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Four-star athlete Mookie Cooper of Trinity Catholic (Mo.) was a one-time Texas commit. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Texas makes final cut for a trio of elite prospects

Posted June 6th, 2019

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Texas’ 2020 recruiting class consists of six members with the recent commit of four-star athlete Ja’Quinden Jackson. Each of the six commits project to the offensive side of the ball. The Longhorns expect the summer to heat up recruiting momentum. Tom Herman’s squad was recently named as one of five schools as finalists for the signature of a trio of top prospects, including a local defensive end on the 2020 Fabulous 55.

Alfred Collins, defensive end, Bastrop Cedar Creek

FYI: 6-5/247; 4 stars; No. 13 on the Fab 55

Top five schools: Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma, Alabama

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Collins is the best player in the history of Cedar Creek football. He’s a prospect with his best football still in front of him because of a late start to the sport. Collins grew up in a basketball family, figuring that was his path to college before football offers began pouring in during his sophomore season. Collins is still growing, and the Longhorns believe him to be a potentially elite edge defender.

His mom, Benita Pollard, played basketball at Texas. Collins maintains that doesn’t give Texas an advantage. Location is the best sell for the Longhorns. Texas let elite Central Texas wide receivers in Garrett Wilson and Elijah Higgins get out of the state in the 2019 class. Herman’s staff needs to start owning the Austin area with more talent appearing in the city in each recruiting class. Collins would be a great start.

Mookie Cooper, wide receiver, Trinity Catholic (Mo.)

FYI: 5-8.5/193; 4 stars; No. 11-ranked wide receiver

Top five schools: Miami, Ohio State, USC, Illinois, Texas

Texas isn’t out of it for the former Longhorn commit. Cooper, a teammate of 2019 signee Marcus Washington, pledged to the Longhorns on junior day in February. He de-committed on March 8. It never meant Texas was out of the picture, as the electric playmaker always maintained he simply wanted more time and to take official visits without feeling the pressure as a commit to another school. Cooper still has a spot waiting on him in Austin if he decides Texas is his future home. Expect Cooper to take official visits to all five of his finalists. He’s set up a trip to USC on June 21.

Lathan Ransom, safety, Salpointe Catholic (Ariz.)

FYI: 6-0.5/200; 4 stars; No. 5-ranked safety

Top five schools: Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas

Ransom named Texas one of his finalists a week after visiting campus. Texas signed two Arizona natives in the 2019 class, and Ransom is among a trio of Arizona prospects the Longhorns like in the 2020 cycle. Ransom is a rangy, versatile safety. The Longhorns view him in the mold of Caden Sterns. Ransom plans for a busy June with official visits lined up to Notre Dame, Texas and Ohio State in consecutive weekends. Ransom is the No. 1 priority for the Longhorns at the safety position.

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