Commitment Analysis: Landing No. 20

Texas landed a talented wide receiver prospect on Friday. How will he factor in?

Friday, Kendall Sanders concluded his recruitment by making the move many were wondering whether he'd ever make, selecting the Texas Longhorns as his future destination.

The decision wasn't his alone, as both Sanders and Texas seemed somewhat at odds from early on in the recruiting timetable. In fact, Sanders's commitment ends a lengthy process that at one point seemed as though the Longhorns wouldn't offer. Sanders wanted to play wide receiver, and the Longhorns felt that he was a better fit at cornerback. Both seemed iron-headed in their determination, and it appeared to be a relationship that just wouldn't work out.

But attrition at wide receiver, both this season and likely in the future, offered up a couple of extra spots at the position. And so Sanders — at one point a commitment to Oklahoma State — found himself with a Texas offer. Not at cornerback, but at his desired position. It was a match, as they say, in heaven.

From the Longhorns' standpoint, it was a no-brainer. Even if Sanders is a better prospect at defensive back, he's a good enough wide receiver prospect with his size and athleticism to be a definite take. If he works out at wide receiver, great. If he doesn't, there's always the chance of a position switch.

Just how good is Sanders as a cornerback prospect? At one point, he was rated among the top-10 cornerbacks in the country by, the top cornerback prospect in the state and a top-10 overall player in the state.

But that's certainly putting the cart before the horse. For now, Texas landed its 20th commitment, and another player at a need position that the Longhorns can develop along with Cayleb Jones and Thomas Johnson. Sanders is a big-time speed threat, the kind of player who can torch defensive backs on double moves, and that kind of presence will be more than welcome to a unit soon-to-be graduating Marquise Goodwin.

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