Dotted Line: A look at the Big 12’s 2019 classes