Texas Football: 5 reasons for optimism in 2019 offseason

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Texas Football Recruiting
AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns jogs to the locker room before the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

5. Late additions in the recruiting cycle

Not all of the late additions to the 2019 Texas football recruiting class were signed on scholarship. Two of the more noticeable incoming freshmen the Horns landed in the past week or so were committed as preferred walk-ons. That group includes the hometown three-star pro-style quarterback Sam Saxton and the brother of the Horns star quarterback, two-star linebacker Jake Ehlinger.

But, there’s still a few key targets of the 2019 Texas football recruiting class set to decide before National Signing Day on Feb. 6. There’s also a few offerees from the 2020 Texas football recruiting class that are set to decide soon for their commitment announcement. That will be a vital recruiting cycle for Herman to continue the rebuild of the Horns.

The latest big impact signee of this recruiting class for the Horns was four-star Dulles offensive tackle Isaiah Hookfin, who committed on the final day of the Early Signing Period. Texas is also hoping to get signed the National Letter of Intent of four-star North Shore High School Houston, TX, offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd very soon.

There’s a lot of excitement building for what this 2019 Texas football recruiting class can be. Adding another lineman or running back would definitely help in the latter weeks of this recruiting cycle. But, that can surely still happen and the Horns are also in the running for a talented JUCO prospect, the top inside linebacker in the nation from those ranks, with four-star Lakia Henry.