One of the few prospects that the Horns have yet to focus too far in on is four-star power forward and Florida native Omar Payne. Texas could have a tough time in reeling in top notch prospects from both coasts in the same cycle, but this is something that the program can handle given the vast resources of the Horns and the potential of Payne.
As the most similar prospect to McDaniels on this list, Payne would be great in providing depth. However, Payne is also a somewhat different player than McDaniels since he can have more of a presence in the paint on defense.
On both sides of the court, Payne will be better deep in the paint than McDaniels which could keep opponents on their toes. It’s the perfect combination for the Horns to bring in since the Big 12 is also always going to be good in the paint at the top. Payne is the type of player that can help a team make a deeper run into the NCAA Tournament.
Payne holds 18 offers altogether, so he’s one of the more heavily pursued prospects so far. He’s in the middle of ACC and SEC territory which presents another hurdle for the Horns in his recruitment. Texas should be a favorite to reel him in along with the Florida Gators, Clemson Tigers, Florida State Seminoles, and Louisville Cardinals.