One of the top safety prospects in the state cut his list on Thursday morning and the Texas Longhorns are among those still in the mix with Cy Springs product Leon O’Neal Jr.
Along with Texas, the four-star talent also named Texas A&M, LSU, Clemson, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Georgia and his finalists going forward.
As far as the Longhorns are concerned, Tom Herman and his staff appear to be on the outside looking in, largely due to their current success on the recruiting trail.
In addition to O’Neal already being considered a heavy Texas A&M lean, the Longhorns currently hold a pair of pledges from the No. 2 and No. 4 safety prospects in the state in Caden Sterns and as of yesterday, DeMarvion Overshown, respectively. On top of that, Texas is widely expected to land the nation’s top-ranked safety on Monday when Angleton product BJ Foster announces his commitment. Foster recently told me that the Longhorns are, in fact, the heavy favorite for his services.
Following Foster’s expected pledge to kick next week off, it’s unclear if the staff will even remain in touch with O’Neal after securing commitments from the state’s top two safeties and a high-ceiling safety/outside linebacker hybrid in Overshown, who has reportedly drawn comparisons to Sean Taylor.
In any case, as noted, O’Neal is widely expected to continue his career in College Station and considering what’s expected to already be a three-man safety haul for Herman and the ‘Horns, it’s unlikely Texas remains a threat in O’Neal’s recruitment.
At 6’1, 190 pounds, O’Neal ranks as the nation’s No. 66 player, No. 6 safety and the No. 8 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.