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Mansfield Legacy quarterback and safety Jalen Catalon in Week 1 against Jenks (Okla.). (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Texas’ recruiting wish list, one week until the early signing period

Posted December 12th, 2018

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Prospects from the 2019 class can sign national letters of intent a week from today during a three-day window that starts the morning of Dec. 19. Texas currently holds 21 commitments in a class that’s ranked No. 6 nationally and first in the Big 12.

The Longhorns hope to add a handful of prospects, some joining in the next week and others by national signing day in February. Here are the five most coveted targets remaining on the recruiting board:

Mater Dei (Calif.) wide receiver and outside linebacker Bru McCoy at The Opening Final. (Mike Craven)

Bru McCoy, wide receiver, Mater Dei (Calif.)

FYI: 6-2.5/212; 5 stars; No. 7-ranked player nationally

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The competition: USC

Odds: 35 percent

It’ll prove difficult for Texas to convince the nation’s best athlete to join the movement from California to Texas, though current Longhorns commit De’Gabriel Floyd and the UT staff are putting on the full-court pressure and stand a higher chance than most imagined. McCoy is likely destined to USC, especially since the Trojans retained head coach Clay Helton and hired Kliff Kingsbury as their offensive coordinator. McCoy will pick a school on Jan. 5 in San Antonio during the All-American Bowl on NBC.

Noah Cain, running back, IMG Academy (Fla.)

FYI: 5-10/212; 4 stars; No. 7-ranked running back

The competition: Auburn, Georgia, Penn State, LSU

Odds: 40 percent

Texas wants a second running back to pair with four-star commit Derrian Brown. Cain is the preferred target and the Longhorns emerged as a favorite when LSU landed five-star running back John Emery Jr. But the Longhorns face plenty of competition for the former Denton Guyer star’s commitment. Cain was wowed on an official visit to Penn State last week and is expected to be in Tennessee this weekend.

Caleb Johnson, outside linebacker, Fullerton College (Calif.)

FYI: 6-1/215; 3 stars; No. 3-ranked JUCO outside linebacker

The competition: Oregon, Arkansas, Colorado

Odds: 75 percent

Johnson is the common sense pick to be the next Texas commit. The three-star JUCO product will announce his decision Monday and the Longhorns are in the final four with Oregon, Arkansas and Colorado. Oregon is considered Texas’ toughest competition. Johnson was a one-time Iowa State pledge. His commitment would give Texas four instant-impact options at linebacker in the 2019 class. Texas loses Gary Johnson and Anthony Wheeler to graduation after the Sugar Bowl.

Jalen Catalon, safety, Mansfield Legacy

FYI: 5-9/188; 4 stars; No. 20-ranked safety

The competition: Arkansas, TCU

Odds: 40 percent

Catalon made it clear from the beginning of the recruiting process that he wanted to take as much time as possible to do all the homework he could before committing to a program. The two-sport star suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of his senior season. He plays quarterback and safety at Legacy with his future being at deep safety or nickel back. Catalon is also a college-caliber center fielder.

Isaiah Hookfin, offensive tackle, Fort Bend Dulles

FYI: 6-5/270; 4 stars; No. 32-ranked offensive tackle

The competition: Baylor, Illinois

Odds: 80 percent

Texas’ quest for a third offensive tackle pledge led back to Houston, which is home to both four-star commitments Tyler Johnson and Javonne Shepherd. Hookfin emerged onto the recruiting scene as a senior and is quickly rising up the ranks because of his frame and raw athleticism. The Longhorns host him this weekend on an official visit and want him to commit by the end of the weekend.

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