Texas Basketball: 2021 class trending up after flipping 4-Star TTU signee

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A few weeks of bad news for the 2021 Texas basketball recruiting class was spurned a bit by getting a key pickup this week. Texas and newly hired head coach Chris Beard got a flip from a former Texas Tech Red Raiders commit/signee and four-star John Paul II small forward Jaylon Tyson. This Plano, TX, native was committed and signed with the Red Raiders since the Early Signing Period back in November 2020.

Beard got to bring this key commit/signee with him from Lubbock to add to the Longhorns 2021 class. Of late, the Longhorns didn’t have much positive news on the recruiting class. Beard and the Longhorns saw the likes of Brookfield Central four-star power forward David Joplin and four-star IMG Academy shooting guard Tamar Bates request releases from their LOI’s within the last two weeks.

It was only going to be a matter of time, though, before Beard and his newly constructed coaching staff (that is largely still in the process of coming together) got things turned around on the recruiting trail. Beard was a good recruiter and player developer at Texas Tech, and that should carry over with him to Texas.

The coaching staff around Beard is also a group of experienced assistants and proven recruiters like former Texas Tech assistant Ulric Maligi and former UTEP head coach Rodney Terry.


How Texas basketball landed Jaylon Tyson?

It is pretty simple, the impact that Beard and his Texas Tech coaching staff made on Tyson during his recruitment was enough to get him to follow to the Forty Acres. This just goes to show how impactful the hire of Beard to replace former sixth-year head coach Shaka Smart can be over the long haul.

Tyson announced on his Twitter timeline on the evening of April 8 that he would be taking his talents to join the Longhorns 2021 class. And he immediately becomes the highest-rated commit in the Longhorns 2021 class, ahead of two other commits/signees remaining in the mix.

What’s nice about flipping Tyson is that he is a higher-rated prospect than any of the other decommits from Texas, in Bates in Joplin. Tyson ranks as the nation’s No. 35 2021 high school prospect, No. 8 small forward, and No. 4 prospect out of Texas (247Sports Composite). And the Top247 ranks him as the nation’s No. 39 high school prospect, No. 9 small forward, and No. 4 prospect out of Texas.

Texas was not pursuing Tyson for too long now. But they are now one of more than 10 schools that sent him a scholarship offer. Some of the other notable schools in his offer sheet are the Houston Cougars, Oklahoma Sooners, SMU Mustangs, TCU Horned Frogs, Texas A&M Aggies, and Xavier Musketeers.

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According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2021 Texas recruiting class now ranks at No. 23 in the nation and in the third spot in the Big 12 behind the Baylor Bears and Kansas Jayhawks. Tyson now joins a class that also includes four-star Assumption combo guard Emarion Ellis and three-star Grace Christian Academy power forward Keeyan Itejere.