Nearly a year removed from his initial top 10 list, Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan running back Kendall Milton is down to just four finalists.
The Texas Longhorns are not among that bunch, as the five-star talent trimmed his options to just Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Ohio State on Friday.
LSU wasn’t included during Milton’s top 10 last summer, and after surviving last year’s cut, in addition to the Longhorns, Fresno State, Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma, Penn State, and USC were each left on the outside looking in for the nation’s No. 3-ranked running back, per the 247Sports Composite.
The Sooners were the surprising exclusion, as Lincoln Riley’s program received multiple Crystal Ball picks projecting that the top-25 talent nationally would ultimately take his talents to Norman. In fact, Oklahoma owned more picks than any other program.
One of numerous five-star running backs Texas was pursuing, Milton unofficially visited the Forty Acres in February.
While that trip, of course, wasn’t enough to convince Milton to continue considering Texas, the Longhorns are still firmly in the mix with a pair of elite prospects.
The priority largely appears to be top-ranked nationally talent Zachary Evans out of Houston North Shore, who has been a mainstay on the Forty Acres throughout his recruitment. The other is five-star Tucson (Az.) Salpointe Catholic product Bijan Robinson, who’s scheduled to return this Austin, this time for an official visit, in the coming weeks. The Longhorns are also still pursuing five-star Oklahoma pledge and Aledo native, Jase McClellan.