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4-star S Lathan Ransom names Longhorns in Final 5

Texas appears to be surging in this recruitment and will have another opportunity to leave a lasting impression later this month.

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Fresh off of his first trip to the Forty Acres, Tucson (Az.) Salpointe Catholic safety has cut his list of 28 options to a final five. As anticipated, the Texas Longhorns are still alive and well with the nation’s No. 5 safety, alongside Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU, and Notre Dame.

The four-star talent added his Texas offer in early February, though the three-day trip to Austin Ransom enjoyed over the weekend earned raved reviews and essentially accounted for any lost time between the two sides.

“Everything was top notch. They checked every box. Location, coaching staff, top notch football, top notch facilities, what its’ going to be in 2021 when it’s all done – when it comes to boxes, for me as a parent, UT checked every single box. It was a pretty cool visit,” Lathan Ransom’s father, Nathan, told Orangebloods’ Jason Suchomel. “We got to talk to coach [Tom] Herman, got to build on that relationship. We spent some time with coach [Craig] Naivar, really got to bound with him.”

Of course, one trip to the Forty Acres was all that was necessary for Ransom to name Texas as a finalist. More notably for a Longhorns team that’s suddenly surging with the coveted Arizona product, Ransom is set to return to Austin in fewer than two weeks on June 14; the next time for an official visit. Having already taken two of his official trips to Oklahoma and LSU in April, and officially visiting Notre Dame this coming weekend on June 8, Ransom will cap his official visit tour shortly after he returns to Texas with a June 21 stop to Ohio State.

Interestingly enough, while Ransom is in Columbus, his teammate and priority Texas running back target Bijan Robinson, who will be in Columbus on June 14 while Ransom is at Texas, is reportedly scheduled to officially visit Austin.

It appears Texas is now surging with each of the to-75 national prospect, which would certainly prove beneficial as the process continues if the Longhorns can land an early pledge from either Ransom or Robinson.

One of just four uncommitted safety prospects on Texas’ big board, alongside a trio of in-state talents in Duncanville’s Chris Thompson Jr., Houston C.E. King star Bryson Washington, and Pearland Shadow Creek product Xavion Alford, Ransom is a versatile talent who excels in all three phases of the game. In addition to Ransom totaling 82 tackles, six interceptions and eight pass deflections as a junior, the 6’2, 183-pound prospect hauled in 27 receptions for 625 yards and six scores.

He also amassed upwards of 450 yards as a returner.