On the offensive side of the ball, wide receiver remains Texas’ glaring weak spot for the 2020 class.
Hudson Card and Ja’Quinden Jackson are high four-star prospects committed to compete at quarterback. Five-star running back Bijan Robinson’s commitment gives the Longhorns a star to build around with four quality offensive linemen pledged, along with versatile athlete Jaden Hullaby, who is expected to play some H-back.
No receivers are committed. In-state stars Demond Demas and Troy Omeire chose Texas A&M. Mookie Cooper de-committed in the spring and eventually chose Ohio State. Five-star California target Johnny Wilson recently picked Oregon. The options are thinning.
Uncommitted targets remain who can bump Texas’ class toward another top-10 finish. The Longhorns need two or three of the receivers below to feel successful at the position in 2020:
Quentin Johnston, Temple
FYI: 6-4/180; 4 stars; No. 39 on the Fab 55
Johnston is emerging as Texas’ top priority at wide receiver. The Temple product is familiar with the Longhorns, having visited Tom Herman’s program three times this summer. His former quarterback and close friend, Jared Wiley, is a redshirt freshman tight end at UT. Texas’ campus is only an hour away from his house, which he has said is a big advantage for the Longhorns. Johnston is a three-sport star with tremendous athleticism.
Javian Hester, Tulsa (Okla.) Washington
FYI: 6-3.5/181; 4 stars; No. 32-ranked wide receiver
Hester has begun to trend toward Texas in the last few weeks. The four-star from Oklahoma holds 19 offers with the Longhorns extending one way back on Feb. 16. He’s caught 57 passes for 1,083 yards and 10 touchdowns in his two-year varsity career. Hester was among dozens of top prospects at UT’s Heat Wave event this summer. Texas likes his tall, physical frame.
LV Bunkley-Shelton, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
FYI: 6-0/180; 4 stars; No. 39-ranked wide receiver
Texas’ top remaining receiver targets are big-bodied, tall outside receivers. Bunkley-Shelton is an option for the slot position. The Longhorns are no strangers to recruiting in California and Herman would love to jump back into his home state to bring in this dynamic playmaker who caught 81 passes for 1,012 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. He’s clearly a productive wide receiver with a long-line of suitors like Ohio State and USC to compete against Texas for his signature.
Loic Fouonji, Midland Lee
FYI: 6-4/194; 3 stars; No. 52 on the Fab 55
Texas offered Fouonji back in May. The 2018 all-district selection recorded 51 receptions for 903 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior. The urgency in which Texas recruits Fouonji likely depends on the confidence level with the previous receivers on this list. Texas is among his 10 offers with Oklahoma State currently considered the leader.