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The Dotted Line: Important recruiting weekend awaits Texas as early signing period approaches

Posted December 7th, 2018

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With less than two weeks remaining until the early signing period begins on Dec. 19, every day is important. Most of Texas’ 21 Texas commits plan to sign  during the three-day window, as was the case last December.

This weekend provides another opportunity for the Longhorns to host the next batch of targets and to reaffirm current commitments. Texas expects pledges like Peter Mpagi, Jared Wiley and Marques Caldwell in town, along with JUCO offensive tackle Jay Williams and 2020 five-star cornerback Kelee Ringo.

Williams is a three-star offensive tackle from Grossmont College in California. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound prospect expects to pick up an offer from the Longhorns on the visit. Texas faces stern competition with Florida State and must impress Williams to catch the Seminoles for his signature. He’ll take an official visit to Florida State next week.

Texas holds commitments from two offensive tackles in four-star prospects Tyler Johnson and Javonne Shepherd. It leads for Fort Bend Dulles offensive tackle Isaiah Hookfin, who takes his visit to UT next weekend. That would be a strong trio of pledges from the prep ranks for Texas, but Tom Herman and Herb Hand hope to add a JUCO target to add instant depth to the offensive line.

The Longhorns found another target at offensive tackle on Thursday afternoon when three-star Dawand Jones of Ben Davis High School in Indiana reported an offer. The 6-8, 360-pound prospect is also considering Michigan, USC and Florida State. He plans to announce his decision on Dec. 17 and the Longhorns would need to get him in town for an official visit to stand a chance.

With most of the 2019 class locked up, Texas’ focus will shift slowly to 2020. Ringo is considered the second-best cornerback in the entire junior class. The 6-2, 192-pounder hails from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, a state the Longhorns have already dipped into for two commitments in the 2019 class. Ringo already has 32 offers.

Season ends for T’Vondre Sweat

Three Texas commits reached the state quarterfinals. Only two remain heading into Friday after T’Vondre Sweat and Huntsville succumbed to Fort Bend Marshall in the Class 5A Division II Region III championship. Sweat is a member of the 2019 Fabulous 55 and a rising three-star defensive end who likely ends the cycle as a four-star prospect. He’s dominated during a senior season that included a district championship. He’s in line for all-district honors as a senior and plans to sign on Dec. 19.

“I see myself playing in a Charles Omenihu type role,” Sweat said last week. “I’m excited to be a Longhorn. They’re already doing big things in Austin and our class will help lead Texas back to a national championship. Guaranteed.”

Four-star senior wide receiver Jordan Whittington and junior quarterback Hudson Card remain the lone Longhorns left in the playoffs. Card and the Cavaliers play Converse Judson at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Alamodome. Whittington plays Geronimo Navarro in San Antonio on Friday night.

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