As Houston Episcopal defensive tackle Marvin Wilson promised in the middle of October, the Texas Longhorns are officially eliminated from his recruitment after firing Charlie Strong, the consensus five-star prospect said while in Orlando for the 2017 Under Armour All-American game.
Wilson released his top five schools on check-in day, which included a major surprise — Strong’s new program, USF. The other four programs are Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, and Oklahoma.
Two official visits remain for the 6’4, 329-pounder, with the Tigers and Bulls likely to receive them. The Longhorns, however, are not in the mix, and won’t receive an unofficial visit, either.
Once considered one of the frontrunners for Wilson, the Longhorns will now have to look elsewhere at the defensive tackle position. Weatherford’s Zaccheaus McKinney recently received an offer, but opted to commit to Oklahoma instead, leaving Texas scrambling to find legitimate targets at the position.
Right now, the ‘Horns don’t have any pledges at defensive tackle and just lost the only commit who could grow into the position in Lagaryonn Carson. Fortunately, missing entirely wouldn’t hurt as badly as it did in 2013 since Strong was able to secure five defensive tackle signees in the 2016 class, two of whom redshirted.