In one of the most perplexing moments of the brief Tom Herman era, the Texas Longhorns lost out on former Cedar Park standout cornerback Javelin Guidry to the Utah Utes on Friday.
The 5’9.5, 180-pound Guidry announced his pending decision on Thursday evening, narrowing his list to the ‘Horns and Utes, just days after taking his official visit to Austin.
But despite the fact that landing the former Houston commit seemed like a slam dunk since Guidry received his second offer from Herman and his staff on January 10, the Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta product opted for Utah.
In the final moments, the decision was hardly a surprise, as Guidry’s 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions all trended in favor of the Utes in the immediate aftermath of Guidry announcing his decision timetable.
In late May, the speedster committed to Houston, then decommitted after Herman left for Austin. Taking advantage of that decision, Utah offered days later, but Herman opted to wait for more than a month upon arrival at Texas before targeting Guidry.
Had Herman and cornerbacks coach Jason Washington made Guidry a higher priority for the Longhorns, things might have ended differently for Texas.
Instead, the last best hope at landing another cornerback in the 2017 class fell by the wayside.