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The Dotted Line: Five in-state offensive targets Texas wants in the 2020 recruiting class

Posted June 8th, 2018

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The next batch of targets

The top 11 players on the 2019 Fabulous 55 are committed. More than 30 of the 55 members picked a school. This is the new age. Equipped with more camps than ever, an early signing period and the ability to take official visits as juniors, the 2019 cycle is turning into a sprint more than a marathon, despite six months remaining before a prospect can sign a national letter of intent.

Austin High School (Houston) quarterback Malik Hornsby at The Opening regional. (Mike Craven)

This makes recruiting the next batch of targets a priority more than in the past. Texas is notoriously slow to offer and accept commitments compared to its rivals, but the Longhorns took a commitment from 2020 dual-threat quarterback Hudson Card of Lake Travis. That could open the floodgates for more commitments from that cycle.

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Here are five in-state offensive targets for 2020 already holding an offer from Tom Herman and the Longhorns.  

Malik Hornsby, quarterback, Houston Austin

FYI: 6-1.5/170; 4 stars; No. 2-ranked dual-threat quarterback

No. of offers: 13

Hornsby camped at Texas on June 5 and left impressed with the Longhorns. He publicly stated the commitment of Card won’t impact his interest in Texas. Hornsby is a wiry prospect with great scrambling ability and underrated arm strength. He’s arguably the top quarterback prospect in Texas and a perfect fit for Herman and Tim Beck’s offense. It wouldn’t be surprising if Hornsby pulled the trigger before his junior season begins.

Zachary Evans, running back, Galena Park North Shore

FYI: 5-11/200; 5 stars; No. 1 on the Next 25

No. of offers: 34

Evans is the best player in the state and has drawn comparisons to Adrian Peterson. He’s arguably the best pure running back prospect from Texas in this decade and already holds an offer from nearly every major program in the country. Texas is in great position due to Evans’ relationship with UT running backs coach Stan Drayton. He’s a big-bodied running back who started his career as a slot receiver. He’s a three-down running back who can run between the tackles, attack the edge and catch out of the backfield.

Demond Demas, wide receiver, HoustonNorth Forest

FYI: 6-4/200; 4 stars; No. 2 on the Next 25

No. of offers: 48

Demas is a freak athlete and the Longhorns are in good position for one of the state’s top overall athletes. He won a Class 4A state track meet gold medal as a long jumper. He’s tall, long and can challenge defenses vertically. He was District 11-4A’s newcomer of the year as a freshman and was its offensive MVP as a sophomore. His offer list is as impressive as any prospect in the nation because his upside is limitless because of his frame and athleticism.

Chad Lindberg, offensive tackle, Clear Creek

FYI: 6-6/306; 4 stars; No. 5 on the Next 25

No. of offers: 31

Lindberg is the top offensive line prospect in Texas because of his length and footwork. He’s a refined big man and is miles ahead of most prospects his age in terms of technique and leverage. He’s a violent run blocker and can stay with speed rushers on the edge. His national stock grew with a recent offer from Ohio State. Lindberg was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore and knows he’s a top priority for UT offensive line coach Herb Hand.

Troy Omeire, wide receiver, Fort Bend Austin

FYI: 6-3.5/205; 4 stars; No. 19 on the Next 25

No. of offers: 13 offers

Texas hopes to change its luck on the recruiting trail in Fort Bend by landing Omeire, a long receiver with speed and a big frame. For all the noted success Herman has enjoyed recruiting Houston as the head coach of the Cougars and the Longhorns, he’s yet to land a big-time target from Fort Bend since taking over in Austin. Omeire would change that, but Texas will need to fend off Texas A&M and other national powers to land his commitment.

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