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Texas head coach Tom Herman watches his team compete against USC in the first half of an NCAA football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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The Dotted Line: USC visitor list provides hint for Texas’ recruiting wish list

Posted September 19th, 2018

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Texas’ recruiting class grew to 16 members Sunday when four-star running back Derrian Brown pledged to the Longhorns following his official visit to Austin for the USC game. Tom Herman’s program picked up momentum on and off the field with the victory over the Trojans, moving to 2-1 on the season in front of dozens of top targets in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 classes.

The main targets remaining for 2019 are beginning to emerge.

Bru McCoy, athlete, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

IMG Academy (Fla.) running back Noah Cain at the Polynesian Classic in Las Vegas. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 6-2/212; 5 stars; No. 1-ranked athlete in 2019 class

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Top schools: USC, Texas, Washington

McCoy was considered a USC lock when he arrived on campus. The Californian will be hard to pry away from the West Coast, but Texas gave the best athlete in the nation a ton to think about after his trip to Austin. The two-way star even indicated to a few current Texas commits that the Longhorns are now on top of his list. Some of that was the moment, but it is an indicator that the Longhorns made a serious push toward the front of the line. McCoy wants to play wide receiver. He’s also an outside linebacker prospect because of his size and physicality. Texas has told him he can play both.

Trey Sanders, running back, IMG Academy (Fla.)

FYI: 6-0/214; 5 stars; No. 1-ranked running back in class

Top schools: Alabama, Texas, Florida

Most of the running back talk at IMG Academy was about Noah Cain because of his Texas ties. As the cycle continues to push toward the first signing day, it appears Sanders might be the best bet for the Longhorns. Texas gained a commitment from Brown over the weekend, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t take a second running back, especially a player like Sanders. He enjoyed his official visit to Texas over the weekend, but the safe bet is still on an SEC school like Alabama or Florida.

Marcus Washington, wide receiver, St. Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic

FYI: 6-2/191; 4 stars; No. 26-ranked wide receiver

Top schools: Texas, Ohio State, Missouri

If not for the scandal involving Urban Meyer and Ohio State before the season started Washington would likely be a future Buckeye. He had a commitment date set in August, but he moved it once the smoke started swirling in Columbus. That allowed Texas a chance to impress the outside receiver and the Longhorns did just that over the weekend. It wouldn’t be shocking if Washington was the next commitment for Texas. He enjoyed the trip that much.

David Gbenda, inside linebacker, Katy Cinco Ranch

FYI: 6-0/218; 4 stars; No. 34 on the 2019 Fabulous 55

Top schools: Texas, TCU, Texas A&M

It feels more like when, not if, Gbenda commits to Texas. He’s held his cards close to the vest throughout the recruiting process, but it’s always felt like he’d become a Longhorn by the time the early signing period begins in December. Texas wants at least four linebackers and already holds commitments from two outside linebacker prospects. Gbenda would give the class a middle linebacker prospect with speed. He reminds the coaches of a young Gary Johnson. He lacks the ideal size of a throwback middle linebacker, but he makes up for it with the speed to chase down running backs and cover in space.

Jalen Catalon, safety, Mansfield Legacy

FYI: 5-9/188; 4 stars; No. 17 on the Fab 55

Top schools: Texas, Arkansas, Clemson, Oklahoma

Catalon suffered a knee injury in the first game this season and announced the next week that he would miss the rest of the year. It was a huge blow for one of the state’s premier playmakers. Catalon started at quarterback and safety for Legacy, and he’s also a star at center field for the baseball team. He’s been a long-time target of Texas assistant Craig Naivar, who believes Catalon can play deep safety and become an elite nickel cornerback. Catalon also plans to play baseball in college.

Other names: Elijah Higgins (WR), Lewis Cine (S), Noah Cain (RB)

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