Can the Texas Longhorns add another elite out-of-state defensive back to the 2019 recruiting class? In June, head coach Tom Herman and his staff will find out the answer to that question, as Baton Rouge (La.) Dunham School cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. announced his commitment date on Monday:
I will be making my commitment on June 20th at 1:30pm. My decision will be final. My recruitment will be shut down. I will sign my letter of intent to play in December. I will also be an early enrollee to whatever school I’m committing to...— Derek Stingley Jr. (@JrStingley) June 4, 2018
Stingley also took a recent official visit to Florida and could visit hometown LSU again before he makes his decision.
The Longhorns staff deserves credit for securing an official visit from the nation’s No. 1 cornerback and earning a spot among his finalists, but there’s not much belief that Texas can actually secure Stingley’s services. It’s just that hard to pull high-level Louisiana prospects away from LSU, especially recruits from Baton Rouge itself.
So the Tigers are the prohibitive favorite here — no other program has received a single 247Sports Crystal Ball pick at any point in his recruitment.