The latest update of the 247Sports rankings has elevated Texas Longhorns safety commit Demarvion Overshown up 11 spots — the Arp product who committed to head coach Tom Herman on May 31 is now the top-ranked player in the state.
Since Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong has long been a fan of Overshown, calling him “one of my favorite prospects in America and a name that should be in the discussion as the No. 1 recruit in the Lone Star State,” the upward trajectory in the rankings is hardly a surprise.
Wiltfong’s analysis of the 6’4, 200-pounder is no doubt influenced by the perceptions of two college coaches who told him that Overshown reminds them of former Miami and NFL standout Sean Taylor, another large safety known for delivering bone-crushing hits.
Just as importantly, the rise of Overshown in the rankings provides more credibility to the Texas coaching staff, which quickly identified the small-town prospect at a time when his only offer was from UTSA.
Overshown is now technically the crowning jewel of the impressive 2018 Texas defensive back recruiting class, taking the place of Angleton’s BJ Foster, who lost his fifth star from the service, but remains at No. 2 in the state rankings.
So the elevation of Overshown came at the expense of Houston Lamar cornerback Anthony Cook, an important Texas target who is considered a heavy Ohio Stat lean at this point in the process.
Another Longhorns defensive back pledge, Cibolo Steele’s Caden Sterns, fell one spot from No. 4 to No. 5 in the state.
In the spot that Sterns formerly held is Houston Heights cornerback Jalen Green, now regarded as a talent comparable to Cook — his rise is a positive development for cornerbacks coach Jason Washington, as the ‘Horns are in much better position with Green than with Cook. In fact, all 10 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for Green are in favor of Texas.
If the rankings hold until the end of the cycle and Green joins the current group of pledges, the Longhorns would hold commitments from four of the top five players in the state, all of them defensive backs.
Talk about a resurgent for the school formerly known as DBU.