The Texas Longhorns’ 2020 defensive back class may be complete as early as Friday.
After picking up a trip of pledges throughout the first three weeks of the month in the form of Winter Park (Fla.) product Ethan Pouncey, Lufkin’s Jerrin Thompson, and Pearland Shadow Creek’s Xavion Alford, the Longhorns may be in in line to land their fourth four-star defensive back this month and fifth overall, as Houston Aldine MacArthur cornerback Joshua Eaton will announce his decision on Friday.
Eaton is expected to choose between Texas and Texas A&M, though Oklahoma, Alabama, and Florida are each options, as well.
Considered a heavy Texas A&M lean not too long ago, Eaton originally aimed to announced his decision on Aug. 6, and had he stuck to that timeline, the Aggies were expected to earn his commitment. However, prior to that point, Eaton made a late July trip to the Forty Acres — his fifth of the offseason — and shortly thereafter, delayed his decision.
The following week, Crystal Ball picks began to flood indicating a surprising change in momentum from the Aggies to the Longhorns, and now, each of his 11 picks have been placed in favor of Texas. If Eaton does side with the Horns, as is now the overwhelming expectation, he’ll join each of the aforementioned talents as recent defensive back pledges, as well as Tyler John Tyler’s Kitan Crawford, which would likely complete Texas’ recruiting efforts in the secondary this cycle.
The 6’2, 175-pound Eaton is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 335 player overall and as the No. 28 cornerback, per the 247Sports Composite.