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Bastrop Cedar Creek defensive lineman Alfred Collins against Pflugerville Weiss. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Texas’ recruiting board, needs on defense for 2020

Posted January 9th, 2019

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Texas inked the bulk of its 2019 class on Dec. 19 when 21 prospects signed with the Longhorns. Texas will begin to shift most of its focus toward the 2020 and 2021 classes over the next month leading into national signing day with only a handful of targets remaining. Both of the 2020 commits are on the offensive side of the ball.

Manor defensive lineman Princely Umanmielen against Pflugerville Connally. (Mike Craven)

We took a look at the recruiting board on the offensive side of the ball yesterday. Here is the defense:

Defensive linemen

Needs: 3 or 4

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Commitments: None

Top Targets: Prince Dorbah, Alfred Collins, Princely Umanmielen, Vernon Broughton

Other prospects: Darnell Washington, Jacobian Guillory, Alec Bryant

Texas did a solid job loading up at defensive end in the 2019 class, signing four prospects. The Longhorns hope to do something similar in 2020 and there are plenty of in-state options, including two local prospects in Collins (Bastrop Cedar Creek) and Umanmielen (Manor).

Broughton is the top defensive lineman in the state and will be the prize recruit in the 2020 cycle much like DeMarvin Leal was in the current cycle. The 6-5, 250-pound end couldn’t be blocked at the underclassmen combine before the All-American Bowl practices last week in San Antonio.

Dorbah is a product of Highland Park and a long-time target of the Texas staff. He’s the type of prospect Texas must start landing from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to reclaim the recruiting throne inside the state.

Expect a few more names to emerge at defensive tackle before the summer.

Linebackers

Needs: 2 or 3

Commitments: None

Top Targets: Ja’Quinden Jackson, Michael Henderson, Justin Flowe

Other prospects: Derek Wingo, Sav’ell Smalls

Texas likes to take its time recruiting linebackers and only four real offers are out at the position in the 2020 class and none are to an in-state prospect. Flowe is the best inside linebacker in the country and is a California native. Smalls and Wingo are from Washington and Florida, respectfully.

Jackson is the quarterback at Duncanville, but it’s unclear whether he wants to stay at that position in college. Outside linebacker would be a great landing spot for the big-bodied 6-2 playmaker.

Cornerbacks

Needs: 3

Commitments: None

Top Targets: Jaylon Jones, Dwight McGlothern, Jaylen Kimber

Other prospects: Kelee Ringo, Myles Slusher

Texas struck gold at Cibolo Steele in 2018 with Caden Sterns. It hopes to get a commitment from his former teammate Jaylon Jones in 2020. Jones is a future member of the Fabulous 55 and is the perfect body type for what the Longhorns do at cornerback. He’s a long prospect with the size to play man-to-man coverage. At 6-3, he also could move to safety or the Joker position.

McGlothern is a similar prospect and could be the best pure corner from Texas since Anthony Cook in 2018. Kimber is the only other in-state prospect with an offer. Texas did well in Arizona in the 2019 cycle, so keep an eye on Ringo.

Safeties

Needs: 3

Commitments: None

Top Targets: Chris Thompson Jr., Darius Snow, Bryson Washington  

This position is straightforward: Texas wants the trio of Thompson, Snow and Washington. It’d be similar to signing the trio of Sterns, B.J. Foster and DeMarvion Overshown in 2018. Thompson is a possible five-star prospect who can play multiple positions. He’s a true ballhawk with the experience of playing outside linebacker at the Class 6A level.

Snow, like Overshown, is a large-sized safety who could end up at linebacker. Washington is a Houston native with a great frame and athleticism.

Tomorrow’s Dotted Line: An in-depth look at Texas’ early enrollees from the 2019 class.

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