In a decision that surprised the college football recruiting world, Arizona Western tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson committed to the Texas Longhorns over the Alabama Crimson Tide and Louisville Cardinals:
The 6’5, 245-pounder, who ranks as the nation’s consensus No. 1 junior college tight end, also seriously considered Oregon earlier in the process before the Ducks lost momentum.
The news came as a surprise — Alabama was the heavy favorite earlier on Tuesday, but Wood-Anderson followed several Texas coaches and staffers during the afternoon before making his decision public.
Texas offered Wood-Anderson back in early April and hosted him on an official visit in June that featured freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger and quarterback commit Cameron Rising taking him out on the lake.
The visit resulted in several 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Longhorns at a time when the Ducks seemingly held most of the momentum, but that momentum seemingly dissipated in late July.
On Tuesday morning, a flurry of Crystal Ball picks came in for Alabama as the Crimson Tide seemed ready to continue to recruit the tight end position at a high level and were poised to fulfill the narrative that the ‘Horns can’t compete in recruiting against Alabama at the tight end position.
In fact, Texas had missed out on key tight end targets to Alabama in each of the last two recruiting cycles.
On Tuesday, however, history did not repeat itself as tight ends coach Corby Meekins pulled off the biggest recruiting coup of his tenure in landing an instant-impact contributor in Anderson.
Ranked as a consensus four-star prospect, Wood-Anderson is the No. 14 junior college player nationally, the No. 1 junior college tight end, and the No. 2 junior college player in Arizona, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Texas now holds 15 commitments in a class that ranks No. 5 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12.