Ex-Texas football WR pledge Jonah Wilson commits to Houston

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Some notable news came about on the recruiting trail for Texas football this week. A former Texas commit in the 2023 recruiting class wound up pledging elsewhere on the morning of Oct. 20.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian and new wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion saw the fast-rising and highly touted four-star Spring Dekaney wide receiver Jonah Wilson commit to the Houston Cougars via an announcement on social media this week.

Wilson specifically announced his commitment to Houston via a post on his Twitter timeline early in the morning of Oct. 20.

The commitment of Wilson to Houston this week comes roughly three weeks after he originally re-opened his recruitment, which came back on Oct. 1 before the matchup for Texas against the West Virginia Mountaineers. We saw Wilson wearing Houston gloves at Dekaney High School prior to his Oct. 1 de-commitment from Texas.


Former Texas football commit and 4-Star WR Jonah Wilson pledges to Houston

That turned out to have something behind it with Houston essentially flipping the commitment of Wilson with the turn time coming in the span of just a few weeks.

It sounds like Wilson wanted the opportunity to make an early impact and get some immediate reps on offense with the team he signed with for this recruiting cycle. And that’s likely what he can get with head coach Dana Holgorsen and Houston in the American Athletic Conference.

According to a report from CJ Vogel of TFB Texas on Oct. 20 (donor content), Wilson liked what he saw from his hometown program (Houston) and likely bought into the recruiting pitch of early playing time with the Cougars.

If Wilson saw his situation with Texas as one where he might have to wait a few years before getting his shot to make a real impact on this offense, this all makes some sense.

What is a bit confusing, though, is the timing of this move for Wilson. His recruitment was really starting to take off in the last couple of months with his electric start to his senior season at Dekaney. He holds multiple Power Five offers but didn’t really take any visits to those schools since re-opening his recruitment early this month.

The fact of the matter, though, is that Texas likely has another wide receiver target in the 2023 class off the board with just a couple of months remaining before signing day. Some names to watch at this point are the four-star Louisville Cardinals commit and St. John Bosco product DeAndre Moore Jr., and four-star LSU Tigers commit/Lovejoy product Kyle Parker.

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Texas currently holds commitments from 21 recruits in the 2023 class following the de-commitment of Wilson on Oct. 1. The remaining two wide receiver commits in the Longhorns 2023 class are the elite five-star DeSoto product Johntay Cook and four-star Aldine Eisenhower wide receiver Ryan Niblett.