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Texas S Brandon Jones tweets at Ole Miss transfer Deontay Anderson

The former Longhorns target is officially wide open with his recruitment.

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With DeShon Elliott off to the NFL Draft, Texas Longhorns safety Brandon Jones will need a new running mate in the defensive backfield next season. If he got his way, that player might be former Longhorns target Deontay Anderson:

From Manvel, Anderson was the No. 2 safety in the 2016 class, choosing to commit to Ole Miss on National Signing Day over Texas and LSU.

After starting one game as a freshman, Anderson sat out the entire 2017 season and hired representation in order to receive permission to transfer and become eligible immediately.

Along with quarterback Shea Patterson and wide receiver Van Jefferson, Anderson visited Michigan last weekend, but his transcript was not cleared by the school. Currently, Oklahoma is one of the schools still in the mix for Anderson.

Right now, there isn’t any indication that Texas is pursuing Anderson or that he would be interested in the ‘Horns after the change in coaching staff.

And there are a number of experienced safeties on campus, including P.J. Locke III and John Bonney, as well as three safety commits in the 2018 class, so numbers aren’t a problem.

However, Anderson has some collegiate experience, was highly rated, and had a high level of interest in the Longhorns before picking the Rebels, so there would be little to lose for the staff to reach out to him, if it hasn’t already.