Having nearly finished off their 2019 recruiting class, the Texas Longhorns are quickly shifting gears to 2020 and beyond. Among their top targets is four-star in-state defensive end Vernon Broughton.
According to 247Sports' updated Crystal Ball Predictions, the Longhorns have been tipped as the overwhelming favorite to land Broughton. As of this past week, 100-percent of the site's experts have Texas as Broughton's eventual team. Three of those predictions have come in the last week.
Broughton would be a big get for the Longhorns, literally and figuratively. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound strong-side defensive end is one of the top prospects at his position.
Per 247Sports, he is the No. 138 prospect in the country, the No. 10 strong-side defensive end, and the No. 18 prospect from the state of Texas.
In addition to his scholarship offer from Texas, Broughton also has offers on the table from Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and several other top programs.
Broughton's potential Texas move would also help improve the team's in-state recruiting efforts.
As of this writing, Texas has two recruits in-state recruits that are ranked in the top-20: Quarterback Hudson Card (No. 14) and offensive guard Logan Parr (No. 17).
Texas is seen as the leader in the race for No. 1 in-state running back Zachary Evans, but has already failed to secure five-star skill players Jase McClellan and Demond Demas, who have committed to Oklahoma and Texas A&M respectively.