On Sunday evening, elite Bellaire Episcopal wide receiver Jaylen Waddle named his final six schools and the Texas Longhorns survived the cut, along with Oregon, Florida State, Alabama, TCU and Texas A&M.
ALL GLORY TO GOD— JW (@D1__JW) September 18, 2017
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Waddle released a Top 12 in May and this time around, Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, Florida, Ole Miss and Miami were left on the outside looking in.
A four-star prospect, Waddle has long been a priority prospect for the Longhorns, but Tom Herman and his staff have faced an uphill battle throughout. Originally, Waddle aspired to be the only slot receiver take in his class, which complicated things for the ‘Horns in February when Florida product Justin Watkins pledged on junior day. Speedy Louisville Trinity (Ky.) wide receiver Rondale Moore has since joined the mix and just as Watkins ultimately backed out of his commitment on June 25, Moore is expected to remain closer to home and flip to Purdue.
Although Waddle has since cooled on his need to be the only slot take in his class, it appears with Moore likely headed elsewhere, he could be just that if Texas can overcome the powers in Waddle’s recruitment. To do that, which has been the case with seemingly countless recruits that have passed on the ‘Horns, Waddle wants to see Texas win.
Thus far, the ‘Horns are 1-2 on the season after falling just short against No. 4 USC in double overtime.
If Texas does ultimately miss on Waddle, the haul at wide receiver will still prove to be an impressive one with pledges from Brennan Eagles and Al’vonte Woodard. Schertz Clemens wide receiver Tommy Bush is also projected as a Longhorn lean, but in any case, Waddle is an elite talent and the kind that will see the field early wherever he lands.
At 5’9.5, 175 pounds, Waddle is ranked as the nation's No. 67 player, No. 11 wide receiver and the No. 7 player in Texas, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.