Austin LBJ cornerback Latrell McCutchin has been a Texas Longhorns offer candidate for quite some time. The local class of 2021 prospect camped with the Longhorns last summer, returned to the Forty Acres for the USC game, and more recently, McCutchin was on hand for the Orange-White spring game in April — all without an offer in hand.
On Sunday evening, in an attempt to kick McCutchin’s June off on a high note, the home-town Longhorns finally offered.
“It was shocking. Coach Washington is someone who always surprises people when he offers, so when I got the offer he surprised me and made it different and memorable,” McCutchin told BON. “He called me and put on ‘First of the Month’ by Bone Thugs and Harmony. It was funny and surprised me. I was confused at first but he began to sing along with the song and said: ‘it’s the first of the moooonnnntthhh ... and we’re offering youuuuu!’”
The Longhorns offer is just his latest, but McCutchin is already quite familiar with the Texas football program. Aside from already having made the short trek to the Forty Acres multiple times, McCutchin said his entire family loves Texas.
McCutchin, too, likes the Longhorns, but aiming to be different, McCutchin’s fandom fell with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Just weeks ago on May 13, McCutchin earned an offer from his favorite program, with Alabama sparking a stretch of incoming offers that also included Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, and Missouri. Of those programs, Alabama, which hosted the four-star corner in late March, has unsurprisingly established an early presence in McCutchin’s recruitment.
“Everything about the Tide stands out to me,” McCutchin said. “They’re outstanding on the field as we all know, they have great facilities, and it always feels like home when I’m there.”
McCutchin is set to return to Tuscaloosa on Saturday, and he’s planning for a pair of return trips to Texas as part of a visit-filled summer to the various programs in pursuit of his services.
In fact, that pursuit is arguably, in and of itself, the defining factor in McCutchin’s recruitment — in short, which school wants him the most?
“I’m going wherever I feel I have been recruited the hardest,” McCutchin said. “There’s nothing like being at a place where everyone wants you there, so no matter the conference or size of the school, I’m going with who likes me the most.”
The same standard holds true to Texas.
The Longhorns quite clearly like McCutchin, making him just the third prospect at his position to earn a Texas offer, as he joins five-star Virginia Beach (Va.) Princess Anne product Tony Grimes and Buford (Ga.) standout Malik Williams. But even surviving McCutchin’s initial list cut will require Texas to prove he’s a priority.
“I would expect them to be on the list of my top schools if they recruit me hard enough,” McCutchin said of the Longhorns.”
Most would agree that McCutchin is well worth prioritizing.
A rangy prospect with impressive instincts and a willingness to pursue the ball carrier with a purpose, McCutchin is currently considered to be the top cornerback prospect in the state, per 247Sports. If you ask McCutchin, he’ll confidently take it one step further and proclaim himself as the top corner in the country.
“Confident and physical,” McCutchin said of how he’d describe his game. “I’m also the type of player who’s gonna let you know that I’m better than you the moment you step in front of me.