Don’t look now, but the top two teams in the 247sports team rankings have a pretty substantial lead over just about every other class in America. Ohio State likely has an insurmountable hold on the top spot, but sitting at number two, for the first time since 2012, are the Texas Longhorns. Tom Herman is a notoriously great recruiter, especially in the state of Texas, and pairing him with a coach like Todd Orlando is a big reason that this class is where it is. the Longhorns flexed their muscles once again just moments ago, as Houston cornerback D’Shawn Jamison committed to Texas over TCU and others.
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Jamison is the 19th commitment in Texas’ 2018 class, a class that will almost certainly take the top spot in the Big 12 recruiting rankings when Signing Day comes around. He’s the fifth defensive back in the class, along with Caden Sterns, DeMarvion Overshown, BJ Foster and fellow cornerback and Houston product Jalen Green. All five are top 200 players, and they combine to make what is easily the best secondary class in the nation. With Anthony Cook still on the board, this class could get even better.
Jamison picked the Longhorns over 30 other offers, and his other four finalists: TCU, USC, Oregon and Michigan. This had been a Texas and TCU battle for months, but when it came down to it, the relationship Jamison had built with Herman, Orlando, and defensive backs coach Jason Washington was too much for the Horned Frogs to overcome.
On his on the field play and impact in the class, our own Taylor Midkiff had this to say on Jamison:
I think he is the most complete corner in Texas. Incredible coverage skills, but also not afraid to get physical and makes stops in the backfield. Plays a lot bigger than his size. Texas probably has the best secondary class in country with Foster, Sterns, Green, Jamison and Overshown.
It’s hard to disagree with that assessment. Jamison is an absolute freak athlete, and one of the most skilled cornerbacks in the country. I feel that his physicality and aggressive play style make him extremely unique and rare, and his fit in Texas’ aggressive, blitz heavy, one on one coverage dependent system is as natural as any fit in the country. It’s hard not to be excited about this pairing, and what Jamison could become with some development. His ceiling comparison is a more skilled Corn Elder.