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The Dotted Line: Texas’ top targets in the 2020 class at each offensive position

Posted July 26th, 2018

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The 2020 class was started when four-star quarterback Hudson Card pledged to the Longhorns on May 25. The 6-foot-2, 167-pound athlete from Lake Travis is the No. 2-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation, per 247Sports Composite, and No. 16 on the Next 25. Card spent his sophomore season at wide receiver. He’ll become the starting quarterback for the Cavaliers in 2018.

Austin High School (Houston) quarterback Malik Hornsby at The Opening regional. (Mike Craven)

The 2019 class is essentially halfway done as the dead period ends. Tom Herman’s program holds 13 commitments. The targets for the rest of the class, for the most part, are already identified and offered. The Longhorns are beginning to identify their top targets in the 2020 class. Here is an early look at the top target at each offensive position for 2020.

Malik Hornsby, quarterback, Austin High (Houston)

FYI: 6-2/175; 4 stars; No. 3-ranked dual-threat in nation

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Offers: 13

Other targets: Bryce Young

It’s possible Texas closes shop at quarterback with the commitment of Card. It hasn’t stopped the pursuit of Hornsby, who camped at Texas after Card committed. The Longhorns took two quarterbacks in the 2018 cycle and is only taking Roschon Johnson in the current 2019 class. Two quarterbacks aren’t out of the question, and Hornsby is on record saying he doesn’t mind being apart of a two-quarterback class. Landing Card and Hornsby would be a home run for Texas in the 2020 class, as the two are the best quarterback prospects in the state. The decision likely depends on how the quarterback depth chart shakes out over the next two seasons.

Zachary Evans, running back, Galena Park North Shore

FYI: 5-11/203; 5 stars; No. 1 on Next 25

Offers: 34

Other targets: Mookie Cooper, Kendall Milton

The best player in Texas is the top target in the 2020 class, and the Longhorns are in good position. Evans is the highest-rated running back from the state since Adrian Peterson. He already excels amongst his peers, even at elite national camps with the best 2019 prospects from around the nation. He began his career as a slot receiver and that versatility gives him three-down potential. He can also split wide in the slot like NFL teams that are starting to use athletic running backs in empty sets. Evans has his choice of schools, and this recruitment will last well into Evans’ senior season.

Demond Demas, wide receiver, North Forest

FYI: 6-4/200; 5 stars; No. 2 on the Next 25

Offers: 48

Other targets: Troy Omeire, Ja’Quinden Jackson, Joel Williams

Texas is currently chasing 2019 offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd from North Forest. The team that lands Shepherd is in great position to add Demas, the state’s top wide receiver prospect and a long-jump champion. Shepherd is looking hardest at Texas and Texas A&M. Demas holds offers from nearly every major program in the nation. His combination of height, frame and freakish athleticism make him a unique and coveted prospect in the 2020 class. No other player in the state has a higher upside than Demas. He’s raw as a route-runner and pure wide receiver, but he was named District 11-4A Division I newcomer of the year as a freshman and the offensive MVP of the same district as a sophomore.

Seth Figgins, tight end, Westlake Village (Calif.)

FYI: 6-6.5/225; 3 stars; No. 6-ranked tight end in nation

Offers: 5

Other targets: N/A

Texas holds commitments from two tight ends in the 2019 class. If the trend holds under Herman, that means the Longhorns are set to sign one tight end in 2020. No in-state prospect holds an offer and the Longhorns have only extended two offers at the position. One of those targets, Michael Mayer, is committed to Notre Dame. Figgins is the other player. He hails from the same California high school as current Longhorn commit De’Gabriel Floyd, which should help Texas’ chances if the Longhorns make a real push for Figgins as his career continues. He possesses the ideal frame to be a threat in the passing game and an enforcer as a run blocker.

Chad Lindberg, offensive tackle, Clear Creek

FYI: 6-6/306; 4 stars; No. 5 on the Next 25

Offers: 32

Other targets: Jaylen Garth, Geirean Hatchett, Chris Morris

Lindberg is the best in-state offensive lineman in Texas for the 2020 class because of his combination of length and athleticism. He moves well for a young prospect his size and is developing the lower-body strength to handle power rushers. He’s a dominant run blocker with a mean streak and was identified early by the Texas staff as the top priority at offensive tackle. Garth, a teammate of Roschon Johnson at Port Neches-Groves, could be the next 2020 prospect to pledge to Texas. His 6-foot-4 frame means he could switch from high school offensive tackle to a guard in college. Both players are high on the Longhorns, but Lindberg is more likely to take his time before choosing a school.

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. Zachary EvansRBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Undecided
2. Demond DemasWRHouston North Forest (6A)Texas A&M
3. Dwight McGlothernCBNew Caney (5A)Undecided
4.Chris Thompson Jr.SDuncanville (6A)Undecided
5.Chad LindbergOTClear Creek (6A)Undecided
6. Darius SnowSHebron (6A)Undecided
7. Jase Mclellan RBAledo (4A)Oklahoma
8. Ja'Quinden JacksonATHDuncanville (6A)Undecided
9.Alec BryantDEPearland Shadow Creek (6A)Undecided
10. Jaylon JonesCBCibolo Steele (6A)Undecided
11. RJ MickensCBSouthlake Carroll (6A)Undecided
12. Lorando Johnson CBLancaster (6A)Undecided
13.Drew SandersATHColleyville Heritage (5A)Oklahoma
14.Logan ParrOLSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)Undecided
15.Branard WrightDTDallas Carter (4A)Undecided
16.Hudson CardQBLake Travis (6A)Texas
17. James SylvesterDENewton (3A)Undecided
18.Courtland FordOTCedar Hill (6A)Undecided
19. Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin (6A)Undecided
20. Marvin MimsWRFrisco Lone Star (5A)Undecided
21.Prince DorbahDEHighland Park (5A)Undecided
22.EJ SmithRBDallas Jesuit (6A)Undecided
23.Collin SullivanWRRound Rock (6A)Undecided
24.Trent PullenOLWaco Connally (4A)Undecided
25. Jordan JeffersonOLNavasota (4A)Texas A&M

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