A big addition to the 2021 Texas football recruiting class could be coming later today in the form of 3-Star Colorado native tight end Gunnar Helm.
A new emerging target for the 2021 Texas football recruiting class appears to be set to announce his commitment decision on July 27. Three-star Cherry Creek tight end Gunnar Helm was trending to land with the Longhorns recently, and he recently announced on his Twitter timeline that his commitment decision is coming on Monday afternoon.
Since the Longhorns had so much trouble with retention of commits at the tight end position, getting ahold of Helm would be huge. Texas already lost commitments from three-star tight ends Lake McRee and Landen King in the last six months alone. McRee wound up flipping to the USC Trojans and King to the Auburn Tigers.
The 6-foot-5 and 220 pound Colorado native recently visited Austin unofficially on his own with family. He’s also had an unofficial visit with the Ohio State Buckeyes in the last six weeks. He’s starting to pick up a lot of steam on the recruiting trail of late, but it’s a good sign that he’s announcing right after his visit to Austin.
Helm ranks as the nation’s No. 568 2021 high school prospect, No. 27 tight end, and No. 6 prospect out of Colorado (247Sports Composite). He holds a similar prospect ranking to that of McRee and King, so the Longhorns would do good getting him in the mix.
Moreover, Helm holds offers from nearly 30 schools as of the morning of July 27. The highlighting schools on his offer sheet includes the Georgia Bulldogs, Iowa Hawkeyes, Wisconsin Badgers, Alabama Crimson Tide, LSU Tigers, Michigan Wolvineres, and Nebraska Cornhuskers, among others. But he’s likely to be deciding between the likes of Auburn, Iowa, Georgia, Texas, and Wisconsin, for his final commitment decision.
According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2021 Texas recruiting class currently ranks at No. 12 in the nation and remains barely ahead of the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12. But Oklahoma is closing in on them pretty fast at the top spot in the Big 12.