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A look at 5 Texas 2021 Targets

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Texas Football has been one of the best-recruiting programs in the country as of late. Tom Herman has done an exceptional job at pulling in some of the top talent in Texas and beyond in recent years. Since his arrival at Texas, Herman has recruited top-10 classes year after year.

In 2018, five-star safeties Caden Sterns and B.J. Foster highlighted the number three class in the nation. 2019, saw two more five-star athletes in Bru McCoy and Jordan Whittington committing to secure the number three spot yet again in the 247Sports team rankings. Texas’ most recent class, 2020, saw just one five-star, in Arizona running back Bijan Robinson. Despite the lone five-star, the class a whole ranks at number eight nationally. The class of 2021, which currently stands at 14 commits, is currently ranked as the 10th best class in the nation. Another pair of elite athletes highlight this class as teammates Ja’ Tavion Sanders and Billy Bowman Jr. are paving the way for the class of 2021.

Recently, Herman and company have been on a roll, landing commitments from some of the best secondary players in the nation. Four-star cornerback Ishmael Ibraheem, four-star safety JD Coffey, and four-star cornerback Jamier Johnson are the latest to commit to the Longhorns.

Listed below are five targets that Texas is in good position with currently.  Landing one or more of these playmakers would really bolster the class and solidify a remarkable player continuum for Texas Football.

Jaden Alexis, Wide Receiver, Monarch – Jaden Alexis is a 5’11 175-pound wide receiver from Monarch High School in Pompano Beach, Florida. Via 247Sports he has two crystal balls, both in favor of Texas landing him. Via the 247Sports Composite, he’s a three-star wide receiver. He’s ranked as the 62nd best wide receiver in the 2021 class and the 60th ranked overall player in Florida.

Texas’ 2021 class currently sits at just one wide receiver with three-star Louisiana wide receiver, Casey Cain. Juan Davis is also expected to play as a tight end. Ja’ Tavion Sanders and Billy Bowman Jr. from Denton Ryan also have experience playing wide receiver.

Alexis along with Cain, could provide a true wide receiver threat for the Longhorns. Alexis might be one of the fastest players in the 2021 class. He’s been timed running a 4.41 forty-yard dash. In track, he’s posted times of 10.75 100-meter dash and 22.27 200-meter dash.

As a junior for Monarch, he played both sides of the ball on the 6-4 Knights. As a wide receiver, he caught 49 passes for 894 yards and eight touchdowns. Securing Alexis as a Longhorn would really bolster the deep-threat game as well as special teams play. Watch out for Alexis.

Terrence Cooks, Linebacker, Shadow Creek – State champion linebacker, Terrence Cooks was apart of the dominant 16-0 Shadow Creek squad that took the 5A D1 crown over Denton Ryan.

Cooks currently has four crystal ball predictions, all in Texas’ favor. He’s a three-star linebacker via the 247Sports Composite. He’s viewed as the 26th best outside linebacker in those rankings and overall the 59th best prospect in the state of Texas.

He recently announced a top-12 via his twitter that included Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, and Washington. It’s safe to say a lot of programs are fighting for Cooks’ services.

Cooks has had an exceptional career with the Sharks. After playing his freshman year at Houston Christian and his sophomore year at Fulshear he finally landed with Shadow Creek in 2019 and had a breakout year. He was named to the district 10-5A D1 second-team. He compiled 72 tackles, two for a loss, and three forced fumbles. Cooks would bolster Texas’ secondary as he would join four-star outside linebacker Morice Blackwell in the Longhorns 2021 class.

Devin Lemear, Safety, Manor – Texas’ 2021 class consists of a pair of cornerbacks in Ibraheem and Johnson and one safety in Coffey.  One other safety that could be making his way to The 40 Acres is Manor’s Devin Lemear.

Lemear via the 247Sports Composite is a three-star prospect. He’s ranked as the 155th best player overall in the state of Texas and the 76th ranked safety for his class. Lemear has three crystal balls, two of which are in Texas’s favor with the other leaning towards Baylor.

The 6’0 170-pound safety has received 20 offers to date. Some of which, are from major power-five programs like Texas, Baylor, Mississippi State, Utah, and Missouri among others. Back in January Lemear received an offer from TCU. Two days later he committed to the Horned Frogs. Back in April, in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Lemear re-opened his recruitment. Since then, 13 schools have offered scholarships to him.

The star safety helped Manor reach an 8-6 record as a junior, making it to the quarterfinals of the 5A D1 playoffs where they fell to Terrence Cooks and Shadow Creek. Lemear in the process accumulated 59 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

Lemear would unquestionably put a stamp on Texas’s secondary unit.

Andrew Mukuba, Safety, LBJ – Another Safety prospect that Texas has their eyes on is Andrew Mukuba. Mukuba is a 6’0 185-pound safety from the Austin based LBJ High School.

Mukuba via the 247Sports Composite is a four-star safety. He’s seen as the 12th best safety in the 2021 class and overall the 40th ranked player in the state of Texas for 2021. Mukuba currently has seven crystal balls. Five are for Texas, one is for Oklahoma and another is for Clemson.

Mukuba did it all on both sides of the ball for the 8-3 LBJ Jaguars last season. On defense, he recorded 26 tackles, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery. He was a part of a defense that gave up just eight and a half points per game including five shutouts. On offense, Mukuba caught 33 passes for 641 yards and 10 touchdowns. On offense LBJ scored on average more than 36 points per game.

Despite this, LBJ was stunned in the 5A D1 playoffs in the first round at home, by a score of 6-3 against Georgetown. Mukuba is a do-it-all type of guy who could do anything for Texas.

Albert Regis, Defensive Tackle, La Porte – Finally, we have one of the most interesting prospects in all of Texas in La Porte’s Albert Regis. A true swiss army knife on the football field.

The 300-pound defensive tackle is a 6’1 monster who is a four-star prospect via 247Sports. He’s viewed as the 15th best defensive tackle in the class of 2021 and overall the 35th best player in the state of Texas.

Regis was originally committed to Minnesota, but near the end of May re-opened his recruitment. Since then, he’s received offers from Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Texas. There are currently six crystal ball predictions in with four of them being for Texas.

Regis literally does it all for La Porte. Like Mukuba and others, he plays both sides of the ball and does it well. He has some of the most impressive tape out there. On defense, he can stuff the run and get to the quarterback with ease. On offense, he can play either tight end or wide receiver. As a junior last year, he was named to the first-team all-district team as a tight end.

Regis projects to be a defensive tackle once in college. He would join Ja’Tavion Sanders, Derrick Harris Jr., and Jordan Thomas as 2021 defensive lineman.

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