Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman waves to Texas Longhorns fans as he arrives to compete against Utah Utes during an NCAA college football game at the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamo dome on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas adds three-star tight end Gunnar Helm to 2021 recruiting class

Posted July 27th, 2020

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Three-star tight end Gunnar Helm became Texas’ 15th commitment of the 2021 recruiting cycle on Monday afternoon when the Englewood, Colorado native picked the Longhorns over 27 other offers, including Auburn, Georgia, Iowa and Wisconsin. Helm is a 6-5, 225-pounder out of Cherry Creek High School. He is the 26th-ranked tight end and the sixth-best prospect from Colorado in the 2021 cycle, per 247Sports composite rankings.

The tight end position has been a roller coaster for the Longhorns in the current cycle. Texas held and lost pledges from Lake McRee and Landen King before offering Helm on June 9. McRee is now committed to USC, while King flipped to Auburn. Three-star athlete Juan Davis, a long-time Texas commit, could wind up at tight end alongside Helm. 

Helm’s commitment inches Texas’ 2021 recruiting class back towards the top-10. The class currently ranks 12th in the nation and first in the Big 12. The Longhorns have signed a top-10 class and led the Big 12 in recruiting since the 2018 cycle. Texas should be done recruiting tight ends, as the offensive staff  focuses on wide receiver and offensive line.

PLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLSTARSCOMMITMENT DATE
Jalen MilroeQBKaty Tomkins4July 21 (2019)
Hayden ConnerOTKaty Taylor4July 23 (2019)
Juan DavisWR/TEEverman3July 26 (2019)
Billy BowmanATHDenton Ryan4July 31 (2019)
Derrick Harris Jr.DENew Caney4Aug. 3 (2019)
Ja'Tavion SandersATHDenton Ryan5Sept. 8 (2019)
Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial4May 2
Morice BlackwellOLBArlington Martin4May 10
Jonathon BrooksRBHallettsville3May 15
Casey CainWRWarren Easton (La.)3May 15
Isaac PearsonPProKick AustrailiaNRMay 29
Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball4June 15
JD CoffeySKennedale4June 15
Jamier JohnsonCBJohn Muir (Pasadena, Calif.)4July 3
Gunnar HelmTECherry Creek (Englewood, Colo.)3July 27
Michael MyslinskiCBishop Kennedy (Jacksonville, Fla.)3Aug. 6
Jaden AlexisWRMonarch Prep (Pompano Beach, Fla.)3Aug. 8

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