With yet another huge commitment for the 2019 class for Texas football coming at the beginning of May, the program is working its way back up the rankings.
It’s been a great start to the month for Texas football on the recruiting trail, which is one of the best ways to get through the “dead portion” of the off-season for the fans. With the commitment of athletic three-star tight end Brayden Liebrock on May 8, the Longhorns jumped back into the top 20 classes in the nation for the 2019 recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports composite rankings.
This commitment also jolts the Horns to the third best class in the Big 12, only behind the rival Oklahoma Sooners and TCU Horned Frogs. Texas is just a few rating points off TCU, but has a ways to go to catch up with the Sooners. Yet, there’s no doubting the ability of head football coach Tom Herman to get things going on the recruiting trail since he finished with the third best class in the nation for the 2018 class.
Texas still has some big time decisions from prospects in waiting. Five-star defensive back Derek Stingley Jr., four-star wide receiver Jake Smith, and five-star offensive tackle Tyler Johnson would all be huge pickups for the Horns in the coming months.
Keeping the momentum rolling for Herman and the Horns means continuing to pickup players like this and garnering legitimate interest from top tier recruits. That’s exactly what the coaching staff seems to be doing to start off the month of May.
In the 2019 class, Texas currently has six commitments overall. Four of those six commits are four-star prospects. Four-star wide receiver Jordan Whittington is the highest rated of the six at this moment. On the other side of the ball, four-star outside linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd is also a huge prospect for the Horns in this class.
A ton of time still remains for the Horns to get some big names committed in this class, before the Early Signing Period comes around near the end of the calendar year. If Texas brings in their first five-star commitment of this class, the ranking could work its way into the top 10.
Expecting Herman to get Texas to the same point he finished at on the recruiting trail last year might be unrealistic. Rounding things out in the top three every single year is something challenging even for head coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide to do. But, Herman does have the resources from this illustrious program to make things happen.
Over the past few weeks, the results haven’t disappointed. Liebrock is an underrated commitment that could come in an make an impact in 2019. Herman could really use a tight end that presents a potential matchup nightmare like Liebrock. This could be the start of something huge in Austin.