UT left waiting on big names

There are less than three weeks to go until prospects put pen to paper on national signing day. But Texas still has much to determine between now and then.

For example, what to do after last week’s decommitment from Thomas Johnson (Dallas/Skyline)?

Do the Longhorns look at another wide receiver? Do they try and go after another defensive back that would add depth to a depleted safety position? Or are they content with what they have on board?

Texas is basically in a holding pattern as it waits for the decisions of Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan) and Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest).

However, Texas isn’t likely to know where they stand with these players until they announce their decisions on Feb. 1.

So what does Texas do between now and then?

The Longhorns are squarely in the mix for both players. They also have offers out to defensive ends Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) and Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La./Woodlawn). But they appear to be on the outside looking in with these two.

Yes, Armstead does have Texas in his top five, but he’ll likely stay on the west coast, and Davis looks like he’ll stick with his longstanding commitment to LSU.

As for a replacement for Johnson, three names come to mind as possibilities: TCU commitment Daje Johnson (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson), Baylor commitment Corey Coleman (Richardson, Texas/Pearce) and De’Vante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn), who recently decommitted from Oklahoma.

Texas coaches have gotten in contact with Harris, but it doesn’t look like he’ll take an official visit to Austin before signing day. Harris will take official visits to Texas A&M this weekend, TCU on Jan. 20 and Ohio State on Jan. 27.

Johnson and Coleman both told HornsNation on Tuesday that they haven’t been contacted by Texas’ coaches recently.

The Longhorns are also trying to determine if they’ll extend an offer to Harris’ teammate, tight end Vincent Hobbs, who will make an official visit to Texas on Jan. 20.