As of Thursday night, only four teams remain in the mix for Rockdale athlete Jaqualyn Crawford, who will choose between Texas, TCU, Texas A&M and Oklahoma on Monday.
A four-star prospect, Crawford was once considered to be high on the Longhorns, and although Texas remains in the final four with his decision looming, it seems unlikely that Tom Herman’s 2018 class adds Crawford’s pledge next week.
In a nutshell, Texas prioritized other options at wide receiver this cycle. Along with previously holding a pledge from Justin Watkins and essentially swapping his commitment for one from Louisville Trinity (Ky.) slot receiver Rondale Moore, the blueprint for Texas’ 2018 wide receiver haul already appears in place.
Houston Lamar pass-catcher Al’vonte Woodard will announce his decision on Saturday and the consensus expectation is that he’ll be a Longhorn. Beyond that, Texas is in an ideal position with Alief Taylor wide receiver Brennan Eagles, who was originally slated to announce on Monday, as well, but postponed due to technical difficulties. And while they’re far from locks, Texas is still pushing for Schertz Clemens product Tommy Bush and Bellaire Episcopal’s Jaylen Waddle, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if one of the two sided with Texas before it’s all said and done.
In short, while Texas prioritized other options, Oklahoma prioritized Crawford, which clarifies why the Sooners are currently the heavy favorite for his services, holding 92 percent of his Crystal Ball projections.
A 5’9.5, 161-pound prospect, Crawford is ranked as the nation’s No. 185 player, No. 5 athlete and the No. 23 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.