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Texas set to host commits, official visitors, key targets for West Virginia game

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Elite running back Noah Cain and local star receiver Elijah Higgins will be among those in attendance on Saturday.

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Once again, the Texas Longhorns are set to host a multitude of commits and key targets for a major recruiting weekend; this time around, while also welcoming West Virginia for a Big 12 showdown between ranked foes.

Headlining the list is a pair of four-star prospect set for their official visits in Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy running back Noah Cain and Austin Bowie wide receiver Elijah Higgins.

Just days ago, Cain, a Baton Rouge native, was considered to be a heavy LSU lean, but the door may now be wide open for the Horns with five-star running back John Emery Jr. surging to the Tigers following his decommitment from Georgia. If Texas can improve its positioning with Cain over the weekend, it would likely help the Horns’ pursuit of Cain’s teammate and the nation’s top-ranked running back, Trey Sanders, who has Texas near, if not at the top of his list.

As far as Higgins is concerned, Texas’ on-field success and improved performance in the passing game has allowed the Longhorns to re-emerge as a very realistic option. Higgins’ trip to Texas will finish his official visit tour. He plans to announce his commitment shortly thereafter, with Stanford, Florida, and Texas as the top options.

Below is a running list of Longhorns targets expected to attend the Texas game on Saturday, with the 2019, 2020, and 2021 classes each represented.

2019

  • Jordan Whittington — 4-star WR — Cuero — Texas commit
  • Tyler Johnson — 4-star OT — Conroe Oak Ridge — Texas commit
  • Noah Cain — 4-star RB — IMG Academy (Fla.) — OV
  • Elijah Higgins — 4-star WR — Austin Bowie — OV
  • Marques Caldwell — 3-star CB — Alvin — Texas commit
  • Peter Mpagi — 3-star WDE — Richmond George Ranch — Texas commit
  • Jared Wiley — 3-star TE — Temple — Texas commit
  • Kennedy Lewis — 3-star WR — Melissa
  • Isaiah Hookfin — 3-star OT — Sugar Land Dulles

2020

  • Sav’ell Smalls — 5-star OLB — Seattle (Wa.) Garfield
  • Demond Demas — 5-star WR — Houston North Forest — Texas A&M commit
  • Hudson Card — 4-star QB — Lake Travis — Texas commit
  • Seth McGowan — 4-star RB — Mesquite Poteet
  • Jaylon Jones — 4-star CB — Cibolo Steele
  • Brennon Scott —4-star OLB — Bishop Dunne
  • Princely Umanmielen — 3-star SDE — Manor
  • Michael Henderson — 3-star ATH — Carrollton Ranchview
  • Kelvontay Dixon — 3-star ATH — Carthage
  • Ty Jordan — 3-star RB — West Mesquite
  • Logan Kyle — Unranked WR — Tomball Memorial
  • Jahari Rogers — Unranked ATH — Arlington

2021

Jake Garcia — 4-star QB — Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne

Latrell Neville — Unranked WR — Missouri City Willowridge

Anthony Beavers — 4-star ATH — Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra

Visit confirmations courtesy of Twitter, Burnt Orange Nation, 247Sports.