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Top-ranked CB Kelee Ringo includes Texas in top 5

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As expected, the Horns still firmly in the mix with the nation’s No. 1 cornerback, but an SEC power looms as a major threat.

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Highly-touted Scottsdale (Az.) Saguaro cornerback Kelee Ringo made his second list cut on Thursday, trimming 10 more programs from his recruitment, but when the five-star talent released his top five on Thursday, the Texas Longhorns remain squarely in the mix.

Alabama, Georgia, Washington, Ohio State, and Oregon are still standing for the Saguaro star, as well.

Texas’ inclusion in Ringo’s list is far from a surprise. The nation’s top-ranked cornerback prospect first visited the Forty Acres last November for the 24-10 win over Iowa State, and has since returned for several more trips, including a week-long stay in March during spring break.

Around that time period, Texas seemingly emerged as the team to beat, and understandably so, even beyond his numerous stops in Austin. Though he’s originally from the Pacific Northwest, Ringo has a key tie to Texas in that his position coach, Bryant Westbrook, is a former Longhorn, as he played cornerback for Texas in the mid-1990s before becoming the 5th overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft.

However, a pair of trips to Athens has seen Georgia emerge as a legitimate threat to land the top Texas target at the position, and the Bulldogs are now arguably the team to beat, securing each of his three most recent Crystal Ball picks.

Though Alabama, Ohio State, and Oregon are each still options, as well, Ringo’s recruitment is likely well on its way to becoming a two-horse race between Texas and Georgia.

In any case, whatever work on the recruiting trail is required would be well worth it, as Ringo is considered a top 10 talent nationally, per the 247Sports Composite.