Tom Herman has already begun to construct the Texas Longhorns 2020 recruiting class with two in-state commitments from four-star Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card and four-star Helotes O’Connor offensive guard Logan Parr.
The Longhorns first #cloUT2020 commitment came at the quarterback position from Card, and he’s been solid on his pledge with the Horns since he made his announcement in late May.
With Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck bringing in only one quarterback commit in this year’s recruiting class in Port Neches-Groves product Roschon Johnson, it’s more than likely that they’ll make room for two commits at the position for next year’s class. Elite Fort Bend Marshall dual-threat quarterback Malik Hornsby would be an ideal player to fill that second slot for Texas at the position.
Hornsby earned an offer from the Longhorns in mid-May.
Hornsby brings a substantial amount of electricity to the game every time he touches the field. He’s truly a dynamic playmaker that exceeds the definition of what a dual-threat quarterback is. Hornsby has the speed and elusiveness to take it the distance every time the ball is snapped, but his patience in the pocket and willingness to wait for the open target down the field makes him a lethal presence. Delivering the ball to his wide receivers in some unbelievable windows and winning with his teammates is what Hornsby prides himself on.
Elite 2020 FB Marshall QB Malik Hornsby (@1MalikH1) escaping from the pocket. He’s lethal when he takes off@MarshallBuffs | @SethFre88161872 @Speed11Coach | @5StarGQB @AFAC713 pic.twitter.com/waTsfk9wIp— J.Hamilton (@JoeHamilton__) November 3, 2018
The four-star standout has had a ton of rumors surrounding his recruitment; where he may end up and where he’s already made a decision to go, but Hornsby just simply wants to get a feel for each of the 13 schools that have offered him.
“My recruiting process is open,” Hornsby told BON. “I’m enjoying the process right now. I’m enjoying all of the schools. There’s not really a school that I know I’m going to right now.”
From a teen that was just putting his best foot forward to win games last season, to a nationwide recruit that everyone wants the scoop on, things have changed abruptly for Hornsby. He’s composed by all of the attention, and handles it the only way he knows how.
“I answer the questions when they ask, I answer the calls when they call,” Hornsby said. “I’m just nonchalant about it. I show them the respect, and they show me respect.”
Hornsby is fond of the Texas program. As a kid growing up in Houston, Hornsby enjoyed watching a Longhorn legend that embodies some of the same characteristics as him.
When asked what stands out to you about the Texas program, Hornsby had this to say, “They play as a family. It’s Burnt Orange, you know. I used to watch Vince Young back in the day.”
Coach Beck has made an assertive effort to maintain a relationship with Hornsby.
“I talk to Tim Beck all of the time,” Hornsby said. “He actually texted me before the game and told me good luck. We’re building a relationship.”
Although Texas has fallen short in tight games the last two weeks, Hornsby still sees progression from the Longhorns. He likes the fact that he’s seeing them play as a team.
“They’re doing great,” Hornsby said. “They’ve had a few ups and downs, but they bounce back from it. They’re playing together as a team mostly, and they’re all putting in work. So, I like what I’m seeing.”
Witnessing Texas finish out games is what Hornsby would like to see from the Longhorns as the head into the final stretch of the season.
“I want to see them finish games, just finish games off, Hornsby said. “And being more consistent.”
Consistency is key going forward for the Horns. In the second year of the Tom Herman regime, Texas has witnessed some efficient quarterback play from Sam Ehlinger. The last time Longhorns fans saw quarterback stability of this caliber was during Colt McCoy’s remarkable tenure. But the fire power that Vince Young brought to college football in the year of his national championship run with Texas still has yet to be matched.
After this season, the Longhorns will have a total of five quarterbacks with Cameron Rising, Shane Buechele, Casey Thompson, Ehlinger, and the addition of Johnson. As of right now, there’s no indication if any of those players have what it takes to bring Texas back to supreme dominance, but the staff will continue to develop them and recruit the guys they believe could potentially put them over the top.
With that being said, Hornsby has that “It” factor and game changing ability coaches look for in a quarterback prospect. He’s taken over as the signal caller at Fort Bend Marshall this season and has led them to an undefeated record thus far. Hornsby is dedicated to winning state as a junior, and that goal is certainly obtainable this season. It’ll be interesting to see how Hornsby begins to engrave his legacy as one of the next special quarterbacks to come from the Lone Star State.
The Longhorns will continue to make Hornsby a top priority for next year’s cycle.
At 6’2, 175 pounds, Hornsby is ranked as the nation’s No. 89 prospect and as the No. 14 player in the state for the 2020 cycle, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.