The hits keep coming for Texas and Tom Herman.
After a disappointing close to the 2017 class for the Longhorns, which included signing just one top-20 ranked prospect from in-state, Herman and staff are quickly working towards a top-10 class in 2018.
Less than three weeks after Texas fired a shot on the recruiting trail, flipping ESPN 300 quarterback Cameron Rising from arch-rival Oklahoma, the Longhorns secured another huge flip on Sunday night when ESPN 300 safety Caden Sterns flipped from LSU.
Landing Sterns is exactly what Herman and staff needed with LSU having become one of the most successful cherry pickers of Lone Star State talent in recent classes. The Longhorns must consistently win battles against Texas A&M, LSU and Oklahoma for the state’s top talent to reestablish some recruiting power. So far, the 2018 head-to-head wins are mounting, beating LSU for Sterns, and Oklahoma for Rising, ESPN 300 Reese Moore and upside outside linebacker Byron Hobbs.
The Longhorns’ early wins over the Sooners also include ESPN 300 defensive end Ron Tatum III, out of Oklahoma, which will add even more life to future Red River Rivalry games along with Rising’s flip.
Prior to Sterns flip, the Longhorns were sitting at No. 17 in the ESPN class rankings. With the momentum building, Texas has become a good bet to sign a top-10 class come February with 14-16 spots still left to fill. Texas remains in the hunt for more than a dozen ESPN 300 prospects, including top in-state prospects No. 35 Anthony Cook, No. 36 B.J. Foster, No. 49 Keondre Coburn, No. 53 Brennan Eagles, No. 63 Jaylen Waddle, No. 66 DeMarvion Overshown and No. 105 Al’vonte Woodard among others.
The Longhorns are considered heavy favorites for Foster, Overshown and Woodard.