This past week has been good to the entire Texas Longhorns football program and fan base. After a big verbal commitment from 2020 three-star Prosper offensive tackle Jake Majors and an out-of-the-blue transfer from elite five-star athlete Bru McCoy, things continue to move in the right direction for the Longhorns.
With all that being said, could Texas be in striking distance of landing their fourth verbal commit from the 2020 class?
Just over a week ago, Texas hosted its first major unofficial visit weekend of the year and a number of key targets were in attendance and were overly amazed by their experience. Blue-chip Port Neches Grove offensive tackle Jaylen Garth, who’s been a mainstay on the Forty Acres since last summer, was one of those prospects that loved every moment during his time on campus, especially creating a greater bond with other Texas targets.
“The visit was great,” Garth told BON. “When I go there I talk to every coach, it’s not just the offensive staff, that’s what’s so great about it. Also, hanging out with the other recruits. It was definitely pretty fun.”
Garth attended a mini-camp last summer at the University of Houston that included coaches from schools all over the state, including the Longhorns staff. Tom Herman and company liked what they saw from Garth in person and ended up offering him on sight.
The recruiting process has been good to Garth thus far, as he continues to stockpile offers. He currently holds a total of 12 offers from schools such as Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Texas A&M, and Utah.
Garth is taking his time with the recruiting process, but the Horns have made the greatest impression on him out of all of the top programs lobbying for his talents.
“The recruiting process is doing me well right now, Garth said. “I’m just trying to take everything slow. Texas is standing out the most to me right now.”
The Texas coaches have made it clear to Garth that they want him to be a Longhorn when it’s all said and done. Their consistent recruiting efforts and the ability to maintain a great deal of authenticity within their relationship has made an impact on the 6’5, 285-pounder.
“The coaches. I feel like if I was to go there the relationship would be so good,” Garth replied when asked what stood out to him the most about the Texas program. “I feel like they could help get me to the best I can be.”
The past Texas season has caught the attention of a multitude of recruits, including Garth. The three-star standout has a brand new outlook on the Texas program because of the on-field success.
“They made me change their perspective on them a lot,” Garth said. “Beating all of those ranked teams made me change my view.”
At this point, Garth says that the Longhorns are recruiting him harder than any other school, and he’s extremely comfortable with the Texas staff. Seeing that Garth is a recent former teammate of dynamic quarterback signee Roschon Johnson, there is a legit connection between the both of them. The idea of playing at the next level with Johnson has definitely run across both Garth and Johnson’s mind.
Garth believes that it would be “fun” to protect Johnson on the front line in college. Doing exactly that in Austin is currently projected to come to pass, as the Longhorns own each of his five Crystal Ball picks to date.
A consensus three-star prospect, Garth is ranked as the nation’s No. 351 prospect, the No. 37 offensive tackle in the country, and as the No. 43 player in the state, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.