Recruiting Quick Hit: Receivers

How has Texas done with its receiver recruiting this year? Read more below.

Roster shape

If there's one position that the Longhorns have recruited well at, it's wide receiver. Texas currently has 11 wide receivers on scholarship, and just one — Malcolm Williams — is a senior. Further, seven of the 11 are sophomores or younger this year. Texas is especially loaded on the outside, where sophomores Mike Davis and Darius White team with up-and-coming redshirt freshman John Harris for a potent trio. Fellow outside wideout Miles Onyegbule boasts outstanding size-speed potential and flypaper hands. That group could get even better with increased development from Greg Timmons. The Longhorns' slot types are a bit older, with juniors Marquise Goodwin and Desean Hales in the mix, though redshirt freshman Chris Jones and true freshmen Jaxon Shipley are expected to be outstanding. Texas has a whopping eight scholarship tight ends, and while two are seniors, at least one of those seniors, Blaine Irby, can apply for an extra year after this one. The Longhorns are loaded with blocking types and receiving types, but don't necessarily have anybody who's a perfect blend.

Positional needs

With all those bodies, and so many young players at the position, Texas needs just two to three players in the class. Ideally, at least one would be an outside receiver, to make up for the loss of Williams, while a slot receiver or two would help provide depth with coming graduations a year later. Texas doesn't have a need for any tight ends, unless it were a situation where a do-it-all type was available. But even if one were sitting there, the Longhorns would be well-served to address other needs in a somewhat smaller class.


Texas offered each of the top three wide receivers in-state in Cayleb Jones, Dominique Wheeler and Thomas Johnson, all of whom rank in the top-10 nationally at the position. Texas then cherry-picked the first two to commit, including Jones, the top wide receiver in the state and the No. 3 wide receiver according to, and Johnson, the No. 10 receiver nationally. Jones is the outside receiver the Longhorns needed, a long 6-foot-3 athlete who excels at jump balls and making plays over the middle. Johnson is an explosive slot type who, at 6-foot 175 pounds, offers the versatility to play defensive back if needed. The Longhorns might not be finished at the position either, with Texas fighting to get in with Springfield, Mo., wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, the top receiver in the country. Green-Beckham is a swing-for-the-fences type recruit, the kind of player you make room for even when your scholarships are used up. He'll be a tough pull for Texas, as he's been offered by pretty much the entire country. Texas didn't put any offers out to tight ends in this year's class, though defensive end commitment Hassan Ridgeway also serves as one of the state's top tight ends, and could play there in a pinch.

Grade: A

It's difficult to give Texas anything other than an A when they pull in two of the country's top-10 wideouts, picking from the Lone Star State's best while also filling needs. Jones is the big receiver the Longhorns need, while Johnson could even be underrated at his current spot because he saw limited time a year ago. Even so, he averaged 18 yards a catch, showing off his dangerous ability. If Texas somehow lands Green-Beckham, he would serve as the top wide receiver recruit in the Mack Brown era, and that includes Roy Williams. That would, of course, bump the grade to an A-plus.

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