In the coming days, the Texas Longhorns will host another important visitor on the Forty Acres, as Westlake (Calif.) Westlake Village linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd will be in Austin and take a visit to spring practice, according to multiple reports.
Floyd has family connections in Texas, as well as a relationship with a mentor figure in the Austin area, and visited campus for one of the Junior Days in February.
Since then, the Longhorns have emerged as a serious contender, making his latest cut in early March, which reduced the schools under consideration to seven total.
Ranked as a top-50 player nationally and the No. 3 outside linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Floyd is a former USC commit who is also considering Oregon while waiting for an offer from UCLA. As the Bruins have stalled extending it, the Longhorns have surged, picking up two 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions this month.
Getting Floyd on campus twice in such a short period of time is fantastic news for defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, as linebacker is the biggest need position in the entire 2019 recruiting class and the in-state crop of talent is down this year.
So that means that Floyd is both the highest-ranked prep player currently considering Texas and arguably the most important target at the position overall.