A tremendous amount of talent is set to flock to the Forty Acres this weekend for the Texas Longhorns Orange-White spring game.
What was initially planned to be a minor recruiting weekend with few names on hand, as Tom Herman previously said he’d prefer to reserve visits for the other three weekends in April when the staff can placed heightened emphasis on the recruits, recent spring game momentum stemming from Norman and College Station has since altered those plans a bit. Now hoping to reap some of the same rewards, as Oklahoma and Texas A&M each earned significant pledges after hosting junior day visitors en masse — the Sooners have since seen eight public pledges roll in — Texas will welcome several of its top targets in the coming days.
- Tre Watson — Cal grad transfer RB — OV
- Kenyon Green — 5-star OT — Humble Atascocita
- Jordan Whittington — 4-star WR — Cuero — Texas commit
- De’Gabriel Floyd — 4-star OLB — Westlake (Calif.) Village — Texas commit
- Roschon Johnson — 4-star QB — Port Neches-Groves — Texas commit
- Garrett Wilson — 4-star WR — Austin Lake Travis - OV
- Tyler Johnson — 4-star OT — Conroe Oak Ridge
- Javonne Shepherd — 4-star OT — Houston North Forest
- Jake Smith — 4-star WR — Scottsdale (Az.) Notre Dame Prep
- Marcus Banks — 4-star CB — Houston Dekaney
- Branson Bragg — 4-star C — Crandall
- Noah Cain — 4-star RB — Bradenton (Fla.)IMG Academy
- Chris Thompson — 4-star S — Duncanville
- EJ Ndoma-Ogar — 4-star OG — Allen
- Rashad Wisdom — 3-star S — Converse Judson
- Wyatt Tate — 3-star OT — Geronimo Navarro
- Jared Wiley — 3-star TE — Temple
- Zach Zimos — 3-star OLB — Richmond Fort Bend Travis
- Jordan Patterson — 3-star S — Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
- Peter Mpagi — 3-star WDE — Richmond George Ranch
Among the most notable names on this list is elite Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson. The local product officially visited Ohio State last weekend and the Buckeyes have since taken the slight edge in his recruitment. However, Wilson is providing Texas will every opportunity to take control, but do to so, the Longhorns will have to produce on the field. One of the nation’s premier pass-catching prospects, Wilson wants to see the Longhorns offense take notable strides in the right direction.
Of course, the ‘Horns hosting key offensive line targets in Kenyon Green, Tyler Johnson, Javonne Shepherd and Branson Bragg is a significant development, as well.
If Herb Hand could construct his ideal offensive line haul this cycle, it would look a lot like the unit pictured above. Each has previously visited Austin and it wouldn’t be a surprise if a pledge came from a prospect Johnson.
Tre Watson is another notable name set to tour the Forty Acres. A graduate transfer running back from Cal, Watson rushed for 709 yards and four touchdowns in 2016 prior to missing most of last season with an injury. Given that Daniel Young and Toneil Carter are yet to take control of the position, Watson could become a welcomed edition to a largely inexperienced backfield.
Texas commits Jordan Whittington, De’Gabriel Floyd and Roschon Johnson will each be on campus helping the ‘Horns recruit.
- Zachary Evans — 5-star RB — Houston North Shore
- Jase McClellan — 4-star RB — Aledo — Oklahoma commit
- Chad Lindberg — 4-star OT — League City Clear Creek
- Darius Snow — 4-star S — Carrollton Hebron
- Alec Bryant — 4-star WDE — Pearland Shadow Creek
- Akinola Ogunbiyi — Unranked OG — Sugar Land Kempner
Zachary Evans and Darius Snow are each ranked as the nation’s No. 1 prospect at their respective positions. The Longhorns appear to be the team to beat for Evans early on, and being able to earn a visit from elite Oklahoma running back commit Jase McClellan is notable, as well.
- Kiyon King — Unranked ATH — Cedar Park
This visitor list will be updated.
Visit confirmations courtesy of Twitter, 247Sports, The Football Brainiacs.