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The Dotted Line: Recruiting updates on Texas targets Dylan Wright, Jalen Catalon

Posted April 11th, 2018

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Stay updated on latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com. The Dotted Line will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.


The master plan includes Dylan Wright

Texas is already one-fourth of the way to completing a grand slam at wide receiver for the 2019 class. The Longhorns want at least four difference-makers on the edge in this class and took a big step toward fulfilling the potential by gaining a commitment from Jordan Whittington, the state’s No. 1 player on the Fabulous 55, in March.

Now Texas and receivers coach Drew Mehringer turn their attention to players like Garrett Wilson, Elijah Higgins and Dylan Wright. Wright, a four-star prospect from West Mesquite, visited Texas over the weekend and took in a scrimmage despite the unusualyl cold weather. It was his third time to visit and the Longhorns clearly made an impression.

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“It was fun. Me and (Jordan Whittington) had a great time,” Wright said Sunday at the Under Armour All-America Camp Series in Cedar Hill. “It was just cold. I didn’t stay out there the whole scrimmage, but I can see myself like Brennan Eagles and catch on real fast. We have similar builds and you can tell the coaching staff is getting him right.”

Wright also admitted Whittington is working him, and some other elite prospects, to join him at Texas.

“Whittington and I are talking about it. We’re trying to make moves,” Wright said. “I like that nothing is fake at Texas. I got to see meetings and coach Mehringer tells it like it is and that’s what I want.”

Don’t expect Wright to pull the trigger soon. He stated that he wants to take his time before deciding but that Texas is “definitely up on my list” heading into spring football.

Jalen Catalon could be a dual-sport athlete at Texas

The door is officially open for Catalon to play football and baseball at Texas if he chooses, he said Sunday after the Under Armour All-America Camp Series. The four-star safety recently took an unofficial visit to Texas that included a baseball game and meetings with the football coaches.

The safety from Mansfield Legacy was told by both sets of coaches that he can also play baseball at Texas if he’d like.

“I have talked with the Texas baseball staff. They said I can play if I want. We’ll see how things go,” Catalon said. “Texas will be in my top five and I’ll definitely be taking a trip to Austin for an official visit. It really feels like home each time I go.”

Catalon is the No. 19-ranked player on the initial 2019 Fab 55. Stanford is also firmly in the mix for his signature.

Stacey Wilkins still in contact with the Longhorns

Arkansas offensive linemen Stacey Wilkins made it to Austin for a junior day and is still in contact with offensive line coach Herb Hand, Wilkins said Sunday after the Under Armour All-America Camp Series. Wilkins will visit Oklahoma this weekend and Alabama the following week before deciding which other schools he’ll visit. Wilkins, a four-star tackle, doesn’t plan on committing soon.

Arkansas native Stacey Wilkins picked up an offer at Texas junior day. (Mike Craven)

“One of the visits I want to take is to USC and that wouldn’t be until December, so there is plenty of time for me to decide and do my homework,” Wilkins said. “I still talk to coach Hand. He’s a great guy and obviously a great coach. Texas is one of the schools I could take an official visit to at some point.”

Wilkins was disappointed with his effort at the camp, stating he “could’ve done much better,” but he also knows it was an opportunity to grow and learn.

“It’s great to come to these camps and learn. Not many guys get this level of coaching and it’s important to use it as fuel,” he said. “But I learned a lot about technique, so I can use that moving forward.”

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