Open Post | Tuesday, May 5th

Commitment Analysis | 2020 DB Jahdae Barron
– D.T.

Texas seems to have a knack for adding guys late to recruiting classes and it’s only right that they kept the tradition going for 2020. Pflugerville Connally CB Jahdae Barron received his release from his Baylor NLI last week. He made the move to become a Longhorn official today. Barron adds some exciting young depth and talent to the Texas CB room.

What is Texas getting in Barron?

Ranking: 4-Star (247), 3-Star (Rivals), 3-Star (ESPN)

Offers: TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma St., Tennessee, Texas Tech, SMU, Virginia Tech, Mississippi St., Arizona, Houston 

Size: 5’11 175lbs 

Projected College Position: Cornerback

Player Comparison: Parrish Cobb (Oklahoma 2016)

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Analysis: Here’s what I wrote about Barron last week in Thirsty Thursday a day after the news dropped of his release:

“Similar to Kitan Crawford, Barron has an athletic build and has the athletic versatility to play both on the Outside as well in the Nickel covering Slot Wrs. He would be an extremely welcome addition for a Texas program that wanted more than one guy in 2020 and was looking out of state for the most part in 2021. 

Barron was a guy that I had rated in my personal Top-50 in-state players in the 2020 class when the final edition came out after signing day. He was considered a top-150 player nationally by at least one major recruiting service. He has legitimate track speed and would have likely been timed in the 10.8 range this spring during track season.

Frankly, I thought he was a big misevaluation by the Texas staff, especially considering that he grew up about 20 minutes away from campus and is (was?) a huge Texas fan. His addition would give Texas two of the top four Corners that were available from the 2020 in-state crop.”

Barron is a little bit longer than Kitan Crawford and probably profiles more on the Outside than he does Nickel. By securing Barron’s commitment, Texas will now be adding two 5’11 Cornerbacks with verified sub-11.0 100M dash speed and offensive backgrounds to their roster. Crawford and Barron were both priorities for Baylor and TCU, two programs who have a formula for identifying DBs that has been better than the Longhorns in recent years. 

Barron will have an opportunity to compete for immediate playing time on Special Teams and will challenge guys like Kobe Boyce, Kenyatta Watson, and Marques Caldwell for snaps behind Texas’ projected top three Corners this season. Barron could have a chance to compete for a starting role as early as 2021.


Virtual Visits Starting This Week | Kelvin Gilliam
– Super K

It looks as though the Longhorns are set to begin their virtual tours this week.

This past weekend, I spoke with 4-star 2021 DL, Kelvin Gilliam (Highland Springs, VA). As you know, the Horns recently offered Gilliam. Although it’s worth noting that they had been in contact with Gilliam for quite sometime before the offer.

Kelvin let me know that he plans do his Texas virtual tour, this upcoming Friday.

We’ll be checking on additional names. Expect most, if not all of them, to be out of state players who have yet to visit campus.

Weekend In Review & Moving Forward
– CJ Vogel

If you were on the board or Twitter at all over the weekend, you probably noticed commitments dropping like flies. Seemingly every hour resulted in a new post of a talented recruit announcing where they will be spending the next four years of their life playing football.

As we know, Texas had its fair share of luck, landing TE Landen King, CB Jahdae Barron, DE Jordon Thomas and transfer WR Tarik Black.

But on the flip-side, there were a number of guys Texas was recruiting that opted to go elsewhere. So, we’ll take a look at what the plan is next as a result of the busy weekend.

Texas targets that made decisions recently:

Atascocita TE Landen King – Texas
PA Memorial DE Jordon Thomas – Texas
Pflugerville Connally CB Jahdae Barron – Texas*
Dallas Skyline WR Quay Davis – USC
Frisco Independence TE Elijah Arroyo – Miami
South Oak Cliff OLB Jaydon Williams – Arizona State
Dallas Skyline S Isaiah Nwokobia – SMU
Off the jump, you can see how busy of a weekend it was. While Texas was successful in a number of recruitments, there were a few misses as well.

The recruitment of Skyline WR Quay Davis has been an interesting one to say the least. Davis committed to the Longhorns in June of 2019, but backed out in November and since had a rollercoaster stance on where Texas stood. There were reports that Davis was basically back in the class and just waiting a public commitment, yet things never got to that point and USC was able to swoop in.

With Davis off the board and Aledo WR JoJo Earle committed to LSU, Teddy Knox becomes the biggest prize remaining.

Frisco Independence TE Elijah Arroyo made a verbal pledge to Miami which didn’t come as much surprise. Arroyo visited Texas in February but the Longhorns had prioritized Landen King following the decommitment of Lake McRee at the position. With Juan Davis in the fold as well, this recruitment appears as shut as possible. Texas got their two guys at the position for 2021.

As for South Oak Cliff OLB Jaydon Williams. Texas was a tad late in this recruitment and it cost them. Williams’ recruitment was quiet over the past couple months as he was a late bloomer to the national recruiting stage. Arizona State offered in March and LB coach Antonio Pierce was quick to establish a strong relationship. I got word that almost two weeks ago that Williams was a silent member of ASU’s class despite the Longhorns’ push. At the end of the day, the preexisting relationship with ASU was too much to overcome.

Texas is still alright at the position with Clayton Smith and Terrence Cooks still available all while having Derrick Harris Jr. in the fold.

2021 Skyline S Isaiah Nwokobia decided to stay home with his decision and chose SMU. Super K has been all over this recruitment ever since meeting Nwokobia in February. The ties between Duncanville and SMU ended up winning in the grand scheme of things. Texas will now focus its efforts at the position on JD Coffey and Andrew Mukuba.