Despite a very successful 2018 class, the one thing bothering many Texas fans was the Longhorns inability to pull in several targets were offered later in the recruiting cycle. Prospects like Craig Williams and DeShaun White received Texas offers later than they would have liked, and in the end it hurt Texas’ chances of landing both.
Fast forward to now, and it appears Tom Herman and co. are making sure they are not caught in a similar situation. The plan is for Texas to only take 2 or 3 cornerbacks, so the coaching staff needed to make sure they established their targets early and made them feel like a priority. With a commitment from Kenyatta Watson, it appears there may only be 1 or 2 spots remaining. Spring Dekaney‘s Marcus Banks took several unofficial visits to Texas over the past few months, but committed to LSU several days ago. Not wanting to be caught flat footed, Texas maintained a strong relationship with Alvin’s Marques Caldwell, who was committed to Oregon. On May 18, the Longhorns decided to extend an offer to Caldwell. Ultimately, the 3-star prospect chose to stay in-state and flip his commitment to Texas, giving Jason Washington another talented cornerback in the 2019 class.
Caldwell is currently ranked as the 6th best cornerback in the country and the 637th player overall, according the 247sports composite rankings. In addition to Texas and Oregon, Caldwell also held offers from TCU, Missouri, Texas Tech and Ole Miss.