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3-star CB Joshua Eaton includes Texas in top group

The Houston Aldine MacArthur star visited Austin on numerous occasions this offseason.

SB Nation: Joe Hamilton

After seeing his recruiting stock soar throughout the spring, Houston Aldine MacArthur cornerback Joshua Eaton has trimmed his list of 29 scholarship offers to a top 12 list.

Unsurprisingly, the Texas Longhorns survived the cut, alongside Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Oregon, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, TCU, and Arkansas.

Texas’ inclusion in Eaton’s top group comes after the three-star talent made a trio of trips to the Forty Acres throughout the spring. The first of which took place for Texas’ Junior Day, which is when the Longhorns offered the the No. 32-ranked cornerback in the country, per the 247Sports Composite. Eaton then returned to Austin on Feb. 24 for his second visit in as many weeks.

“They had a big season last year. They went 10-4, 7-2 in the Big 12, and they beat Georgia. They surprised everybody with that,” Eaton previously told BON. “They have the players to do anything.”

“This upcoming season, I want to see Tom Herman do the same thing he did this past season,” he added. “They have a dog at corner stepping up, Anthony Cook, that’s who I look up to.”

Most recently, Eaton was back on campus a bit more than a month ago for the Orange-White spring game, which marked his second major visit in as many days, as the 6’2, 175-pound prospect traveled to College Station for an April 12 visit.

Beyond the unofficial trips, though, Eaton is aiming to utilize each of his official visits before making a decision, and the Longhorns will quite likely receive one of those visits, as Texas has made him a priority early on. The Horns hold his only Crystal Ball pick to date.

If you take a look at Eaton and analyze the type of player he is, you’ll see someone that embodies what Herman and his staff want at that cornerback position. Listed at 6’2, 175 pounds, Eaton is a long, rangy kid with tremendous speed and has receiver-like ball skills. His big-play ability on the defensive side of the ball makes him a high commodity at the moment and could potentially take him to even greater heights as a gridiron standout.

Beyond his sheer skill set, though, Eaton is most proud of his intangibles.

“I bring leadership, athleticism, and a dog mentality,” said Eaton, who’s currently considered to be the No. 485 prospect nationally and the No. 67 recruit in the state.