Don’t let the recruiting rankings fool you: Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns are well on their way toward piecing together their second top-10 class in as many seasons.
To this point, Texas’ class ranks just No. 18 nationally and No. 4 in the Big 12, behind Oklahoma, TCU, and even Iowa State, but things are shaping up nicely for the Longhorns as of late. That positive momentum continued just days ago when 4-star California outside linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd made a surprise commitment following an unofficial visit to the Forty Acres. With Floyd joining high-upside Hunstville (Texas) edge rusher T’Vondre Sweat, and elite Cuero (Texas) wide receiver Jordan Whittington, Texas boasts what Rivals analyst Mike Farrell dubbed as the best recruiting run since National Signing Day.
“The Big Ten is loaded with teams that have had nice runs since National Signing Day and Illinois would obviously be one choice, but I’m going to go with Texas out of the Big 12 because of the commitments of Jordan Whittington and De’Gabriel Floyd,” Farrell said. “Whittington is one of the top in-state prospects in Texas this year and was a huge commitment for the Longhorns as Texas A&M and Oklahoma were off to hot starts. And then pulling one of the bigger surprises of 2019 by landing Floyd out of California just makes this little run even more impressive.
“Texas only has three commitments since National Signing Day but two of them are as big as any in the country so far and that makes the Longhorns the most impressive.”
In addition to picking up pledges from Sweat, Whittington and Floyd, Texas is trending with a number of elite 4-star prospects, such as Noah Cain, Garrett Wilson, Tyler Johnson, Branson Bragg, NaNa Osafo-Mensah, Dylan Wright, DeMarvin Leal and Kenyatta Watson II, among others. With scheduled commitments looming from talents such as Leal, Osafo-Mensah, Wilson and Watson, what’s currently a class ranked just inside the top 20 nationally could headline the Big 12 by a wide margin in a matter of months.
Not to mention, this momentum is only in regards to the 2019 class. Since National Signing Day, Texas also has earned a signature from coveted Rice graduate transfer tackle Calvin Anderson, and the Longhorns appear to be the team to beat for Wake Forest graduate transfer wide receiver Tabari Hines.
Simply put, it may not be the most impressive recruiting haul in the country right now, but courtesy of some recent commitments and the momentum that’s brewing, Texas has a convincing case for the best recruiting run since National Signing Day.