AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s National Signing Day part two for the Texas Longhorns and college football programs across the country.
The Longhorns are closing out a smaller 2020 recruiting class with a couple toss-ups on Wednesday. The main focus is on the defensive line with two Central Texas prospects considering the Longhorns.
4 p.m. | Alfred Collins is officially a Longhorn signing with Texas Wednesday afternoon at Cedar Creek High School. The Central Texas product exploded on the scene during his senior season and was ranked as high as No. 62 in the country by 247 Sports.
Collins will provide a big boost for an already solid Texas defensive line class. Collins picked UT over Oklahoma and Alabama.
Even as a Longhorn legacy, his mom is a former UT basketball player, Collins said he decided to sign with Texas without parental influence, but it wasn’t a clear-cut decision. The massive defensive lineman didn’t ultimately make his choice until last week and each of his three finalists, at one point, led for his services.
Admittedly relieved that the process is over, Collins looked to be enjoying himself as Cedar Creek students and faculty celebrated his ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Collins shared his UT decision with his friends by popping a contraption that sprayed burnt-orange powder into the air.
Collins put on a UT hat while “Texas Fight” played behind a roar of applause in the moments after his announcement.
“It was a blessing to see everyone come together and celebrate a big moment…a big turning point in my life. I never thought I’d be in this position. This is my next chapter in life and it’s time to go to work,” Collins said.
The Longhorns have 19 players signed for the 2020 class and will likely explore the graduate transfer market to fill any voids from a smaller class.
2:55 p.m. |Cedar Creek defensive end Alfred Collins is on deck with a signing day ceremony scheduled for 3:50 p.m. at Cedar Creek High School.
Collins is a Longhorns legacy and has Texas in his top three with Oklahoma and Alabama.
2:20 p.m. | Princely Umanmielen surprised everyone picking Florida over Texas, Baylor and Auburn Wednesday afternoon.
Umanmielen was expected to stay inside the state before being wooed away by Gainesville and the Gators. The talented defensive end said Baylor was his leader before Matt Rhule left for the Carolina Panthers in the offseason.
Umanmielen also said Texas came back into the picture when the Longhorns hired new defensive coordinator Chris Ash and planned to move back to a 4-man defensive front. Ultimately, Baylor and Texas didn’t have enough to keep the prospect inside the state of Texas.
12:40 p.m. | Next up for Signing Day, Manor defensive lineman Princely Umanmielen will announce his commitment around 2 p.m. at Manor High School. This is one of the few Central Texas ceremonies with some drama surrounding it.
Umanmielen was previously committed to Texas, picking the Longhorns before the 2019. The team’s defensive performance seemed to rattle his confidence and he decided to de-commit from Texas in November.
The Longhorns are still in his top two, but Baylor appears to be the likely landing spot. Umanmielen has visited both campuses in the last week as he tries to make his college decision.
11:40 a.m. | Vandegrift linebacker Jax McCauley will get his shot at the hometown Texas Longhorns every year while playing for West Virginia.
McCauley committed to head coach Neal Brown and the Mountaineers two weeks ago. McCauley was a two-time All-State 6A linebacker for Vandegrift.
Also of note, Vipers quarterback Dru Dawson committed to University of Alabama Birmingham on Tuesday and signed with the Blazers on Wednesday morning.
UAB is getting a very talented quarterback that broke most of the passing records at Vandegrift. Dawson is the son of former Texas and NFL kicker, Phil Dawson.
Other signings: Tyler Mongauzy signed with Drake football. Harry Witt signed with Rice University. Ryan Arnold signed with Trinity University in San Antonio.
11:24 a.m. | Westlake defensive end Bobby Duncum is going to SMU. Duncum was part of seven Westlake athletes that participated in a signing day ceremony at the school.
Chaps offensive tackle Connor Halverson signed with Yale University on Wednesday.
9:10 a.m. | Texas’ first recruiting battle of the day didn’t favor the Longhorns. Duncanville High School cornerback Ennis Rakestraw picked Missouri over Alabama and Texas Wednesday morning at his signing day ceremony.
Texas wasn’t able to make up the difference when it came in late for the 3-star defensive back. Missouri was one of Rakestraw’s first offers and their completely new coaching staff was able to sell the talented DFW prospect on moving farther away from home.
New defensive coordinator Chris Ash and defensive backs coach Jay Valai were the main recruiters for Rakestraw.
8:30 a.m. | Pflugerville Weiss defensive back Edric Whitley made a rapid rise on the 2020 recruiting rankings. Whitley was previously committed to UNLV, but announced he would be going elsewhere Tuesday night.
In recent weeks, Whitley received interest from the University of Mississippi and the University of Miami, but Whitley is opting to go west. The 6’0″ defensive back signed with the University of Arizona this morning joining head coach Kevin Sumlin in Tucson.
Whitley is a positive example of football’s move to two National Signing Day’s. His senior film impressed college coaches and he was able to parlay his showing on the field into “Power 5” conference offers.
Tuesday night | The Longhorns earned a pledge from Kelvontay Dixon out of Carthage High School. Dixon is a gamebreaker with the possibility of playing wide receiver or cornerback which the Longhorns definitely need in this class. Texas only has one cornerback and two receivers in this class.
Dixon tweeted his commitment Tuesday night saying he is “proudly committed to the University of Texas.” Dixon is the younger brother of Longhorns starting running back Keaontay Ingram.
With Dixon’s commitment, Texas moved ahead of Oklahoma in the 247 Sports team recruiting rankings to No. 9.