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The Dotted Line: Texas’ recruiting wish list with national signing day approaching

With national signing day coming next week, Texas’ class ranks ninth in the nation and first in the Big 12 despite a low number of commitments. The Longhorns signed 17 prospects in the early signing period in December; eight of those enrolled early and are already on campus.

Texas hopes to close with a handful of pledges to add to the 2020 class.

On the wishlist:

Cedar Creek defensive lineman Alfred Collins is going to make Texas and Alabama wait until signing day to find out where  he’s going. (John Gutierrez/For Statesman)

Alfred Collins, defensive line, Bastrop Cedar Creek

FYI: 6-5/275; 4 stars; No. 64-ranked national player 

Biggest competition: Alabama

Odds: 90%

Collins was among dozens of targets on campus in mid-January when he joined top 2021 targets for a day of basketball and meetings with the new assistant coaches. The good news for Texas is that defensive line coach Oscar Giles was retained. Collins also likes the move to a four-man front under new defensive coordinator Chris Ash. The Longhorns remain the favorite despite a recent home visit by Alabama coach Nick Saban. Collins says he’ll announce his college decision on signing day. 

Kelvontay Dixon, wide receiver, Carthage 

FYI: 6-0/180; 4 stars; No. 15-ranked athlete 

Biggest competition: Houston 

Odds: 90%

Dixon has been a long-time target of the Longhorns. Ingram,  the younger brother of UT running back Keaontay Ingram, decided not to sign in December because Carthage was playing in a state championship game in the same week. His team responsibilities never allowed him to go on the road and take official visits during the season, but with a week to go, Texas remains the leader following a recent official visit. He’ll travel to Houston this weekend. 

Princely Umanmielen, defensive end, Manor 

FYI: 6-4/249; 4 stars; No. 244-ranked national player 

Biggest competition: Florida, Alabama 

Odds: 50%

Umanmielen was a UT commit through the first six games of the season. He backed off that pledge in October. One of the reasons was the odd-man front the Longhorns utilized under former defensive coordinator Todd Oralndo, who is now at USC. The hiring of Ash and the expected move back to a four-man front has brought Umanmielen back into the fold for the Longhorns. He was also on campus in January along with Collins and dozens of high-priority 2021 targets. 

Ennis Rakestraw, cornerback, Duncanville 

FYI: 6-0/170; 3 stars; No. 68-ranked cornerback 

Biggest competition: Alabama 

Odds: 25%

Rakestraw’s stock rose with a state title game run by Duncanville; the Dallas Morning News named him its defensive player of the year. The under-rated recruit is now a top priority for coaching staffs across the country. He took an official visit to Alabama over the weekend and will take one to Texas this upcoming weekend. Texas could use another cornerback in the class, but Alabama is trending for Rakestraw.

Savion Williams, wide receiver, Marshall 

FYI: 6-4/205; 3 stars; No. 92-ranked wide receiver 

Biggest competition: Arkansas, TCU

Odds: 40%

Texas waited until Jan. 21 to offer Williams, meaning the Longhorns have room to make up. The key is getting Williams on campus — and he’s scheduled for an official visit this weekend. Williams is a big-bodied receiver who took official visits to TCU and Arkansas this month. Williams played high school for Marshall as a senior. He caught 43 passes for 656 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.  

2020 Fabulous 55 – Winter edition

The updated 2020 55 following the 2019 season.

RANK (PREV.) PLAYER POS. HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE
1. (1) Zachary Evans RB Galena Park North Shore (6A) Uncommitted
2. (3) Jaylon Jones DB Cibolo Steele (6A) Texas A&M
3. (5) Drew Sanders OLB Denton Ryan (5A) Alabama
4. (2) Demond Demas WR Tomball (5A) Texas A&M
5. (4) Ja’Quinden Jackson QB Duncanville (6A) Texas
6. (20) Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR Rockwall (6A) Ohio State
7. (11) RJ Mickens S Southlake Carroll (6A) Clemson
8. (9) Jase McClellan RB Aledo (5A) Alabama
9. (7) Vernon Broughton DT Cy Ridge (6A) Texas
10. (18) Jalen Kimber CB Mansfield Timberview (5A) Georgia
11. (10) Haynes King QB Longview (5A) Texas A&M
12. (8) Hudson Card QB Lake Travis (6A) Texas
13. (17) Nate Anderson OT Frisco Reedy (5A) Oklahoma
14. (45) Jalin Conyers TE Gruver (2A) Oklahoma
15. (12) Quentin Johnston WR Temple (6A) TCU
16. (52) Garrett Hayes OT Athens (4A) TCU
17. (19) Prince Dorbah OLB Highland Park (5A) Texas
18. (26) Seth McGowan RB Mesquite Poteet (5A) Oklahoma
19. (15) Xavion Alford S Alvin Shadow Creek (5A) Texas
20. (14) Alfred Collins DT Bastrop Cedar Creek (5A) Uncommitted
21. (35) Devon Achane WR Fort Bend Marshall (5A) Texas A&M
22. (40) Marvin Mims WR Frisco Lone Star (5A) Oklahoma
23. (23) EJ Smith RB Dallas Jesuit (6A) Stanford
24. (34) Jerrin Thompson S Lufkin (6A) Texas
25. (6) Chad Lindberg OT Clear Creek (6A) Georgia
26. (13) Jaylen Garth OT Port Neches-Groves (5A) Texas
27. (25) Malik Hornsby QB Fort Bend Marshall (5A) Uncommitted
28. (32) Jahari Rogers CB Arlington (6A) Florida
29. (33) Collin Sullivan WR Round Rock (6A) Purdue
30. (27) Logan Parr OG San Antonio O’Connor (6A) Texas
31. (NR) Jahdae Barron CB Pflugerville Connally (5A) Baylor
32. (41) Josh White OLB Cy Creek (6A) LSU
33. (22) Princely Umanmielen DE Manor (5A) Uncommitted
34. (30) Jake Majors OC Prosper (6A) Texas
35. (21) Alec Bryant OLB Alvin Shadow Creek (5A) Virginia Tech
36. (NR) Andrej Karic OT Southlake Carroll (6A) Texas
37. (NR) Loic Fouonji WR Midland Lee (6A) Texas Tech
38. (44) Kitan Crawford CB John Tyler (6A) Texas
39. (47) Parker Washington WR Fort Bend Travis (6A) Penn State
40. (46) Kevontre Bradford RB Lancaster (6A) Uncommitted
41. (48) Akinola Ogunbiyi OG Fort Bend Kempner (6A) Texas A&M
42. (38) Bryson Washington S C.E. King (6A) Oklahoma
43. (31) Lorando Johnson CB Lancaster (6A) LSU
44. (49) Ryan Watts CB Little Elm (5A) Ohio State
45. (51) Avery Helm CB Fort Bend Marshall (5A) Florida
46. (50) Michael Henderson ATH Carrollton Ranchview (4A) Oklahoma
47. (24) Chris Thompson Jr. S Duncanville (6A) Auburn
48. (16) Troy Omeire WR Fort Bend Austin (6A) Texas
49. (55) Trent Pullen OG Waco Connally (4A) Oklahoma State
50. (36) Darius Snow S Carrollton Hebron (6A) Michigan State
51. (37) James Sylvester DE Newton (2A) Baylor
52. (NR) Kelvontay Dixon WR Carthage (4A) Uncommitted
53. (53) Chandler Morris QB Highland Park (5A) Oklahoma
54. (42) Brennan Scott OLB Bishop Dunne (TAPPS) UNLV
55. (43) Ty’Kieast Crawford OT Carthage (4A) Uncommitted

Source: HookemPlus.com