Texas Football: Ex-UM commit Xavier Worthy officially gets LOI release

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A huge retroactive addition arrived for new head coach Steve Sarkisian and his 2021 Texas football recruiting class last month. Texas was able to flip the commitment of the ultra-highly touted former Michigan Wolverines four-star wide receiver pledge and Central East product Xavier Worthy. To try and bolster the wide receiver position in the 2021 class, Texas struck gold with Worthy.

It was perfect timing for Sark and the Longhorns to see Worthy come available. Two of his other top schools before flipping his commitment last month were Texas and the Alabama Crimson Tide. While landing Worthy’s commitment was by no means a slam dunk, the Longhorns definitely came about him at the right time.

This is also the second straight offseason in which the Longhorns were able to draw some type of wide receiver talent from head coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. Last offseason, former head coach Tom Herman and the Longhorns nabbed former Michigan blue chip wide receiver recruit and graduate transfer Tarik Black out of the portal.

Landing a commitment from Worthy can obviously have more of a long-term impact that Black, since they’re getting the speedster straight out of high school. And since Worthy and four-star Monarch product Jaden Alexis are the only blue chip wide receivers in the 2021 class, getting this duo is big.

Texas football officially gets Xavier Worthy’s confirmation on LOI release

According to a report from Horns247 on May 12, Worthy confirmed that he received a release from his signed National Letter of Intent with Michigan. This comes less than one month after Worthy officially flipped his commitment to Texas.

Sark and the Longhorns now boast a receiving corps chocked full of young and potent talent. Worthy and Alexis will now join a group of wideouts that includes redshirt freshman Troy Omeire, junior Jake Smith, redshirt sophomore Jordan Whittington, and redshirt junior Joshua Moore.

Texas should get Worthy on campus by the beginning of summer workouts, and then he can work further into the receiving corps by the start of fall camp. Sark and the Longhorns wrapped up spring ball back on April 24, and summer workouts begin on the Forty Acres in just a few weeks.

Texas, Michigan, and Alabama were three of more than 20 schools on Worthy’s offer sheet. Some of the other notable schools on his offer sheet were the Auburn Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Oregon Ducks, Penn State Nittany Lions, Tennessee Volunteers, Texas A&M Aggies, USC Trojans, and Washington Huskies.

Moreover, he ranked as the nation’s No. 61 2021 high school prospect, No. 8 wide receiver, and No. 4 prospect out of California (247Sports Composite). And the Top247 ranks him as the nation’s No. 99 high school prospect, No. 13 wide receiver, and No. 8 prospect out of California.

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According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2021 Texas recruiting class ranks at No. 15 in the nation and in the second spot in the Big 12 behind the Oklahoma Sooners. They now hold 22 commits in their 2021 class, with the highest-rated being the elite five-star Denton-Ryan athlete Ja’Tavion Sanders.