A big stint for the 2021 Texas football recruiting class on the trail in the last few weeks did see one target get away to the Oklahoma Sooners on July 4.
A target that was on the radar of the 2021 Texas football recruiting class for a long time, but that didn’t pan out in the end for them, was four-star LBJ 6-foot-1 and 175 pound cornerback Latrell McCutchin. But head coach Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma Sooners landed McCutchin over offers from a ton of schools all over the country.
The last few weeks were really big for the defensive backfield of the Longhorns on the recruiting trail. They landed commitments from four-star Kennedale safety JD Coffey III and four-star Kimball cornerback Ishmael Ibraheem back in mid-June. And Texas picked up a commitment from four-star John Muir cornerback and California native Jamier Johnson on July 3.
The 2021 Longhorns class is now deeper than anticipated by this point of the 2020 offseason in the secondary. Getting three blue chip defensive back commits in this short of span of time is big for head coach Tom Herman and recently hired defensive coordinator Chris Ash.
But not all the fortunes were on top for the Longhorns amid the Big 12 landscape in the last couple of weeks. The rival Oklahoma Sooners started the offseason slow on the recruiting trail, but they are really starting to pick up some steam of late. They are projected to land the commitment of elite five-star dual-threat quarterback Caleb Williams, who has his announcement coming on the evening of July 4.
And nabbing the pledge of McCutchin hands Oklahoma their first four-star defensive back commit in the 2021 class. McCutcin picked the Sooners over offers from 29 other schools. The highlights of the rest of his offer sheet included the Tennessee Volunteers, Texas A&M Aggies, USC Trojans, Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Penn State Nittany Lions.
McCutchin ranks as the nation’s No. 124 2021 high school prospect, No. 11 cornerback, and No. 21 prospect out of Texas (247Sports Composite). This Austin, TX, native was a bad one for the likes of the Longhorns and Aggies to let out of their backyard to the rival Sooners.
According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2021 Oklahoma recruiting class ranks at No. 21 in the nation and is now up to the third spot in the Big 12. Texas is still in the top 10 in the national class rankings after landing the commitment from Johnson on Friday afternoon.
The commitment of McCutchin brings the 2021 Oklahoma class up to 10 prospects in the mix. If they land the pledge of the ultra-talented quarterback Williams then Oklahoma will be a threat to continue to push the Longhorns for the top spot in the 2021 Big 12 class rankings.