One day after absorbing a stiff blow to its recruiting efforts, Texas rebounded nicely with commitments from a couple of blue-chip cornerbacks.
On Friday afternoon, top-100 prospects Holton Hill (Lamar) and Kris Boyd (Gilmer) committed to the Longhorns, lifting a sullen fan base scorned by the announcement from a day earlier that five-star quarterback Kyler Murray would remain committed to Texas A&M and no longer consider the Longhorns.
Hill (Houston Lamar) and Boyd (Gilmer) are the state’s Nos. 12 and 13-rated prospects, respectively, according to 247Sports. A&M was in the mix for both of them, but Texas was long thought to be the leader in what was essentially a packaged deal.
Hill and Boyd are Texas’ ninth and 10th four-star pledges, per 247Sports’ composite ratings. The Longhorns have a commitment from one five-star player — early-enrollee Malik Jefferson, a linebacker from Mesquite Poteet.
With these additions, Texas is back in the top-10 nationally, climbing three spots to No. 9 and passing A&M along the way. The Longhorns could gain more ground and ascend to the top five by reaping a windfall of top recruits between now and Wednesday’s signing day.
Texas is believed to be in the mix for the state’s top player at defensive tackle (Daylon Mack, Gladewater), running back (Soso Jamabo, Plano West) and wide receiver (DaMarkus Lodge, Cedar Hill). The Longhorns are still on the prowl for a quarterback and will try to flip Florida State commit Kai Locksley. On Friday, Texas coach Charlie Strong and offensive assistants Shawn Watson and Joe Wickline were in Baltimore visiting with Locksley at Locksley’s home.
Currently, the Longhorns have 25 commitments and have room for six more pledges.
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