As high school recruits release their lists of final schools heading into the spring official visit period, the Texas Longhorns are having trouble remaining in contention, with Dallas Bishop Dunne athlete Marquez Beason becoming the latest prospect to eliminate the ‘Horns:
Though Illinois and Ohio State remain options for the 5’11, 173-pounder, the perceived leaders at this time are LSU and Texas A&M.
Beason has been at Junior Days for both schools in recent weeks, but it was the trip to Baton Rouge that produced major movement in his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions — LSU now has the last 14 projections.
Originally committed to Nebraska, Beason opted to open up his recruitment in May of 2017, about a month after making his pledge. Texas had offered the day before and quickly emerged as the apparent favorite, but was ultimately unable to remain a factor.
There’s still more than 11 months until National Signing Day 2018 and plenty of time until the early signing period, so the ‘Horns could still get back into it with Beason.
But the inability to make his final list of schools continues a recent trend for Texas. Beason’s teammate, No. 1 safety Brian Williams, is committed to Texas A&M, along with other targets like cornerback Bobby Wolfe and safety Demani Richardson. Top prospects like wide receiver Arjei Henderson and linebacker Marcel Brooks have also left the Longhorns off of recent lists of finalists.
With so much time left in the cycle and so many prospects still left on the board, it’s hardly time to panic, but other than the Junior Days last weekend, much of the recruiting news hasn’t been ideal recently.