Hours after participating in the 2018 US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Saturday, North Richland Hills linebacker DaShaun White, a key Texas Longhorns target, flipped from the Texas A&M Aggies to the Oklahoma Sooners:
Home is where the heart is. #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/05LFWXuo6M— DaShaun White (@dmw23_) January 7, 2018
White was the remaining linebacker target for Texas after Oklahoma landed Florida product Nik Bonitto during the 2018 Under Armour All-American game on Thursday.
While the struggles recruiting along the defensive line in the 2018 class were partly a result of limited depth in the state and a poor recruiting job by position coach Oscar Giles, making sense of missing on White and Bonitto is a little bit more difficult. After all, there’s no real reason to question defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s recruiting bona fides at this point.
In any case, Texas clearly wants to add a third linebacker to the 2018 class and the options are more limited than usual at this time of year because of the early signing period.
One currently uncommitted prospect who could emerge as a target is Alief Taylor outside linebacker Joseph Ogunbanjo. Previously a Baylor pledge, Ogunbanjo is still considering the Bears and has an official visit set up to Waco for this month. Cal and Utah, his other top schools, are also set to host Obunbanjo on official visits in the coming weeks, so Texas would have to move fast with the Houston-area product.