Position coaches Drew Mehringer and Corby Meekins continue to struggle to land wide receivers in the 2020 recruiting class for the Texas Longhorns, with the latest blow coming on Monday as Calabasas (Cali.) standout Johnny Wilson committed to the Oregon
As a longtime Ducks fans, Oregon was able to close with the 6’6, 224-pounder visited Eugene over the weekend for the Saturday Night Live camp and the coaching staff was able to close with him in the hours after that trip.
While the decision isn’t particularly surprising — Oregon held all seven 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for Wilson — it is disappointing because the Texas staff had some success selling the big wide receiver on becoming the next Collin Johnson.
And the Longhorns appeared to be in a strong position last month when Wilson took two visits to Austin, eventually extending his trip for the Heat Wave event all the way through the week.
Unfortunately, those visits weren’t enough to lure Wilson away from the West Coast, so there’s now more pressure on Mehringer and Meekins to close with prospects like Temple’s Quentin Johnson, Oklahoma product Javian Hester, and another Californian, LV Bunkley-Shelton, who visited Austin over the weekend.
With the miss on Wilson, it will also be more difficult for the Longhorns to compile a 2020 class as highly ranked as the last two groups — Texas should be able to crack the top 10 once the cycle is complete, but reaching the top five doesn’t look likely at this time.