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Cedar Creek defensive lineman Alfred Collins (99) competes against Akins at Burger Stadium on Sept 5, 2019. [JOHN GUTIERREZ/FOR STATESMAN]

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The Dotted Line: Three questions still facing Texas in the 2020 recruiting cycle

Posted November 6th, 2019

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Texas added a recruit to the 2020 class for the first time since September when three-star athlete Dajon Harrison pledged  on Tuesday night. Texas’ class consists of 18 members again and remains ranked sixth in the nation and first in the Big 12. It’s a class filled with talented individuals at need positions along the offensive and defensive lines.

Tom Herman’s program isn’t done in the 2020 cycle. The three recent decommitments deflated some of the recruiting momentum that Texas had built before the start of the season. Turning around the play on the field will only help UT’s chances for a third straight top-five recruiting class.  

Hutto wide receiver Dajon Harrison (3) committed to Texas on Tuesday night, the Longhorns’ 18th pledge for the 2020 recruiting class. He may also end up playing defensive back for the Longhorns. (Stephen Spillman/For Statesman)

Here are three questions still remaining for the Longhorns:

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1. Will Texas sign a 25-player class? 

No.

Don’t expect the Longhorns to push toward 25 commitments in 2020 with such a young squad already on campus. The Longhorns likely aim for 22 or 23 pledges by national signing day next February. That can grow if more players than Javonne Shepherd and Jordan Pouncey enter the transfer portal after the season. The 2021 cycle is loaded with talent in the state and the Longhorns would prefer to sign 25 or more next year than take late flyers on lesser talent in 2020. 

Harrison, a Hutto product, can excel at slot receiver or in the secondary. The Longhorns also are in hot pursuit of Carthage wide receiver Kelvontay Dixon and Bastrop Cedar Creek defensive lineman Alfred Collins. Don’t be surprised if a few new names emerge before the first signing period. 

2. Can Texas keep the rest of the class together? 

It’s more important for Texas to keep the current commitments pledged than it is to find new names to add.

The Longhorns have lost three commitments since the loss to Oklahoma, though it isn’t all because of the struggles on the field. Manor’s Princely Umanmielen wants to play in a four-man front. Ethan Pouncey’s older brother is transferring from Texas. Joshua Eaton remained open to new suitors throughout his commitment. Those things happen and Texas will be fine. 

But the Longhorns can’t lose any more of the stars from the class, especially if a few losses are still in store by the end of the season. The in-state commitments are easier to track, but UT must do a good job keeping out-of-state commitments Bijan Robinson and Van Fillinger excited about their future in Austin. The Longhorns can’t lose Robinson, a five-star running back from Arizona who is the top-rated prospect committed to Texas. 

3. Who else is Texas pursuing? 

Dixon and Collins are the top targets on the board. Dixon is currently pledged to a struggling Arkansas program. The 6-0, 180-pound three-star is listed as an athlete, but Texas likes him as a slot receiver who can also help in the return game. His family ties to Texas and the uncertainty at Arkansas puts the Longhorns in the pole position. Collins is a big-bodied defensive lineman. Texas is the favorite due to proximity. 

Gaining commitments from Dixon and Collins would put Texas at 20 pledges. Other names remaining on the recruiting board are five-star cornerback Kelee Ringo, three-star outside linebacker Jaqwondis Burns and four-star wide receiver Loic Fouonji. Burns is at IMG Academy in Florida and is committed to Ole Miss, but he’s a Texas native. Ringo is the top-rated corner in the country, while Fouonji is a high-upside wide receiver from Midland Lee. 

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