1. Does Texas crack the top 5 ranked 2019 classes in the nation?
The biggest recruiting news of the first day of bowl action came down when the elite five-star Thousand Oaks, CA, weak-side defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux announced his commitment to head coach Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks. As a result of his commitment to Oregon, the 2019 Texas football recruiting class was booted out of the top six in the nation.
According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the commitment of Thibodeaux to Oregon bumped down the Horns to the No. 7 ranked 2019 recruiting class in the nation. Oregon jumped both Texas and the Clemson Tigers to the No. 5 slot in the nation for the 2019 cycle. The other four teams that sit ahead of the Horns right now in the 2019 recruiting rankings are the LSU Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Texas A&M.
If nothing else, it would be nice to see the Horns jump Texas A&M. The issue with that is that the Aggies hold the No. 3 slot in the nation in the rankings. It would take a lot for the Horns to get past them in the recruiting rankings. Getting back above Oregon and Clemson shouldn’t be too difficult, though, as the Horns seem to have some big news on the recruiting trail just around the corner.
Landing someone like Cain, Sanders, or McCoy, could do enough to push the Horns to the brink of, or back into the top five classes in the nation. Last year, head coach Tom Herman was able to lock up the third best recruiting class in the nation. He could pull in the second straight top five class with a solid finish through the Early Signing Period.