A key Texas Longhorns cornerback target is now off the board, as Tucker (Ga.) product Isaiah Dunson committed to the Miami Hurricanes on Sunday during an official visit to Coral Gables.
Dunson was a former Florida State commit who reopened his recruitment following the termination of Willie Taggart in early November. Meanwhile, the Longhorns lost two cornerback commits in the days before Dunson decommitted, but didn’t offer the 6’2, 180-pounder until December.
Those weeks of waiting likely ended up playing a role in his decision.
Miami was able to step into the void — cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph was in immediate contact with Dunson back in November and that paid off on Sunday. Texas was scheduled to receive an official visit from Dunson next weekend before a scheduled trip to Ole Miss during the final weekend before National Signing Day, but Dunson’s recruitment is almost certainly over now.
The limited time new Longhorns cornerbacks coach Jay Valai had to build a relationship with Dunson compared to Rumph likely didn’t help the cause for Texas after deciding not to retain Jason Washington. Valai’s hire was officially announced last Monday.
With only one cornerback currently signed in the 2020 recruiting class, the Horns are now down to a final target — Duncanville’s Ennis Rakestraw, who received his offer on Jan. 10.
Rakestraw was on an official visit to Missouri this weekend and plans to visit Alabama and Georgia during the final two weekends, so Texas is still working to get a visit from the late-rising prospect, who has seen his recruitment explode in recent weeks.
With Rakestraw calling the Crimson Tide his dream school and the Bulldogs also looming as a formidable recruiting foe, the Longhorns have a lot of work to do in order to land the in-state prospect.