Good news finally dropped for the 2020 Texas football recruiting class on Nov. 5 with the commitment of 3-Star WR Dajon Harrison.
The 2020 Texas football recruiting class was able to expand its horizons after a rough stretch in terms of quantity of decommitments within the past six weeks. On Nov. 5, head Texas football coach Tom Herman and wide receiver coach Drew Mehringer were able to add a solid underrated piece to the 2020 recruiting class on the offensive side of the ball.
Herman has to be happy about stopping the bleeding for his 2020 class and finally get a nice addition to the mix. Harrison is a solid three-star commit, but he is barely rated amid the top 1,000 2020 high school prospects in the nation. The 5-foot-10 and 170 pound fleet-of-foot wide receiver has great hands and a ton of agility.
The way Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck value versatility and the dynamic ability to make plays from almost anywhere off the line of scrimmage makes for a nice fit with Harrison. His elusiveness with the ball in his hands combined with a reliable route running ability and good hands makes for what could be a very promising career on the Forty Acres.
Before he announced his commitment to play for the Longhorns, Harrison held 14 schools total on his offer sheet. A lot of the schools on his offer sheet also came out of the Big 12. Other significant offers he held came from the Kansas State Wildcats, TCU Horned Frogs, Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, Houston Cougars, Iowa State Cyclones, and the Boston College Eagles.
But since Texas was about the only blue blood football program on his list of offering schools, Harrison was won over in the end. The Texas coaching staff did invest a lot into him it seems down the stretch before he committed to this school. He was originally committed to head coach Gary Patterson and TCU before he decommitted back in spring.
Kansas State also seemed to be a program that was heavy in the mix to land him, with strong efforts on the recruiting trail from first-year head coach Chris Klieman. Working on rounding out his strength and understanding of concepts in Herman and Beck’s offensive scheme could be a short process before Harrison is truly ready to make an impact with the Longhorns.
Somehow, Mehringer and Herman were able to pry Harrison’s commitment away from the Horned Frogs. That did seem like a natural fit for him since the TCU offense tends to recruit these athletic smaller skill position players that can standout quickly in the Big 12 with the pace that these offenses play at.
For the time being, Texas can be proud of snagging a nice underrated addition to the 2020 recruiting class. Harrison could be a big time talent for the Longhorns that could fill a role very different from that of a commit like four-star wideout Quentin Johnston.
Despite more than three recent decommitments from the 2020 recruiting class, this group still ranks among the top 10 in the nation (specifically at No. 6) and in the top spot in the Big 12. Adding two or three more key pieces to this class could give Herman a nice haul before the Early Signing Period arrives.