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Bastrop Cedar Creek defensive end Alfred Collins at the Heat Wave on June 22. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Three questions facing Texas heading into national signing day next week

Posted January 30th, 2020

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Only this final weekend separates unsigned prospects in the 2020 recruiting class from national signing day next Wednesday. Texas signed 17 prospects during the early signing period in December; eight of those enrolled early and are already on campus. The class ranks 11th in the country and second in the Big 12 after a recent rankings update to the 247Sports composite.

With less than a week to go, here are three key questions facing Texas’ class:

Bastrop Cedar Creek defensive lineman Alfred Collins remains a key target for Texas heading into next week’s national signing day. He’s reportedly choosing between Texas, Alabama and Oklahoma. (John Gutierrez/For Statesman)

Can Texas close with Alfred Collins

Collins recently earned five-star status by 247Sports, though he remains a four-star on the composite rankings and checks in at No. 20 on the Fabulous 55. The 6-5, 284-pound lineman will announce Wednesday at 4 p.m. and is undoubtedly the Longhorns’ top remaining target. The three-time all-district selection is also considering Alabama and Oklahoma.

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Texas signed defensive tackles Vernon Broughton and Sawyer Goram-Welch in December, and both enrolled early. Collins would provide new defensive coordinator Chris Ash another young, promising body to add to a defensive line group that needs depth as it transitions back to a four-man front.

Collins would be the third highest-rated player in Texas’ class behind five-star running back Bijan Robinson and four-star quarterback Hudson Card. His mother, Bonita Pollard, played basketball at Texas. He recorded 74 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and forced 10 fumbles in his three-year varsity career. 

How many more players will Texas sign? 

Texas wants to finish with at least 20 players and the Longhorns feel good about three prospects. Tom Herman’s program is in the lead for Collins and four-star wide receiver Kelvontay Dixon, the younger brother of UT running back Keaontay Ingram. Dixon decided to forgo signing in December as he was helping Carthage win a Class 4A Division I state championship. 

Houston and UTSA are also in the mix with the Cougars getting an official visit on the final weekend before signing day. Dixon was on UT’s campus last weekend. The 6-0, 180-pound athlete was committed to Arkansas before the Razorbacks fired head coach Chad Morris. Dixon caught 157 passes for 2,511 yards and 37 touchdowns over his final two seasons. 

The third prospect Texas hopes to add is Duncanville cornerback Ennis Rakestraw. The Longhorns are in a battle with Alabama and Missouri for his signature, but get to make the last impression with his official visit starting Friday. Rakeshaw’s recruiting stock rose during Duncanville’s run to the Class 6A Division I state championship. He was named the defensive player of the year by the Dallas Morning News and is a three-star prospect with 28 offers. 

Other offered prospects Princely Umanmielen and Savion Williams are also considering Texas. Umanmielen is a defensive end from Manor who was a one-time UT commit; Williams is a wide receiver from Marshall who received a late offer from the Longhorns. He’ll also be on an official visit to Texas this weekend. 

Is the 2020 class considered a success? 

Yes. Texas’ class won’t be a top-three class like 2018 and 2019, but Herman was able to find quality players despite going 8-5 this season and then experiencing several staff changes, including both coordinators. The average ranking of UT’s prospects signed in this class is higher than the 2019 class despite that class ranking third in the nation. Texas landed two elite quarterback prospects, a strong group of offensive linemen and a five-star running back in Robinson, who is the only five-star player signed to a Big 12 program. The defensive signees are headlined by Broughton, outside linebacker Prince Dorbah and safety Xavion Alford.

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