The 2021 Texas football recruiting class does have a little bit of time to make up ground if they want to get another safety in the mix.
A sizable hit to the 2021 Texas football recruiting class arrived on Oct. 1, when they missed out on a commitment from hometown product and the 6-foot and 185 pound LBJ safety Andrew Mukuba. On the first day of October, the Austin, TX, native Mukuba picked to commit to head coach Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers over head coach Tom Herman and his 2021 Texas recruiting class.
Mukuba was maybe the most realistic shot that the Longhorns had to add an in-state blue chip defensive back commit to the 2021 class ahead of the Early Signing Period. But that’s what can happen when Texas doesn’t quite prioritize in-state prospects like Mukuba and a true power in the college football landscape like Clemson really does.
What Texas is missing out with Mukuba giving his commitment to Clemson is the nation’s No. 242 2021 high school prospect, No. 13 safety, and No. 43 prospect out of Texas (247Sports Composite). The Top247 slotted Mukuba as the nation’s No. 212 high school prospect, No. 14 safety, and No. 36 prospect out of Texas.
Texas does currently have 18 commits in their 2021 class. Of those 18 commits, three are defensive backs. And all of those defensive back commits are blue chip prospects. Two are corners, and one is a safety. The lone safety commit in the class is four-star Kennedale product J.D. Coffey III.
If the Longhorns do want to add at least one more defensive back commit, particularly that can play safety, to the 2021 class then where do they go from here?
Here’s a look into three 2021 defensive back targets that the Longhorns can pursue further to try and get in their recruiting class since they missed out on Mukuba.