By Steve Lansdale
AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas football program added two more recruits to its 2020 recruiting class Monday when Pflugerville (Connally), Texas defensive back Jahdae Barron and wide receiver Tarik Black, a graduate transfer from the University of Michigan, signed with UT.
The 5-11, 175-pound Barron earned all-district honors in 2018 and 2019, and was ranked the No. 127 player nationally and the No. 20 prospect overall in the state of Texas in this year’s class by 247Sports.
“Jahdae is a highly-regarded prospect and talented young man who is a great addition to our 2020 signing class,” Texas head coach Tom Herman said. “He’s a local player from Pflugerville who we’ve followed closely for a long time and is fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing for Texas. In addition to Jahdae being a very productive player in high school, he’s really competitive, plays extremely hard and is just a great fit for what we’re looking for in our program.”
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The 6-3, 215-pound Black, of Hamden, Conn., was a three-time letterwinner (2017-19) during his time at Michigan. He started nine of the 21 games in which he appeared for the Wolverines. In three seasons in Ann Arbor, he caught 40 passes for 507 yards (12.7 yards per catch) and a pair of touchdowns. As a junior in 2019, he played in 11 games, catching 25 passes for 323 yards (12.9 yards per) and a score. He set career highs for receptions in a game with five against Air Force in 2017 and yards in a game (83 against Florida in 2017). His longest reception for the Wolverines was a 46-yarder in the 2017 Florida game.
“Tarik is a big target, an athletic receiver and a player who has displayed the ability to catch the ball in traffic,” Herman said. “He has competed against a lot of tremendous players in the Big Ten and at Michigan for three years, so he brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our team. Tarik is a really talented player who will be a valuable veteran influence and can bring added leadership to our wide receiver room.”