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4-star Louisiana CB Chester Kimbrough includes Texas in top 9

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The Longhorns are still in the mix for the New Orleans product, but there’s work to be done.

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Texas has seen its fair share of struggles recruiting the cornerback position this cycle, but the Longhorns are still in the mix with one of the country’s top prospects. On Wednesday, four-star New Orleans (La.) Warren Watson announced his top nine schools and Texas is still an option, as is Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama, Missouri, Mississippi State, Kansas, Georgia, and Michigan.

Kimbrough also holds offers from Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Indiana, SMU, and Oregon State, among numerous others.

As far as his recruitment as it pertains to Texas is concerned, Kimbrough visited the Longhorns last year, and was set to return for an official visit on May 4, although he was unable to do so. The staff has since stayed in contact and visited the 5-foot-10, 168-pound prospect as recently as last week.

However, the ‘Horns will have their hands full in this recruitment, as will every other team not named Florida.

Kimbrough named the Gates as his leader following an April 14 unofficial visit to Gainesville, and to this point, all 11 of his Crystal Ball projections are in favor of Florida. That said, as evident by the staff stopping by to see him last week, Texas isn’t giving up in this recruitment and will continue to push for one of his official visits after he had to change plans earlier this month.

Kimbrough is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 30 cornerback prospect and the No. 14 player in Louisiana, per the 247Sports Composite.

Thus far, Texas has offers out to 13 cornerbacks from around the country, and holds a pledge from elite Georgia product Kenyatta Watson II. Texas also looms as a legitimate threat to flip three-star Oregon commit Marques Caldwell after offering on May 18, but the ‘Horns have plenty of work to do elsewhere. Texas is in the mix, but far from the favorite for targets such as Derek Stingley, Chris Steele, and surprisingly as of late, Marcus Banks, who once appeared to be a Texas lean, but now looks like a lock to Texas A&M.

Kimbrough can be added to that list, although the Longhorns are going to do their due diligence in hopes of a late push.