Santana Wilson, CB
Texas signed the best defensive back class in the nation in 2024, adding six blue-chips from the high school level. Highlighted by the elite five-star McKinney (TX) safety and former Florida Gators commit Xavier Filsaime, Texas added a half-dozen DBs who are all capable of being starters in the secondary.
The depth and versatility of this defensive back class also sticks out among the multiple polished and potent playmakers in this group. Even the lowest rated of the defensive backs in this class are talented enough to be immediate impact players at over half of the Power Five programs in the nation.
The most underrated cornerback Texas signed in this class regarding the combination of length, physicality, and ball skills is the touted four-star Scottsdale (AZ) Desert Mountain product Santana Wilson. The son of former NFL DB Adrian Wilson was a great find by Terry Joseph and the Longhorns staff last offseason.
At 6-foot-1 and 180-pounds, Wilson possesses the ideal length and above-average straight-line speed to be a disruptive corner in one-on-one man coverage. He plays with a good level of physicality around the line of scrimmage in coverage and has the speed and acceleration to hang with most wide receivers at the next level one-on-one.
Wilson has good hips and is a quick-twitch athlete who explodes on the ball. He is very disruptive in coverage thanks to his ability to jump routes and make plays on the ball.
Wilson checks so many boxes you look for out of a high-level cover corner who can hold is own as a multi-year starter in the Power Five. He's one of the multiple corners who signed in this class for the Longhorns that are capable of making a long-term impact in the secondary in coverage.