The Texas Longhorns will have to continue searching for their second wide receiver pledge this cycle, and Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington product Javian Hester brought his recruitment to a close on Thursday with his commitment to the Missouri Tigers.
Joining Texas as top options down the stretch were programs including Georgia, Nebraska, Baylor, and Michigan.
Once again, Hester’s recruitment was one that altered down the stretch.
After putting an offer on the table in mid-February during Hester’s visit for Junior Day, Texas quickly emerged as the team to beat and prior to the previous week, maintained that momentum throughout the entire spring and summer. However, as Hester’s recruitment entered its final days, it was Missouri that made the final — and most meaningful move — thanks in large part to a key tie in the Tigers favor in that wide receivers coach Garrick McGee is a Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington alum.
“First off, my relationship with my position coach is real good and I definitely love his philosophy of how he gets his receivers better, what they do in practice and how it relates to the game,” Hester told Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt of his decision to commit to Missouri.
McGee, of course, got his guy with Hester now serving as the headliner and only four-star addition to Missouri’s 2020 class.
After missing on Hester, Texas’ 2020 receiver class remains a one-man band with Temple star Quentin Johnston, a top 70 national prospect, becoming the first to jump on board weeks ago. The Longhorns also remain a legitimate option for four-star Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra slot receiver LV Bunkley-Shelton.