Texas Football: Longhorns Lose Top-Ranked Athlete Justin Watkins

The Texas football program lost its top-ranked recruit from the Class of 2018.

This weekend, Justin Watkins announced he would be decommitting from Tom Herman’s Longhorns and re-opening his commitment. Watkins is rated as the No. 2 athlete in his class.

Watkins announced his decision with a brief statement on social media.

“I am opening up my recruitment and I’ll be making my decision on signing day,” Watkins wrote on Twitter.

“I am blessed to play this game and thank God for the opportunity. Events that have occurred in my life have led me to this decision that I’ve made with my family and coach. Best of luck to Texas and God bless.”

This is not the first time that Watkins has decided to re-open his commitment. Earlier this year, he flipped to Texas from Florida State. Now, he will once again look for a new home to begin his college career.

A number of Power Five programs are in on Watkins’ recruitment, so wherever he lands it is likely to be a college football powerhouse.

The 5-foot-11, 172-pounder is ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 7 overall recruit in the state of Florida. According to the recruiting website, Texas, LSU, Alabama and Florida State remain the favorites to land his services.

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  • Josh SanchezCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
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