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4-star Washington RB Sam Adams II excludes Longhorns from top list

The Longhorns will have to continue looking elsewhere in pursuit of their first running back pledge.

247Sports: Brandon Huffman

Tuesday saw the Texas Longhorns fall out of the mix for not just one, but two elite running back prospects.

Just hours after top-ranked prospect Zachary Evans left the Longhorns off of his top list, coveted Sammamish (Wa.) Eastside Catholic running back Sam Adams II did the same, excluding Texas from his top six. Washington, Florida, Alabama, Ohio State, Texas A&M, and Penn State are now the only teams still standing with the nation’s No. 16-ranked running back, per the 247Sports Composite.

“I am coming to see [Texas] 100%,” Adams told BON after adding his offer in late October. “I know that it’s a great place for football and education. Very big time football school with a great coaching staff. I have never been out there but I would love to soon to see what it’s all about.”

However, that trip never came to fruition. Nevertheless, a top-175 talent nationally, Adams included Texas in his initial top list in early April, but without welcoming him for a visit, the Longhorns, along with programs such as USC, Michigan, Oregon, Georgia, and Oklahoma, only made it as far as the four-star prospect’s top-15.

Despite being a Texas A&M legacy, as his father Sam Adams is a former Aggie who’s efforts ultimately led him to the NFL, Adams is currently projected to remain close to home and side with Washington.

With Texas now out of the mix with Adams, the Longhorns current running back big board is running slim on options, but a few major names remain. Five-star Tucson (Az.) Salpointe Catholic product Bijan Robinson is now arguably the priority at the position, and he’s set to officially visit Austin in the coming weeks. The Longhorns are still pursuing five-star Oklahoma pledge and Aledo star Jase McLellan, and Texas is now actively involved with three-star TCU commit Dominic Richardson, as well.