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Longhorns hope to improve 2019 class, begin 2020 class in the summer months

Posted May 24th, 2018

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Texas hopes to expand its recruiting class this weekend when three-star Temple tight end Jared Wiley announces his decision at 3 p.m. on Saturday. It’s feasible that the Longhorns add at least one more commitment in the 2019 class by the end of the weekend. There are also rumblings of the first commitment of the 2020 class on social media.

Temple tight end Jared Wiley hauls in a touchdown pass during the Wildcats’ 56-3 win over Waco University in 2017. (Michael Miller/Temple Telegram)

Tom Herman prefers to do his recruiting damage in the summer. He followed that pattern in the 2018 class, which ended the cycle ranked as the third best class in the nation. The Longhorns held six commitments as of May 24 in the 2018 cycle. The same is true for the 2019 class. In 2018, Texas would go on to add 10 commitments between May 30 and August 21.

Expect Texas to follow the same formula and add multiple pieces to the class by the start of football season. If it ain’t broke, as they say. During the summer of 2017 Texas added prospects like Brennan Eagles, BJ Foster and Ayodele Adeoye. Texas also started its 2019 class in July when quarterback Roschon Johnson picked the Longhorns.

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Here are a handful of prospects to watch as the Longhorns approach the summer months.

Jared Wiley, tight end, Temple

FYI: 6-5/225; 3 stars; No. 44-ranked tight end

Wiley will pick between Texas, Missouri and Houston on Saturday when he announces his decision on Twitter at 3 p.m. The Longhorns are considered the leader for the three-star tight end with a ton of upside. Herman and the Texas coaching staff believed in Wiley early, extending him an offer on Feb. 19. No major P5 offers followed, so Wiley set a commitment date.

Wiley might start at quarterback for Temple as a senior, but he showed his potential as a receiver in 2017 when he recorded 25 receptions for 323 yards and four touchdowns. He would be Texas’ second tight end commitment in the 2019 cycle, joining Brayden Liebrock.

Tyler Johnson, offensive tackle, Conroe Oak Ridge

FYI: 6-5/308; 5 stars; No. 15 on the 2019 Fabulous 55

The Longhorns dipped into Oak Ridge in the 2018 class to steal outside linebacker Joseph Ossai on national signing day. Texas hopes the Oak Ridge well reaps rewards again in the 2019 class. Johnson has yet to officially announce a commitment date. He also hasn’t set up many plans to visit other schools and was a visitor to Texas multiple times since picking up an offer as a sophomore.

Johnson is considered the best pure offensive tackle prospect in Texas and the Longhorns are the favorite considering the long relationship with the staff and Ossai. Texas is yet to pick up a commitment from an offensive lineman in the 2019 class.

Jake Smith, wide receiver, Notre Dame Preparatory

FYI: 6-1/189; 4 stars; No. 104-ranked nationally

 Smith, one of the nation’s most productive slot receivers, is set to take his official visit to Austin on June 1. He announced in May that he’ll pick between USC and Texas. He’s already taken a visit to USC and the Longhorns are still considered the leader. A strong visit to Austin likely seals it for Texas and gives the Longhorns its second wide receiver commitment of the 2019 class, joining Jordan Whittington.

Smith was the first player in Arizona to rush and receive for more than 1,000 yards in a season since Christian Kirk. The Longhorns need that kind of playmaking ability from the slot position. Smith can also help as a punt and kick returner.

Chris Adimora, safety, Mayfair (Calif.)

FYI: 6-1/195; 4 stars; No. 306-ranked nationally

Texas already holds three out-of-state commitments in the 2019 class. That number could reach as many as 10 by national signing day. Adimora, much like Smith, is favored to pick the Longhorns. All five 247 Crystal Ball picks currently in on Adimora favor Herman’s program. He’s a big, fast safety who can cover. The Longhorns have proven to covet those types of defensive backs under defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. He’s announced a commitment date in August, but it could happen sooner.

Hudson Card, quarterback, Lake Travis

FYI: 6-2/167; 4 stars; No. 16 on the Next 25

The Longhorns started its 2019 class with a quarterback. It hopes to pull the same trick with Card, a local athlete who is expected to start at quarterback for Lake Travis as a junior. He spent his sophomore season playing wide receiver while Matthew Baldwin, a member of the 2018 Fabulous 55 who committed to Ohio State, led the program to a state title appearance. Card ended up playing quarterback in the state title game after Baldwin went down with an injury and showed glimpses of the future at Lake Travis.

Card is a dual-threat quarterback and Lake Travis plans to employ a similar offense to the one run by Texas in the 2018 season to showcase Card’s ability to run the football and move the pocket. The Cavaliers are no stranger to quarterback talent, and many around the program feel Card possesses more upside than any of his predecessors because of his athleticism.

 

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