The month of May began with a bang for Tom Herman and his staff, as the Texas Longhorns picked up a major pledge from elite Loganville (Ga.) Grayson cornerback Kenyatta Watson II on May 1.
Texas will now attempt to carry that momentum over into the weekend, as several key targets are set to visit the Forty Acres, both unofficially and officially.
- Tyler Johnson — 5-star OT — Conroe Oak Ridge — OV
- Derek Stingley — 5-star CB — Baton Rouge (La.) Dunham School
- DeMarvin Leal — 5-star DT — Converse Judson — Texas A&M commit
- NaNa Osafo-Mensah — 4-star WDE — Fort Worth Nolan Catholic — OV
- Makiya Tongue — 4-star ATH — Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab — OV
Marcus Banks — 3-star CB — Houston Dekaney— OV
- Brayden Liebrock — 3-star TE — Chandler (Az.) — OV
It’s quite possible that what takes place over the weekend could land Texas another pledge or two. Elite Conroe Oak Ridge product Tyler Johnson doesn’t have a commitment date set and plans on taking his time with the process, but he’s made several visits to Austin and the Longhorns are considered the heavy favorite here. It’s not planned, but this weekend could be the one that gets Johnson to pull the trigger and pick Texas.
NaNa Osafo-Mensah, on the other hand, does have a commitment date in mind. On May 19, the versatile Fort Worth Nolan Catholic product will choose between Texas and Notre Dame, and entering the weekend, there’s reason to believe the Longhorns own the slight edge, but this one is far from a certainty following his official visit to Notre Dame. With Texas receiving his final official visit before his commitment, Texas could seal the deal, and ultimately, earn its second major recruiting victory over Notre Dame this month.
There’s also a strong case to be made that Texas stands as the favorite for Makiya Tongue and Marcus Banks entering their weekend visits. Neither has a set commitment date in mind, but this is recruiting and things often don’t play out according to plan. At the very least, though, the Longhorns will likely stand as the clear team to beat for both, Tongue and Banks by next week.
Furthermore, Texas enters the weekend as a favorite for five-star Louisiana cornerback Derek Stingley, but not the favorite. That honor belongs to LSU with Florida running in second, but the Longhorns can push themselves a bit more towards the top with a strong weekend visit.
Update: Marcus Banks will reportedly not be in Austin for his official visit and will reschedule. Also, per a report from Justin Wells of Inside Texas, key Texas target and recent Texas A&M commit DeMarvin Leal has made a surprise visit to Austin this week. This is obviously a significant development.
- Bryce Young — 5-star QB — Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
- Dwight McGlothern — 4-star CB — New Caney
Highly-touted Mater Dei gunslinger Bryce Young picked up his Texas offer in late April, but the five-star prospect has been on the Longhorns’ radar for quite some time. His upcoming visit to Austin will be his second of the offseason and third overall, so it’s clear that there’s major interest there. Young plans to commit before his junior season so Texas can certainly help its case with another strong visit.
Texas is also considered one of the top schools for Swight McGlothern, but Texas A&M will have a significant say in how this recruitment plays out. The Tigers own the slight edge in his Crystal Ball, but there’s still plenty of time in this recruitment.
Visit confirmations courtesy of Twitter, The Football Brainiacs, Inside Texas.