Two Texas Longhorns targets are headed elsewhere after Cy Spring safety Leon O’Neal Jr. and Katy Taylor strong-side defensive end Max Wright announced their dual-commitments to Texas A&M on Friday afternoon.
O’Neal, a four-star prospect, included the Longhorns in his top seven just yesterday, but Texas elected to prioritize safety targets such as BJ Foster, Caden Sterns and DeMarvion Overshown this cycle, which essentially excluded the ‘Horns once their pledges started rolling in.
In any case, Texas A&M was long considered the heavy favorite in O’Neal’s recruitment.
As far as Texas’ pursuit of Wright is concerned, the Houston-area prospect was a key target for Tom Herman and his staff as someone the staff really wanted to pair with Putnam City (Okla.) strong-side defensive end Ron Tatum this cycle.
While Wright, too, was considered a Texas A&M lean, but he’s a guy the Texas staff prioritized and appeared to have a shot at down the stretch.
It’s unlikely Texas remains active in O’Neal’s recruitment at all, but that won’t be the case with Wright. Until the Katy product completely shuts his recruitment down and cuts off all contact with other staffs, expect the Longhorns to now pursue a flip as they’ve already done with Justin Watkins, Cameron Rising and Caden Sterns this cycle.
With O’Neal and Wright on board, Kevin Sumlin’s 2018 class ranks No. 13 nationally and No. 3 in the SEC, per 247Sports Composite.