The 2021 Texas football recruiting class made it in the top 10 finalist list for key 4-Star Katy cornerback Hunter Washington on March 23.
The finalist list of schools for a key four-star cornerback recruit of the 2021 Texas football recruiting class, Katy product Hunter Washington, brought about some much needed good news in a difficult time. Washington included Texas among his list of top 10 finalist schools, which he dropped on his Twitter timeline on March 23.
As one of the top cornerback targets for the Texas Longhorns football program throughout the 2021 recruiting cycle thus far, keeping the possibility of a commitment from Washington alive is big. Texas could use more cornerback depth in their 2021 recruiting class than they did in 2020. The lone true cornerback signee in the 2020 recruiting class for the Longhorns was four-star John Tyler product Kitan Crawford.
Moreover, the other nine schools that made this latest round of finalist cuts for Washington mostly came out of the Big 12, SEC, and ACC. The other nine schools that were included on this finalist list included the Oklahoma Sooners, TCU Horned Frogs, Florida State Seminoles, LSU Tigers, Ole Miss Rebels, Arkansas Razorbacks, Virginia Tech Hokies, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Arizona State Sun Devils.
There’s no 247Sports Crystal Ball expert Predictions in yet for Washington. But the Rivals FutureCast had LSU as the far and away favorite at this point to land the commitment of Washington.
Ranking as the nation’s No. 197 2021 high school prospect and the No. 15 cornerback, the Katy, TX, native Washington is a pretty highly touted commoditiy at the moment. Washington held more than two dozen offers before this latest round of finalist cuts. The most significant of the cuts for this round included the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators, Penn State Nittany Lions, Tennessee Volunteers, Texas A&M Aggies, and USC Trojans.
There will be a key recruiting battle that ensues between recently hired Texas cornerbacks coach Jay Valai and Oklahoma defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, who are the two coaches going after him for each respective program. Valai seems to be making good progress with his position group on the recruiting trail thus far, but he has yet to land an actual cornerback commitment to date.
The last visits that Washington took were both unofficials. His first was with Oklahoma on March 1, and his next came on March 7 with Arkansas. Those were his first out of the mandatory dead period last month, but last before the hiatus in visits due to the spread of novel coronavirus.
Texas could continue to get a handful of finalist cuts in the near future since there’s not much else going on in the football recruiting news at the moment. For the time being, keeping the interests of Washington around is big for the Longhorns.