Oregon cornerback commit Marques Caldwell has been a candidate to receive a Texas offer for quite some time, and on Friday afternoon, that offer finally came with the Longhorns officially jumping into the mix for the Alvin product.
A three-star in-state product, Caldwell committed to the Ducks last October and in the months since, his recruitment has gained much more momentum with offers rolling in from Indiana, Ole Miss, TCU, SMU, Colorado, Missouri and Texas Tech.
The Longhorns now join that group, and Caldwell’s latest offer could prove to be the one that alters his entire recruitment. Although it took a while for Texas to officially extend an offer, the general belief has been that if the ‘Horns were to offer, Big 12 Recruiter of the Year Jason Washington would be in an ideal position to flip Caldwell from Oregon.
That’s already evident, as 247Sports’ EJ Holland put in a flip projection just minutes after Caldwell announced his Texas offer. The Longhorns do hold a pledge from elite Georgia cornerback Kenyatta Watson II, but Texas remains in the market for more talent in its 2019 secondary class. With targets such as Derek Stingley, Chris Steele and Jaden Davis and Bobby Wolfe either leaning elsewhere or having already eliminated the ‘Horns from the mix, Texas now appears to be in a prime position to land one of the more underrated defensive backs in the state.
Caldwell unofficially visited Texas for the Longhorns Junior Day.
A 6-foot-1 prospect who excels in coverage, Caldwell earned second-team all-district honors in 2017 after totaling 17 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions. He's currently ranked as the nation’s No. 631 player, the No. 55 cornerback and No. 78 player in Texas, per the 247Sports Composite.